What's Next: April 20, 2016

The National Library building along North Bridge Road.
The National Library building along North Bridge Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

Conversation Starter on security issues

The National Library Singapore and SIM University will organise its first Conversation Starters series titled "Countering the ISIS Threat" today. The conversation will address security issues such as terrorist threats and attacks, as well as radicalisation in the region. In particular, experts will discuss the threat of terrorism in Singapore and the region, terrorist recruitment in cyberspace, and the Government and community's responses to the challenges.

Taipei bid to claim suspects from China

Taiwan will send 10 officials to China today in an attempt to bring 45 Taiwanese fraud suspects back to the island for investigation and trial.

Taipei last week blasted Beijing for being "rude and violent" when Kenya forcibly deported the suspects to China, where they face investigation for telecoms fraud.

Release of Japan's March trade figures

Japan's Finance Ministry will release its trade figures for March today, which will indicate whether the economy managed to avert recession in the first quarter after contracting in the last quarter of last year. Analysts expect year-on-year exports to fall for a sixth straight month, as a strong yen and stagnant overseas demand may be delaying growth.

Year-on-year imports are expected to decline, as energy-related prices slumped.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: April 20, 2016'. Subscribe