Beijing releases economic data
China releases its fourth-quarter GDP and other key economic data, with hopes high that the figures will show a more positive picture for the mainland economy. Exports jumped 14.1 per cent last month from a year earlier to a seven-month high, beating market forecasts for an increase of about 5 per cent. The gains were also faster than November's 2.9 per cent growth.
Japan steps up diplomatic push
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta as he continues his mission to seek alliances in Southeast Asia. In a further sign of Japan's push to strengthen friendships in the wider Asia-Pacific region amid its territorial dispute with China, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is in Washington to meet Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
British PM sets out vision for Europe
British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a keynote speech in The Hague on the future of the European Union, amid increasing euroscepticism at home and pressure for further integration, especially among countries using the euro. Cameron has seen support drain away from his Conservative Party and its coalition ally, the Liberal Democrats, in favour of the right-wing UK Independence Party, which favours cutting ties with Brussels.
Karen Mok to release her jazz album
Singer-actress Karen Mok Man-wai's joins the jazz world with the release of her first jazz album, entitled Somewhere I Belong. Mok has reinterpreted several tunes, including the Beatles' classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps, for the new album, recorded in a traditional studio in Shanghai, where jazz culture prospered in the 1930s. It's a big departure for Mok, who made her name with Canto-pop.
Top officials discuss policy address
Senior Hong Kong government officials head to the Legislative Council to present initiatives from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to Legco panels. Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung addresses panels covering both areas of his portfolio, while commerce chief Greg So Kam-leung and Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing also speak to different panels.
Ye Shiwen leads China team to Perth meet
Teen superstar Ye Shiwen is back in the swim as she leads China's team in the inaugural Aquatic Super Series in Perth, Australia. Ye, who scored a medley double at the London Games, will rekindle her rivalry with Australia's Alicia Coutts at the meet, which pits the cream of Australian talent against teams representing China and South Africa. London 200m butterfly champion Jiao Liuyang is also in China's team.