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


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US, China hail 'candid' talks in Beijing  Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will hold further talks in Beijing on Monday as he concludes his historic visit to the capital. Blinken, the most senior Biden administration official to visit China, is expected to meet the nation's top diplomat, Wang Yi, although it is not clear whether he will speak to President Xi Jinping. On Sunday, the US diplomat held more than five hours of talks with Foreign Minister Qin Gang, as Vicky Wong reports:
'US brought nothing new to the talks'  Listenfacebook
A mainland-based political commentator has questioned why the US Secretary of State visited Beijing if the US had nothing new to offer at the talks. Einar Tangen told Janice Wong that the US could have offered to remove tariffs on Chinese imports or take China's defence minister of its blacklist, but no effort was made to repair relations:
Hopes that labour importation can meet peak travel demand  Listenfacebook
The Airport Authority Chief Executive has expressed confidence that a government plan to import thousands of airport workers will fill a manpower gap ahead of the peak travel season in December. Fred Lam said he hoped new staff could be brought in as early as October, to help address the dire need for manpower at Chek Lap Kok. Kelly Yu reports:
Public-private partnership welcomed in subsidised housing  Listenfacebook
Housing Secretary Winnie Ho says the plan to encourage the private sector to build subsidised housing has been generally welcomed by the public, even though pricing for such homes will be slightly higher than other schemes. She said a lot of work had been done to strike a balance between keeping prices down and attracting developers, as Vanessa Cheng reports:
New pilot development scheme welcomed in Yau Tsim Mong  Listenfacebook
Private developers have welcomed a new pilot scheme to redevelop parts of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. Hannah Jeong, the head of valuation and advisory services at Colliers says urban renewal in these two old districts has been slow. She said there were many small sites that already maximised the plot potential, so developers could only earn a small profit after redeveloping them. But she said the government's new Transfer of Plot Ratio scheme means developers can transfer a low density plot ratio to another site that they will develop, for a higher profit margin. She explained the scheme to Samantha Butler:
Disgruntled worker attacks McDonald's manager  Listenfacebook
A McDonald's store manager was in a critical condition in hospital after his skull was fractured in a knife attack in a store in Western district on Sunday. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Relaxed requirements boost police recruitment drive  Listenfacebook
The police say there has been a significant increase in people applying to join the force after it recently relaxed eligibility, such as height and weight requirements. The force said over 1,500 people joined a police recruitment event on Sunday, with 490 of them making on-the-spot applications. Ada Au reports:
Covid took a toll on students' mental health  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong scholar says educators need to look after students' mental well-being rather than just focus on their grades, following the resumption of normal education after the pandemic. The director of the university's centre for suicide research and prevention, Paul Yip, was speaking to RTHK after a survey of nearly 6,700 secondary school pupils by the centre found that the mental health of about a third of them had deteriorated during the onslaught of Covid-19. Professor Yip told Frank Yung how the pandemic affected teenagers and what should be done to help them:
Further boost planned for innovation and technology  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the city’s innovation and technology industry has made significant progress over the past year and the government plans to further boost support for it. He said it was striving to attract some leading international companies in the field to drive clusters of high-tech growth, as Mike Weeks reports:
Giant yellow ducks prepare for final flight  Listenfacebook
Crowds braved torrential rains to flock to Victoria Harbour on Sunday to bid farewell to one of the giant rubber ducks that have been on display in Hong Kong for just over a week. As Kelly Yu reports, the massive yellow mallard went on a two-hour trip around the harbour:
Biden kicks off re-election bid with union rally  Listenfacebook
President Biden has held his first political rally since launching his campaign for a second term in the White House. Addressing hundreds of union workers in Philadelphia, he said he was the most pro-union president in American history, and that he would make the super rich pay more tax. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler more about Biden's economic agenda: