Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 2:34am


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CY expected to deliver a landmark speech

All eyes are on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as he delivers his maiden policy address, a speech setting out his plans for the next five years. This will be followed by the usual hectic round of press conferences as the city's media and analysts push their interpretation of one of the most significant speeches given by a leader of the city in years. Housing and livelihood issues are expected to top Leung's agenda, but there is always a chance of a last-minute surprise.


Asean ministers in South China Sea talks

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations begin a three-day retreat in Brunei. The meeting is expected to see ministers push towards a binding code of conduct for settling disputes in the South China Sea and to seek further dialogue with Beijing and Taipei, both of which have significant claims on the sea.


Will nuclear team seal deal in Iran?

A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrive for talks in Tehran which are expected to see a deal finally signed between Iran and the nuclear watchdog. But implementing the accord will only partially resolve a decade-long stand-off over Iran's nuclear programme, experts say. Iran says its nuclear development is peaceful, while many believe it may build an atomic bomb.


Prince swings for golfing glory

Some 761 golfers will fight it out for just 40 places to join their sport's Asian Tour - with royalty among them. Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei is hoping to follow up his achievement of becoming the tiny sultanate's first Olympian - he took part in skeet shooting at the 1996 Atlanta Games - with a place among the professionals at the age of 39. The competition continues for the next three days in Thailand and concludes next week.


Top showjumpers head for town

Details are revealed of a glamorous event that will bring the cream of the international showjumping world to the city. The first Longines Hong Kong Masters runs for three days in February at the AsiaWorld-Expo conference centre and organisers are revealing further details of their plans today. The city is, of course, no stranger the world's best showjumpers, many of whom were in town for the equestrian section of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Senior officials speak at SME forum

Leading figures including Chen Dongqi, a deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission's macroeconomic research institute, as well as vice-ministers, are among the speakers at a forum of small-and-medium sized enterprises in Hainan . The forum, which runs until Saturday, is a spin-off from the annual Boao Forum for Asia, at which leaders in government, business and academia share their visions for the region and the world.