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CPPCC meeting has sent strong message to independence advocates: academic Listen
China specialist Willy Lam says the most important takeaway from the meeting of the mainland’s advisory body is that President Xi Jinping wants strong measures to deal with pro-independence activities in Hong Kong. He says the appointment of Chief Executive CY Leung as a vice-chairman of the body – the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference – before he steps down as Hong Kong’s leader in the middle of the year is aimed at sending a message to the city’s people. Lam says the message is: that Leung has not been penalised for his aggressive and divisive tactics, and that he has the full support of Xi. Lam, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, speaks to Annemarie Evans.
Remains of Central tenements to be preserved Listen
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has decided to preserve some of the remains of tenements in Central that are more than a century old. It earlier planned to dismantle the stone-wall structures - about 34 metres long on Cochrane Street - and re-assemble them in situ, because of safety concerns. But it's now decided to keep 20 metres of the remains after taking into consideration the views of conservationists. The URA also plans to build a museum there. Katty Law, the convenor of the Central and Western Concern group, welcomed the URA's decision. But she tells Jim Gould that more of the area should be preserved.
EU countries harden stance against Turkey Listen
Several European Union countries have hardened their stance against Turkey in a growing row over the Turkish government's attempts to hold political rallies abroad. The German interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said he was against Turkish ministers campaigning among immigrants in Germany. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has asked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to apologise for likening Dutch people to Nazis. Rutte said there was no excuse for Turkey's inflammatory remarks. RTHK's Ankara correspondent, Laura Pitel, speaks to Annemarie Evans.