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Former president Lee Teng-hui's complicated legacy in Taiwanese politics

The late former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui is a personage who is admired and dreaded by the Chinese mainland.PHOTO: NYTIMES

To the Taiwanese, former president Lee Teng-hui, who died on Thursday (July 30), played a huge and pivotal role in the democratisation of Taiwan and the rise of the Taiwanese identity.

But he was also a controversial figure who elicited either love or hatred in the island's residents, depending on their political stripes.

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