Talking points

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 12:00am


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

Early peek at international art

The Hong Kong International Art Fair, the city's 'truly international art fair', will open its doors for a media preview today at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The annual trade show for modern and contemporary art returns for the fourth time with 260 exhibitors, a new backer and an undisputed primary position in the region. The fair, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, will be 30 per cent larger than last year's.

Dalian banks on festival-led tourism revival

Dalian's three-month Beach Culture Festival will start tomorrow. It will be the first large-scale beach event hosted by the Liaoning coastal city since last July's huge oil spill. The city government reiterated that the pollution had been contained and the fishing industry was gradually being restored. But whether the event, featuring pop stars and a variety of activities, can revive the popular resort's tourism sector remains a question.

Beijing looks across the strait

The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office will hold a press conference in Beijing today. One of the major issues China's policymakers are facing is the impact of Taiwan's presidential election on cross-strait relations. In the press conference, Beijing is likely to keep quiet about the contest, which will be a race between incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou and Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, fearing any comment may backfire.

US assesses North Korean food crisis

An American team, including the special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, is visiting the hermit state until Saturday to assess the food needs of the isolated, impoverished nation. Rights envoy Robert King is making the first official US visit to Pyongyang in 17 months as Washington considers whether to resume food aid and as momentum builds to resume nuclear disarmament talks. A United Nations report said earlier this year that more than 6 million North Koreans urgently need help.

Amnesty to report on Ivory Coast violence

Amnesty International is expected to release a report today reviewing the six months of post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast. Thousands of people were killed and a million displaced after former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara following the November 28 election, triggering months of bloodshed and economic havoc in the world's top cocoa-producing country.