Taipei: Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou flew to Singapore on Tuesday, a source familiar with the matter said, amid local media reports that Ma would pay his last respects to Singapore`s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died aged 91 on Monday.
Ma would be unlikely to attend Sunday`s funeral for Lee to avoid an awkward encounter with China`s representatives, given the likelihood of a top Chinese leader attending.
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and maintains a close relationship with Singapore.
Taiwan`s foreign ministry said it had no information about the matter. Officials at Taiwan`s presidential office could not be reached immediately for comment.