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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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Only ‘staunch patriots’ can take up public office in HK   Listenfacebook
Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong says the central government will spearhead electoral reform ihere, to block anyone who acts against the interests of China and the SAR from taking up positions of authority. The head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, says only staunch patriots can be allowed in Hong Kong's executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Vicky Wong reports:
Pan-democrats pessimistic about the future of HK elections  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says her government will support Beijing in reforming Hong Kong's electoral system. She also denied that the patriotism requirement will effectively bar anyone from the opposition camp from public office. But Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei believes it will become increasingly difficult for any pro-democracy candidates to join any elections in future. He told Jimmy Choi he expects Beijing will announce how it intends to reform Hong Kong's electoral system during the annual gathering of the National People's Congress in March:
Patriotism is about whether you accept the system: Ronny Tong  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor and barrister Ronny Tong told RTHK he believes the electoral changes Beijing wants to institute here are intended to ensure compliance with its interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law, which states that people in public office must swear allegiance to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, and to the SAR. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Pro-Beijing camp sees patriot requirement as only natural  Listenfacebook
Pro-establishment politicians welcomed Beijing's move to reform Hong Kong's electoral system. Some said they hoped the central authorities would act quickly to “protect” the SAR. As Frances Sit reports, they also brushed aside concerns that the patriots-only rule would bar pan-democrats from holding public office:
Two plead guilty over Yuen Long station attack   Listenfacebook
Two men have pleaded guilty to rioting in connection with the attacks in Yuen Long on July 21, 2019. Prosecutors said the pair were among a group of white-clad men who attacked passengers and bystanders at the MTR station at the height of the anti-government protests. Candice Wong reports:
Top officials get vaccination campaign underway  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her ministers received Covid-19 vaccinations on Monday becoming the first group of people to get inoculated in Hong Kong. The event, broadcast live on TV, came just ahead of the launch of the government’s vaccination programme on Friday. Natale Ching reports:
Vaccine passports could kick start international travel   Listenfacebook
With the government set to roll out its mass vaccination programme on Friday, there's been talk that the apparently improving epidemic situation in the city could see the return of limited international travel. Reports say Hong Kong and Singapore have resumed talks on a shelved plan to set up a 'travel bubble' between the two places. So, how close are we really to resuming some form of quarantine-free travel? Janice Wong asked Professor Brian King, from the Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management:
Students excited at return to school   Listenfacebook
Sixteen Covid-19 infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Monday, down from 20 the day before. That was welcome news as many students went back to school for the first time in weeks. Priscilla Ng reports:
Trust ‘more important’ than levies in boosting recycling  Listenfacebook
The administration is proposing a new recycling levy for businesses that manufacture or import plastic drinks bottles as part of its strategy to try to reduce the amount of waste in Hong Kong. It's also set out plans for rebates for people who return bottles for recycling, and to set up more 'Reverse Vending Machines'. The proposals are part of a new, three-month public consultation that has just been launched. Paul Zimmerman chairs a coalition of beverage industry stakeholders called Drink Without Waste. Jim Gould asked him what he thought of the proposals: