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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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Xi talks of further opening without delivering details   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has hailed four decades of economic reform in China. At a high-profile ceremony on Tuesday, he borrowed from Deng Xiaoping - the former paramount leader who set the country down the road to economic liberalisation - by talking of the need for China to open up further. But he shed little light on how this would be done, stressing chiefly that the country must stick with the Communist Party, and its leadership over "everything". Maggie Ho reports:
Xi disappoints on new economic reforms   Listenfacebook
China expert Willy Lam says it's disappointing that President Xi Jinping failed to unveil any concrete measures to cut back on state control of China's economy, even as he promised on Tuesday to continue with Deng Xiaoping's reforms. The Chinese University Professor told Annemarie Evans there are major differences between the views of Xi and China's former paramount leader on reform:
Lack of action on HK air pollution putting health at risk   Listenfacebook
Green groups say the government is putting the public's health at risk by merely “tinkering" with Hong Kong's air quality targets. That’s after officials proposed tightening concentration limits for two types of air pollutants, while leaving limits for five others unchanged. Patrick Fung is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Air Network. Mike Weeks asked him why the government was only tightening up air quality standards for sulphur dioxide and fine particulates:
ICAC board defends decision to drop CY Leung probe   Listenfacebook
A board that oversees ICAC investigations says the anti-graft body carried out a thorough and extensive probe into the UGL payment to former Chief Executive CY Leung before deciding last week not to pursue a case against him. Leung never declared the HK$50 million the Australian engineering company paid him around the time he took over as Hong Kong’s leader in 2012. Candice Wong reports:
Government expects $40 billion surplus for 2017-18   Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan has projected a surplus of about HK$40 billion for this financial year. That’s less than a third of last year's record figure of HK$138 billion. He also spoke about property prices, saying even with the recent downward trend flats still remain unaffordable for most Hong Kong people. Jimmy Choi reports:
No room for buskers on revamped Avenue of Stars   Listenfacebook
"Singing aunties" are not going to be welcome when the Avenue of Stars re-opens in January after a major facelift. The government says it will try its best to stop them and other buskers invading the harbour promenade in front of the Intercontinental Hotel and New World Centre. So what will the reopening of the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist attraction mean for visitors, businesses and the harbourfront overall? Ian Pooler asked Paul Zimmerman - a member of the Harbourfront Commission - if he was looking forward to the opening of the remodeled promenade:
Operation Santa Claus 2018: Chickensoup Foundation  Listenfacebook
The Chicken Soup Foundation is one of 13 beneficiaries of this year Operation Santa Claus campaign, which is jointly organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. The organisation helps children in seven under-served districts. Annemarie Evans headed to Wanchai to talk with its CEO and founder, Edward Man: