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


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Jiang Zemin dies, aged 96  Listenfacebook
Former president Jiang Zemin has died at the age of 96. He is reported to have succumbed to leukaemia and multiple organ failure shortly after noon on Wednesday in Shanghai. Jiang - who served as head of state from 1993 to 2003, during which China saw huge economic and social changes - has been described as "an outstanding leader enjoying high prestige" among the Communist Party, the military and all Chinese people. Damon Pang looks back at his life:
Tributes pour in for Jiang Zemin  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has hailed Jiang Zemin as an outstanding leader, strategist and diplomat. Top politicians in Hong Kong also paid tribute, with Chief Executive John Lee expressing deep sorrow over his passing. Aaron Tam reports:
Analyst ponders funeral arrangements for Jiang  Listenfacebook
A senior fellow from a Beijing-based think tank says former president, Jiang Zemin, will be remembered for overseeing China during a time of impressive economic growth. Einar Tangen from the Taihe Institute said the former leader was known for being outgoing, willing to engage with others and a departure from the usual, 'stone-faced party member'. He told Samantha Butler that it would be interesting to see how the former leader would be honoured, given that President Xi has changed the Communist Party significantly since Jiang's era:
Security chief denounces signs of 'colour revolution'  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security Chris Tang says the small protests in Hong Kong commemorating the victims of last week's fire in Urumqi are signs of what he described as "a colour revolution" that threatens national security. He also referenced what he called "anti-China" social media, in issuing a warning to those involved. Mike Weeks reports:
Student's jail sentence increased on appeal  Listenfacebook
The High Court has rejected an appeal by a university student against his five-year prison term for inciting secession. Lui Sai-yu was jailed in April after he pleaded guilty to the national security offence. The trial judge adopted a starting point of five years and six months and reduced the term because of Lui’s guilty plea. Maggie Ho reports:
Student shot by cop in 2019 protests jailed  Listenfacebook
A student, shot by a policeman during the social unrest in 2019, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Wendy Wong reports:
Tunnel tolls for taxis to be aligned  Listenfacebook
Sources say tolls for private cars will go up at the Cross Harbour Tunnel and Eastern Harbour Crossing and go down at the Western Harbour Tunnel. That is part of a proposal to help re-distribute traffic among the three crossings. Joanne Wong reports:
'Holistic' approach needed for traffic management  Listenfacebook
A transport consultant says plans to adjust tunnel tolls will not have a significant impact unless they are done in conjunction with a congestion charge. Alok Jain, the managing director of Trans-Consult, said the government needed a more holistic approach towards traffic management. But he welcomed plans to charge taxis the same for all three cross-harbour tunnels. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Govt vows to keep pressure on MTRC over ageing trains  Listenfacebook
The government says it will keep urging the MTR Corporation to speed up the replacement of old trains. As Damon Pang reports, it comes after a partial derailment last month raised concerns about ageing trains:
Exchange Fund reports quarterly loss  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's Exchange Fund has posted an investment loss of just over $100 billion in the three months to the end of September. In announcing the fund's second-worst quarterly performance ever, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority also warned of an uncertain and challenging outlook. Frank Yung reports:
Covid curbs eased in parts of Guangzhou  Listenfacebook
Officials in Guangzhou have relaxed anti-Covid rules in multiple districts. This came hours after officials said they would allow close contacts of Covid cases to quarantine at home rather than being sent to shelters as the national coronavirus caseload fell from the previous day's figure. Natale Ching reports: