What's Next: January 02, 2016

People First Party chairman James Soong (left) shaking hands with Democratic Progressive Party chairman Tsai Ing-wen (right) and Nationalist Party chairman Eric Chu before a televised debate in Taipei on Dec 27, 2015.
People First Party chairman James Soong (left) shaking hands with Democratic Progressive Party chairman Tsai Ing-wen (right) and Nationalist Party chairman Eric Chu before a televised debate in Taipei on Dec 27, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Taiwan candidates in final TV face-off

The three presidential candidates in Taiwan - Eric Chu of the Chinese Nationalist Party, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party and James Soong of the People First Party - will face off in a final televised debate today. The candidates' views on how best to steer relationships with China are likely to be a focal point of their engagement.

Orchard Road Pedestrian Night

The seventh edition of the Orchard Road Pedestrian Night, which shuts a 660m stretch of road on the shopping strip on the first Saturday of the month for five hours from 6pm, will be held today. It will feature a performance-based installation called HAG Space, where drummer Brandon Khoo, a cappella group MICappella, speed painter Vilas Nayak and dance duo Max & Chloe will perform.

All eyes on health of UK property market

More data on the health of the British property market will be released tomorrow, with investor scrutiny on the London area for signs of overheating. The Halifax House Price Index, which is Britain's longest-running monthly house price series, had shown a 1.3 per cent increase in November. The index, which will show December data, is expected to continue rising, although experts say the US rate hike could put pressure on prices later this year.

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