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Ma Ying-jeou did not make himself very welcome in Xi Jinping's China when he suggested Taiwan and the mainland are both parts of the Republic of China, Taiwan's official name and one Beijing has never recognized. (Source photos by Ma Ying-jeou Office/AP and Reuters)
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Analysis: Why Xi Jinping did not meet Taiwan's ex-president

Ma Ying-jeou's usefulness for Beijing likely on the decline

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

As Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was meeting with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California last week, her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou, was in mainland China.

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