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


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HK National party crackdown an abuse of power: Chan Ho-tin  Listenfacebook
The head of a pro-independence party that the government is considering banning on national security grounds has warned that this could be the start of a wider crackdown against groups that advocate self-determination or localist ideas. Chan Ho-tin says the proposed ban on his Hong Kong National Party is a clear case of the government abusing its power. But as Maggie Ho reports, pro-Beijing figures insist the authorities are fully justified in taking action to ban it:
Government ‘must’ prove ban of national party necessary   Listenfacebook
A constitutional law expert says the move to ban the Hong Kong National Party will have to be resolved in court. Professor Simon Young, from the University of Hong Kong, told RTHK that provisions in the Societies Ordinance that are being used to shut down the party will have to be considered and interpreted, especially when action is necessary in the interests of national security. He also urged the government to tread warily in its use of the ordinance with regard to political groups. Mike Weeks asked him if authorities have to wait for the Hong Kong National party to take some sort of concrete action to separate the SAR from China before they can take steps to ban the group:
Welfare chief defends policy planning for the elderly   Listenfacebook
The Welfare Secretary, Law Chi-kwong, has lashed out at critics of the government's slow-moving policy-planning process for the elderly. He said this is partly due to the rapid growth of Hong Kong's elderly population and accused some of being nostalgic for a past they know little about. Timmy Sung has the details:
G20 calls for trade dialogue to resolve tensions   Listenfacebook
Finance ministers and bankers from the world's largest economies say increased tensions over trade are posing a threat to global growth. At the end of a two-day meeting in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, the G20 group called for greater dialogue to reduce risks to the global economy and to strengthen confidence. The warning came after the US President, Donald Trump, said on Friday that he was "ready to go to 500" which has been taken as a signal that he's willing to slap duties on all imports from China. But is that really what he meant? Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood:
SMA patients share stories of perseverance   Listenfacebook
A group of patients suffering from a rare and life-threatening spinal condition have published a book to share their inspiring stories of perseverance. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, was among those at its launch on Sunday at the book fair to once again pledge the government's support for sufferers of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, and to ensuring they get the potentially life-saving drug they need. Maggie Ho reports: