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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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Big show of opposition to east Lantau reclamation plan   Listenfacebook
Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to protest Chief Executive Carrie Lam's proposal to reclaim 1,700 hectares of land off Lantau for housing. Police said about 5,800 people took part in the march to the government's headquarters. As Joanne Wong reports, the protesters disputed the government's claims that the HK$500 billion project would help solve Hong Kong's housing problems:
Rationale for ‘Lantau Tomorrow Vision’ questioned   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has been accused of violating government procedures on cost-benefit analysis in proposing her 'Lantau Tomorrow' plan to reclaim 1,700 hectares of land off the eastern end of the island. The convenor of the public policy think tank, the Professional Commons, says the massive development plan is not backed up by any research. Engineer Albert Lai also warned that the cost is likely to far exceed the official estimate of HK$500 billion. He spoke to Iris Yeung:
Carrie Lam defends Lantau reclamation plan   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has hit back at opponents of her reclamation proposal, unveiled in last week's policy address, saying their criticism was not based on facts. She said people may be biased if their only sources of information on her blueprint were the media, political commentators and social media. Wendy Wong reports:
Pro-establishment group urges action against HK Golf Club   Listenfacebook
A think- tank, set up by former Legislative Council President Tsang Yok-sing, has proposed that the government resume part of the 170 hectare site currently occupied by the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling to use for public housing. That's one of a series of suggestions made by Hong Kong Vision. It comes from a study to better use land rented out to more than 60 private clubs in Hong Kong. C.M. Chan is a research fellow with the group. Mike Weeks asked him whether it was too late to put their proposal forward, with the government seemingly having already decided that reclamation is the way forward for Hong Kong land supply:
Most Taiwanese still back the status quo   Listenfacebook
In a speech last week to mark the Double Tenth National Day celebrations in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen accused Beijing of seriously challenging peace and stability. Cross-strait ties have deteriorated recently, especially after Beijing made a concerted effort to poach Taiwan's dwindling number of official allies - with only 17 countries which still diplomatically recognise the island. Ian Pooler asked China specialist Mark O'Neill about the current mood of people on the island over the state of Taiwan-Beijing relations:
Uncertainty over market correction continues   Listenfacebook
Shares in Hong Kong were set to open weaker on Monday despite Friday’s modest rebound on Wall Street, after shares dropped to their lowest levels in months. The US President, Donald Trump, castigated the US central bank over the rout. He said the Federal Reserve was 'out of control' in raising interest rates. Trump has repeatedly touted Wall Street records as proof of the success of his economic programme, as well as his confrontational trade strategy. Barry Wood is RTHK’s Washington-based economics correspondent. Mike Weeks asked him about last week’s large sell off and if shares are expected to fall further: