Former President Ma Ying-jeou led a delegation to visit China and arrived at Shanghai Pudong Airport this afternoon. Chen Yuanfeng (first from right), deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, picked him up.

(Provided by the Office of the Former President Ma)

[Central News Agency] Former President Ma Ying-jeou led a delegation to Shanghai this afternoon to start a visit to mainland China. The Chinese Communist Party's official media Xinhua News Agency immediately released a short report with only 97 characters in full.

However, no title was added to him in the article, and he was only referred to as "Ma Ying-jeou" twice.

According to the full text of the Xinhua News Agency report, the first paragraph reads: "On the afternoon of March 27, Ma Ying-jeou led a delegation to arrive in Shanghai and went to Nanjing. Relevant persons in charge of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee greeted him at the airport."

The second paragraph reads: "As far as we know, Ma Ying-jeou will visit Nanjing, Wuhan, Changsha, Chongqing, Shanghai and other places when he comes to the mainland to pay respects to his ancestors, to visit, and to lead young students from Taiwan to exchange ideas."

Before Ma Ying-jeou's departure, the media reported that the Chinese mainland would address him as "Mr. Ma" during his visit, which aroused discussions from all walks of life.

Many mainland Chinese media previously used the title of "former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou" when reporting on issues related to Ma Ying-jeou's trip, but some only used the three words "Ma Ying-jeou".