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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Pilot killed in Kadoorie Farm crash   Listenfacebook
Air accident authorities have opened an investigation into a helicopter crash at Kadoorie Farm in Pat Heung on Sunday. The pilot, a man surnamed Wong, was killed but no one else was hurt in the accident, as Robert Kemp reports:
Call for separate slaughtering of HK and mainland pigs   Listenfacebook
Fresh pork was back in market stalls again on Monday after a suspension of more than a week because of a case of African swine fever. As Wendy Wong reports, the government has been urged to separate the slaughtering of local and mainland pigs to prevent possible infections and supply disruptions in future:
Pet lovers march for tougher animal-abuse penalties   Listenfacebook
More than a thousand pet lovers have taken to the streets to demand tougher punishment for people who abuse animals. Many of the marchers turned up with their pets, including dogs and birds, in scorching heat on Sunday to join the protest from Chater Garden, in Central, to the government's headquarters. They wore red ribbons around their wrists to symbolise animals that have died of abuse. Organisers said some 6,000 people took part in the march. It came as the government holds a three-month consultation on strengthening animal welfare laws in Hong Kong. If adopted, violators could be jailed for up to 10 years or fined up to HK$2 million. Timmy Sung spoke to some of the animal lovers:
HK population could fall faster than expected   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, is warning that Hong Kong's population could begin to decline sooner than expected as more local women choose to start families on the mainland. Wendy Wong has the details:
Wang Yi appeals for US restraint   Listenfacebook
China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend that recent American words and actions had harmed the interests of China and its enterprises, and that Washington should show restraint. The Foreign Minister said the United States should not go “too far” in the current trade dispute, adding that China was still willing to resolve differences through negotiations, but they should be on an equal footing. This came after Beijing suggested a resumption of trade talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course. Mike Weeks asked China specialist Mark O'Neill if Beijing’s line is hardening with Washington:
Google ends business with Huawei  Listenfacebook
Reuters news agency reported on Monday that Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses. It means the Chinese technology giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system and the next version of its smartphones outside of the mainland will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app. This follows the US government's move last week to blacklist Huawei around the world. Barry Wood is RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent. Mike Weeks asked him if Google’s move represents the future that Huawei faces in dealing with US tech companies:
Theresa May promises 'bold' new Brexit deal  Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has promised her latest and last Brexit deal will be a bold, new offer. The new withdrawal agreement, set to be voted on in the coming weeks, is said to include new proposals for workers' rights and environmental protections that are purportedly better than EU standards. That's intended to secure opposition party support. But it comes after the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, pulled the plug on talks last week with the government; and on Sunday he seemed sceptical about helping May with her new Brexit initiative. So is it looking more and more like an uphill battle for the Prime Minister in this last throw of the dice? Ian Pooler asked London correspondent Gavin Grey: