TAIPEI - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has said Singapore's late founding father Lee Kuan Yew was a "distinguished leader who will be remembered by people around the world", according to Focus Taiwan.
Posting a photo of himself with Mr Lee taken in 2011 on his Facebook page, Mr Ma said Mr Lee had built Singapore into a "first-rate nation".
"Lee was a solid friend to the Republic of China and played a key leadership role in promoting the development of bilateral relations.
"Lee was a visionary and world-class leader. Under his leadership, Singapore, in just 50 years, has developed into an important trade hub in Asia with impressive economic strength.
"Lee led an unpretentious life. His self discipline was very strict."