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Malaysia pilot arrives in Taiwan as part of round-the-world adventure

TAIPEI--A Malaysian pilot of ethnic Chinese descent arrived in Taiwan yesterday seeking to become the youngest man to fly around the world in 50 days in a single piston aircraft.

James Anthony Tan, 21, will fly solo across 21 countries in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa in 50 days, with stops in 30 cities.

Despite suffering reading disorders since childhood, Tan has dreamt of becoming a pilot since he was 5 years old. Upon getting a pilot's license last year, he set a world record of flying on his own in a single piston aircraft across 13 countries in Europe and Asia in 29 days.

Tan, arriving at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 1 p.m. on Saturday, received a warm welcome upon his arrival. He said that he was happy and looking forward to this visit.

Tan also expressed hope that he will have time to tour the island and taste the beef noodles, the Taiwanese delicacy that he is most eager to try.

He said he was confident that he will achieve his goal of breaking the world record and added that he hopes his trip will inspire children in Taiwan to pursue their dreams.

Tan is scheduled to leave for Japan Monday morning and return to Malaysia on April 24 where his journey started.

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