Does "happen about" mean "happen to" in this context?

He also added his voice to those of other European banking leaders calling on the Basel supervisory board, which is meeting twice this month, to clarify what will happen about global capital rules as it moves into the next post-credit crisis phase of reforms.

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/02/europes-lenders-need-mergers-and-a-proper-banking-system-socgen-chairman.html

  • happen about {something} = happen in respect to, in regard to, regarding {something}; happen to {someone, something} = befall {someone, something}.
    – TimR
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 13:18

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happen about {something} = happen in respect to, in regard to, regarding {something};

I told the landlord about the leaky roof, and asked him what will happen about it. He said he would hire a roofing contractor to fix the leak.

The language of laws which are supposed to govern the behavior of industries is often drafted by lobbyists for those very industries! But little will happen about that, I'm afraid.

happen to {someone, something} = befall {someone, something}.

He committed a crime.
-- What will happen to him?
He will go to prison for five years.

The house was ruined in the flood.
--What will happen to it?
It is beyond repair and will be demolished.

She is in surgery now.
--What happened to her?
She fell off her bike and her head struck the curb.


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