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Xi Jinping heaps praise on Carrie Lam Listen
President Xi Jinping says Carrie Lam meets the high standards that Beijing had for a Chief Executive, calling her a "steadfast" patriot who was willing to take up responsibilities. He heaped praise on her as they met in Beijing. Their meeting came after Lam received the official appointment certificate from Premier Li Keqiang. RTHK’s Damon Pang was in the capital covering Lam's trip. He tells Jim Gould that Xi used nearly all the words one could think of to praise Lam.
United Airlines heavily criticised Listen
The American carrier, United Airlines, has been heavily criticised after one of its passengers was dragged off a flight in Chicago. The airline had overbooked the flight, and when no one volunteered to leave, they selected the man at random. He refused to get off the flight, saying he's a doctor who needed to see patients the next day. The man was then dragged down the aisle by security guards. He complained that he was singled out because he's Chinese. Civic Party lawmaker, Jeremy Tam, who's an airline pilot, described the incident as ridiculous. He tells Jim Gould that he has never seen anything like this before.
Confusion over message by Tillerson to Russian leadership Listen
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven or G-7 industrialised nations are meeting in Italy to try to convince Russia that its alliance with Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, is no longer in its strategic interest. The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will deliver that message in person to Moscow later on Tuesday. The Syrian government still denies carrying out a chemical-weapons attack last week, which killed more than 80 people. In a sign of the tensions between the US and Russia, the Kremlin has said that Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he goes to Moscow. He'll only hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. No previous US Secretary of State has been denied a meeting with a Russian leader during an official visit to Moscow. RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, tells Jim Gould that there's confusion about what kind of message Tillerson will give to the Russian leadership.