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Zhang Xioaming and CY Leung appear to be worried: academic Listen
An academic says the mainland’s top official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, and the outgoing Chief Executive, CY Leung, appear to be worried as there has been a notable growth in inclination for self-determination in the territory, if not a fully-fledged separatist movement. Professor Willy Lam from the History Department at the Chinese University also says the number of Hong Kong people who consider themselves as Chinese has also been dwindling. As to Zhang’s comments that the only way for ambitious young people in the city to excel in life is to "look north", Lam tells Annemarie Evans that many university graduates in Hong Kong find it difficult to secure jobs on the mainland because one has to have “connections” to get them.
Most civil servants welcome additional pay hike: FTU Listen
The Vice President of the Federation of Trade Unions, Pan Pey-chyou, says most civil servants have welcomed the additional half-a-percentage point pay increase they’ll be given this year. But he says the overall increase will not be able to catch up with the cost of living over the past year. Pan tells Jim Gould that the smaller pay hike may also have a negative effect on salary adjustments in the private sector.
Air traffic disrupted in Persian Gulf Listen
Air travel across the Persian Gulf and beyond faces major disruption following a decision by Saudi Arabia and several Arab countries to sever ties with Qatar. They’ve accused it of supporting terrorism, including the Islamic State group, and of getting too close to Iran. Annemarie Evans asked Benjamin McQueen, a senior lecturer of Politics and International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, how Qatar would get its flights out.