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Taiwan tensions

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou lands in China as Tsai Ing-wen heads to U.S.

Ex-leader who met Xi Jinping in 2015 appears keen to rewrite his legacy

Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves as he arrives with his delegation at Pudong airport in Shanghai on March 27. (Ma Ying-jeou Office via AP)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's former President Ma Ying-jeou landed in Shanghai on Monday for a symbolic tour of China that coincides with incumbent Tsai Ing-wen's high-profile trip to the U.S. and Central America this week.

Ma, president from 2008 to 2016 and a heavyweight in the now-opposition Kuomintang (KMT), will stay in China until April 7, leading a delegation of students to several cities and paying respects to his ancestors in southwestern Hunan province.

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