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Pro-democracy legislators hope to collect most donations during rally Listen
The four pro-democracy legislators who are appealing to the public for donations to fight their legal battle with the government hope they would be able to raise most of the money during the annual pro-democracy rally on New Year’s Day. One of the trustees who will manage the funds – Occupy Central co-organiser Chan Kin-man – said, however, that the task will not be easy. He says the legal battle by the four over the way they took their oaths would be very costly. But Chan tells Annemarie Evans that they will not accept donations that will come with strings attached.
Developers urged to return spaces in shopping malls for public use Listen
The vice-chairman of the Labour Party, Lee Cheuk-yan, has accused the Lands Department of colluding with property developers by allowing them to rent out public spaces in shopping malls. He says an independent research commissioned by his party found that a total area of more than 70,000 square feet of public space was occupied illegally inside three shopping malls for commercial purposes - namely at Tsuen Wan Plaza, Discovery Park and Sunshine City. Lee says they were originally zoned for public use, but the tenants don’t know about this. He tells Ben Tse that the government should investigate the matter and ensure that the developers return the spaces so that they could be used by the public.
Trump couldn’t have appointed a more hawkish person on China Listen
China analyst, Mark O'Neill, says US president-elect, Donald Trump, couldn’t have picked a more hawkish person on China by naming Peter Navarro as the person who will head a new White House National Trade Council. The University of California-Irvine professor, who advised Trump during his election campaign, has sharply criticised the mainland's economic and military policies in books and videos. O'Neill tells Annemarie Evans that Navarro regards China as an evil country, run by a dictatorship.