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Taiwan presidential candidates briefly trade civilities in 1st debate

Taiwan presidential candidates briefly trade civilities in 1st debate

Taiwan's ruling and opposition presidential candidates traded moments of civilities during their first TV debate Sunday at the request of a citizen representative who noteed the public is tired of verbal attacks that have dominated the campaign trail thus far.
Opposition Kuomintang Ma Ying-jeou said his Democratic Progressive Party counterpart Frank Hsieh has many positive qualities, noting that he is eloquent as well as humorous and speaks fluent Japanese.
"Hsieh has many qualities I can learn from,”Ma said when asked to name three of Hsieh's good qualities.“He also cooks, plays the flute and is considerate in dealing with his wife.”
The debate was jointly sponsored by local media organizations where 20 citizen representatives were allowed to question the two candidates on issues that top their concern list.
In return, Hsieh conceded it is not easy to praise one's political foe but he said Ma is gentle, amicable and vested in assorted administrative experiences.“Ma's drawback is that he has too many good qualities,”Hsieh said. he added that Ma is good-looking, as many have said, though the DPP nominee has reservation about its being one's strength.
The two candidates will have their second debate on March 9.


Updated : 2020-12-04 16:58 GMT+08:00