What's Next: May 18, 2016

China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang (right) speaking to the media next to Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (left) after arriving at Hong Kong's International Airport on May 17, 2016.
China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang (right) speaking to the media next to Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (left) after arriving at Hong Kong's International Airport on May 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Speech on 'One Belt, One Road' in HK

China's third-ranking leader Zhang Dejiang will speak today on President Xi Jinping's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative in Hong Kong, where he will also meet some pro-democracy legislators.

A brainchild of Mr Xi's, the "One Belt, One Road" economic project is aimed at improving connectivity between China and Eurasia to enhance trade and political relations.


Spurring seniors to learn and volunteer

In conjunction with voluntary welfare organisation Fei Yue's 25th anniversary, its Family Central service will launch an initiative to encourage seniors to continue learning and contributing. Through the programme, each senior will pledge to dedicate 25 hours to learning and 25 hours to voluntary service.


Clues on timing of US rate hike

Three United States Federal Reserve governors will be speaking today, with analysts closely watching for clues on whether US interest rates will start to move up again. Most analysts believe rates are unlikely to start moving up till the later part of this year, with the global economy still in sluggish form.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe