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Independence pioneer Chai dies at 78

‘LOSS FOR THE COUNTRY’:Politicians in Taiwan and the US paid tribute to the staunch independence activist, lauding the efforts he made to foster democracy in Taiwan

By Lee Hsin-fang and William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in TAIPEI and WASHINGTON, with CNA

“Those of us in the Congress who advocate for the cause of Taiwanese freedom will miss him greatly,” Chabot said.

Former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that as a lifelong friend of Taiwan and a founding member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, she remembered Chai as a “true leader.”

“He was a familiar face to many of us on Capitol Hill, where he would often meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of freedom and democracy in Taiwan,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Additional reporting by Rich Chang

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