Minister may give clues on territorial disputes Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying gives a speech at a forum in Beijing organised by The Economist magazine, which could give a fresh insight on the government's thinking on a host of hot-button issues. Fu's remit includes China's relationship with its neighbours in Asia and boundary and ocean affairs. China claims swathes of the South China Sea which are also claimed by several of its neighbours. Philippine birth control law takes effect A controversial birth control law in the Philippines takes effect - unless a Catholic couple succeeds in a last-ditch Supreme Court challenge. The Responsible Parenthood Act makes sex education and contraceptives more widely available to the poor. Proponents say it will help moderate rapid population growth, reduce poverty and bring down the high maternal mortality rate, but it has infuriated conservative Catholics led by retired archbishop Oscar Cruz. EU ministers meet on Mali crisis European Union foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting on the crisis in Mali, with the bloc expected to speed up plans for a military training mission for the Malian army and take other steps to help the country as it fights Islamist rebels. The European Union has ruled out taking any combat role in Mali, but plans to send military trainers. France has poured hundreds of soldiers into Mali and carried out air raids since Friday in the north of the country, which Western and regional states fear could become a base for attacks by Islamist militants in Africa and Europe. Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview airs It certainly isn't about the bike … the Oprah Winfrey Network airs its exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in which he confesses for the first time to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his glittering career. Speculation remains about exactly how far Armstrong will go in his 90-minute interview with Winfrey and how he will explain his cheating. CY takes lawmakers' questions With his first policy address behind him, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces the music in the Legislative Council when he takes questions from lawmakers about his plans for the next five years. Leung also gives a set-piece interview to RTHK as he continues his efforts to sell his vision for the city to the public. Sundance Film Festival kicks off The cream of the US independent movie world gathers in Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Founded by actor and director Robert Redford, the festival will showcase some 200 films. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend screenings of both feature-length films and short films. Among the entries tipped for success is Jobs , the story of Apple founder Steve Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role.