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Commemorating Former President Lee Teng-hui

 
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    1923

     

    Jan. 15: Born in Tamsui County, Sanzhi Village, Putoukeng (now known as New Taipei City, Sanzhi District, Puping Borough).

    Jan. 15, 1923: Born at Yuanxing House, Sanzhi Village.
    ▲ Jan. 15, 1923: Born at Yuanxing House, Sanzhi Village.

     

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    1935

     

    Attends public elementary schools in Hsichih, Nangang, Sanzhi, and Tamsui.

    Circa 1930: Pictured with his elder brother Lee Teng-chin (李登欽) during childhood.
    ▲ Circa 1930: Pictured with his elder brother Lee Teng-chin (李登欽) during childhood.

     

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    1937

     

    Attends Taihoku Middle School, and transfers the following year as a second-year student to Tamsui Middle School.

    1937: Attends Taihoku Middle School.
    ▲ 1937: Attends Taihoku Middle School.

     

    Has a passion for sports and learns kendo while studying at Tamsui Middle School.
    ▲ Has a passion for sports and learns kendo while studying at Tamsui Middle School.

     

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    1941

     

    Attends Taihoku High School.

    1941: Attends Taihoku High School.
    ▲ 1941: Attends Taihoku High School.

     

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    1943

     

    October: Enters Kyoto Imperial University in Japan to study agricultural economics.

    1943: A family photo taken as he heads to Japan to study at Kyoto Imperial University.
    ▲ 1943: A family photo taken as he heads to Japan to study at Kyoto Imperial University.

     

    1943: Solo picture taken at Kyoto Imperial University.
    ▲ 1943: Solo picture taken at Kyoto Imperial University.

     

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    1944

     

    February: Drafted as a student-soldier and assigned to an anti-aircraft artillery unit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

     

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    1945

     

    January: Returns to Japan with his unit. Discharged as a second lieutenant from the army in August, and returns to Kyoto Imperial University.

     

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    1946

     

    April: Enrolls in National Taiwan University's College of Agriculture as a second-year student in agricultural economics.

    1947: As a fourth-year student in the Department of Agricultural Economics in National Taiwan University's College of Agriculture.
    ▲ 1947: As a fourth-year student in the Department of Agricultural Economics in National Taiwan University's College of Agriculture.

     

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    1948

     

    August: Graduates from National Taiwan University, takes position as assistant instructor in the College of Agriculture.

     

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    1949

     

    Feb. 9: Marries Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠).

    Feb. 9, 1949: Marries Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠).
    ▲ Feb. 9, 1949: Marries Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠).

     

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    1950

     

    September: Birth of eldest son, Lee Hsien-wen (李憲文).

     

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    1952

     

    January: Birth of eldest daughter, Anna Lee (李安娜).

    1952: A family portrait with his only son Lee Hsien-wen (李憲文).
    ▲ 1952: A family portrait with his only son Lee Hsien-wen (李憲文).

     

    1952: With his wife before leaving on his first trip to the USA to study.
    ▲ 1952: With his wife before leaving on his first trip to the USA to study.

     

    March: Receives scholarship from the Sino-American Fund for Economic and Social Development to pursue a Master's degree at Iowa State University in the United States.

     

    1953: In his dormitory at Iowa State University in the USA.
    ▲ 1953: In his dormitory at Iowa State University in the USA.

     

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    1953

     

    April: Returns to Taiwan from the United States. Serves as an associate technical specialist and then head of economic analysis at the Taiwan Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry, while also serving as an instructor at National Taiwan University's Department of Agricultural Economics.

     

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    1954

     

    June: Birth of second daughter, Annie Lee (李安妮).

     

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    1955

     
    1955: Visits a sugar cane research and extension station with Japanese agricultural experts.
    ▲ 1955: Visits a sugar cane research and extension station with Japanese agricultural experts.

     

    May: Assumes research position at Taiwan Cooperative Bank, and also continues teaching at National Taiwan University.

     

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    1957

     

    July: Becomes an associate technical specialist at the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR). Continues working part-time as associate professor of the Department of Economics at National Taiwan University.

     

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    1961

     

    Baptized as a Christian.

     

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    1964

     
    1964: A family portrait while serving at the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR).
    ▲ 1964: A family portrait while serving at the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR).

     

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    1965

     

    September: Enrolls at Cornell University in the USA on a joint scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation in Agricultural Economics and Cornell to pursue a PhD in agricultural economics.

     

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    1968

     

    July: Receives PhD degree. Returns to Taiwan to resume work as technical specialist at the JCRR, and also serves as a professor at National Taiwan University.

     

    Jun. 18, 1968: Graduation ceremony at Cornell University in the USA.
    ▲ Jun. 18, 1968: Graduation ceremony at Cornell University in the USA.

     

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    1969

     

    Lee's doctoral dissertation, Intersectoral Capital Flows in the Economic Development of Taiwan, 1895-1960, is selected by the US Agricultural & Applied Economics Association as the best dissertation of 1969.

    Involved in agricultural economics research and education for three decades.
    ▲ Involved in agricultural economics research and education for three decades.

     

    June: Allowed to go home after being interrogated by the Taiwan Garrison Command for 17 hours. Interrogations continue for one week.

     

 
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    1970

     

    Promoted to chief of the Rural Economy Division at the JCRR.

     

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    1971

     

    Aug. 25: Becomes a Kuomintang party member.

     

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    1972

     

    June: Appointed minister of state, and serves concurrently as a counselor at the JCRR.

     

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    1973

     

    Executive Yuan announces the Ten Major Construction Projects, with Lee in charge of petrochemical industry development.

     

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    1975

     

    Nov. 2: Dispatched to attend the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific as a special envoy.

    1975: In charge of promoting and accelerating rural construction planning, and accompanies Premier Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) to visit Nantou.
    ▲ 1975: In charge of promoting and accelerating rural construction planning, and accompanies Premier Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) to visit Nantou.

     

    Suggests the government subsidize farmers to purchase agricultural machinery and equipment.
    ▲ Suggests the government subsidize farmers to purchase agricultural machinery and equipment.

     

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    1976

     

    November: Elected to the 11th Kuomintang Central Committee.

     

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    1977

     

    Aug. 14: Directs the Executive Yuan skills and vocational training group in developing a five-year plan to promote vocational training, which is subsequently approved and implemented by the Executive Yuan.

     

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    1978

     

    June: Takes office as mayor of Taipei City.

    Jun. 1978: Announces honesty, fairness, integrity, and ability as the guiding principles for conducting municipal affairs.
    ▲ Jun. 1978: Announces honesty, fairness, integrity, and ability as the guiding principles for conducting municipal affairs.

     

    1978: A family photo taken during his tenure as mayor of Taipei City.
    ▲ 1978: A family photo taken during his tenure as mayor of Taipei City.

     

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    1979

     

    Taipei City implements expressway system plan, as well as Executive Yuan-approved Feitsui Reservoir construction, Xinyi District development plan, and Phase 4 Taipei district water system development, and holds inaugural Taipei Music Festival.

    1979-1981: Promotes various indoor and outdoor performances and activities including the Taipei Music Festival during his term as Taipei City mayor.
    ▲ 1979-1981: Promotes various indoor and outdoor performances and activities including the Taipei Music Festival during his term as Taipei City mayor.

     

    May: Eldest son Lee Hsien-wen marries Chang Yue-yun (張月雲).

     

    December: Elected to the Kuomintang Central Standing Committee for the first time.

     

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    1980

     

    June: Leads a mayoral goodwill delegation to the US.

    Jul. 17, 1980: Shows appreciation to military personnel for their help harvesting rice in Beitou.
    ▲ Jul. 17, 1980: Shows appreciation to military personnel for their help harvesting rice in Beitou.

     

    August: Publishes An Economic Analysis of Taiwan's Agricultural Development.

     

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    1981

     
    1981: Promotes a jogging event with Chi Cheng (紀政) and others for the Taipei Sports Season.
    ▲ 1981: Promotes a jogging event with Chi Cheng (紀政) and others for the Taipei Sports Season.

     

    June: Leads a delegation to the US once again and attends the US Conference of Mayors.

    Jul. 1, 1981: Construction begins on the Feitsui Reservoir, a major project approved during Lee's term as mayor of Taipei.
    ▲ Jul. 1, 1981: Construction begins on the Feitsui Reservoir, a major project approved during Lee's term as mayor of Taipei.

     

    August: Birth of eldest granddaughter, Lee Kun-yi (李坤儀).

    November: Appointed Governor of Taiwan Province by President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), and takes oath of office on December 5.

     

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    1982

     

    February: Proposes training 80,000 farming households to be a new force in Taiwan's agricultural development.

    Feb. 6, 1982: Visits farmers in the Xitun District of Taichung in Lee's term as provincial governor.
    ▲ Feb. 6, 1982: Visits farmers in the Xitun District of Taichung in Lee's term as provincial governor.

     

    May 14, 1982: Visits Xingda Port in Cieding, Kaohsiung.
    ▲ May 14, 1982: Visits Xingda Port in Cieding, Kaohsiung.

     

    March: Eldest son, Lee Hsien-wen, passes away.

     

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    1983

     

    January: Three-volume Agriculture and Economic Development in Taiwan published.

     

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    1984

     

    Feb. 15: Nominated as the Kuomintang vice presidential candidate. Elected on March 22, and takes office on May 20.

    Mar. 22, 1984: Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) congratulates Lee on his election as vice president at Lee's residence in Daan, Taipei.
    ▲ Mar. 22, 1984: Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) congratulates Lee on his election as vice president at Lee's residence in Daan, Taipei.

     

    May 18, 1984: Presses a button to launch Kaohsiung Cross-Harbor Tunnel operations.
    ▲ May 18, 1984: Presses a button to launch Kaohsiung Cross-Harbor Tunnel operations.

     

    August: Carries out order to release Kaohsiung Incident activists Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) and Kao Chun-ming (高俊明) on parole.

    September: Attends inauguration of South African President P. W. Botha.

    Sep. 14, 1984: Receives the Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope from South African President P. W. Botha while attending President Botha's inauguration.
    ▲ Sep. 14, 1984: Receives the Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope from South African President P. W. Botha while attending President Botha's inauguration.

     

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    1985

     

    Feb. 24: Attends inauguration of Uruguayan President Julio Maria Sanguinetti, and also visits Paraguay.

    March: Publishes The Contributions of Taiwan's Land Reforms in Rural Society.

    Sept. 4: Visits Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica in Central America.

    November: Publishes Love and Confidence: Lee Teng-hui Bears Witness.

    Nov. 5: Receives Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon.

    Nov. 5, 1985: Receives Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon. Lee's father Lee Chin-lung (李金龍), who witnessed the ceremony, shakes hands with President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).
    ▲ Nov. 5, 1985: Receives Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon. Lee's father Lee Chin-lung (李金龍), who witnessed the ceremony, shakes hands with President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).

     

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    1987

     
    Mar. 10, 1987: Meets American Institute in Taiwan Chairman David N. Laux.
    ▲ Mar. 10, 1987: Meets American Institute in Taiwan Chairman David N. Laux.

    September: Appointed Kuomintang Central Standing Committee's mainland policy taskforce chair.

     

 
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    1988

     

    Jan. 13: Sworn in as President after President Chiang Ching-kuo passes away.

    Jan. 13, 1988: Sworn in as seventh-term president at 8 p.m.
    ▲ Jan. 13, 1988: Sworn in as seventh-term president at 8 p.m.

     

    Jan. 20, 1988: Meets chief of the general staff and commanders of the army, navy, and air force.
    ▲ Jan. 20, 1988: Meets chief of the general staff and commanders of the army, navy, and air force.

     

    Jan. 27: Serves as acting Kuomintang chairperson.

    Feb. 3, 1988: Serves as acting chairperson of the Kuomintang, presides over a meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee, and approves principles for parliamentary reform.
    ▲ Feb. 3, 1988: Serves as acting chairperson of the Kuomintang, presides over a meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee, and approves principles for parliamentary reform.

     

    Mar. 24, 1988: Visits Kuomintang Central Cultural Committee.
    ▲ Mar. 24, 1988: Visits Kuomintang Central Cultural Committee.

     

    Jul. 8: Elected Kuomintang chairperson at the party's 13th National Congress.

    Dec. 10: Presides over rollout ceremony for the domestically produced Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) prototype, which is named in honor of former President Chiang Ching-kuo.

     

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    1989

     

    Feb. 3: Promulgates the Act Governing the Voluntary Retirement of the First-Term Senior Congressperson.

    Mar. 6: Leads delegation to Singapore, launches pragmatic diplomacy.

    Jul. 1: Implements Farmer Health Insurance system.

    August: Taiwan-US fisheries agreement enters into force.

    Aug. 11, 1989: Inspects improvement projects to combat flooding in Hsichih and Wugu.
    ▲ Aug. 11, 1989: Inspects improvement projects to combat flooding in Hsichih and Wugu.

     

    Sept. 1: Taipei Railway Underground Project is completed and rail traffic begins.

     

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    1990

     

    January: Executive Yuan approves plan that allows lower-grade civil servants to visit relatives in China and Taiwan citizens residing in China to visit relatives in Taiwan.

    Mar. 21: Meets with representatives of the Wild Lily student movement.

    Apr. 2, 1990: Meets with opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Huang Hsin-chieh (黃信介) and makes preparations for a National Affairs Conference.
    ▲ Apr. 2, 1990: Meets with opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Huang Hsin-chieh (黃信介) and makes preparations for a National Affairs Conference.

     

    Apr. 12: Executive Yuan approves High Speed Rail Project.

    May 20: Sworn in as eighth-term President, and states that he is determined to amend the Constitution. Declares amnesty for 20 people imprisoned after the Kaohsiung Incident including Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Chen Chu (陳菊).

    Jun. 28: Convenes National Affairs Conference, and forges consensus between ruling and opposition parties to institute direct presidential elections.

    Oct. 7: Convenes first meeting of the National Unification Council, which approves the Guidelines for National Unification on February 23 of the following year.

    Dec. 8, 1990: Inspects Dongshan River Conservancy Construction Project in Yilan County.
    ▲ Dec. 8, 1990: Inspects Dongshan River Conservancy Construction Project in Yilan County.

     

    Dec. 29: Promulgates the Statute for Upgrading Industries.

    Allows establishment of private banks.

     

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    1991

     

    January: Mainland Affairs Council established.

    March: Straits Exchange Foundation established.

    Mar. 2: Meets family members of February 28 Incident victims at the Presidential Office.

    Apr. 22: In phase one of constitutional reform, the First National Assembly passes the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China and abolishes the Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion.

    Apr. 30: Announces that the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion will end on May 1.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVaiOOy1vWc

    May 1:  Promulgates the first revision of the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China, and issues executive order abolishing the Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of National Mobilization for Suppression of the Communist Rebellion.

    Jun. 12, 1991: Inspects naval radar station.
    ▲ Jun. 12, 1991: Inspects naval radar station.

     

    Nov. 12:  Taiwan becomes a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum under the name "Chinese Taipei."

    Dec. 16: Opening of South Link Line completes round-island rail system.

    Dec. 21: Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu elect representatives for the Second National Assembly.

    Dec. 31: All veteran members of the Legislative Yuan retire, bringing an end to the "lifelong parliament" (originally elected in 1948).

     

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    1992

     
    Feb. 24, 1992: Attends the 228 Memorial Day Concert.
    ▲ Feb. 24, 1992: Attends the 228 Memorial Day Concert.

     

    May 15: Legislative Yuan passes amendment to Article 100 of the Criminal Code, eliminating provisions regarding sedition.

    May 27:  The Second National Assembly passes eight Additional Articles of the Constitution, completing the second phase of constitutional reform.

    Jul. 31: Promulgates the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and Mainland Area.

    Aug. 1: Promulgates amendments to the National Security Act, resulting in the removal of many names from government blacklists and the disbanding of the Taiwan Garrison Command.

    Sept. 29: Taiwan is granted observer status in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) under the name of "Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu."

    Nov. 7: Kinmen and Matsu revert from military rule to local self-government.

    Dec. 10: Selected Speeches of President Lee Teng-hui published. A total of 28 volumes are published by July 15, 2011.

    Dec. 19: Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu elect representatives to the Second Legislative Yuan.

     

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    1993

     
    Jan. 5, 1993: Meets with Ryotaro Shiba and mentions
    ▲ Jan. 5, 1993: Meets with Ryotaro Shiba and mentions "the tragedy of being Taiwanese" during their following dialogues.

     

    Apr. 27: First Koo-Wang Talks held in Singapore, with four agreements signed.

    April: Taiwan fully opens insurance market to foreign entrants.

    May 20: Proposes "community of destiny" as a state governance concept.

    August: Ministry of Economic Affairs begins to promote seven major industries, including aerospace.

    Aug. 15, 1993: Kuomintang's 14th National Congress selects party chairperson by vote for the first time.
    ▲ Aug. 15, 1993: Kuomintang's 14th National Congress selects party chairperson by vote for the first time.

     

    Dec. 30: Promulgates the Organic Act for National Security Council and Organic Act for National Security Bureau, empowering the president to decide policies concerning national defense, foreign affairs, and cross-strait relations.

     

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    1994

     

    January: Promotes the Go South policy to strengthen economic and trade relations and technical cooperation with Southeast Asian countries.

    Feb. 9: Leaves for the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand on an eight-day "ice-breaking" visit.

    Feb. 9, 1994: Meets with President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos.
    ▲ Feb. 9, 1994: Meets with President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos.

     

    Feb. 20: Groundbreaking ceremony held for construction of the Subic Bay Industrial Park (SBIP), co-developed by Taiwan and the Philippines, symbolizing the first step of the Go South policy.

    Mar. 22: Delivers speech entitled "Start By Building Community Culture." Council for Cultural Affairs launches the Comprehensive Community Development Program.

    Apr. 10: Attends Conference on Aboriginal Cultures, uses the term "aboriginal people" in place of the previous "mountain people." Constitution is amended in July to include the term "aborigine" in the Constitution.

    Apr. 30: Mentions Taiwanese Sorrow of Place during his dialogue with Ryotaro Shiba, in which he states that the "Kuomintang is a foreign political power."

    May 4: Leaves for a series of state visits to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Swaziland.

    May 11, 1994: Visits the new South African President Nelson Mandela.
    ▲ May 11, 1994: Visits the new South African President Nelson Mandela.

     

    Jul. 28: The Second National Assembly passes Constitutional amendment whereby the president will be popularly and directly elected, thereby completing the third phase of constitutional reform.

    September: Judicial reform program launched in response to public demand.

    Sept. 7: Taiwan's representative office in the US changes its name to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.

    Sept. 21: Executive Yuan establishes the Education Reform Advisory Council to promote educational reform.

    Dec. 3: Taiwan holds first popular elections for governor of Taiwan Province and mayors of Taipei and Kaohsiung municipalities.

     

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    1995

     

    Jan. 1: Publishes Transforming Taiwan, in which he expresses his central concepts of governing—developing "a greater Taiwan" and transforming it into a new hub for the Chinese world.

    Feb. 2: World Trade Organization admits Taiwan as observer.

    Feb. 28: Attends inauguration ceremony for the 228 Peace Memorial Monument and issues a public apology on behalf of the government to families of victims of the incident.

    Mar. 1: Initiates National Health Insurance program.

    Apr. 1: Visits the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

    Apr. 7: Promulgates the February 28 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act.

    Apr. 8: Announces a six-point proposal regarding cross-strait relations when presiding over National Unification Council meeting.

    Jun. 9: Leaves for his alma mater, Cornell University, where he delivers a speech entitled "Always in My Heart."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Il4fgCPz3U

     

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    1996

     

    Feb. 26: In response to China's saber rattling, declares: "We've got 18 different strategies to defend against your attacks."

    Feb. 28, 1996: Attends the 228 Peace Memorial Day Ceremony.
    ▲ Feb. 28, 1996: Attends the 228 Peace Memorial Day Ceremony.

     

    Mar. 23: Elected President in Taiwan's first-ever direct presidential election.

    Mar. 28: Taiwan's first Mass Rapid Transit line (the Mucha Line) begins operations.

    May 20: Sworn in as ninth-term President, and is called "Mr. Democracy" on the cover of US-based Newsweek magazine.

    May 20, 1996: Featured on Newsweek cover as
    ▲ May 20, 1996: Featured on Newsweek cover as "Mr. Democracy".
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41Fzkq3-kHQ

     

    Sept. 14: Announces "no haste, be patient" policy to guide cross-strait relations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyYI_ULlZZM

    Oct. 24: Calls for "spiritual reform," launching phase two of the "Taiwan experience."

    Dec. 23: Convenes National Development Conference, where ruling and opposition parties reach consensus on the need to complete the fourth phase of constitutional reform, start downsizing the Taiwan Provincial Government, and accelerate privatization of government-owned enterprises.

     

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    1997

     
    Jan. 11, 1997: Issues a call for national spiritual reform.
    ▲ Jan. 11, 1997: Issues a call for national "spiritual reform."

     

    Feb. 25: Promulgates amendment to the February 28 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act, designating February 28 as "Peace Memorial Day" and a national holiday.

    Mar. 27: Meets with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

    Mar. 27, 1997: Meets with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
    ▲ Mar. 27, 1997: Meets with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

     

    Jul. 18: The Third National Assembly passes the fourth phase of constitutional amendments, including streamlining the provincial administration, and cancellation of the Legislative Yuan's right to approve the president's appointment of the premier.

    Sept. 4: Visits Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, and Paraguay.

    Dec. 30: Promulgates amendment to the Income Tax Act to establish the Integrated Income Tax System.

     

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    1998

     

    Jan. 26: States in an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel that Taiwan is a sovereign, independent state, and that "one country, two systems" is therefore not applicable.

    Jun. 17: Promulgates the Compensation Act for Wrongful Trials on Charges of Sedition and Espionage during the Martial Law Period.

    Jul. 1: Taiwan Public Television Service begins broadcasting.

    Sept. 12: Declares that "the government of the Republic of China no longer claims to represent all of China, but only our 21.8 million people."

    Oct. 14: Proposes the "New Taiwanese" concept during mayoral election campaigns in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

     

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    1999

     

    May 20: Publishes With the People Always in My Heart.

    Jul. 9: Proposes the "special state-to-state relationship" concept for cross-strait relations in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

    Jul. 9, 1999: Proposes the special state-to-state relationship concept for cross-strait relations in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
    ▲ Jul. 9, 1999: Proposes the "special state-to-state relationship" concept for cross-strait relations in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

     

    Sept. 3: The Third National Assembly passes the fifth phase of constitutional reform, making legislators' terms of office four years beginning with the fifth session of the Legislative Yuan.

    Sept. 25: Declares state of emergency and pledges all-out rescue and relief efforts for September 21 earthquake.

    Sep. 28, 1999: Inspects 921 Earthquake damage.
    ▲ Sep. 28, 1999: Inspects 921 Earthquake damage.

     

    Dec. 10: Attends ceremony marking the completion of Asia's first human rights monument on Green Island commemorating victims of White Terror. Joins Bo Yang (柏楊) and others to unveil the monument, which features a list of the victims' names chiseled into stone, along with an inscription composed by Bo Yang.

    Dec. 10, 1999: Attends ceremony marking the completion of a human rights monument on Green Island.
    ▲ Dec. 10, 1999: Attends ceremony marking the completion of a human rights monument on Green Island.

     

 
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    2000

     

    Jan. 29: Promulgates the National Defense Act and amends the Organization Act of the Ministry of National Defense, building a truly nationalized military force.

    Feb. 9: Promulgates the Statute for the Establishment and Administration of the National Financial Stabilization Fund.

    Mar. 24: Resigns as Chairperson of the Kuomintang.

    Apr. 24: The Third National Assembly implements the sixth phase of constitutional reform, which drastically reduces the Assembly's powers and functions.

    May 20: Succeeded by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), thus completing the first peaceful transition of power between political parties in Taiwanese history.

    May 20, 2000: Completes presidential term of office, bids farewell to the Presidential Office.
    ▲ May 20, 2000: Completes presidential term of office, bids farewell to the Presidential Office.

     

    Nov. 1: Publishes The Wisdom of Asia, jointly authored with Mineo Nakajima.

     

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    2001

     

    May: An Account of President Lee Teng-hui in Office published.

    Aug. 15: Establishes Taiwan Solidarity Union.

    Oct. 1: Publishes Teachings of the Lee Teng-hui School, co-authored by Yoshinori Kobayashi.

    Dec. 3: Establishes Taiwan Advocates, with the Lee Teng-hui School opening in May 2003.

     

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    2002

     

    October: Publishes Compassion and Forgiveness.

     

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    2003

     

    Sept. 6: Serves as convener of the Alliance to Campaign for Rectifying the Name of Taiwan, and calls for mass demonstrations.

     

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    2004

     

    Feb. 1: Publishes A Review of Bushido—the Meaning of Noblesse Oblige.

    Feb. 8: Serves as moderator at a forum on constitutional issues, and calls for adoption of a new constitution.

    Feb. 28: Organizes "Hands Across Taiwan" event, and serves as convener.

    Feb. 28, 2004: Serves as convener of the Hands Across Taiwan event.
    ▲ Feb. 28, 2004: Serves as convener of the "Hands Across Taiwan" event.
      

     

    May: Publishes Witness Taiwan: President Chiang Ching-kuo and Me.

    Nov. 15:  Publishes Diary of a 921 Earthquake Rescue Effort.

     

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    2005

     

    Jan. 9: Academia Historica publishes the President Lee Teng-hui's Photo Collection book series

    Jan. 9, 2005: Attends the book launch for President Lee Teng-hui's Photo Collection, published by Academia Historica.
    ▲ Jan. 9, 2005: Attends the book launch for President Lee Teng-hui's Photo Collection, published by Academia Historica.

     

    April: Publishes New Era Taiwanese.

     

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    2007

     

    Jan. 29: States during an interview that Taiwan is a sovereign, independent nation, and our goal is to normalize the nation.

    Jun. 1, 2007: Receives the first Shinpei Goto Award in Japan.
    ▲ Jun. 1, 2007: Receives the first Shinpei Goto Award in Japan.

     

     

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    2008

     

    May 17: Academia Historica publishes Interviews with President Lee Teng-hui.

     

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    2009

     

    May: Publishes What it Takes to Be a Top Leader.

     

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    2010

     

    September: Establishes Facebook, Plurk, and Twitter accounts. Holds first get-together with netizens on October 30.

     

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    2011

     

    Nov. 1: Undergoes surgery for colorectal cancer.

    Dec. 23: Issues statement declaring that no consensus was reached during the 1992 meetings, and that history cannot be distorted.

     

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    2012

     

    April: Begins two-year series of trips throughout the Kaohsiung-Pingtung areas to visit local residents and deliver speeches at universities.

    Jun. 11: Publishes Nittai no "kokoro to kokoro no kizuna" ("heart-to-heart ties between Japan and Taiwan").

     

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    2013

     

    Jun. 1: Publishes Taiwan's Agenda for the 21st Century and A Witness for God: Lee Teng-hui's Confession of Faith.

    Jul. 12: Undergoes vertebral artery stent surgery.

     

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    2014

     

    Mar. 21: Urges President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to meet with students in the Sunflower Movement and listen to their opinions.

     

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    2015

     

    Jul. 21: Travels to Tokyo and Fukushima, Japan, and delivers a speech at a Diet office building for the first time ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVaiOOy1vWc

    Aug. 22: Proposes second round of democratic reforms. Changes the common lament about "the tragedy of being Taiwanese" into "the blessing of being Taiwanese."

    Aug. 26: Publishes Chinese version of New Road to Democracy.

    December: Eldest granddaughter, Lee Kun-yi, marries.

     

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    2016

     

    February: Publishes Remaining Life: My Life Journey and the Road of Taiwan's Democracy.

    May 20, 2016: Attends President Tsai's inaugural state banquet.
    ▲ May 20, 2016: Attends President Tsai's inaugural state banquet.

     

    Jun. 27: Publishes The Japan-Taiwan IoT Alliance: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Breaks out in East Asia, co-authored by Koichi Hamada.

    Jun. 30: Publishes Enthusiastic and Concerned about Our Nation: What I Want to Convey to Japanese People.

     

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    2017

     

    Dec. 27: Establishes G.G.P. Biotechnology Co., Ltd. to develop Taiwanese wagyu beef and serves as Chairman of the Board.

    Nov. 6, 2017: Visits the Yuanxing cow breeding farm at the Harvest Ranch & Resort in Hualien. (Photo credit: Liberty Times)
    ▲ Nov. 6, 2017: Visits the Yuanxing cow breeding farm at the Harvest Ranch & Resort in Hualien. (Photo credit: Liberty Times)

     

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    2018

     

    Apr. 7: Expresses support for rectifying Taiwan's name and drafting a new constitution, and advocates holding a plebiscite to place sovereignty in the hands of the people and deepen democracy.

    Jun. 22: Visits Okinawa, Japan and attends the unveiling of a monument to Taiwanese soldiers who died in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.

     

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    2019

     

    Oct. 19: Attends a Lee Teng-hui Foundation fundraising dinner in support of President Tsai Ing-wen's reelection.

     

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    2020

     

    Feb. 8: Chokes while consuming liquefied food, rushed to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for emergency treatment.

    Jul. 30: Passes away at 7:24 p.m. at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, aged 98.
    (Note: Former President Lee's age has been calculated using the traditional Taiwanese method that considers a newborn child one year old on the date of birth.)

     

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