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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
Description:
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler

2017-07-26
Wednesday

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Plan will see mainland law enforced in West Kowloon   Listenfacebook
The government is pushing ahead with a plan that will effectively turn a quarter of the West Kowloon Terminus of the high-speed rail line into mainland territory. Officials insist they're not ceding land to Beijing, and that the interests of Hong Kong people are not affected. Damon Pang reports:
Ronny Tong says border-crossing arrangements not about politics   Listenfacebook
Barrister Ronny Tong is a member of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s governing council, which endorsed the co-location arrangement on Tuesday. He said some may not see it as being in the spirit of the Basic Law, that it is a decision based purely on economic and travel considerations, not political ones. But Tong told Mike Weeks that any consideration of the boundaries of Hong Kong won’t require another interpretation of the SAR’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law:
Co-location plan ‘will require effective interpretation of the Basic Law’   Listenfacebook
A member of the University of Hong Kong's law faculty, Eric Cheung, says the government’s co-located border crossing proposal clearly violates the spirit of the Basic Law. Cheung spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Government labels HK ‘demonstration capital’   Listenfacebook
The government is under fire over new teaching material on the Basic Law that describes Hong Kong as "the capital of demonstrations" and appears to accuse those who take to the streets of trying to "destroy society's order". Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen described the material as biased, saying it must be withdrawn. But the government insists it is fine. Maggie Ho reports:
Independent authors complain of little support at HK book Fair   Listenfacebook
Independent authors and small publishing companies have accused the organisers of the Hong Kong Book Fair of failing to give them adequate support. And they are calling on the Trade Development Council to boost promotion for new authors and lower rents for small publishers in future. James Hon is an independent author. Ian Pooler asked him why he believes policies adopted at the Book Fair were unfavourable to new authors: