What's Next: May 23, 2016

 US president Barack Obama walking off the Airforce One as he landed at Hanoi's international Noi Bai airport on May 22, 2016.
US president Barack Obama walking off the Airforce One as he landed at Hanoi's international Noi Bai airport on May 22, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Obama meets top Vietnamese leaders

United States President Barack Obama meets top Vietnamese leaders today on his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China's growing assertiveness in the region. Accompanied by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Mr Obama is likely to focus on the issues of trade, security and human rights during his three-day stay in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Info on Chronic Hepatitis B studies

The National University Health System (NUHS) has launched two cohort studies to find out more about Chronic Hepatitis B, a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus.

The goal is to discover new drug targets and develop new treatments to eradicate the virus. NUHS will share more about the studies today.

Clues on how S'pore economy is doing

Several sets of official data due out this week will offer new clues on how well the Singapore economy is navigating choppy global conditions, amid continuing worries about the risks to growth among the world's leading economies. The Republic's inflation figures for last month are due out today, while the final economic growth figures for the first quarter will come out on Wednesday and industrial production figures will be released on Thursday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe