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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. In 2018 Ma was convicted of leaking classified information while president.
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Subsequently, despite President Ma Yingjeou's election pledge to devote 3% of GDP to defense, defense spending declined during his two terms (2008-2016) as he argued that the best defense for Taiwan was improved cross-Strait relations.
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We applaud your editorial's stance, which is in accordance with ROC (Taiwan) President Ma Yingjeou's unambiguous position that the people of Taiwan "fully understand and support Hong Kong's demand for universal suffrage," as quoted in your editorial.