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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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Christine Choi’s appointment not a declaration of war   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed fears that the naming of a pro-Beijing union leader as Under-Secretary for Education signals the government's intention to re-introduce a controversial national education curriculum. Lam also questioned why the appointment of Christine Choi is being regarded by some as the start of a government war with educators. Richard Pyne reports:
Search for new land to begin next month   Listenfacebook
It's been confirmed that a task force will start work in September to identify land for housing. Setting it up was part of Carrie Lam's election manifesto. The land supply task force will be chaired by an expert from outside the administration. The Development Secretary, Michael Wong, says it will discuss all ideas, and he hopes it will prove to be a good mechanism for the government to interact with the public. Stephen Wong is the head of the Public Policy Institute of the Our Hong Kong Foundation – the think tank set up by former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Ian Pooler asked him what he thinks the task force will be able to achieve:
New co-location concern group seeks to block XRL plan   Listenfacebook
About a hundred pro-democracy activists have formed a concern group, demanding that the government scrap its plans for joint immigration and customs checkpoints at the West Kowloon Terminus of the Express Rail Link. The co-location concern group was launched on the eve of Thursday’s special meeting of the Legislative Council, where top government officials will face lawmakers for the first time since unveiling plans to lease part of the West Kowloon station to Beijing so state security officers can carry out border clearance. The group involves students, lawyers and pan-democrat legislators and aims to gather signatures from more than 300,000 people opposed to the proposal. One of its spokeswomen is former lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng. Mike Weeks asked her about its first official gathering:
Carrie Lam looks at lifting digital media ban  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has been criticised for failing to come up with firm plans to lift a ban on online media from attending government press conferences. Carrie Lam says she's asked the Director of Information Services to study the matter, which is the subject of a legal challenge. She hopes dialogue – rather than the courts - can resolve issues like this one. But Daisy Li - the chief editor of the web outlet, Citizen News – says talks have been ongoing for about three years now. She spoke to Jim Gould:
New bishop aims for better relations with Beijing   Listenfacebook
The new head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Michael Yeung, says he will follow in his predecessor's footsteps by seeking better relations with Beijing. The bishop is also promising to be vocal about important issues that affect society. Maggie Ho reports: