Asia Briefs: ESM Goh visits Hong Kong

ESM Goh visits Hong Kong

HONG KONG • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was hosted to lunch yesterday by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at Government House during his three-day visit to the city.

ESM Goh and Ms Lam reaffirmed the good relations exemplified by the frequent exchange of visits between the leaders of Singapore and Hong Kong. They also exchanged views on future development challenges and opportunities facing Hong Kong and Singapore.

Mr Goh expressed optimism of Hong Kong's future under "One Country, Two Systems".

Mr Goh was in Hong Kong to deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Aecom-Asia Society Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow's Cities Together series, titled, "The Potential of Hong Kong at the Water's Edge". He was also hosted to breakfast by vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and former chief executive Tung Chee Hwa yesterday.

US Pacific Fleet head plans to retire

TOKYO • US Pacific Fleet commander Scott Swift said he plans to retire after being passed over for promotion to the chief of all military forces in the region in the wake of two deadly collisions involving US warships.

"I have been informed by the Chief of Naval Operations that I will not be his nominee to replace Admiral Harry Harris as the Commander, US Pacific Command," Admiral Swift said in an e-mailed statement.


China holds military drills in Djibouti

BEIJING • China has staged military exercises in Djibouti after opening its first overseas military base there last month, official media said. It was unclear when the drills took place. China opened its base in Djibouti early last month.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe