What's Next: May 21, 2016

US President Barack Obama leaves today for a trip to Vietnam and the G-7 summit in Japan.
US President Barack Obama leaves today for a trip to Vietnam and the G-7 summit in Japan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama on trip to Vietnam, Japan

US President Barack Obama leaves today for a trip to Vietnam and the G-7 summit in Japan, despite suggestions that terrorism could be behind the crash of an EgyptAir plane on Thursday. Observers say that although Mr Obama's agenda will include many of the top priorities of US policy - free trade, South China Sea maritime disputes and defence cooperation - the overriding theme would be reconciliation with two former wartime foes.

Marking Vesak Day, Singapore-style

Thekchen Choling, a 24-hour Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beatty Lane, is marking Vesak Day today not only spiritually, but also by cele- brating family and friendship with food and games in Singapore's unique multicultural way.

More than 20 food stalls will have an array of local goodies ranging from popiah to curry puffs. There will also be a fund-raising effort for the Yellow Ribbon Project, which supports former offenders.

G-7 economic summit in Japan

The finance ministers and central bank governors of the biggest economies of the world will meet today in Sendai, Japan.

Among the key issues the Group of Seven officials are likely to discuss are tackling the global economic slowdown, monetary policy and the risks arising from a possible Brexit.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe