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Ma Ying-jeou

(mä yēng-jō), 1950–, Taiwanese political leader, president of Taiwan (2008–16), b. Hong Kong, grad. National Taiwan Univ. (LL.B., 1972), New York Univ. (LL.M., 1976), and Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 1981). Ma worked briefly on Wall Street and upon his return to Taiwan taught law at National Chengchi Univ. (1981–98). He also served in a number of government capacities, notably as justice minister in the mid-1990s, before becoming mayor of Taipei (1998–2006). A member of the KuomintangKuomintang
[Chin.,=national people's party] (KMT), Chinese and Taiwanese political party. Sung Chiao-jen organized the party in 1912, under the nominal leadership of Sun Yat-sen, to succeed the Revolutionary Alliance.
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 (KMT), he was the party's deputy secretary-general (1984–88), vice chairman (2003–5) and chairman (2005–7). He stepped down in 2007 following charges of diverting government funds into his personal account. Cleared, he became chairman again in 2009. An advocate of closer ties with China, Ma was elected president of Taiwan in 2008 and reelected in 2012. He resigned as party leader again after KMT losses in the 2014 local elections. In 2015 he became the first Taiwanese president to meet with his Chinese counterpart.
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The November meeting of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou may not bring dramatic changes in the relationship between the two countries, but it will have at least one lasting effect as Taiwan elections loom in January, Stanford experts say.
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Safar 18, 1437, November 30, 2015, SPA -- Taiwan said it exchanged spies with Beijing before a historic summit took place between Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, according.
He made remarks as he met with president Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan in the first-ever encounter between leaders of the neighbors and longtime rivals, an act both sides described as a breakthrough gesture meant to promote peace and mutual prosperity.
Despite the fact that no concrete agreements were reached, both leaders pointed out it was a sign of stability in bilateral relations, which were characterized by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou as "the most peaceful and stable they have ever been", RT reported.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 (KUNA) -- China's President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou met for the first time since 1949, as a historic summit in Singapore began on Saturday.
Le parti du president taiwanais Ma Ying-jeou, qui est arrive au pouvoir en 2008 et a permis le degel des tensions, l'augmentation des echanges et l'ouverture d'un dialogue historique entre Taipei et Pekin, n'a recueilli que 40,7% des voix.
The media reports had suggested that the bank's net asset value had been declining since president Ma Ying-jeou assumed office in 2008.
The demonstrators -- some of them jobless after factory shutdowns and others independence activists and supporters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party -- vented their anger at President Ma Ying-jeou, who is also the Kuomintang chairman.
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The incident could further damage the already scandal-plagued administration of President Ma Ying-jeou, who himself is suffering from low-approval ratings.
Tokyo, June 7 ( ANI ): Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has said Taipei, Tokyo and Beijing should engage in a three-way dialogue on resource development on the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
It is the first time live ammunition has been used in Taiwan's annual military drills since Ma Ying-jeou became president.