What's Next: September 12, 2016

Chinese and Russian naval vessels participate in the Joint Sea-2014 naval drill outside Shanghai on the East China Sea.
Chinese and Russian naval vessels participate in the Joint Sea-2014 naval drill outside Shanghai on the East China Sea. PHOTO: REUTERS

China-Russia naval drills begin

China and Russia kick off eight days of naval drills in the South China Sea off southern China's Guangdong province today. The Joint Sea-2016 exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines, and the two countries will carry out defence, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as "island seizing" and other activities.


Syria ceasefire kicks in today

A ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia comes into effect in Syria today. The breakthrough following talks in Geneva is expected to be followed a week later by a new military partnership between the US and Russia to coordinate strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Al-Qaeda militants.


Retail, exports data to be released

Two sets of official economic data due later this week will provide fresh indications of the state of the Singapore economy. Retail sales figures for July will offer an insight into spending patterns amid continuing global uncertainty. Even more closely watched will be the August non-oil domestic exports data, the main gauge of shipments from Singapore. In July, exports sank by 10.6 per cent compared with a year earlier - much worse than expected.

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