What's Next: May 31, 2017

Vietnam Prime Minister to meet Trump

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will be first Asean leader to meet United States President Donald Trump in the White House today, where they will discuss bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

Mr Phuc is betting that promises of American jobs - Mr Trump's primary campaign pledge - will persuade him to focus more on the strategic benefits of closer trade and security ties.

Students to learn safe cycling skills

Students will be taught safe cycling skills and how to be gracious while cycling on shared paths like park connectors, as part of the Singapore Cycle Safe programme.

The initiative also aims to help children maintain a healthy weight and encourage those who do not know how to cycle to take it up. It is modelled after a national swimming programme called SwimSafer.

China manufacturing data out today

China will release data of its factory activity today, amid analysts' expectations of its slowest pace of growth in eight months. The manufacturing purchasing managers' index last month came in at 51.2, down from March, when it rose to its highest level in nearly five years.

As previous stimulus fades and policymakers focus on tackling rising debt, the expected cooldown in manufacturing is a sign that the sentiment will persist through this year.

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