Ma Ying-jeou is seen serving customers at a Taipei bookstore in the video. His office posted the clip on YouTube, saying it aims to show another side to Ma. Photo: Handout

Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou appears in video as ‘shopkeeper for a day’ in bookstore

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Ma Ying-jeou is seen serving customers at a Taipei bookstore in the video. His office posted the clip on YouTube, saying it aims to show another side to Ma. Photo: Handout
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.