What's Next: Feb 15, 2016

US President Barack Obama addresses the Illinois General Assembly on Feb 10, 2016.
US President Barack Obama addresses the Illinois General Assembly on Feb 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Remembering Occupation victims

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding the 49th War Memorial Service today, in remembrance of the people who died during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

As part of Total Defence Day today, an "all clear" signal will be sounded by the Singapore Civil Defence Force to start the service.

China trade figures out today

China releases its trade figures for January today. December's data offered some relief to observers, as a set of better-than-expected numbers eased concerns about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

Economists say January could show even stronger numbers, due to seasonal factors, before falling back in the following months.

US-Asean summit in California begins

US President Barack Obama welcomes 10 Asean leaders, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for a summit today in the Californian resort of Sunnylands. The US is keen to promote Asean unity in the face of increasingly assertive behaviour by China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The choice of Sunnylands is symbolic as it was the venue of a meeting between Mr Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: February 15, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe