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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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Nearly 50 pan-democrats face conspiracy to subvert state power charges  Listenfacebook
Forty-seven pro-democracy politicians and activists will appear in West Kowloon court on Monday after being held overnight on charges of conspiring to commit subversion. They were among the 55 opposition figures arrested last month over last summer's primary elections to choose candidates for the Legislative Council elections that were later postponed. Authorities have labelled the primaries as an attempt by the pan-democrats to win enough seats in Legco so they could "paralyse the government". Frances Sit reports:
Rita Fan sets out how HK might be ruled by patriots   Listenfacebook
A former member of China's top legislative body says district councillors should be barred from the committee which selects Hong Kong’s Chief Executive. Rita Fan also says that the same committee should nominate candidates for the Legislative Council elections. The former National People’s Congress Standing Committee member and Legco president made the remarks at a high-powered seminar in Shenzhen on ensuring Hong Kong is run by patriots. Timmy Sung has the details:
Clock being turned back 50 years on political reform: Chung Kim-wah   Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says people are becoming scared over Beijing’s move to spearhead electoral reform in Hong Kong. He also called the charging of 47 members of the opposition camp on Sunday under the national security law “unreasonable and arbitrary”, saying it’s unlikely to convince anyone. Chung spoke to Janice Wong:
Charging of 47 ‘brings huge disrepute’ on Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) met over the weekend, ahead of Friday’s annual gathering of China's legislature. Just before heading up to the capital, Hong Kong's sole member of the NPCSC, Tam Yiu Chung, offered his thoughts on Beijing's decision to spearhead electoral reform here on the precept of patriots ruling Hong Kong. Tam was quoted by a newspaper as saying it's not about "whether you love it or hate it." He said if you "oppose the Chinese Communist Party …. how can you maintain that you genuinely safeguard the interests of Hong Kong?" Professor Michael Davis, a now US-based Hong Kong constitutional law expert, gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on this:
Ten more covid cases linked to K11 Musea restaurant   Listenfacebook
The coronavirus cluster surrounding a restaurant at the upmarket K11 Musea mall on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront has expanded to over 40 people. Almost half of the 22 infections confirmed on Sunday were linked to Mr Ming's Chinese Dining, as Candice Wong reports:
Stamp duty increase to be carefully monitored: Financial Secretary  Listenfacebook
Top government officials have moved to ease concerns that the 30 percent rise in tax on share trading will harm Hong Kong's competitiveness. The Financial Secretary announced the stamp duty hike in last week's budget, but now says the authorities will be carefully monitoring its impact. Frances Sit reports:
Government loan plan ‘transfers risk’ to the unemployed  Listenfacebook
A social policy academic says the government's plan to give low-interest bank loans to the jobless is the worst option. Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced in last week's budget that those who've lost their jobs over the past year can get up to HK$80,000 guaranteed by the government. But Au Yeung Tat-chor, an assistant professor at Lingnan University, said the proposal was less than ideal, considering that bad debt arising from such loans could be high. Speaking after attending RTHK's City Forum, he told Candice Wong he was disappointed that the authorities were passing the responsibility of social protection to the unemployed:
Trump ‘very much’ in charge of the Republican Party  Listenfacebook
The former US president, Donald Trump, says he has no plans to start a new party. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, Trump hinted at a presidential run in 2024. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks more about his speech: