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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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Joint ventures will be in front line of US-China trade war  Listenfacebook
The prospect of a trade war between the world's two biggest economies moved a step closer on Thursday, after US President Donald Trump signed a memorandum paving the way for tariffs worth billions of dollars to be imposed on US imports of goods from China. Trump said the punitive measures are in retaliation for what he says is the theft of American intellectual property and an "out of control" trade deficit. Beijing has accused the US of abusing global trade rules. The Foreign Ministry said China will defend itself. Dr Glenn Shive is the director of the Hong Kong-America Centre at the Chinese University. Mike Weeks asked him how Beijing is likely to retaliate:
Tobacco tax rise on the cards   Listenfacebook
The government is considering raising tobacco tax, even though smoking rates in Hong Kong are at an all-time low of 10 percent of people aged 15 or older. But the head of the Tobacco Control Office, Jeff Lee, says nearly 64 percent of those who do smoke can be classed as "hardcore smokers" who have no intention of stopping. He said raising the tax on cigarettes is the most effective way to persuade them to quit. A Department of Health survey of 10,000 households last year also found that smokers are lighting up fewer cigarettes, an average of 12.4 per day, down from 13.1 in 2015. But Lee told Ben Tse the number of people who smoke electronic cigarettes shot up during the period from almost none three years ago:
Livelihood funding moved to the top for approval   Listenfacebook
The government's plan to bump livelihood-related matters to the top of the Finance Committee's agenda has gone down well with legislators on both sides of the political divide. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been holding meetings with members of the rival camps to discuss ways to get as many funding requests passed as possible before the Legislative Council goes on its summer break. Francis Sit reports:
Study highlights need for community-based healthcare   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is failing to provide adequate health services for its growing elderly population. That's the finding of a survey, funded by the Jockey Club, which asked more than 9,500 people - many of them 50 years or older - how they feel about support for senior citizens. They gave the lowest rating to community support and health. Professor Jean Woo, from the Chinese University, told Ian Pooler more about the study:
HK millionaires at record high   Listenfacebook
The number of millionaires in Hong Kong has reached a new high. That's according to a study by Citibank, which estimates one in seven people in the city is a millionaire. Damon Pang reports: