Aung San Suu Kyi

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 April, 2012, 12:00am

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

Xinjiang first stop on Turkish PM's China tour

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) starts a four-day visit to China tomorrow, his first official visit to the country since he became prime minister. Erdogan will stop first in Xinjiang , whose Uygur ethnic minority has historic ties with Turkey, before heading to Beijing and Shanghai. Some analysts say Beijing and Ankara are making efforts to prevent the Uygur issue from straining bilateral relations. Erdogan is also reported to be planning to convince Beijing to pressure the Syrian regime to end the violence against its people.

Myanmar's Karen rebels to meet Suu Kyi

Leaders of the Karen National Union, the rebels from Myanmar's war-torn Karen state, meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow in what will be her first important talks as an elected politician. Union spokeswoman May Oo Mutraw said the group was keen to assess the 'attitude and commitment' of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to reconciliation efforts. The union, whose leadership is based in Thailand, and its armed wing have been waging Myanmar's longest-running insurgency, since 1949.

Clean air group extends its campaign online

The advocacy group Clean Air Network launches its online interactive platform for public monitoring of air pollution, at a public function in Causeway Bay. Hongkongers will be encouraged to upload photos demonstrating the city's poor air quality to the group's website.

Ma Ying-jeou tours Taiwan's African allies

President Ma Ying-jeou (left) leaves for Africa on a trip that was intended to cement ties with all four of Taiwan's allies on the continent. However, Ma has dropped a scheduled visit to Sao Tome and Principe after its president, Manuel Pinto da Costa, said he would not be there to receive him. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokesman James Chang insisted yesterday that ties with the West African nation were 'stable'. Ma will proceed with visits to Burkina Faso, Gambia and Swaziland, three of 23 nations that formally recognise Taiwan.

Cruises make centenary visits to grave of Titanic

A Titanic Memorial Cruise is to recreate the doomed voyage of the ill-fated ocean liner, complete with dinners and dancing from the era, exactly 100 years since the world's most famous maritime disaster. The Titanic Memorial Cruise will depart from the English port of Southampton and head for the exact spot in the mid-Atlantic where the Titanic sank on April 12, 1912. It will be joined there next weekend by a cruise ship departing from New York on a similar excursion.

Hongkonger in bid for Mr Gay World title

The finals of Mr Gay World 2012 take place at Gold Reef City, an abandoned gold mine turned into a casino and entertainment resort on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. Organisers say 'the pageant will see delegates from across the globe represent their country in a four-day competition of brawn, beauty and brains'. The event's website identifies one of the entrants as a representative of Hong Kong called Jimmy Wong (left). The origins of other 'delegates' include the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Germany.