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


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US oil price falls below zero   Listenfacebook
The price of US oil has turned negative for the first time in history. West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, fell as low as minus US$37.63 a barrel in New York on Monday. So has the market for US oil really disappeared? Mike Weeks asked David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets:
Unemployment hits nine-year high   Listenfacebook
The March employment numbers show more than 28,000 people lost their jobs here as the coronavirus crisis pushed Hong Kong’s unemployment rate to 4.2 percent - its highest level in more than nine years. That raised the total number of people now out of work to over 162.000 . Janice Wong asked Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung just how worrying these latest figures are:
No new Covid-19 infections   Listenfacebook
For the first time in more than six weeks, the Centre for Health Protection has recorded no new coronavirus cases. But as Wendy Wong reports, health authorities still don't think it's time to start relaxing social distancing measures:
New restrictions on arrivals in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The government is beefing up restrictions for all air travellers flying into Hong Kong. Starting Wednesday, they'll all be required to stay at a testing centre near the airport - or at a newly-designated quarantine centre at the Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon City - until their coronavirus test results are back. Cecil Wong reports:
Police say they’ve foiled bomb attempt on their chief   Listenfacebook
Police say they defused a homemade bomb addressed to the Commissioner, Chris Tang, on Monday. No one was hurt, but officers described it as the latest case of home-grown terrorism in Hong Kong. Joanne Wong reports:
Fitch downgrade to bring HK rating more into line with mainland   Listenfacebook
The government has expressed disappointment at the decision by the ratings agency, Fitch, to again downgrade Hong Kong's credit rating. The agency said it was moving it down one notch for the second time in seven months to bring it more into line with China's sovereign rating because of the SAR's gradual integration into the national governance system. Joanne Wong reports:
Government seeks to clarify its position on Article 22   Listenfacebook
The government moved late Monday to try to resolve the confusion caused by its release of three contradictory press releases in short order on Saturday night concerning Basic Law Article 22 - and whether it applied to Beijing's liaison office or the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. It reiterated that the liaison office is authorised by Beijing to handle issues relating to Hong Kong and it can exercise supervisory power on major matters. Robert Kemp has the details:
Patrick Nip accused of adding to the confusion over the Basic Law   Listenfacebook
Civic Party leader, Alvin Yeung, says the bid by constitutional affairs minister Patrick Nip to explain Basic Law Article 22 and why the liaison office is not bound by it has only added to the confusion. Yeung joined Mike Weeks to give his thoughts on the government’s bid to resolve what’s developing into a constitutional crisis:
Liaison office property empire revealed   Listenfacebook
A study by Demosisto has found that Beijing's liaison office has amassed what the group described as a 'HK$3.4 billion property empire', comprising over 750 flats, offices, commercial units and carparks. The pro-democracy group says this is a sign of the office’s growing influence and authority in Hong Kong. Richard Pyne reports: