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

2018-05-21
Monday

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China and the US agree to avoid a trade war   Listenfacebook
China and the United States have confirmed they will not impose punitive import tariffs on each other’s goods, putting a possible trade war "on hold" for now. The accord was struck at talks in Washington aimed at persuading China to buy US$200 billion in goods and services from the US and thereby reduce the trade imbalance. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if any kind of trade deal had been reached, or just an agreement to head off a trade war while talks continue:
State funding of HK science ‘won’t’ undermine academic freedom  Listenfacebook
A Vice-President of the University of Hong Kong, Andy Hor, has dismissed concerns that a new initiative by President Xi Jinping to give local researchers greater access to national funding will undermine academic freedom in Hong Kong. The directive from the president raised worries because it came with the proviso that state funds would only be given to scientists who "love the country and Hong Kong". But Hor doesn't think scientists will be affected by politics. He spoke to Wendy Wong about the benefits of the initiative:
Localism down and possibly out   Listenfacebook
Lawyers for Edward Leung are due to begin setting out mitigation on Monday ahead of the sentencing of the former spokesman of Hong Kong Indigenous for rioting. The guilty verdict handed down to Leung on Friday over the Lunar New Year violence in Mong Kok more than two years ago was seen as another major blow to the localist movement. It comes hard on the heels of the announcement from ousted opposition legislator Nathan Law that he had quit as chairman of Demosisto - the political party he founded two years ago with student activist Joshua Wong to advocate Hong Kong self-determination. So has this all been a major blow to Hong Kong’s localist movement? Mike Weeks asked Danny Gittings, a regular contributor and legal academic:
Historic banyans felled   Listenfacebook
Two 80-year-old banyan trees on Bonham Road have been cut down despite protests by conservationists and politicians. Authorities said the trees were at risk of falling and posed a threat to public safety, as Altis Wong reports:
‘Four o'clock Hui Sir’ retires   Listenfacebook
Assistant Commissioner of Police Steve Hui retires on Monday after three-decades in the job. He became the public face of the force during the 2014 Occupy movement when he acted as its chief spokesman. He describes the 79-day pro-democracy protests as the most unforgettable, challenging and difficult time of his police career, as Timmy Sung reports:
Newlyweds set to begin official royal duties   Listenfacebook
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have left Windsor Castle as the weekend's royal wedding celebrations come to a close. The couple stayed at the castle on Saturday after an evening reception with 200 of their friends and family, hosted by Prince Charles. Details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's honeymoon have yet to be confirmed. But their first official engagement as a married couple will be a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson spoke to Ian Pooler: