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

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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