What's Next: April 29, 2016

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reacts to a question during the presidency press conference following the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016.
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reacts to a question during the presidency press conference following the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Japan's Foreign Minister visits China

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will travel to China today in a bid to restore momentum to ties between Asia's two largest economies as they argue over territory. Mr Kishida is set to meet his counterpart Wang Yi and other senior officials during the visit - the first by a Japanese foreign minister in 41/2 years. No Chinese foreign minister has visited Japan since November 2009.

Food and nutrition innovation

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will visit the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre today, to learn more about efforts to grow the local food and nutrition sector and establish Singapore as a leading food and nutrition innovation hub. The centre, a joint initiative by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the National University Health System, specialises in human nutritional research.

Quarterly business outlook survey

Quarterly official survey results on the business outlook of Singapore companies are expected today. In the last update in January, firms in both the manufacturing and services sectors indicated they were more pessimistic than before about their near-term business prospects, as global economic uncertainty, China's slowdown and lower oil prices took their toll on already-weak sentiment.

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