Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:43am


Financial secretary meets filibuster lawmakers

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah holds talks with a group of radical lawmakers in the hope of overturning a filibuster attempt that threatens to delay the passage of the city's budget. Tsang will meet Albert Chan Wai-yip, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, Wong Yuk-man and Leung Kwok-hung, who have been attempting to block the bill's passage in protest at the government's failure to introduce plans for a universal pension scheme.


Taiwan's fisheries deal with Tokyo kicks in

A fisheries agreement between Taipei and Tokyo takes effect. Under the agreement, Taiwanese fishing boats will be able to operate in part of Japan's claimed exclusive economic zone around the disputed Diaoyu islets, which are controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing and Taipei. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said this week that Taipei was willing to talk to Beijing about signing a similar pact.


City's GDP figures released

A clearer picture of the state of Hong Kong's economy emerges as the government releases first-quarter GDP figures. The city's gross domestic product grew by a modest 1.4 per cent last year, with the government projecting GDP growth of between 1.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent this year.


HK gigs for three international stars

Music fans have a choice of listening, with three big and very different international names booked to play in the city. International superstar DJ David Guetta (pictured) headlines at AsiaWorld Expo, while Bollywood legend Mohit Chauhan performs a one-off gig at Kitec in Kowloon Bay. Meanwhile, Carl Barat, formerly of British indie darlings The Libertines, plays for one night only at Hangout in Sai Wan Ho.


Match racing champion in Hong Kong field

The fast-paced world of international match racing comes to Victoria Harbour as a three-day international regatta involving some of the world's top sailors gets under way. The 12-strong field will be led by Britain's four-time world champion Ian Williams and two other members of the world's top 10. The sailors, all in boats built to an identical design, will take part in one-on-one races in a round-robin format before semi-finals and a final decide the winner.


Funeral service for Sita Chan

Hong Kong says goodbye to Canto-pop star Sita Chan, who died in a car crash last month at the age of just 26. In January, Chan - also known as Chan Hei-yi - won best new female singer at the 2012 TVB Jade Solid Gold Best Ten music awards presentation. Her death has been described as a deep loss for the local music scene. A funeral service for Chan takes place in Sha Tin.