2 key regional meetings in Laos
The regional meetings taking place in Laos conclude today with the East Asia Summit and Asean-India Summit. At the East Asia Summit, China's Premier Li Keqiang is expected to introduce China's policy of sticking to economic development and political security, said Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to the Asean-India Summit from a visit to Vietnam and after a deal to boost defence ties.
Feedback on National Day Rally speech
Government feedback unit Reach is co-organising a Mandarin dialogue with Lianhe Zaobao to get Singaporeans' feedback on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally address. Today's session, to be held at 6.30pm at the Asian Civilisations Museum, is chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing and Reach chairman Sam Tan, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and the Manpower Ministry.
ECB likely to hold rates steady
The European Central Bank will probably keep its interest rates steady when it announces its policy decision today, with economists expecting it to respond to pressure for further easing by announcing an extension to its asset purchase programme by year-end. ECB chief Mario Draghi will probably wait for the US Fed 's rate decision before making changes. Better- than-expected data in the past two months has taken pressure off ECB for further rate cuts.