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

2019-12-13
Friday

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HK boy joins young outcry for action on climate change  Listenfacebook
The United Nations' climate change conference ends on Friday in Madrid. It's been a conference that has been dominated by young people trying to make their voices heard. There's growing anxiety among them about what they see as a lack of urgency from people in power to tackle this crisis. That manifested itself in huge, student-led protests and school strikes, under the "Fridays for Future" banner. Ten-year-old Lance Lau is one of the millions who've been inspired, and for nearly four months now he's been staging his own demonstrations outside his school. Richard Pyne reports:
Thousands mark six months since bill-blockade violence  Listenfacebook
Up to 43,000 people turned out in Central on Thursday night to mark half a year since the outbreak of the first major clashes between police and anti-extradition demonstrators. The violence erupted after thousands of protesters surrounded the Legislative Council to prevent pro-government lawmakers from amending Hong Kong’s extradition laws. Police said just under 6,000 people attended the anniversary rally. RTHK's Frances Sit was among them:
‘Not good’ to separate police out from civil service pay rise  Listenfacebook
A number of civil-service associations have written to Legco's Finance Committee, voicing their opposition to an attempt to deny police a pay rise. Pan-democrat lawmakers say salary increases for officers should not be bundled into the civil service pay-adjustment request. They want them discussed separately because of public sentiment towards the police over their handling of months of protests. The chairman of the Hong Kong Senior Government Officers Association, Lee Fong-chung, spoke to RTHK's Joanne Wong:
Xi said to be planning to turn Macau into a rival financial centre  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping will reportedly announce a raft of new measures aimed at diversifying Macau's economy during an expected trip to the SAR next week to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover. Reuters News Agency spoke to more than a dozen officials and corporate executives, who said Beijing plans to transform the casino-dependent economy into a financial centre to rival Hong Kong. It has been suggested that Hong Kong is being "punished" for going against Beijing and national policies. As Altis Wong reports, the news has raised questions about the role of crisis-hit Hong Kong in Beijing's thinking:
US pork vendors move to fill hole in HK market  Listenfacebook
The US Meat Export Federation has set up a supply chain to bulk ship chilled pork from the United States to Hong Kong. It's hoping to fill a shortfall in supply caused by the mass culling of pigs across the border as China tries to control multiple outbreaks of African swine fever. This has caused prices of the meat to soar. Joel Haggard is the meat federation's senior vice president for Asia-Pacific. Mike Weeks asked him how the local pork market has fared amid the swine fever outbreak:
Boris Johnson’s Christmas election gamble pays off  Listenfacebook
Exit polls and early result on Friday morning from Britain's general elections pointed to a big victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party. He called the snap poll to try to win support for his Brexit plan. The election was widely seen as one of the most important in the country in decades. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Ian Pooler that Johnson’s Christmas election gamble seems to have paid off: