Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Party briefs media on strategy for Legco elections
The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood briefs the media about the party's strategy for the Legislative Council elections to be held in September. The party won 15 seats in November's district council elections, which will allow it to nominate one ticket for the newly created 'super lawmaker' seats for Legco's district councils constituency. Party lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee (left) said the party would finalise its candidate list at a general meeting in June.
Fujian missile site likely topic at briefing
The State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office holds a scheduled news briefing that will give reporters a chance to ask about reports of military deployments in Fujian, opposite Taiwan. The Kanwa Asia Defence Review, an online magazine based in Toronto, has reported that new missile launch pads have been built at the site, but Taiwanese media, quoting Jane's Defence Weekly, said satellite images indicated only modernisation of facilities.
G8 foreign ministers tackle Syria, Iran, North Korea
Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight major economies meet in Washington to tackle pressing regional and global security issues, including Syria, Iran and North Korea. The meeting comes amid uncertainty on whether a UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria will be successful. The first such global talks for more than a year are also set against the backdrop of Iran's failure to allay Western suspicions that its uranium enrichment programme masks a drive to build nuclear weapons. The G8 foreign ministers will also tackle concerns over North Korea's plan to launch a rocket within days.
South Korean voters pass judgment on president
South Korean party chiefs have made their final appeals to voters before today's closely contested parliamentary elections. The vote is seen as a referendum on President Lee Myung-bak's (right) term in office and an indication of whether his successor can retain the powerful presidency for the conservatives in eight months' time. Lee's New Frontier Party had 165 seats in the 300-seat parliament against 89 for the main opposition centre-left Democratic United Party, but the elections are seen as too close to call.
Singapore seeks order against Chinese executive
The Monetary Authority of Singapore seeks a court order to freeze the funds of Huang Zhong Xuan, the former chief executive officer of China Sky Chemical Fibre, which is being investigated for regulatory breaches. The financial watchdog wants to restrain Huang, a Chinese national, from taking or sending money out of his Credit Suisse account in Singapore because China Sky and its directors may be fined as a result of the probe, according to papers filed with the city's High Court on March 28, Bloomberg reported.
Spanish PM spell outs reforms to reassure investors
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (left) is stepping up efforts to reassure investors he can bring the country's deficit under control as his government fights to avoid becoming the fourth euro-zone member to require a bailout. Rajoy will spell out his government's planned reforms to a meeting of People's Party parliamentary deputies today, according to Bloomberg, which quoted a government official who declined to be named.