Ban Ki-moon to visit disaster-hit Tacloban United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit the stricken Philippines city of Tacloban to make a first-hand assessment of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and highlight the growing number of global weather disasters. Ban will in Manila today for talks with government leaders before heading for Tacloban tomorrow, where he will visit affected communities. More than 6,000 people died in the November 8 storm. Bank of Japan governor faces media grilling Since the Bank of Japan sharply expanded monetary easing eight months ago, its governor Huruhiko Kuroda has tried to convince the public and critics through a long string of public speeches and news conferences that the central bank can meet its two per cent inflation goal in time. Today Kuroda will hold news conference No18, with some analysts forecasting the central bank will have to step up its monetary stimulus next year. Cardinal to deliver Christmas message The Roman Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong, will deliver his annual Christmas message today. Last year, amid a growing gay rights movement, he declared that marriage must be between a man and a woman. Anglican Archbishop Paul Kwong also took the opportunity in his message last year to say poor government was to blame for the social divisions and distrust splitting the city. Envoys meet over Syria peace conference American, Russian and UN envoys will today meet at the United Nations, then with diplomats from Britain, China and France and Syria's neighbours, to prepare for first face-to-face talks to end the Syrian civil war in January. The envoys are deciding which nations will be invited to the peace conference, which will begin on January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland, before moving to Geneva. Olazabal chases elusive Royal Trophy Spanish golf ace Jose Maria Olazabal aims to complete a captaincy hat-trick as Europe take on Asia in the Royal Trophy at Dragon Lake in Guangzhou, teeing off today. Olazabal was skipper for the Ryder Cup triumph over the US at Medinah last year, and was also the winning captain in the Seve Trophy in October. But his two stints as Royal Trophy skipper have both ended in defeat, and he has warned Asian counterpart, South Korean Yang Yong-eun, to expect a backlash. China and US to wrap up trade talks China and the United State will hold separate press conferences today at the end of annual trade talks. Vice-premier Wang Yang has been hosting US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Trade Representative Michael Froman for the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade yesterday and today. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is also part of the American delegation.