National education in Hong Kong

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PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 5:26am

Vice-premier boosts ties with visit to Brazzaville

Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu arrives in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, for a working visit aimed at enhancing bilateral ties. Hui will meet Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso tomorrow to discuss ways to strengthen co-operation between China and Congo, six years after the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between the two countries in Brazzaville. The Congolese government has described the relationship with Beijing as "fruitful and exemplary", citing a number of infrastructure projects the Chinese helped construct over the past few years, including hospitals, roads, hydroelectric power stations and public buildings. Hui will also attend the inauguration of a China-funded agricultural technical training centre near Brazzaville. China and the Republic of Congo established diplomatic relations in 1964.


Clinton seeks Asean consensus on China

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in Indonesia as part of her Asia-Pacific tour. Indonesia is the seat of the secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose members are sharply divided over how to deal with China's expansion of influence and increasingly aggressive claims over disputed territory. A summit of Asean leaders in July failed to reach consensus on how to handle the disputes. Clinton will press them to find common ground and hash out a framework for negotiating with China, US officials said.


Rebekah Brooks faces court on hacking charges

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, once a close aide to Rupert Murdoch, appears at a London court on phone-hacking charges, which she denies. Brooks is accused of one general charge of conspiracy to illegally access voicemails, and two relating to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and a former union boss. Seven other people appeared at the same court last month on phone-hacking charges. Murdoch closed the News of the World last year after the extent of hacking at the tabloid emerged.


Pupils receive first lessons in national education

Pupils at Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School receive their first national education classes. The 30-year-old school is one of the first to implement the controversial curriculum, which drew tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets in July to oppose what they see as an attempt at "brainwashing" children. Opponents say they are concerned it will teach their children a skewed view of history and will further marginalise ethnic minorities in the city because it overemphasises Chinese identity based on geography, blood ties and a common sense of belonging. The government has said it will consider the public's concerns, but as of now the curriculum is set to become compulsory for all primary and secondary schools by 2016.