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Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to visit Clinical Nutrition Centre
Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will be visiting the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre today, to learn more about efforts to grow the local food and nutrition industry 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, and has research and clinical activities from the early exploratory science of foods to downstream production and manufacturing guidelines. - LINETTE LAI
First Japanese Foreign Minister to visit China in more than 4 years
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will travel to China today in a bid to restore momentum to ties between Asia’s two largest economies amid disagreements over Japan's invasion during World War II and territorial issues. 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 four and a half years. No Chinese foreign minister has visited Japan since November 2009. While Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in November 2014 and April 2015, the fragile rapprochement has since frayed.
Singapore's 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 slow and lower oil prices took their toll on already-weak sentiment.