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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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John Lee unveils 'united and loyal' cabinet  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive-designate John Lee has unveiled his new cabinet, which he has described as united and loyal, with an emphasis on policy execution and efficient governance. The State Council has approved and appointed the principal officials, as Damon Pang reports:
Who's who in John Lee's team?  Listenfacebook
The 15 government bureaux will be headed mostly by incumbent officials and veteran civil servants. But there are a few new faces, including a surgeon and a businessman, as Frank Yung reports:
New CS promises to 'unite society'  Listenfacebook
Incoming Chief Secretary Eric Chan has pledged to do his best to unite all sectors and assist the Chief Executive-elect John Lee to thoroughly implement the One Country Two Systems principle. Joanne Wong reports:
New cabinet must tackle 'deep-rooted problems'  Listenfacebook
Outgoing Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has congratulated the new government officials on their appointments. In a statement, Lam also thanked officials who had served with her over the past five years. Beijing authorities say the new line-up will help Hong Kong integrate nationally and raise the SAR's profile overseas. But they also said deep-rooted problems, such as the shortage of housing, needed to be tackled - as Todd Harding reports:
Legco is 'breeding ground' for new talent  Listenfacebook
The vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Lau Siu-kai, says the Legislative Council will become a breeding ground for future politicians. He was commenting after four incumbent lawmakers were appointed as government officials under the incoming administration. Wendy Wong reports:
'New cabinet must show results within 100 days'  Listenfacebook
Independent China strategist, Andrew Leung, says on balance, John Lee has assembled a 'fairly good team' for his cabinet. Leung told Janice Wong that Lee would be hoping this team - with its diverse background, abilities and track record - could help him achieve concrete results within his first 100 days in office:
CE says 2019 protests unavoidable  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she does not think the government could have avoided the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests even if she had compromised. She said what she described as 'an anti-central government force' had formed over the past two decades. Damon Pang reports:
CHP: Fifth wave peak will not return  Listenfacebook
Health officials have given their assurances that Hong Kong's Covid situation will not return to the peak of the fifth wave, when there were tens of thousands of new cases reported each day. The comments came despite the city seeing the daily Covid caseload remain in the four digits for the fifth day in a row. Joanne Wong reports:
Expert predicts over 2,000 daily cases by weekend  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong epidemiologist says Hong Kong's daily Covid tally may rise above 2,000 cases by the end of this week. But Benjamin Cowling from the university's School of Public Health says he does not think the virus poses much threat to the general community anymore. He said it made sense to slightly tighten anti-epidemic restrictions in the short term to soften the peak of the current infection wave. But he told Samantha Butler that in the long run, Hong Kong should aim to return to normal:
Macau conducts mass testing over new cases  Listenfacebook
Macau has launched a mass Covid testing exercise after 21 coronavirus cases were found in the SAR. All schools have been closed until further notice as officials warned the city was facing "extremely high" risks of community transmission. Wendy Wong reports:
America keeps close eye on Capitol riot hearings  Listenfacebook
Americans have been tuning in to the televised House committee hearings and the investigation by lawmakers into the Capitol riot - when Donald Trump's supporters stormed Congress on January 6, 2021. Some 20 million viewers watched the first hearing. Last Thursday, the committee held the third of seven planned hearings. The next one is due for 1pm, US time on Tuesday. Samantha Butler asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, about whether the hearings had revealed any new information: