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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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Government IDs land for over 300,000 public flats   Listenfacebook
The government has declared victory in its search for land for public housing. In her fourth policy address, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that her administration has identified all the sites it needs to meet demand for the next 10 years. Priscilla Ng reports:
CE ‘likely’ to face many challenges over Lantau Tomorrow   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive made it clear in her policy blueprint that she won't give up on her Lantau Tomorrow Vision project. Carrie Lam said although the government has identified land to meet public housing demand for more than 10 years, that won't satisfy medium- and long-term needs. The finance committee of the Legislative Council is now expected to discuss a request for funding of studies for the massive reclamation project on Friday. The chairwoman of the New People's Party, Regina Ip, has expressed reservations about t in the past. Mike Weeks asked her how she would vote on the Lantau Tomorrow funding request:
Students wary of bay area jobs   Listenfacebook
Local university students appeared to be lukewarm towards a government subsidy aimed at encouraging them to work in the Greater Bay Area. Some said they are unsure about the long-term career prospects it provides, as well as the social and political environment across the border. Violet Wong has more:
Carrie Lam says teachers’ job is to turn young into ‘pillars of China’   Listenfacebook
Following Wednesday’s Policy Address, the Chief Executive said there won't be universal suffrage in Hong Kong until the SAR's constitutional order and political system are "restored". But Carrie Lam said with her current term ending in around 18 months, her priority will be on fixing the economy, housing and fighting the coronavirus. During her address, she said that restoring constitutional order and the political system from the chaos of the past year was one of her "urgent priorities”. She also said the government was igoing to "enhance the quality" of Hong Kong's teachers, by looking at their ethics and character, as well as who is allowed to enter the profession. Tom McAlinden reports:
DAB calls housing target overly optimistic   Listenfacebook
Pro-government political parties cheered Carrie Lam’s fourth Policy Address, with the DAB saying it was “thrilled” to hear that her administration has now identified all the land it needs to satisfy the demand for public housing in the next decade. But its vice-chairman Horace Cheung questioned whether the government can truly deliver on its promises, particularly on meeting the three-year wait for public flats. Political commentator Chung Kim-wah, from the Public Opinion Research Institute, also believes the policy address may promise more than it can deliver on housing. He told Annemarie Evans things may not go as smoothly as Carrie Lam hopes:
Dance-hall Covid-19 cluster swells to 250  Listenfacebook
Outgoing opposition lawmaker Jeremy Tam criticised the Chief Executive’s vow to forge ahead with her Lantau Tomorrow Vision, saying she should instead focus public resources on reviving the economy, improving people’s livelihood and tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Carrie Lam did suggest in her policy blueprint that the government may introduce another universal Covid-19 testing programme to try to curb the spread of the disease. But she later cast doubt on the practicality of mandatory universal testing. That came as 85 new Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Wednesday, 63 of them linked to the huge dance studio cluster, including one doctor. Wendy Wong has the details:
Tourism sector to benefit from one-off subsidies  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has pledged around HK$600 million of additional support to help the tourism industry, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Cecil Wong reports:
Jumbo Floating Restaurant plan welcomed  Listenfacebook
Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday that the landmark Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen has been donated to Ocean Park, which is set to run it with NGOs as part of a wider government plan to revitalise Hong Kong’s Southern District. In her policy blueprint, the Chief Executive said the restaurant would be turned into a cultural heritage and tourism attraction. Professor Brian King from Polytechnic University's school of tourim, told Janice Wong he welcomed the plan:
Scrapping of double stamp duty expected to have little impact   Listenfacebook
Real estate consultant, Colliers International, doesn't think the Policy Address announcement of the scrapping of double stamp duty on commercial properties will drive up prices drastically. In announcing the duty would be abolished on non-residential property transactions, the Chief Executive cited liquidity difficulties for enterprises because of the covid-driven recession. But Hannah Jeong, who heads Colliers' valuation and advisory services, told Candice Wong that firms will have difficulty selling retail and office space because of the lack of demand at the moment:
Biden presidency will ‘help heal’ Sino-US relations  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election, nearly three weeks after many other world leaders acknowledged his election victory. Xinhua news agency said that in his message to Biden, Xi said healthy ties between the world's two biggest economies were not only in the fundamental interests of their two peoples - but also expected by the international community. He said both countries should "stick to no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect, and the spirit of win-win cooperation" to promote the "noble cause" of world peace and development. Mike Weeks asked former US Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nicole Lamb-Hale – a managing director at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, and a Duff & Phelps Institute Fellow - if she was surprised at the length of time it's taken for Xi to send congratulations to Biden: