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


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Arts hub set for more delays   Listenfacebook
Executive Council convenor Bernard Chan insists the body managing the West Kowloon Arts Hub had no choice but to fire its main contractor, even if the decision further delays the completion of the M+ museum there. The cultural district authority said it was terminating the contract because of the insolvency of the contractor's parent company. But the Hsin Chong Group denied on Saturday that it is in crisis, adding that its financial condition is in any case irrelevant as far as the M+ contract is concerned. Hsin Chong also said it had never been formally notified, and so the contract had yet to be properly terminated. Maggie Ho reports:
ADC Artspace offers much more than just cheap studios   Listenfacebook
It's not hard to see the effects of Hong Kong's severe land shortage on its people - with sky-high rents and cramped living conditions. But many involved in art argue that the shortage of space is also hampering the growth of what should be a vibrant arts scene in Hong Kong. Well the Arts Development Council has been trying to address this problem - partnering up with sympathetic landlords to offer subsidised studios to visual and media artists. The ADC Artspace project has been up and running since 2014. RTHK’s Wong Yin-ting takes a look at how artists who've been renting out cheap studios in Wong Chuk Hang have benefitted from the programme:
Chan Ho-tin slammed over Trump trade call   Listenfacebook
The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau issued a statement on Sunday lambasting independence advocate Chan Ho-tin for urging the United States to target Hong Kong as part of its trade war with China. The bureau said anyone who wants to harm the SAR’s trade, finances or overall interests should be condemned. The convenor of the Hong Kong National Party issued an open letter to Donald Trump on Saturday urging, among other things, that the US president kick China and Hong Kong out of the World Trade Organisation. Hugh Chiverton asked freelance journalist Chris Yeung for his view on Chan’s action:
New talks just ahead of escalation of Sino-US trade war   Listenfacebook
A second wave of tariffs is set to be imposed this week as the stakes in the trade war between the US and China get ever higher. The duties from both sides are set to be imposed from Thursday, although another delegation from Beijing is also due in Washington just ahead of that for another bid to negotiate a ceasefire on trade. Barry Wood is RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent. Mike Weeks asked him how much the trade war will be ramped up on Thursday: