Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Treat in store for game fans
Square-eyed lovers of video games are in for a treat as the Asia Game Show gets under way at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The four-day expo is expected to draw more than 500,000 visitors, up from 470,000 last year, and beat last year's sales total of HK$30 million. More than 30 exhibitors are taking part in the expo. Admission remains unchanged at HK$28.
Centre issues economic forecast
The State Information Centre publishes its annual forecast for Chinese and global economies next year. The SIC is a research institute under the National Development and Reform Commission. The World Bank recently raised its forecast for China's 2013 economic growth to 8.4 per cent from the previous prediction of 8.1 per cent, citing more fiscal stimulus and faster implementation of large investment projects.
China Unicom set for big-money deal
China Unicom (Hong Kong) is set to seal a deal to acquire its parent company's fixed-line infrastructure on the mainland. The country's second-largest wireless network operator has agreed to pay 12.2 billion yuan (HK$15.2 billion) in cash to buy Unicom New Horizon Telecommunications from state-owned parent China United Network Communications Group. Independent shareholders will vote on the deal at an extraordinary general meeting.
Putin in Brussels for talks
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Brussels for talks with his European Union counterpart Herman van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other senior EU leaders and officials. The timing of the visit is delicate as the bloody conflict in Syria finds Russia sticking by long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad to the West's clear frustration.
Conference discusses rural matters
Beijing begins its annual Central Rural Work Conference to lay out the blueprint for next year's rural policies. It is widely expected the two-day conference will identify policies on areas such as increasing farmers' incomes, improving the land compensation system to curb rampant land disputes and improving agricultural technology.
Revelry in face of annihilation
It's the end of the world, at least according to devotees of much-disputed ancient Mayan prophecies. But even if the apocalypse doesn't arrive, there will be plenty of people out to make the best of the famous date. In particular, large numbers of visitors are expected in Central America, the home of the Mayan civilisation, while parties around the world will ensure that revellers face doomsday with a smile on their faces.