TAIWAN’S leader, known for being frugal, may have set another example for China’s new leaders after they banned official extravagance to win popular support.
President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday announced his daughter’s wedding, but only after Taiwan media caught her hosting a small reception at a Taipei hotel.
The president’s office said Lesley Ma, 32, did not want publicity as she married a man she had met at Harvard University in America.
Taiwan’s “first daughter” is said to dress casually and travels economy-class in a way even praised by many Chinese as a sharp contrast with China’s princelings – the privileged children of the Communist elite.
Taiwan and China split amid civil war, but ties have warmed in recent years.