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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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Pro-government camp celebrates victory in West Kowloon   Listenfacebook
Yan Chan has won the Kowloon West Legislative Council by-election. The pro-establishment candidate received over 106,000 votes in Sunday’s poll, more than the combined total of the Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan and indepedent Frederick Fung. The win means the pro-government camp now has a majority in both directly-elected and functional-constituency seats for the rest of this legislature's term. Damon Pang has the details:
Defeat highlights ‘fatigue and helplessness’ in opposition camp   Listenfacebook
The Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan got about 93,000 votes in Sunday’s vote in Kowloon West while another former pan-democrat lawmaker Frederick Fung took about 12,000 running as an independent. Lee apologised to his supporters for letting them down. He said the pro-democracy camp would reflect on the defeat and think about the way forward, but that they won't give up fighting. Mike Weeks asked freelance journalist Chris Yeung for his assessment of the by-election result:
Beijing piles pressure on DPP following Taiwan election setback   Listenfacebook
Beijing says it would welcome more cooperation with city and prefecture governments in Taiwan following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's big setbacks in Saturday's local elections on the island. The heavy defeats prompted President Tsai Ing-wen to resign as leader of the independence-leaning party. Beijing said the results show that the people of Taiwan want better relations with the mainland. Taipei-based correspondent Cindy Sui told Ian Pooler there is some truth in that:
Poly U identifies sites for almost 500 temporary homes   Listenfacebook
The Polytechnic University says it's identified three sites in Hong Kong that it believes would be perfect for building temporary homes for people waiting for a public flat. It's urging the government to look into its suggestions for the sites in Sham Shui Po, Stanley and Ma Wan. Priscilla Ng reports:
Tensions rise in the Black Sea   Listenfacebook
Russian special forces have seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Kerch Strait off the coast of Crimea, in a major escalation of tensions. Russian forces opened fire and Ukraine says six of its crew members were injured. Barry Wood is RTHK’s Washington correspondent. Mike Weeks asked him if the incident is being viewed with alarm in the US:
Operation Santa Claus 2018: Art in Hospitals   Listenfacebook
Art in Hospitals is one of the 13 charities that this year’s Operation Santa Claus will be supporting. Radio 3's Thomas Latter spoke to Jaclyn Leung from the group to find out more about their project ‘Art Without Boundary’: