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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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Worries over school broadcast of Basic Law forum dismissed   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has dismissed concerns that local schools are being pressured to force students to watch live broadcasts of a Basic Law seminar to be attended by a senior Beijing official next month. They were raised after the Education Bureau 'invited' schools to arrange for live broadcasts of the conference at which Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei will speak. Lam said "everything is unusual when it's done for the first time". However, the education sector’s representative on the Legislative Council, Ip Kin-yuen, questioned the intentions behind the move and if schools have any choice in the matter. He spoke to RTHK's Frances Sit:
CE calls President Xi's speech encouraging   Listenfacebook
The controversy over the Basic Law forum broadcast arose after Hong Kong’s leader praised President Xi Jinping's speeches and comments at the Communist Party's 19th national congress. Carrie Lam told a Beijing-based news group Xi’s remarks had given Hong Kong encouragement. But an editorial in the Wednesday edition of the Communist Party's newspaper, the People's Daily, noted criticism here over what the president said. Candice Wong reports:
No clear successor to Xi in leadership line-up   Listenfacebook
The Chinese Communist Party unveiled its new line-up of top leaders in Beijing on Wednesday. But there was no obvious successor to leader Xi Jinping. The president will remain as party general secretary, with Premier Li Keqiang staying by his side. But notably, all of the five new faces named to the Politburo Standing Committee will be too old to stay in the elite decision-making body when the next group of leaders is chosen in five years' time. The new party leadership was unveiled about two weeks before US President Donald Trump's visit to China. Dr Glenn Shive is the executive director of the Hong Kong-America Centre at the Chinese University. Ian Pooler asked him how big a concern it is that we don’t know where the next leader of China may be coming from:
Legco debate on ‘co-location’ delayed   Listenfacebook
Pan-democrats on Wednesday held up a scheduled debate on the government's controversial plan to station mainland officials at the Terminus of the Express Rail Link in West Kowloon by invoking a rarely-used rule. Officials say the co-located border arrangement is necessary to enable passengers to pass through customs and immigration checks before boarding trains to the mainland. But critics say it breaches Hong Kong’s Basic Law. As opposition lawmakers stalled the debate intended to sanction the co-location arrangement, more than 100 people rallied outside the Legislative Council to show their opposition to the plan. Former Civic Party lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng was among them. She spoke to Mike Weeks: