Taiwan may be independent, but no amount of US arms sale will prevent annexation by China, because this remains an unshakeable goal for Beijing, the former leader said
Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) made waves last week when he told a conference in Singapore that he believed Taiwan has been independent “from 1989 to the present.”
Addressing the closing dinner of the two-day Singapore Global Dialogue on Thursday evening, the 88-year-old, who stepped down from government earlier this year after a poor showing by his People’s Action Party, did not elaborate on why he had chosen 1989 as the year Taiwan became “independent.”
Some Taiwanese media have speculated that the former Singaporean prime minister may have regarded the ascension of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to the Presidential Office the previous year as a turning point.
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