What's Next: June 03, 2017

Local polls in Cambodia

Cambodians are voting in local elections tomorrow in what is being seen as a test of support for veteran strongman Hun Sen ahead of a general election next year.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier, has warned of possible violence if his ruling party does not keep control of the South-east Asian country, which was devastated by genocide in the 1970s.

Vigil in HK on Tiananmen anniversary

A candlelight vigil will be held tomorrow at Hong Kong's Victoria Park to remember the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown against students protesting against corruption and lack of democratic freedoms.

Nowhere is the anniversary remembered on a greater scale than in Hong Kong, the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but has retained a more liberal political and economic system.

US, China officials to speak at dialogue

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis is expected to speak at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore today on the "international order" needed for a peaceful Asia, and stress that the US stands with its Asia-Pacific allies and partners. Lieutenant-General He Lei, vice-president of the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences, who heads China's delegation, will be speaking at a panel on the new patterns of security cooperation.

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