What's Next: March 22, 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins a four-day visit to Australia today.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins a four-day visit to Australia today. PHOTO: AFP

Li Keqiang in Australia for trade talks

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins a four-day visit to Australia today. The visit is expected to be focused primarily on trade, with concerns that the 2015 Australia-China free trade agreement is not doing enough to break down barriers. Mr Li is also expected to push for Chinese investment to be allowed in northern Australia, as part of Beijing's One Belt, One Road strategy.


New Minds day activity centre to open

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) will officially open its first day activity centre in a light industrial area today. This is a departure from its usual locations in the heartland.

The newest centre - Minds' sixth - will be located at Tradehub21 in Jurong, where it has tied up with companies which are helping the disabled with social engagement and work skills.


Clues to growth in US home sales data

The United States will release data on sales of existing homes in the month of February later today. Punters will be watching the numbers for signs of how the economy is likely to grow in the months ahead.

US existing-home sales in January rose more than expected to their highest level in nearly a decade, signalling rising confidence in the economy and bolstering expectations of a pick-up in growth.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe