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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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Biden win raises hopes of a reset in global cooperation   Listenfacebook
World leaders have been cheering Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to restart global cooperation on a host of issues, from climate change to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, after four years of President Trump's rejection of international alliances. One of the big challenges Biden will face as president is US-China relations. So far there's been no official reaction from Beijing to his win. But In Hong Kong, pundits and scholars alike hailed the change in leadership in Washington, as Violet Wong reports:
Trump’s acceptance of defeat ‘like deflating a balloon’  Listenfacebook
Former US President, George W. Bush, congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory on Sunday. He said the American people could have confidence that the election was fundamentally fair and its outcome clear. However, President Trump is continuing to tweet about electoral fraud and one of his top backers, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, told Fox News he should keep fighting. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if it was ironic to hear Graham telling Fox News why Trump shouldn't accept the election result, given that the leading right-wing US news channel was among the first to declare Biden as president-elect:
People attending student’s memorial threatened with security law   Listenfacebook
There were tense scenes in Tseung Kwan O on Sunday night as people gathered to mark the first anniversary of the death of HKUST student, Chow Tsz-lok. The event there and memorials elsewhere in Hong Kong came just over a week before the opening of an inquest into how he came to fall from a car park in the area as police cleared nearby demonstrators. Police in Tseung Kwan O at one point displayed a warning that people chanting protest slogans could be breaching the National Security Law. Jimmy Choi has the story:
National security warning ‘obviates need’ for four-person restriction   Listenfacebook
A district councillor has complained after police displayed a banner on Sunday warning people chanting protest slogans that they could be breaching the National Security Law. The warning was given at a memorial for HKUST student Chow Tsz-lok, who fell to his death from a car park in Tseung Kwan O in November 2019 during a police operation to clear protesters in the area. Regular contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings discussed the use of the warning with Mike Weeks, along with Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s trip to Beijing last week, the recent arrest of RTHK journalist Bao Choy and reaction to Joe Biden’s election as US presisdent:
Tai Po residents queue for Covid-19 test kits  Listenfacebook
Three new local coronavirus cases of unknown source were reported on Sunday, raising fears of another wave of infections. Tai Po has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases in the past few days, leaving people in the area clamouring to get their hands on free test kits, as Joanne Wong reports:
Coronavirus pares back Remembrance Sunday   Listenfacebook
The annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony to commemorate Hong Kong's war dead went ahead outside the Cenotaph in Central, but with slight modifications due to Covid-19. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and the Home Affairs Bureau sent wreaths but did not attend. Jimmy Choi reports:
Carers’ union says profession needs to attract new blood   Listenfacebook
A carers' union says the government isn't doing enough to tackle staff shortages in the profession. That’s despite an announcement on Sunday from the Secretary for Labour and Welfare that the administration is trying to make the industry more attractive to newcomers. Violet Wong has the details:
Operation Santa Claus: Inspiring HK Sports Foundation  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2020 is underway to raise money for 19 worthy causes. One of them is a sports programme for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and their carers, run by the Inspiring HK Sports Foundation. Radio 3's Karen Koh spoke to the foundation’s Christine Fung to find out more about its work: