CY sets out vision for city
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying addresses the new Legislative Council for the first time, with a promise to set out his vision for Hong Kong's development. In a speech being dubbed Leung's "mini-policy address", the city's top public official will attempt to regain momentum after a difficult start to his term in office. Most chief executives have delivered a policy address in October, but Leung controversially chose to defer his main agenda-setting speech until January.
HK smuggling suspects back in Sydney court
Four Hong Kong men accused of being part of an international drug smuggling ring after the seizure of HK$4 billion worth of Ice and heroin in Australia are due back in a Sydney court. Lee Man, 42, Tang Hin-yiu, 61, Lam Chi-man, 29, and Lok Hung-kai, 34, were arrested in Australia in July after the seizure of the country's biggest drugs haul. They and three Australian men have been charged with a variety of smuggling offences.
Chow Yun-fat talks on his latest role
Actor Chow Yun-fat meets the press to discuss his latest film, The Last Tycoon. Directed by Wong Jing, it is a real-life tale of Shanghai gangsters in the 1920s and '30s. It's also the first on-screen collaboration between Chow and mainlander Huang Xiaoming, who starred in a remake of the TV series The Bund in the role Chow made famous in the 1980s. The Last Tycoon will be released later this year.
Thai bank makes call on interest rates
Thailand's central bank meets for its monthly review of interest rates, with analysts expecting Southeast Asia's second-largest economy to keep rates steady as inflation remains in check and strong domestic demand counters a slowdown in exports. The Bank of Thailand has refrained from adding to its November and January rate cuts as the country recovered from its worst floods in almost seven decades.
Goldman Sachs leaker faces sentencing
Disgraced former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta is sentenced for leaking inside information to fund manager Raj Rajaratnam in one of the biggest insider trading cases in Wall Street history. Gupta, formerly managing partner of McKinsey & Co, was convicted by a US federal court jury in June of three counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy. Rajaratnam is serving an 11-year prison term and has been ordered to pay a US$92.8 million civil penalty.
Wang Yi's future in the spotlight
A regular press conference by the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office is expected to shed light on the talks between the office and the island's new top negotiator, Lin Join-sane, who is paying his first visit to the mainland in his new capacity. There may also be clues on the future of the office's director, Wang Yi, who has been tipped for a move or promotion in the party's leadership reshuffle.