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Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am

First hearing in Henry Tang basement case

The wife of former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and three others make their first court appearance in the case over the city's most infamous basement. Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, architect Henry Ho Chung-yi, structural engineer Wong Pak-lam and a contractor face two charges at Kowloon City Court over the unauthorised basement under Tang's house in Kowloon Tong. The basement scandal was credited with derailing Tang's bid last year to become chief executive.

 

Top US diplomat visits Beijing

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrives in Beijing for three days of talks with state leaders and officials. Their discussions are expected to cover bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern. Burns is well versed in Asia-Pacific affairs, having served as US ambassador to Japan and Russia before becoming only the second career diplomat to take the No2 job in the US State Department.

 

Anson Chan launches 2017 group

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang is expected to launch a new group that aims to seek consensus on arrangements for the 2017 chief executive election. The poll is due to be the first held on the basis of one person, one vote, but the definition of universal suffrage and the possibility of a screening mechanism weeding out candidates hostile to Beijing have prompted a fierce debate in the city. Chan has struck a more moderate tone than other pan-democrats.

 

HKEx holds annual general meeting

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing holds its annual general meeting, which is expected to see former Hang Seng Bank chief executive Margaret Leung Ko May-yee elected to the previously all-male board of directors. She will become only the third female director of the city's bourse, following in the footsteps of former directors Laura Cha Shih May-lung and Christine Loh Kung-wai.

 

Asian Development Bank appoints new head

Former Japanese finance ministry official Takehiko Nakao is expected to be confirmed as head of the Asian Development Bank. The leadership of the bank has been in Japanese hands since its foundation in 1966 and Nakao is the only candidate to replace new Bank of Japan head Haruhiko Kuroda. China had been expected in some quarters to put forward its own candidate, but opted not to.

 

Barry Cheung sets out 'HK Dream'

Executive Council member and Urban Renewal Authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen sets out his vision of a "Hong Kong Dream" in a speech at the Asia-Pacific Taiwan Federation of Industry and Commerce. Cheung, a key supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in last year's election, plans to launch a pro-government think tank, the Hong Kong United Foundation, in July.

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