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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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Unprecedented security to mark 20th anniversary of HKSAR   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security has appealed for public understanding over disruptions likely to be brought by the unprecedented security surrounding President Xi Jinping's visit this week for the 20th anniversary of the handover. He will arrive in Hong Kong on Thursday for a three-day stay, during which he'll also oversee Carrie Lam's swearing-in as Chief Executive and inspect the SAR. The outgoing Chief Executive, CY Leung, thanked the president for deciding to come to Hong Kong, saying it showed the central government's support for the SAR. Lam described Xi's visit as very encouraging. Damon Pang reports:
Xi’s escort team prepared for any threat   Listenfacebook
The 59-member Hong Kong Police VIP escort team will be protecting Xi Jinping during his visit. As Timmy Sung reports, the Force Escort Group says it's prepared for any protests or even a possible terrorist attack when Xi travels around the SAR:
Biggest-ever security operation reflects Xi’s elevated status   Listenfacebook
China specialist Willy Lam is not surprised by the unprecedented level of security surrounding President Xi Jinping’s three day visit. Lam said this just reflects his now-elevated status, which puts Xi at a higher level than his recent predecessors. Lam said it’s no wonder that the outgoing administration of CY Leung and the incoming government of Carrie Lam are bending over backwards to ensure the president is satisfied with his visit:
20th anniversary of HKSAR: a look back   Listenfacebook
Twenty years ago this Friday, at midnight, the flags of the new Special Administrative Region and the People's Republic of China were raised in Hong Kong in a ceremony at the newly-built extension to the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. RTHK's former chief political reporter Francis Moriarty was there and covered or observed most of the trials and tribulations of the first two decades of the SAR. Francis recently joined Mike Weeks in visiting some of the sites that have featured large in the history of the past 20 years. They started their trip down memory lane outside Government House:
CY Leung gets lowest rating of any Chief Executive   Listenfacebook
A survey commissioned by Future@Hong Kong has found that outgoing Chief Executive, CY Leung, is rated well below his two predecessors. A thousand people were polled and Tung Chee-hwa's rating was around 55 percent, while Donald Tsang scored nearly 50 percent. But Leung's rating was just 38.8 percent. The survey also found most respondents believe that people's livelihoods will deteriorate further under the next administration and they'd like to see it dip into its coffers to boost spending. They are also hoping for improved governance and a less divided society. The convenor of the think tank, former legislator Fred Li, told Karin Li that more than half of those questioned believe Carrie Lam's government should restart the political reform process:
US$19b to prevent Italian banking crisis  Listenfacebook
The Italian government has announced an emergency package to allow two failing regional banks to be wound up in an orderly fashion. It's authorised the use of up to US$19 billion of state funds to ensure Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca can continue to operate for now. Barry Wood is RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent. Mike Weeks asked him if he was surprised by the move: