Talking points

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am


Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Shenzhou-IX to touch down with space pioneers

The Shenzhou-IX - with three astronauts on board, including China's first woman in space, Liu Yang (left) - is expected back on earth this morning after nearly two weeks in orbit. The Shenzhou-IX yesterday separated from the Tiangong-1 space module, after a manual docking manoeuvre on Sunday that was a milestone in China's ambitious plan to build a space station by the end of the decade. The capsule is to land by parachute at a site in Inner Mongolia.

Lawmakers discuss C.Y.'s illegal structures

The house committee of the Legislative Council holds a meeting to discuss the controversy over unauthorised structures at the home of chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying on The Peak. The committee will also discuss whether to invite Leung to attend a question-and-answer session on the issue. Apparently contrary to Leung's assertions, satellite photographs said to have been taken by the Lands Department appear to show an illegal structure was built at the home after he moved in.

Tokyo and Seoul sign defence accord

Representatives of South Korea and Japan sign a landmark military agreement in Tokyo despite controversy over what would be the first such accord since Tokyo's colonial rule ended in 1945. Japan's Foreign Minister, Koichiro Gemba (left), and South Korean Ambassador Shin Kak-soo will sign the pact on the 'protection of classified information'. Many older Koreans have bitter memories of Japan's 1910-45 rule. The two nations hope to expand defence co-operation in the face of increasing military threats from North Korea.

Wan Chai briefing on special Qianhai development

Officials from Shenzhen and the central government hold a briefing in Wan Chai on 'policies concerning [Qianhai]'. Beijing's economic planners have been hoping to turn the 15 square kilometre site west of Shenzhen into a showpiece of economic development, and incentives needed to persuade Hong Kong companies to invest there are expected to be approved soon by the State Council. These measures may be among the so-called 'gifts' that are traditionally announced for Hong Kong on the handover's anniversary.

S Korea commemorates deadly Yeongpyeong skirmish

South Korea's military will observe the 10th anniversary of a naval skirmish with North Korea off the disputed Yellow Sea islands of Yeongpyeong, in which six sailors were killed and 18 injured. The Defence Ministry has asked President Lee Myung-bak to attend the ceremony at a Pyeongtaek base, but his office has been unable to confirm his attendance, citing his visit to South America, which ended yesterday. Yeongpyeong is also the site of the 2010 North-South clash in which the North's artillery opened fire, killing two soldiers and two civilians.

Super 15 rugby kicks off again after break for tests

Super 15 rugby resumes after a three-week break for this month's tours of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa by Ireland, Wales and England. Week 16 of the 21-week tournament kicks off in Dunedin, New Zealand, today when the Otago Highlanders host the Waikato Chiefs, followed by Australia, with the Melbourne Rebels hosting the Queensland Reds.