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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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Security law doesn’t mean Beijing has given up on two systems: Li Keqiang  Listenfacebook
Premier Li Keqiang has dismissed claims that Beijing has given up on One Country, Two Systems by imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong. He stressed the legislation is aimed at promoting stability and prosperity in the SAR. Li was speaking after China's legislature on Thursday approved the Central Government's plan to draft legislation for Hong Kong, that will ban "acts and activities" that endanger national security. It will cover secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference, but makes no mention of whether Hong Kong or mainland courts will hear such cases, or whether foreign judges will be barred from handling them here. Candice Wong reports:
HK people urged to be vigilant on details of national security law  Listenfacebook
Baptist University political scientist and sinologist, Professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan says the decision by Xi Jinping's administration to enact security legislation for Hong Kong marks the start of a very different One Country, Two Systems. He told Annemarie Evans the big unknown now is how Washington is going to respond to this and how Hong Kong’s international business community reacts to what the new law brings:
SAR caught up in US-China conflict: Felix Chung  Listenfacebook
US President Donald Trump is expected to decide before the end of this week what action to take on Hong Kong in response to China's decision to impose security legislation on its SAR. As Priscilla Ng reports, political leaders are warning of more pain for the city, with its special trade and economic status with the US now under threat:
National anthem law on track for June 4 enactment  Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council has approved the second reading of the national anthem law. The controversial legislation is now on course to be passed next Thursday - June 4 - the 31st anniversary of the brutal military suppression of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Frances Sit has more on Thursday's incident-filled proceedings in the legislature:
Police chief talks of driving darkness out of HK   Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has hailed his officer's efforts in successfully stopping protesters from disrupting the anthem-bill debate in the Legislative Council. Nearly 400 people were arrested as the force stamped out any display of opposition to the government all over Hong Kong on Wednesday. Tang said the day officers "drive darkness out of Hong Kong" is now near at hand. Timmy Sung reports:
Lee Cheuk-yan calls police meeting on June 4 plans a PR stunt  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the annual June 4 candlelight vigil say it's very likely the event will be banned by the police this year. Coronavirus restrictions on gatherings of more than eight people will remain in effect until that day. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China met with the police on Thursday and proposed putting in place social-distancing measures at the vigil to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. But the alliance's chairman, Lee Cheuk-yan, told RTHK's Wendy Wong that the police were not swayed:
RTHK faces government review  Listenfacebook
The government has announced the setting-up of a new team to review governance and management issues at RTHK. The review is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Timmy Sung reports:
Doctors appeal to people to come forward for coronavirus testing  Listenfacebook
A number of medical groups formed by private doctors have made a joint appeal for Hong Kong people to come forward for Covid-19 testing even if they have only mild symptoms of the respiratory disease. They say the SAR needs to be quickly alerted to any silent community transmission of the virus. No new coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday. Hong Kong has now gone 14 days without a local infection. Mike Weeks asked, Dr Ho Chung-ping, president of Hong Kong Medical Association, how many Covid-19 tests have been carried out by private doctors over the last few months: