Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
During his stay, Ma will visit major Indian information technology industry associations, including the powerful National Association of Software and Service Companies.
Ma, a former KMT chairman and a two-term mayor of Taipei from 1998 to last year, will also meet India's ruling Congress Party leader Karan Singh and Rajnath Singh, chairman of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party for wide-ranging talks.
Following his India visit, Ma will travel to Singapore for a brief visit. His itinerary includes visits to the city state's harbor bureau and getting first-hand information about its casino management, as well as meetings with Singaporean political heavyweights, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (
Prior to his departure from Taipei late on Monday, Ma said that the five-day, two-leg visit was aimed at promoting international exchanges.
Noting that both India and Singapore are important players in the international community, Ma said that if he won the next presidential election, he would not ignore them in his diplomatic agenda.
"While India boasts a large software talent pool and robust economic strength, Singapore also plays an important role in global trade and regional politics. We cannot afford to overlook them in our diplomatic work," Ma said.
He said that the Democratic Progressive Party administration had regrettably failed to do more in forging closer ties with the two Asian neighbors.
Given India's excellence and prominence in computer software production, Ma said India can complement Taiwan, one of the world's top computer hardware suppliers, in information and communication technology industry development.
Taiwan would benefit much from forging closer economic and political ties with India, he said.
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