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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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Reports that party member to be named HKU VP raises hackles   Listenfacebook
Student and civic groups as well as district councillors have voiced opposition to the University of Hong Kong's reported naming of a mainland professor, who they say is a member of the Chinese Communist Party, as one of its new vice presidents. The university's governing council is expected to discuss the appointments on Tuesday. Wendy Wong reports:
HKU student union urges delay in appointment of new VPs   Listenfacebook
The students’ union of the University of Hong Kong has launched a signature campaign against the purported plan to appoint two Tsinghua University professors, Max Shen Zuojun and Gong Peng, as the school's vice presidents. One of the academics is believed to be a member of the Chinese Communist Party. The students will submit a petition to the university's governing council on Tuesday, when it meets to discuss the appointments. Janice Wong asked the union's president, Edy Jeh, what the main concerns are over the appointments:
‘Highly sensitive time’ to name party member as HKU vice president   Listenfacebook
The row over the University of Hong Kong’s reported naming of professors Max Shen Zuojun and Gong Peng as its vice presidents also embroiled the news media on Sunday. The Hong Kong Journalists Association expressed concern over reports that the person in charge of Now TV news ordered a story about the political background of Shen to be pulled off the air. It said the rare action raised questions about self-censorship. Mike Weeks asked HKJA chairman and freelance journalist Chris Yeung if he was surprised about the uproar over the reported appointment of a Chinese Communist Party member:
Young people the most unhappy in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
Polytechnic University researchers say for the first time since 2012, students aged 12 to 18 have the lowest average happiness score among all age groups. Jimmy Choi reports:
Slow-drive protest staged by struggling tour bus drivers  Listenfacebook
The ailing tourism industry remains pessimistic about the future despite Friday's relaxation of anti-epidemic measures allowing for the resumption of local tours of up to 30 people. That's after health experts warned people of the risks of joining tour groups, or simply going out. No new local coronavirus cases were confirmed on Monday. But it did see a slow-drive protest by coach companies, to press for the reopening of cross-border travel. Candice Wong reports:
Cathay Pacific union wants more time to consider new contracts   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific's Flight Attendants' Union (FAU) is to meet with the airline's management on Tuesday to press for a postponement of a deadline for remaining staff to sign a revised contract. The FAU is threatening unspecified action if Cathay does not agree. The airline has told staff, who escaped last week's mass layoffs, they need to sign it by the middle of next week. It's also offered a bonus payment to those who sign by Wednesday. Speaking after a special meeting on Monday, FAU chair Zuki Wong said some of its members already regret agreeing to the new contract, while others are puzzled by its terms. She spoke to Candice Wong:
Communist Party leaders meet to lay down new five-year plan   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping and members of the Communist Party's Central Committee are meeting in Beijing to map out China's economic course for the next five years. The fifth plenary session of the party's largest decision-making body opened on Monday and will run for four days. Candice Wong reports:
China threatens new sanctions over US arms deal   Listenfacebook
Beijing says it'll impose sanctions on US entities, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin, for supplying weapons to Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions. Richard Pyne has the details:
Tit-for-tat restrictions more bad news for Sino-US relations   Listenfacebook
Beijing has announced that six American news organisations must provide detailed information about their operations in China within seven days. The demand came after Washington labelled six Chinese state media outlets as foreign missions, and restricted US visas given to journalists and their families. Mike Week asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if the move on the news groups and the sanctions on Boeing and Lockheed Martin are a reflection of the deteriorating relations between the US and China: