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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 Jinping vows to crush sepratists  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has stressed the need to strengthen patriotism among the people of Hong Kong and Macau. He also told members of the National People's Congress that any attempts to split the country are doomed to fail. Maggie Ho has the details:
Xi’s speech has ‘worrying implications’ for Taiwan  Listenfacebook
China analyst Mark O'Neil says President Xi Jinping’s speech probably has many people in Taiwan worried that Beijing is now considering a military option to achieve reunification with the island. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Carrie Lam in $30k reconciliation with Democratic Party  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has donated HK$30,000 to the Democratic Party at its 23rd anniversary reception. Lam sat at the main table with other top officials for about an hour on Tuesday night, and afterwards described it on her social media account as an attempt at a "huge reconciliation". By contrast, her predecessor, CY Leung, and members of his administration had gone to none of the previous anniversaries of the main opposition party. Emily Lau - the former chairwoman of the Democratic Party - was at the reception. Mike Weeks asked her if the donation signified a thawing of relations between the party and the government:
Sports clubs may have to cough up millions for their land  Listenfacebook
Private sports clubs that occupy government land may have to pay tens - possibly hundreds - of millions of dollars in land premiums if a government proposal finds support among the community. The Home Affairs Bureau has launched a six-month public consultation on the government's policy on private recreational leases. Under the existing policy, clubs could apply to the government for a land grant to develop sports and recreation facilities at a nominal or zero premium. But as Richard Pyne reports, the administration says this can’t continue:
Focus 'should' be on inclusiveness to eliminate racial inequity  Listenfacebook
Wednesday is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the occasion, the Zubin Foundation has published its annual Diversity List, profiling qualified ethnic-minority individuals who are willing to serve on government advisory bodies. Shalini Mahtani is the group’s founder. Ian Pooler asked her why the latest list focuses on youth: