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Mainland leaders fear turning Liu Xiaobo into a martyr Listen
An academic says mainland leaders don't want jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to die in prison because they fear be might be turned into a martyr. Liu is suffering from terminal liver cancer and has been released to a hospital in Shenyang in Liaoning province where he’s being treated. Professor Willy Lam of the History Department of the Chinese University says Liu is a symbol of peaceful and rational campaign for democracy in China. He says he's not a violent figure and is generally respected by many people in the country. Lam tells Annemarie Evans that if mainland leaders had decided that Liu be left to die in prison, it would have seriously damaged China’s image.
Hong Kong government not doing enough to improve air quality Listen
Clean Air Network has criticised the government for not being pro-active enough to improve Hong Kong's air quality. It says the territory's air quality objectives should be tightened, to motivate the administration to do more to clean up the city's air. Expert groups under the Environment Bureau have suggested 69 short to long term measures to help reduce pollution in the territory. But the government has decided to adopt only 26 of them. Clean Air Network's Community Relations Manager, Loong Tsz-wai, tells Jim Gould that this is simply not good enough.
Reaction to jailing of Crown Resorts employees muted Listen
RTHK’s correspondent in Australia, Gerry Gannon, says the reaction in the country to the jailing of Crown Resorts employees by a mainland court has been muted. But he says the company – which is controlled by Australian billionaire James Packer - issued a statement that said it acknowledges, recognises and respects the Chinese legal system. Gannon says this is despite it having a stunning conviction rate of 99 percent. He tells Annemarie Evans that Crown Resorts would presumably try to lure Chinese high rollers to its other casinos now as they’re the lifeblood of the gambling industry around the world.