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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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Trump ends Hong Kong’s special status with the US  Listenfacebook
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending Hong Kong's preferential treatment with the United States. He announced the order early Wednesday morning, Hong Kong time, shortly after signing the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law. Mike Weeks asked Ben Emons, managing director of macro strategy at Medley Global Advisors, if the order immediately ended Hong Kong’s special status:
FS says security law is not driving investors away  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, has dismissed claims that the national security law will drive away foreign investors, saying there's actually been an influx of foreign capital recently. He was speaking in an online forum where prominent Beijing loyalists continued to trumpet the benefits of the new security legislation. Maggie Ho reports:
HKMAO accuses opposition of interfering with HK’s democratic system  Listenfacebook
Beijing has doubled down on criticism of the pro-democracy camp's weekend primaries, describing them as an "illegal manipulation" of the upcoming Legislative Council elections. It also accused organiser Benny Tai of attempting to overthrow the SAR government. Timmy Sung reports:
There ‘is nothing’ in the Basic law against holding a primary  Listenfacebook
Beijing is ramping up its condemnation of the opposition camp's primary polls which took place at the weekend. More than 600.000 people took part in the polls. Pro-Beijing lawmaker and barrister Priscilla Leung said their huge scale gave the impression that they had some sort of official status, which she said was “not allowed”. She also repeated the claim that the pan-democrat camp’s intention in trying to win a majority in the Legislative Council is to paralyse Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked one of her colleagues in the Bar Association, Randy Shek, what he made of Leung’s remarks:
Xu Zhangrun punished for ‘corrupted morals’  Listenfacebook
A mainland scholar who's been highly critical of President Xi Jinping has told RTHK he's been removed from his teaching position at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University. Xu Zhangrun has also been stripped of other public offices he held. Maggie Ho has more:
Queen Elizabeth hospital hit by coronavirus cluster  Listenfacebook
The first cluster of Covid-19 cases has emerged in a hospital. Three patients on the same ward at Queen Elizabeth have come down with the virus. That was revealed as 40 more local coronavirus cases were confirmed on Tuesday. Officials say some non-emergency services at the hospital will be suspended to allow for infection control work, and to ensure wards are less crowded. Wendy Wong reports:
Tutorial centres shut for two weeks  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau has told schools and tutorial centres to stop all activities for two weeks from Wednesday due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. It says any exams that can't be held straight away must be postponed or cancelled. The chairman of the Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, Teddy Tang, told Frances Sit he welcomes the move:
Restaurant association says evening dining ban illogical  Listenfacebook
A restaurant association has described the government's move to ban evening dining-in as "stupid", saying the new pandemic restriction could lead to many places going out of business. Priscilla Ng reports:
High street set for major revamp as shop rents plunge   Listenfacebook
A real estate agency says the coronavirus pandemic and the weak global economy could see shop rents in Hong Kong plunge by a third by the end of the year. Colliers International says retail sales fell by more than that in the last quarter, although supermarkets bucked the trend. Colliers' managing director in Hong Kong, Nigel Smith, spoke to Janice Wong about the firm’s expectations for shop rents:
‘Sharkulator’ launched by WWF  Listenfacebook
WWF Hong Kong has launched a new online tool to help people work out how much good they do each time they refuse a bowl of shark fin soup. The conservation group says it tells people how many sharks would be saved if they shun the traditional banquet dish. Dr Andy Cornish, of the WWF’s global shark and ray programme, told Priscilla Ng why they had developed the "Sharkulator":