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


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'Good momentum' in China's economic recovery  Listenfacebook
Official data shows that the mainland economy grew 6.3 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of this year, despite a patchy post-Covid rebound in recent months. The National Bureau of Statistics said the figure shows "a good momentum of recovery". Hailey Yip reports:
Growth to 'slow' in the latter half of the year  Listenfacebook
Natixis Asia Pacific economist Gary Ng says the mainland economy faces more challenges ahead and he expects growth to slow in the second half of this year. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Evergrande sees billions in losses  Listenfacebook
China Evergrande Group - the world's most indebted property developer - has posted a combined loss of US$81 billion for 2021 and 2022. There was also a rise in total liabilities in its long overdue results released on Monday, as Robert Kemp reports:
China and US make progress in climate talks  Listenfacebook
Temperatures in north-west China hit 52.2 degrees Celsius over the weekend. News of the new record high for mid-July came as US climate envoy John Kerry met his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in Beijing. Kerry said it's imperative that China and the US make, what he called, real progress in the months before the COP28 global climate talks in Dubai. The two-men held four hours of talks on Monday, during which the US envoy urged Xie to partner with the United States to cut methane emissions. Here's Aaron Tam:
Talim causes major disruption but little damage  Listenfacebook
Typhoon Talim, which triggered Hong Kong's first number eight storm signal of the year, weakened into a severe tropical storm after making landfall in western Guangdong early Tuesday morning. It brought major disruption to the city, effectively shutting it down for more than 15 hours. Schools and businesses were closed, flights disrupted and most public transport halted. But most people took the storm in their stride and it caused only minor damage. Here's Natale Ching:
Trading stocks during a typhoon 'difficult'  Listenfacebook
Typhoon Talim closed Hong Kong's financial markets on Monday. But the head of an asset management company says any decision to allow trading during such storms must take into account the effect on small brokers and their customers. The idea of an end to the practice of suspending trading was raised in this year's budget, based on the fact that much of the financial industry worked remotely during the Covid pandemic. But Alex Wong - director of Alex KY Wong Asset Management - says many companies still do their business the old-fashioned way, and could lose out if markets get volatile on typhoon days. He spoke to Damon Pang:
Govt urged to tackle abuse of foreign domestic helpers  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions has called on the government to ditch a proposal that would stop domestic workers from changing jobs during contracts - or "job-hopping" - and to address overcharging by employment agencies. It said because domestic workers are worried they won't be granted a work visa if they change jobs, many will choose to stay with their employers even if they feel they're being exploited. The group said only 20 of 338 migrant workers who complained to it about working excessive hours, having their wages illegally deducted, or being verbally, physically or sexually abused, have terminated their contracts. Wang Meng, the federation's organising secretary, told Janice Wong that many domestic workers have been denied employment visas for vague reasons:
'Shame to lose part of Fanling course with HK golf on the rise'  Listenfacebook
A spokesman for the Hong Kong Golf Club says Taichi Kho's appearance this week in the Open Golf Championship - the first by a Hong Kong player - shows the game is on the rise in Hong Kong, and it would therefore be a shame to lose part of its oldest championship course. Alex Jenkins was speaking to RTHK about the club's plan to open part of its Old course at Fanling to the public on Sunday afternoons. It will carry on doing so for the coming six weeks, until September 1, when the government is set to take back part of the course that is on the opposite side of Fan Kam Road from its club house to build public housing. Jenkins told Mike Weeks that the move is part of its long-running public outreach programme:
Economic cooperation, food security among goals in G20 meeting  Listenfacebook
G20 finance and central bank chiefs, meeting in India, have begun to discuss debt restructuring deals and fairer international tax agreements. The talks in Gandhinagar are aimed at bolstering the sagging global economy. They are chaired by India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitha-raman. RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Aaron Tam what financial leaders aim to achieve at this G20 meeting:
Emergency response questioned after South Korea flooding kills at least 40  Listenfacebook
There has been a major fallout in South Korea from the recent torrential rain and flooding that has left at least 40 people dead. President Yoon Suk Yeol has called for a "complete overhaul" of his country's approach to extreme weather. More than a dozen people were killed when an underpass in the central city of Cheongju flooded after a nearby river overflowed, trapping more than 10 vehicles inside. RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, told Janice Wong more about what happened: