Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, June 6, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue today (June 6).
US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue today (June 6). PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, June 6, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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US, China to discuss South China Sea

The United States and China start their annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue today, amid tensions over the South China Sea. The high-level event in Beijing will be attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, while the dialogue will be co-chaired by Vice-Premier Wang Yang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. The meeting comes hot on the heels of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore over the weekend, where Chinese defence official Sun Jianguo slammed the US over the South China Sea dispute, a day after US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter urged China to stop erecting a "Great Wall of self-isolation" in the South China Sea.

Awards for Cyberdefenders


The four-day Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp will enable students to gain hands-on experience in the latest cyber defence skills and techniques. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The awards ceremony for the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp will be held this afternoon. Organised by the Defence Science and Technology Agency and supported by the Ministry of Defence, a record 400 students took part in this year's camp. The four-day camp was to enable students to gain hands-on experience in the latest cyber defence skills and techniques, as well as experience the exciting work of professional cyber defenders. The awards ceremony will be held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

US consumer spending data


People are seen shopping at a Costco Wholesale warehouse club in Westbury, New York on May 23, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States consumer spending data for last month, compiled by survey company Gallup, will be released later today.

Economists hope the numbers, which have stayed hardy in recent months, will give markets some cheer after woefully weak labour data depressed investor sentiment last week.

US consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than six years in April as households stepped up car purchases.