Two rival candidates running in the year-end Taipei mayoral election -- former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) of the Democratic Progressive Party and Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) -- set out on overseas trips yesterday. Both Hsieh and Hau said their travel plans were scheduled long ago. Hsieh said prior to his departure for New York that he was going to attend the inauguration of a Taiwanese expatriate group in support of his bid for Taipei mayor. If possible, Hsieh said, he hoped to take time out of his busy schedule to watch a New York Yankees baseball match. Shortly after Hsieh's departure, Hau, former head of the Environmental Protection Administration, arrived at CKS International Airport to check in for a flight to Japan for a three-day visit. Hau said he will visit two Japanese metropolises -- Tokyo and Yokohama -- to learn from their major urban development projects and administrative reforms. "The findings of my trip will serve as reference for my platform for the year-end mayoral campaign," Hau said.
Mon, Aug 28, 2006 - Page 3 News List
Taiwan Quick Take: Taipei hopefuls take trips
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