Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 3:20am

Obama sets out budget plan

US President Barack Obama launches the latest round of the battle over the nation's economic future when he presents an outline of his budget for next year. The budget has drawn opposition from both parties ahead of its publication. Republicans oppose Obama's calls for tax increases, and many of the president's fellow Democrats oppose proposals for smaller annual increases in pensions and other federal benefit programmes.


Western Guangdong seeks Asean links

Guangdong's less developed western region hosts its first trade fair targeting Chinese businesspeople in Asean countries in a bid to boost the local economy. Some 350 guests, including Chinese merchants from Southeast Asia and regional media, have been invited to the fair. They will also tour Zhanjiang's harbour projects, such as the Sino-Kuwait Guangdong integrated refinery and petrochemical project, and the Zhanjiang iron and steel hub.


G8 foreign ministers meet

The foreign ministers of the G8 countries meet in London, with Syria and North Korea expected to top the agenda. Also due to be discussed are five key issues including the future of Somalia and Myanmar, the prevention of sexual violence, cybersecurity and the prospects of a new partnership with Arab countries that are transitioning to democracy.


March trade figures due out

Beijing releases its trade figures for last month, with questions remaining about the reliability of the statistics. The better-than-expected trade figures in recent months have drawn scepticism in some quarters. China Customs spokesman Zheng Yuesheng will take media questions on the figures at a press conference in Beijing.


Nationalists take to Warsaw's streets

Thousands of supporters of opposition nationalist leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski stage marches in Warsaw to mark three years since Kaczynski's twin, president Lech Kaczynski, was killed in a plane crash in Russia, and to protest against the policies of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his government. They blame Tusk both for the crash and high unemployment in Poland.


Soccer boss in court again

Troubled soccer boss Carson Yeung Ka-sing is back in court as the countdown to his trial later this month continues. The owner of English club Birmingham City faces charges of money laundering, and last month saw his request for a change in the venue for his trial rejected. The District Court hearing is expected to take just half an hour and lay the groundwork for the trial to start on April 29.