MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Sept 23, 2015

The European Union leaders' summit will focus on aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey and the rest of the Middle East, as well as tightening controls.
The European Union leaders' summit will focus on aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey and the rest of the Middle East, as well as tightening controls. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Sept 23 and which we think you'd be interested in.

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European Union leaders' summit in Brussels to focus on migrant crises

European Union leaders are heading for a full summit in Brussels today, which they said will be focused on ramping up aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey and the rest of the Middle East, and tightening controls at the bloc’s frontiers. The European Commission will assign funds to help the most affected communities, boost health services and support teaching in Arabic, an official said. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping to begin US state visit in Seattle


Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet leaders of states which do substantial business with China, as well as the heads of top companies with huge China interests. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping has kicked off his US state visit in the West Coast hub of Seattle, aiming to woo American businesses and take the edge off the White House’s wariness of the Asian giant.  Mr Xi will set the tone of his visit in meetings and a keynote speech to leaders of states like Washington which do substantial business with China, as well as the heads of top companies with huge China interests such as Boeing and Microsoft. His only major address while in the United States will take place in Seattle late Tuesday (Wednesday, Singapore time). 

IDA to launch PlayMaker programme


Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive & Director-General (Telecoms), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. 
PHOTO: BT FILE

The PlayMaker programme, launched by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), will be introducing a set of technology-enabled toys to preschool centres tomorrow.
Such interactive toys will provide children with an enriched learning experience through play, IDA believes. - LESTER HIO

China to release Caixin Manufacturing PMI for September


China will release the Caixin Manufacturing PMI, which measures  the country's factory activity. PHOTO: REUTERS

China will release today the Caixin Manufacturing PMI, known as the flash PMI, for September which measures  the country's factory activity. It will likely show a reading of 47.5 for September, compared with August’s 47.3, based on the median estimate of 22 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. A reading below 50 signals contraction.