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ASIA NEWS AGENDA ON THURSDAY
+ Riots in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state
+ Hong Kong activists go on trial for rioting
+ Federer, Halep in action at Australian Open
MYANMAR
– Following developments after seven ethnic Rakhine protesters die as Myanmar police open fire during a riot in the combustible state.
HONG KONG
– Trial begins of pro-independence protesters Edward Leung and Ray Wong on rioting charges.
AUSTRALIA
– Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and world number one Simona Halep continue their quest for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
– OTHER AGENDA ITEMS –
AUSTRALIA
– Cycling. Stage three of the Tour Down Under in South Australia.
CHINA
– China releases official data for GDP, industrial production, retail sales and investment.
INDIA
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes an emotional visit to a Jewish centre targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and later meets with Bollywood celebrities on day five of his India tour.
JAPAN
– Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
SINGAPORE
– Golf. Day one of the SMBC Singapore Open with Sergio Garcia.
TAIWAN
– Tech giant Taiwan Semiconductor to announce fourth-quarter results.