Talking points

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2012, 12:00am


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

Trial of alleged Bali bombmaker begins

The trial of an Indonesian man accused of making the explosives used in the 2002 Bali bombings is scheduled to start. Umar Patek was arrested on January 25 last year in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos four months later. Indonesian officials say Patek confessed to being a key participant in the Bali bombings, which killed 202 people in Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attack. They say he also admitted to making the bombs used on Christmas Eve 2000 in attacks on churches that killed 19 people.

Wang Qishan co-hosts meeting in Brazil

Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, who began a five-day visit to Brazil on Friday, co-hosts the second round of the China-Brazil High-level Co-ordination and Co-operation Committee meeting with Brazilian Vice-President Michel Temer. The first round was held in Beijing in March 2006.

Preliminary decision on Sino-US trade dispute

A preliminary decision is expected in a dispute between American and Chinese makers of solar panels. US manufacturers have accused Chinese companies of flooding the market with solar panels at the end of last year, a charge the Chinese companies deny. The US International Trade Commission voted last month to allow the case to proceed.

DAB meeting decides on chief executive nominations

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which holds 147 seats on the 1,200-member Election Committee, meets to decide how it will proceed with chief executive nominations. Chairman Tam Yiu-chung has hinted it is unlikely the party will give one candidate a block endorsement. Most members are likely to be given a free vote and the party's leaders might abstain to avoid showing a preference.

Olympus releases third-quarter results

Beleaguered Olympus releases third-quarter results. The company, which is trying to put a US$1.7 billion fraud scandal behind it, is seeking investment partners and looking to vote in a new board in April. Agencies in Japan, the US and Britain are still investigating the fraud which, according to the third-party probe, was used to hide investment losses from investors for 13 years.

Business summit at Great Hall of the People

The Seventh European Union-China Business Summit takes place tomorrow at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Scheduled to speak are European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman van Rompuy and Premier Wen Jiabao .

Rush for tickets in Toronto to see 'Linsanity'

All eyes are on Jeremy Lin, the first US-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, who has captured worldwide attention by helping the New York Knicks to triumphs while stars Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were absent. With another stellar performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 'Linsanity' now moves on to Toronto, where the Knicks take on the Raptors tomorrow. With a large Chinese population in the city, there is no shortage of fans chasing tickets.