Former president Ma Ying-jeou embarks on U.S. trip

Taipei--Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) on Tuesday set off for a 12-day visit to New York, Boston and Washington D.C. to meet with academics, members of U.S. Congress and Taiwanese expatriates and students.

The trip is Ma's second visit to the U.S. and third overseas visit 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 the U.S. later that month.

On Tuesday, Ma boarded the plane bound for New York without making any comments to waiting reporters.

During his stay in the United States, Ma will attend luncheons and give speeches at U.S. think tanks, meet with members of Congress who have been supportive of Taiwan, have an interview with CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, and meet with students at universities.

He will also give a speech titled "From Harvard Law School to the Presidential Office of the Republic of China" at his alma mater, Harvard University. After studying in National Taiwan University and New York University School of Law, Ma received his S.J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1981.

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

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel