Tue, Jan 04, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Koo Chen-fu, 88, dies of kidney cancer

CHANGE OF MIND The prominent cross-strait diplomat was a key player throughout years of faltering talks with China; his death was greeted with sorrow from Beijing

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

Meanwhile, two former Singaporean prime ministers -- Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) and Goh Chok Tong (吳作棟) -- have sent their condolences to the Koo family.

In a condolence letter to Koo's wife, Lee praised Koo for his "balanced and realistic appraisal" of the cross-Taiwan Strait situation.

Lee further said Koo played a valuable role in helping to stabilize cross-strait relations.

Goh, who is now Singapore's senior minister, said in his condolence letter to Koo's wife that he was deeply saddened to learn of Koo's passing.

"We used to sit next to one another I know him to be upright, sincere and thoughtful gentleman who cared for his friends. I also know he cared deeply about cross-strait peace and stability," Goh said in the letter.

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