Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 2013, 2:31am


How will China treat Iceland's gay first couple?

Iceland's prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, meets her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping today. A free trade agreement between Iceland and China, which has been in the making for six years, is expected to be signed. However, all eyes are on how China's official media will handle coverage of Sigurdardottir and her wife, Jonina Leosdottir, whom she married under Iceland's same-sex marriage law. Gay marriage is very much a taboo subject in China.


June 4 exhibition opens at City University

An exhibition in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown opens at City University today and runs until July 15. Organised by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China and the university's students' union, it will show photos and archives from the event and feature a multimedia learning zone. It is part of activities to mark the incident's 24th anniversary on June 4.


Top judges mull transgender marriage case

A young transgender woman's right-to-marry case will be heard in the Court of Final Appeal today. "W", who was born male but underwent an irreversible sex reassignment in a public hospital, has been issued a new Hong Kong identity card for her acquired gender. She is challenging the Hong Kong government's refusal to allow her to marry her boyfriend.


Musharraf in the dock on treason charge

A Supreme Court hearing in Pakistan is scheduled to resume to hear allegations of treason committed by former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf while in office. A case has been filed against Musharraf for placing hundreds of judges under house arrest when he imposed emergency rule and suspended the constitution in 2007. Musharraf denies all charges.


EU and Japan begin free-trade talks

The EU and Japan begin a first round of talks on one of the world's biggest free-trade accords, part of a push to boost growth and get their faltering economies back on track. Europe, like the United States, Japan and its other major partners, are all looking for fresh momentum after the 2008 global financial blow-out morphed into the debt crisis and the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. An accord between them would cover 30 per cent of global economic output and 40 per cent of trade.


Temple dispute reaches international court

The International Court of Justice in the Netherlands hears arguments in a territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple. The ICJ awarded Preah Vihear Temple to Cambodia on June 15, 1962, but Thailand, in 2008, claimed the ownership of 4.6 square kilometres of scrub next to the temple. There have been sporadic armed clashes between the two sides since July 2008.