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Regulating charities seems to be government’s low priority Listen
A member of the Law Reform Commission Christine Fang says the administration is sending out signals that regulating fund-raising by charities is its low priority. She says the commission made recommendations three years ago that charities be regulated, but the government has been dragging its feet and this was unacceptable. Fang says that even charities themselves are concerned that officials haven't done anything about the issue. She tells Annemarie Evans that it’s imperative that charities are made accountable to donors and their supporters.
Government lacking transparency on studies to build flats on fringes of country parks Listen
Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan says the government is lacking transparency over its decision to carry out studies into the feasibility of building flats on the fringes of the Tai Lam and Ma On Shan country parks. Green groups have called on the new Chief Executive Carrie Lam to abandon the idea. The decision to appoint the Housing Society to conduct the studies has also been criticised. Chan told Richard Pyne that there are concerns about conflict of interest between the government and the Housing Society.
Chinese troops heading to Djibouti to man military base Listen
China analyst Mark O'Neill say China's decision to send troops to the northeastern African state of Djibouti to man its first overseas military base is aimed at protecting its interests in the region. He says Beijing is now Africa's biggest investor and trading partner. O’Neill tells Annemarie Evans that there are also more than one million Chinese living and working on the continent, and they need to be protected as well.