Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP
Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP

US election: Trump-Biden debate bewilders interpreters, viewers in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam

  • A Taiwanese news anchor commenting on the live debate in Mandarin said it was ‘hard to make out anyone’s viewpoint’ while Japanese translators had to speak over each other
  • The session was seen as ‘symbolic of how polarised American politics has become’, while opinions on who fared better seemed to diverge according to personal beliefs

Topic |   US Presidential Election 2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP
Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate. Photo: AFP
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