What's Next: September 14, 2017

First global coast guard summit

Japan will host the world's first global coast guard summit in Tokyo today. About 40 nations, including China and Singapore, are expected to take part. The summit will centre on three themes: Maritime safety and marine environment protection, maritime security, and capacity building. The summit coincides with the increasing frequency of incursions by Chinese vessels into Japanese waters off disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Competition on building smart cities

With countries across the world striving to become the next "smart city", students are also competing to present their ideas on how "smart" solutions can be applied to health, living and services.

Some 30 teams are in town to compete in the finals of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition organised by the Singapore Management University. The winners will be announced today.

US inflation rate out today

The United States will announce its inflation rate for August today. The median estimate from analysts polled by Bloomberg is that consumer prices, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2 per cent in August from the previous month. The US has seen its weakest stretch of inflation since 2010, with consumer price growth coming under 0.2 per cent every month since March.

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