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Wider debate needed on co-location arrangement: Dennis Kwok Listen
Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok has defended efforts by pro-democracy figures in the Legislative Council to pull a debate on the government's proposal for a joint immigration checkpoint at the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus. The government says it is respecting lawmakers by allowing them to vote on the issue – but critics say this is a bid to legitimise the plans, as it is non-binding motion. Kwok told Annemarie Evans that Chief Executive Carrie Lam's government brought this on itself by not holding a proper consultation with the public and now hinting it may begin the process for implementing the arrangements without waiting for Legco's vote.
Changes to waste charging plan will spur reduction, recycling: Edwin Lau Listen
The founder and executive director of environmental group the Green Earth, Edwin Lau, says he believes changes to the government's waste charging plan will help to reduce the amount of waste produced by the public and corporations. The Environment Secretary says the new plan will see all households charged for pre-paid garbage bags. Lau told Ben Tse that people in Hong Kong are very price sensitive, and this will help foster debate on how to reduce waste and encourage recycling.
Tsai Ing-wen says Taipei, Beijing need to drop historical baggage Listen
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen says Taipei and Beijing need to drop historical baggage to seek a breakthrough in cross-straits relations. These are her first public comments since the mainland's ruling Communist Party unveiled a new leadership line-up. Relations nose-dived after Tsai took office last year, with Beijing suspecting that she wants to push for the island’s formal independence. Taipei journalist Cindy Sui spoke to Annemarie Evans about the remarks.
Exciting weekend of cricket in the offing at Sixes tournament Listen
The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes takes place this weekend – the two-day tournament is returning to the Kowloon Cricket Club after a five-year absence. South Africa won back in 2012, and they're returning alongside Hong Kong, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the New Zealand Kiwis and Marylebone Cricket Club. The former Australia and Hong Kong international Ryan Campbell, who will be a commentator at the tournament, told Ben Tse it will be an exciting tournament and boost the game's image in the city.