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Scott reaches out to president of Republic of China

Gov. Rick Scott sent an e-mail Tuesday to the Republic of China's president to praise him for meeting with Florida's top professors and scientists at an upcoming conference in Taipei.

The delegation, led by Ed Moore, president of The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou at the Fourth Annual Taiwan-Florida Higher Education conference.

Scott also told the president he looks forward to continued expansion of economic and cultural ties between Taiwan and Florida.

"Recognizing the importance of higher education to the future of our state and your country is of great importance," Scott said.

If His Excellency has replied to Scott's e-mail, it's not yet visible on Sunburst, the public-access website for e-mails to and from the governor's office.

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Juan

This post needs correction. There are significant differences between China and Taiwan. If the delegation led by Mr. Moore visited Taipei, then Gov. Scott may have reached out to the president of Taiwan and not the premier of China. Taiwan is a democratic republic and China is communist. A little bit of editing work would have caught this serious mistake.

John

There's nothing wrong with this post. Taiwan's official name is the Republic of China, and the President is Ma Ying-Jeou.

Justin

I agree with John. There are no mistakes in this article despite the indignant tone in Juan's post. Although the Republic of China is not recognized as a country by most of the world, the government in Taiwan, headed by Pres. Ma Ying-jeou, refers to itself as the Republic of China and actually still claims the entirety of what most people think of as "China" to be within its sovereignty.

James

In my opinion Taiwan would be most appropriate in the headline. Also, I've never heard of the president of Taiwan being called His Excellency. Plenty of folks in Taiwan would be offended by such a title. Commenting from Taipei, James from Georgia (just above Florida)

John

It is a bit odd to use "His Excellency" in a newspaper post. However, in formal settings using "his Excellency" to address a person of high rank is the proper form of address. Here's an example of its usage: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=13874

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