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Time taken to approve resignations will raise speculation: academic Listen
Professor Ma Ngok from the Chinese University of Hong Kong says the different length of time taken by the central government to approve the resignations of the chief secretary Carrie Lam and the financial secretary John Tsang will give rise to a lot of speculation. Tsang tendered his resignation more than a month ago, while Lam announced her decision to step down last week. Ma points out that Beijing has, however, given equal time to the two to prepare for taking part in the chief executive election in March. But he tells Annemarie Evans that he doesn’t think Beijing has made a final decision at this stage on who should become Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
Recycling levy is a good idea: Designing Hong Kong Listen
The head of Designing Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman, has welcomed the government’s suggestion to impose a recycling levy on suppliers of five types of electrical appliances. But he says there are currently not enough facilities to recycle televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, air-conditioners and computer-related products, although moves are underway to expand their capacity. Zimmerman also tells Jim Gould that he is not surprised that Hong Kong is the biggest producer of e-waste in Asia.
Japan criticised for resuming whaling Listen
Australia has sharply criticised Japan after photos emerged allegedly showing it had resumed whaling off Antarctica. Anti-whaling group, Sea Shepherd, released the images which it said showed a dead minke whale on a Japanese vessel on Sunday. It comes two days after Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, arrived in Sydney to bolster defence ties with Australia. RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, tells Annemarie Evans that the incident isn't going down well with environmental groups around the world.