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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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Constitutional secretary says pan-dem primaries crossed a red line  Listenfacebook
Both supporters and critics of the government have continued to argue over the legality of last week's arrests of more than 50 people for subversion. But the government remains adamant that the leaders of the opposition camp and others were rounded up for their involvement in last July's primaries for the now-postponed Legislative Council elections, where the goal was to vote down the budget and thereby force the chief executive to resign. Violet Wong reports:
Government ‘crossed the line’ on fundamental freedoms  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Erick Tsang, said on Sunday that the more than 50 pan-democrats arrested last week on suspicion of subversion had to pay the price for "crossing the red line". Mike Weeks asked professor Michael Davis, a now US-based Hong Kong constitutional law expert, what he made of Tsang’s “red line”:
Foreign governments accused of slandering security law  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong government has accused foreign governments of making "slandering" remarks about the national security law. It said the law imposed by Beijing in July was equal, if not better than similar legislation in other jurisdictions. The government statement came hours after the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US issued a joint statement expressing their concern with last week's arrest of 55 people on suspicion of subversion. Richard Pyne reports:
HKKF Covid-19 cluster feared   Listenfacebook
Health officials fear there may be a coronavirus outbreak at the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry company after a captain came down with Covid-19 and three sailors tested preliminary positive for the virus. Hong Kong reported 31 new cases on Sunday, down from the previous day's new year record of 59. Timmy Sung reports:
Trump could become first twice-impeached US president  Listenfacebook
Democrats in the United States will launch a second attempt to remove Donald Trump from office on Monday, when they introduce articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives over last Wednesday's rampage on Capitol Hill by the president’s backers. They've accused Trump of inciting his supporters to storm Congress. Senior Democrat James Clyburn told CNN on Sunday that the articles of impeachment against Trump could be finished by Monday, with a vote taking place on Wednesday. But he says the party may wait until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office before sending any impeachment articles to the US Senate. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if most Americans think Trump should be held responsible for the storming of Congress:
Higher level US engagement with Taiwan ‘likely’ to be short-lived   Listenfacebook
Taipei has welcomed Washington's decision to lift some long-standing restrictions on contacts between US officials and their Taiwanese counterparts. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that the rules were introduced decades ago to "appease the Communist regime in Beijing" but are no longer needed as Taiwan is a reliable partner. The move is sure to anger Beijing and comes in the final days of the Trump administration. RTHK’s Taipei correspondent, Cindy Sui spoke with Janice Wong about the significance of Pompeo’s comments:
Chinachem CEO questions Lantau Tomorrow Vision   Listenfacebook
One of Hong Kong's leading developers says the government shouldn't press ahead with Carrie Lam's mega reclamation project off Lantau just because the city doesn't have enough land to develop. Violet Wong reports:
FS warns of need to reserve resources   Listenfacebook
Amid calls for sweeteners in his upcoming budget, the Financial Secretary Paul Chan has said he'll have to keep some firepower in reserve to tackle any uncertainties Hong Kong may face in the coming year. Timmy Sung reports:
Law firm clients appeal for help to reclaim money  Listenfacebook
Clients of a shuttered law firm are demanding help from the government, saying they've suffered losses totalling HK$100 million after the Law Society froze the firm's accounts. That came after the society's governing council found that the firm had committed serious breaches of lawyer accounting rules. Wong Yin-ting reports: