The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2020
Statement from the Press Secretary
On behalf of the American people, we offer our deepest condolences to the people of Taiwan and to the loved ones of former President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan. We were saddened to learn of his passing in Taipei on Thursday.
President Lee was Taiwan’s first popularly elected leader and stepped down in adherence to term limits. President Lee was the architect of Taiwan’s modern democratic system, which today serves as a shining example of citizen-centric governance for the region and the world. He led Taiwan through its transition from authoritarian military rule to a prosperous, free, and open society. He will always be remembered for his strong commitment to democratic principles and human dignity.