Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 November, 2011, 12:00am


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

Big eaters to go huge on shrimp

More than 300 hungry competitors will be cramming down shrimp wontons in heats of the CP Biggest Eater Competition 2011-12 at Diamond Hill's Plaza Hollywood today and tomorrow. The top 30 contestants will gain a spot in the local finals on November 27, where they will battle it out for a chance to represent Hong Kong at the global finals in Thailand next year. Competitors will include Sonya Thomas (left), the reigning women's world champion.

Home straight for the Trailwalker

Nearly 5,000 entrants will have reached the end of their mammoth slog over the hills of the New Territories when the last of the Oxfam Trailwalkers completes the 100-kilometre hike. First held as a team challenge by the British army's Hong Kong Gurkha Signals Squadron in 1981, it has grown over the past 30 years into one of the city's major events.

Obama's Bali visit breaks new ground

President Barack Obama becomes the first US leader to attend the East Asia Summit, a gathering that brings together the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and eight regional powers, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Obama hailed the grouping, which is meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, as the top forum for tackling regional maritime disputes.

US-China trade on the agenda in Chengdu

Top trade officials from China and the US will meet tomorrow in Chengdu to address and resolve key trade concerns. Vice-Premier Wang Qishan , US Commerce Secretary John Bryson (pictured) and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk will preside over the annual Sino-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. The meeting comes after the US House Intelligence Committee announced it was investigating whether Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei and ZTE, pose a national security threat. US Ambassador Gary Locke has said 'the single biggest obstacle' to foreign and domestic businesses is 'a lack of openness in the Chinese economy.'

Republican candidates to pitch in Iowa

Republican presidential candidates will be vying for votes in Iowa as they speak at the Thanksgiving Family Forum. Sponsored by a leading Iowa social conservative, Bob Vander Plaats, the forum is being held in Des Moines and half a dozen presidential candidates are expected to attend. The Republican battle has become intense, with Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to participate in the first nominating contest on January 3.

'Culture power' boss to hold media briefing

The director of the Communist Party's Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, Yi Junqing, will face the media on Monday. The bureau's responsibilities include researching political theories and reform and development strategies. In previous interviews, Yi has stressed the need for China to develop 'cultural power' as an important component of its projection of 'soft power'.