Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 August, 2011, 12:00am

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

Forum to discuss global debt and financial turmoil

Bankers, government think tanks and senior regulators will meet in Beijing to discuss issues ranging from the boom in shadow-banking in China to international financial regulatory reforms. The forum comes amid renewed public concerns over European banks, the US economy and China's swelling local government liabilities. The China Bankers Forum, hosted by the China Europe International Business School, will include former central banker and current national congress financial committee deputy director Wu Xiaoling.

Biden heads south on final leg of China tour

US Vice-President Joe Biden wraps up his visit to Beijing and heads to the southwestern city of Chengdu with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Biden will speak to high school pupils tomorrow and visit the 2008 Sichuan quake reconstruction projects.

Report due on Israeli attack on Gaza aid ship

A United Nations report on the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, last year is expected to published. It has been repeatedly delayed to allow for Israeli-Turkish rapprochement amid US concern at the rift between two of its strategic partners in the Middle East. Turkey has been demanding an apology for the raid, in which nine Turks were killed, but Israel has insisted its use of force was justified.

UN mission to investigate Syrian unrest

A United Nations humanitarian mission visits Syria to witness the effects of President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown. Humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said she had been guaranteed the mission would have full access to the country. The UN has been trying for weeks to get a team into Syria, where more than 2,000 people have been reported killed in a months-long crackdown on dissent by Assad's regime. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said Syria may have committed crimes against humanity.

HK journalists protest over heavy-handed police

The Hong Kong Journalists' Association will hold a rally at the new government headquarters in protest against police handling of the media during major news events over the past month, including the use of pepper spray against reporters during the July 1 demonstrations in Central, the arrest of three reporters for 'attempted burglary' at the Tamar complex and obstruction of journalists' work during Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visit.

Last chance for Springboks in Tri-Nations

The Springboks, desperate for a morale-boosting victory ahead of their title defence at next month's World Cup in New Zealand, face the All Blacks at home. They have never gone winless for an entire Tri-Nations season, and defeat to a second-string All Blacks team will confirm that a major challenge awaits the 2007 World Cup champions. The test in Port Elizabeth is the Springboks' final game before they take on Wales in New Zealand on September 11. 'It will be very difficult getting on the plane without a win,' Springbok captain Victor Matfield said.