What's Next: June 2, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a joint press conference at the German Chancellory in Berlin on May 30, 2017.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a joint press conference at the German Chancellory in Berlin on May 30, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

Modi meets Macron today

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will wrap up his six-day tour of Europe today with a stop in Paris to meet newly elected President Emmanuel Macron. India's Ministry of External Affairs said the leaders will discuss issues of mutual interest, with a view to strengthening strategic ties with France, India's ninth largest investment partner.

Gathering of defence ministers here

Defence ministers from the region are in town this weekend for a high-powered powwow on regional security. The Shangri-La Dialogue, now in its 16th year, will be held at the hotel from today to Sunday. Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull delivers the keynote address today, while United States Defence Secretary James Mattis is expected to shed more light on the Trump administration's Asia-Pacific policy tomorrow.

US jobs data out today

Data on United States non-farm payrolls for May is due out today. According to consensus estimates, some 185,000 new jobs were created last month. The monthly report on jobs will be closely watched by investors as the situation in the labour market is central to the US Federal Reserve's decision on the pace of interest rate hikes.

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