Ex-president arrives in New York to start U.S. trip

New York--Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) arrived in New York Tuesday to begin a 12-day U.S. visit that will also take him to Boston and Washington, D.C.

Ma was greeted at John F. Kennedy International Airport by Taiwanese officials stationed in New York, Taiwanese students and expatriates, and members of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT), as well as one of his former teachers at Harvard University, Jerome Alan Cohen.

Cohen said he was delighted to meet Ma and extended his best wishes that the former president will have a fruitful journey in the United States.

Ma did not respond in detail to waiting reporters, saying only that he was invited by American think tanks and academic institutes, and that he will exchange opinions with scholars on issues of mutual concern.

After leaving the airport, Ma headed to the Harvard Club of New York, where he was scheduled to stay. He then attended a closed-door round-table luncheon hosted by Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Later in the day, he was expected to attend a dinner party and a concert held by the Asia Society to celebrate the 10th founding anniversary of the society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.

The trip is Ma's second visit to the U.S. and his third overseas trip since stepping down in May 2016, following his invitation to attend the 8th World Chinese Economic Summit in Malaysia in November last year and an Asian leadership forum held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, U.S. later that month.

Ma led the KMT to win the presidency of the Republic of China in 2008 and served for two terms until 2016. His party was defeated by the Democratic Progressive Party in the presidential and legislative elections in January 2016.

He is scheduled to fly back to Taiwan on March 11.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel