Talking points

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2012, 12:00am


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

Legco debates HK-mainland friction

Legco discusses Hongkongers' resentment towards mainlanders visiting the city, with constitutional and mainland affairs chief Raymond Tam Chi-yuen replying to questions tabled by lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan. Ho has asked for the government's views on, among other matters, comments by Peking University Professor Kong Qingdong (left) likening Hongkongers to dogs and colonial lackeys. She has also asked the government what it has done in the past 10 years to publicise on the mainland the city's 'edge in the rule of law' and to state 'what specific work the authorities will undertake to resolve the conflicts of culture and identity'.

Finance chief provides budget briefing

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah speaks on the 2012-13 budget in an address to a Joint Business Community luncheon at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Some lawmakers have berated Tsang for neglecting the city's neediest but he has defended the city's priority of running a huge budget surplus as a bulwark against bad economic times.

London holds disaster exercise in lead-up to Games

Security forces engage in a two-day exercise involving 2,500 people centring on a mock emergency on London's subway system in preparation for the Olympics later this year. The security test envisions that an emergency takes place on the busiest days of the Games, which run from July 27 to August 12. Authorities declined to disclose the exact scenario.

Chief executive hopefuls speak on SME policy

Chief executive hopefuls, invited by a group of small- and medium-sized enterprises, discuss their proposed SME policies at a Convention and Exhibition Centre forum. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (left), who on Monday declared her intention to stand for election after denouncing the 'shameful farce' surrounding the leading contenders, has accepted the invitation, as has Leung Chun-ying. Henry Tang Ying-yen, embroiled in the scandal of his wife's illegal basement 'palace', and the Democrats' candidate Albert Ho Chun-yan have yet to reply.

Tensions high as Tibetans mark new year

Tibetans celebrate Lhosar, their new year, after several deadly bouts of unrest in Tibetan-inhabited areas of the mainland in recent weeks. Security has been stepped up in the areas, especially as tension continues to rise after a monk from Aba prefecture in Sichuan reportedly died on Sunday after setting himself alight. Foreign tourists have also been barred from the region. At least 22 Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year.

Judge announces date for Mubarak verdict

The judge hearing the trial of Hosni Mubarak (pictured in a portrait carried by a supporter) announce a date for a verdict. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Mubarak for allegedly orchestrating the killing of about 850 protesters during the uprising that ousted him as Egyptian president last year. Mubarak, who has denied charges that include corruption and abuse of power, has been held in a military hospital rather than a prison.