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Presidential candidates set for second policy presentation forum

Presidential candidates set for second policy presentation forum

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The three presidential candidates are gearing up for the second of the three televised platform presentation forums Friday night, their campaigns said. In Friday's forum to be aired by Public Television Service, each of the three candidates -- President Ma Ying-jeou of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and James Soong of the People First Party (PFP) -- will be given three separate 10-minute slots to discuss their policies. Though not structured like a debate, the forum gives the candidates the chance to attack each other and respond to criticism leveled by their opponents. Ma's campaign spokesman Ying Wei said the president has squeezed as much time as possible between his campaign stops to prepare for the forum. Ma will address his track record, policies and vision for the nation and will cover what he did not have time to elaborate on in the previous forum due to time restrictions, Ying said. Tsai will focus on her "10-year policy guidelines" and continue to stress social justice, a localized economy, and social welfare, Tsai's campaign aides said. On relations with China, Tsai will discuss her vision based on her proposed "Taiwan consensus," the aides said. PFP spokesman Wu Kun-yu said Soong will discuss the economy and government reform, and also bring up his perceived snub at the previous forum. Soong's post-presentation news conference after the first forum was omitted from the broadcast, and Wu said the attitude shown by the Chinese Television System and the Central Election Commission (CEC) in handling the oversight was "typical bureaucratism." "Soong will draw on the case to elaborate on how government should be reformed," he added. The final presidential forum will be held on Jan. 6. A single televised forum for the three vice presidential candidates -- Premier Wu Den-yih of the KMT, Su Jia-chyuan of the DPP and Lin Ruey-shiung of the PFP -- is scheduled for Jan. 2. (By Kelven Huang, Lin Shen-hsu, Justin Su and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-03-02 00:48 GMT+08:00