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Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 April, 2013, 3:36am

Australia's prime minister in Beijing

Australia continues its efforts to build ties with China as Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. Gillard, who led a large Australian delegation to the Boao Forum in Hainan , which ended yesterday, has made building ties with Asia a key plank of her strategy as she seeks re-election later this year. China is Australia's largest trading partner, with goods and services deals worth A$128 billion (HK$1.04 trillion).

 

Bolshoi row reaches court

Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze attends the first hearing of a civil lawsuit he is bringing against the theatre's director as part of an effort to unseat him. The battle between the two men reflects tensions at the famed Moscow theatre that spilled into the open in January's acid attack against the ballet's artistic director, Sergei Filin.

 

Bank reveals Asian development picture

The Asian Development Bank reveals its latest report on developing economies in the region at an event in Hong Kong. The annual Asian Economic Outlook features an assessment of economic trends and prospects for the world and for the developing economies of Asia and the Pacific, economic profiles, economic management issues, development policy concerns, and economic projections.

 

Iraq remembers fall of Baghdad

Iraq marks the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and the ousting of dictator Saddam Hussein - with the implications of the US-led invasion still continuing. British-based NGO Iraq Body Count recently estimated that at least 112,000 Iraqi civilians died in the decade after the invasion, while thousands of soldiers and policemen were also killed. The controversy over the invasion has led the Iraqi government to eschew any formal commemorations.

 

Inflation figures for March released

Beijing announces its March consumer inflation and producer price index figures, offering new clues on the state of the mainland economy. The central bank's advisory committee warned last week of uncertainty in future inflation levels. February's consumer inflation rate rebounded to a 10-month high of 3.2 per cent.

 

Anson Chan speaks on HK 'resilience'

Former chief secretary and Legislative Council member Anson Chan Fang On-sang is in the spotlight again, with a speech at the Hong Kong Football Club on the city's "resilience". Chan hit the headlines last week by taking a more conciliatory tone on arrangements for universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election than some of her colleagues in the pan-democratic camp.

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