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Taiwan Quick Take: Hsieh wants Olympic debate

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

Former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominee for Taipei mayor, challenged his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) opponent Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday to a debate on Hsieh's proposal for Taipei to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Hsieh said he hoped Hau would not evade a public debate on the issue, since Hau has openly expressed his disapproval of the idea. In response, Hau's spokesman Wu Hsiu-kuang (吳秀光) said at present it would be impractical for Taipei to focus its attention on making a bid to host the Olympics. Hau will only enter a debate on issues related to municipal governance with other mayoral candidates after he officially registers his candidacy with election authorities, Wu said.

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