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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 decides Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's special trade and economic status with the United States is now under severe threat after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded the SAR is no longer autonomous from China. He announced the decision just ahead of Thursday’s expected endorsement by the National People's Congress of Beijing's plan to impose national security legislation on the city. It now falls to President Donald Trump to decide what action to take with regard to the economic privileges Hong Kong currently enjoys. Trump said on Tuesday that the US was working on a strong response to China's planned security legislation for its SAR and it would be announced before the end of the week. Mike Weeks asked Ben Emons, managing director of Macro Strategy at Medley Global Advisors in Los Angeles, whether Hong Kong's special status is now certain to be revoked:
Li Ka-shing backs Beijing’s national security plan for HK   Listenfacebook
Tycoon Li Ka-shing has expressed support for the proposed national security legislation, saying it will have a positive effect on the long-term stability and prosperity of Hong Kong. But he's also stressed the need to boost people's confidence in One Country, Two Systems. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Details of national security law ‘still not’ signed and sealed  Listenfacebook
Chief Secretary Mathew Cheung has played down reports that foreign judges may be barred from handling cases relating to Beijing's national security law. He made it clear that details of the Central Government's proposal were still being hammered out. But National People’s Congress (NPC) deputy and Hong Kong lawyer Maggie Chan thinks foreign judges, or those with dual nationalities, must be excused from presiding over such trials because of conflict of interest concerns. She said that was a matter of professionalism and the rule of law. The NPC is set to endorse the resolution on imposing security legislation on Hong Kong before the close of its annual session in Beijing on Thursday. Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien is also a member of China’s parliament. Janice Wong asked him what happens after it passes:
International jurists gravely concerned about security bill   Listenfacebook
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has expressed "grave concern" about China’s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong, and urged the National People's Congress not to push ahead with it. The ICJ says the language used by the national legislature is troubling, and there are well-substantiated fears the new security law could be abused. The commission's director for Asia and the Pacific, Frederick Rawski, told Richard Pyne more about its concerns:
Hundreds arrested as discussions starts on anthem bill  Listenfacebook
Fire, explosions and road blockades returned to the streets of Mong Kok on Wednesday night at the end of a day of protests on both sides of the harbour against the national anthem bill, as it came before lawmakers for a second reading. A very heavy police presence kept the lid on the demonstrators as more than 360 people were arrested, many of them very young. Altis Wong reports:
Teenagers among those detained over anthem-bill protests  Listenfacebook
Education secretary Kevin Yeung says he's heartbroken about the arrests of many young people on Wednesday. He made the remark after several students - some in their school uniforms - were detained in police stop and search operations on their way to school for the first time in four months. Joanne Wong has the details:
National anthem bill expected to be put to a vote in June 4  Listenfacebook
The President of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung, stamped out any attempts to stall the debate on the anthem bill on Wednesday. He threw out several adjournment motions proposed by opposition lawmakers. The controversial bill is expected to be passed on the 31st anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy protesters by troops and tanks in Beijing. Frances Sit reports: