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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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Xi, Biden hold lengthy face-to-face talks in Bali  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has told his US counterpart Joe Biden that the world is big enough for both China and the United States to prosper, and stressed that differences between the two countries should not be an obstacle to growing relations. The two met on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday for their first face-to-face discussion since Biden took office almost two years ago. Mike Weeks reports:
Professor: 'Cordial' talks but little progress  Listenfacebook
A professor of politics has welcomed direct talks between Presidents Xi and Biden but says there were no changes to the usual talking points. Josef Gregory Mahoney from East China Normal University in Shanghai said while the meeting was cordial, at times the two leaders appeared to be “talking past each other” towards their domestic audiences. He also told Samantha Butler that there were no indications that tensions over Taiwan would be dialed back:
Triad bureau to probe anthem mishap in South Korea  Listenfacebook
The Organised Crime and Triad Bureau is to investigate the case of an incorrect song being played instead of the national anthem at a rugby tournament in South Korea on Sunday. The force says it will look at potential violations of the National Anthem Ordinance or other legislation, including the National Security Law. John Lee's administration has also demanded the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Korean officials investigate the affair. Mike Weeks reports:
Concerns over rail safety after partial derailment  Listenfacebook
The government has told the MTR Corporation that it expects it to submit an initial report on Sunday's partial derailment of one of its trains by Wednesday and a full report within two months. On Monday, the rail company said its initial probe suggested the train may have hit a component that came off a metal barrier next to the track. Damon Pang reports:
Expert questions trackside maintenance  Listenfacebook
A train expert says the MTR Corporation may need to improve its checking of trackside equipment, following Sunday's partial train derailment at Yau Ma Tei. On Monday, the MTRC suggested the train may have hit a component that came off a metal barrier next to the track. Henry Cheung, the chairman of the Association of Hong Kong Railway Transport Professionals, said media reports suggested it was the cover from a tunnel ventilation fan. He said the incident was rare, but this was the second similar accident within a year, after a trackside advertising panel came loose and hit a train in Causeway Bay last December. He spoke to Janice Wong:
MIRROR concert organisers barred from venue hire  Listenfacebook
The government has suspended the organisers of July's MIRROR concert, Music Nation, from hiring its venues while a criminal probe continues into how a giant video screen came to crash down on the stage during the show. The incident injured two dancers, one of whom remains in hospital with serious spinal injuries. Damon Pang reports:
Top court finds errors in drug-trafficking trial  Listenfacebook
The Court of Final Appeal says a High Court judge erred in several legal principles in permanently staying the drug trafficking trial of a man from Brazil last year. In a written ruling, it said judge Audrey Campbell-Moffat applied incorrect legal principles to exclude some text messages from the suspect’s phone from the evidence. Mike Weeks reports:
Cathay says pre-pandemic target is years away  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has warned that it will not get back to its pre-pandemic traffic levels until the end of 2024. Sean Kennedy reports:
Measures announced for China's property sector  Listenfacebook
Beijing has unveiled sweeping measures to support China's debt-laden property sector, as regulators seek to promote the “stable and healthy development” of the real-estate industry. The package lays out multiple liquidity-boosting measures, which analysts have hailed as a "turning point". Altis Wong reports: