Ex-President Ma pays tribute to ROC founding father in U.S.

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Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九, front, second left)

Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九, front, second left)

San Francisco, April 10 (CNA) Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) paid his respects to Republic of China founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen (孫中山)in San Francisco on Tuesday as he began his visit to the Bay Area.

Ma, who arrived in San Francisco late Monday, first visited a bronze statue of the ROC's founding father in St. Mary's Square in Chinatown and was greeted warmly by Taiwanese expatriates while there.

Accompanied by Joseph C.L. Ma (馬鐘麟), director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Ma said he was "extremely pleased" to pay his respects to Sun.

Sun raised US$400,000 in the city in 1910 when he initiated his efforts to overthrow the Qing Dynasty before establishing the ROC, which is now seated in Taiwan, the former president said.

Ma also visited the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in San Francisco later the same day before heading to the University of California, Berkeley.

The former president was to attend a banquet with Taiwanese expatriates in the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and then give a keynote speech on cross-Taiwan Strait relations and Taiwan's democratic development at Stanford University on Wednesday.

He will also visit tech giants such as Tesla and Google before departing for Taiwan on Friday.

This is Ma's fourth visit overseas since leaving office in May 2016.

(By Chang Ke-yi and Flor Wang)

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