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President recalls New York transit on Facebook

President recalls New York transit on Facebook

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday on his Facebook page that the knowledge he had accumulated when he studied at his his alma mater, New York University, has been used in dealing with many cases in his years of holding public office, including the signing of a Taiwan-Japan fishery agreement. In a post depicting his impressions of his recent transit stopover in New York, Ma said he received the most courteous treatment compared with several transit stops in the United States he has made in the past. Ma said that this time, the arrangements for him to transit via New York on his five-country diplomatic trip to Paraguay and the Caribbean and via Los Angeles on his way back to Taipei Aug. 22 was based on travel convenience. He added that his being able to enjoy such convenience is because mutual trust between Taiwan and the United States has been rebuilt over the past five years based on the principle of keeping stopovers in the United States low-profile. This has also led to upgraded treatment from the U.S. authorities, Ma said. A visit he made to his alma mater not only allowed him to remember the good old days when he studied at the school but also demonstrated cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries, Ma said. After graduating from the university, Ma worked at a law firm on Wall Street for six months, and he used to pass through the World Trade Center in New York City where the 9/11 attacks occurred in 2001, the president noted. However, the area now looks very different compared with 20 years ago, he added. The New York trip, he said, made him realize that Taiwan and the United States have common interests and shared core values which are reflected in the aspects of education and culture. (By Lee Shu-hua and Y.L. Kao)


Updated : 2021-07-26 00:05 GMT+08:00