Talking points

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 September, 2011, 12:00am


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

Palates poised for China Wine Awards

It is being labelled as one of the biggest wine competitions ever staged in China, and it takes place in Hong Kong today. At the China Wine Awards, judges will taste hundreds of wines from around the world in an attempt to find not the tipple most suited to the spoiled palates of Western wine buffs but that which suits Asian tastes and complements our food the best.

Xinjiang showcases role as trade and industry hub

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang will open the China-Eurasia Expo today in Urumqi , the regional capital of restive Xinjiang. Leaders of Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan as well as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen are attending the five-day expo aimed at promoting Urumqi as a regional centre for trade and industry. The region's already tight security is tighter still.

Weathermen face press conference heat

With searing weather persisting in the southern part of the country, the China Meteorological Administration meets the press. In Chongqing it was over 40 degrees Celsius on Monday and authorities decided to extend schools' summer break to next Monday. Temperatures in Guizhou passed 35 degrees, exacerbating the drought that since early July has dried up hundreds of reservoirs and rivers, devastated crops and forced 5.5 million people to endure water shortages.

World leaders gather to welcome a new Libya

Senior officials from about 60 countries, including China, will meet in Paris as the 'friends of Libya' to secure financial and diplomatic support for the fledgling revolutionary regime. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain will welcome leaders of the rebel National Transitional Council into the international fold. The event marks a rebirth after 42 years of Gaddafi's misrule, and is also a chance to urge the unfreezing of Libyan assets.

With Irene gone, is a new hurricane brewing?

While the US east coast mops up after Hurricane Irene, people are looking out anxiously over the Atlantic and asking: is another one coming? Tropical Storm Katia is jogging west at a brisk 30km/h and the US National Hurricane Centre says it is expected to become a hurricane today northeast of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands. But the Miami-based centre says it cannot predict its path with certainty, nor say whether it will threaten the United States.

Sex debate decided, Semenya defends track title

Two years ago, Caster Semenya sprinted to the women's world 800 metres crown and quickly found herself entangled in a maelstrom of seedy allegations over her sex. But the 20-year-old South African starts the defence of her title in Taegu, South Korea, today, cleared to run by the sport's world governing body, the IAAF, and largely accepted by her peers. She was revealed to be a hermaphrodite after the leaking of test results following her win at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. An angry South African public and government rallied behind the athlete and sparked a major review by the IAAF, which in April introduced new eligibility rules for women athletes with excessive male hormones.