What's Next: August 28, 2015

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaking during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on July 22, 2015, in Washington, DC.
US National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaking during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on July 22, 2015, in Washington, DC. PHOTO: AFP

Rice to address tensions on Beijing trip

United States National Security Adviser Susan Rice will arrive in Beijing today for a two-day trip aimed at working through tensions over cyber attacks, the South China Sea and the financial turmoil ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington.

Mr Xi's September trip has become more politically charged than usual, as Americans watch their retirement investments erode amid a broad-based global stock market sell-off.

Getting more women on board

Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, will give the opening address at the launch of the Singapore Institute of Directors' (SID) Nominating Committee Guide and Diversity Pledge today. The event celebrates the SID's commitment to improving diversity in the boardroom. According to a report last year, women occupy only 8.3 per cent of total listed board seats in Singapore. More than half of listed boards in Singapore have no women.

S. Korea, US wrapping up military drill

South Korea and the United States wrap up the annual "Ulchi Freedom" joint military exercise today. The two-week drill involves more than 50,000 South Korean and 30,000 American troops. The exercise was conducted amid heightened tensions as the two Koreas reached an uneasy truce on Monday over anti-Pyongyang broadcasts.

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