Li Keqiang

Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 4:10am

Legco questions for Timothy Tong

Former top graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming faces questions from lawmakers as he appears before the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee. Tong is also under investigation by his old colleagues at the Independent Commission Against Corruption amid claims of lavish spending on receptions, gifts and duty visits. Current ICAC chief Simon Peh Yun-lu will also testify at the hearing today.


Water debate for Asia-Pacific leaders

National delegations from across the Asia-Pacific region meet in Chiang Mai, Thailand, tomorrow to discuss the vexed issue of water supplies. Topics for the conference include the effect on water supplies of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation across the region, as well as the effect on climate change. Its key theme will be water security and the effect of water disasters. The talks conclude on Monday.


Li departs on first foreign trip

Premier Li Keqiang embarks this weekend on his first foreign trip since taking office, heading to India and later Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany as Beijing seeks to address security and economic disputes. Vice-Foreign Minister Song Tao says there are "historical issues between China and India, including the boundary question" but he thinks that Beijing and New Delhi have the wisdom to properly manage their differences.


Opposition protests in Ukraine

Ukraine's opposition parties test their strength in a major rally in Kiev today, denouncing what they call the increasingly authoritarian government of President Viktor Yanukovych and calling for the release of jailed former prime minister Yuliya Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power during her time in office and faces further charges, in what government opponents say is a political vendetta.


Wrestling chiefs prepare for Olympic bout

Wrestling's governing body holds its congress in Moscow today to choose a new president and discuss changes to the sport that could help restore its place in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee decided in February to drop wrestling starting with the 2020 Games, but governing body FILA will have a chance to persuade the IOC to change its mind at a meeting at the end of this month.


Europe tunes in to song contest

The world's biggest song contest takes place in Malmo, Sweden, tonight, with a huge worldwide television audience set to tune in. The Eurovision Song Contest attracts a television audience of up to 600 million and is perhaps better known for the bizarre fashion choices of its stars and petty nationalism in the voting by the 39 European countries taking part than it is for the quality of its pop music.