Taiwan presidential candidates agree to TV debate on December 29

Presidential rivals will debate each other, reply to questions from journalists

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Presidential election rivals Tsai Ing-wen, James Soong and Han Kuo-yu (from left to right).

Presidential election rivals Tsai Ing-wen, James Soong and Han Kuo-yu (from left to right). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's three presidential candidates have agreed to debate each other live on television on December 29, just two weekends ahead of election day.

Earlier, televised, live presentations of their policies, without direct interaction, had already been scheduled for December 18, 25, and 27.

The camps of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the Kuomintang (KMT), and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) had initially quarreled over which TV station would be picked for the debate, but on Wednesday (Dec. 18), they finally agreed that four TV stations, four newspaper groups, and the Central News Agency (CNA) would organize the event together.

The debate will take place on Sunday, December 29 at 2 p.m., two weekends before voters head to the polls on January 11, CNA reported. The three candidates will be allowed to question each other and will also have to respond to queries from the newspapers and CNA reporters.