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President Lee Teng-hui and an old man's indiscretions

Former President Lee Teng-hui is a Christian. While he was in office, he used to say he would like to be a preacher after he retired. He didn't become a preacher, and instead founded the Taiwan Solidarity Union, a pro-independence party which has three seats in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan.

He often compares himself to Moses, who led the Jews out of Egypt. He wishes to lead the people to their promised land of the Republic of Taiwan. But like Moses, he couldn't achieve his wish. The Republic of Taiwan has yet to be created.

Lee gave Taiwan democracy, though. He has never given up politics. He is pro-Japan, almost to a fault. Shortly after retirement, he granted an Okinawan paper an interview, stating the Diaoyutai Islands which Taiwan claims as an inherent territory should belong to Japan as the Senkakus. In an exclusive interview with Tokyo-based Voice monthly, he asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bring the dispute over the fishing rights around the Senkakakus to an amicable settlement, legislate a Taiwan relations act, and let Taiwan share Japan's cure-cancer technology.

It's an old man's indiscretion. He shouldn't have done what he did, though no harm was done.

At 91, Lee has probably fallen into dotage. He must have forgotten Taiwan and Japan signed a fisheries agreement on Feb. 18 last year. The agreement protects the rights and interests of Taiwan fishermen operating within a designated zone, which covers an additional 1,400 square nautical miles. Taiwan's fishing rights near the Diaoyutai Islands are duly protected. There is no need to sign another fisheries agreement.

Let's remind President Lee that the Liberal Democratic Party's Japan-Taiwan Young Parliamentary Association on Economic Exchanges, headed by

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