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"Nothing special about remarks by top Communist Party member"  Listenfacebook
A top Communist Party member in charge of ideology has been quoted as telling local deputies to the national legislature, that Beijing has "zero tolerance" towards activities that endanger national security. Wang Huning, who's been an adviser to three presidents and is a member of the party's politburo standing committee, met the Hong Kong delegation on the sidelines of the National People's Congress. Local deputy and former mainland affairs secretary, Raymond Tam, said Wang also insisted "One country, Two systems" is a long-term commitment of the central government, and asked the deputies to help Hong Kong people understand more about the constitution and the Basic Law. A political analyst from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Ma Ngok, told Annemarie Evans that there was nothing special about Wang's remarks:
Dramatic increase in mammal skins being shipped to Asia  Listenfacebook
A new study has found there has been a dramatic increase in mammal skins being shipped from Africa to Asia, especially Hong Kong and mainland China. The trade – mostly Cape fur seals hunted in Namibia – grew from nearly 2,000 skins in 2007 to a peak of more than 20,000 in 2012. This is according to a study by monitoring network Traffic. Namibia issues seal hunting permits each year, despite protests from conservation groups that brand its annual cull a massacre for trade purposes. Authorities in the southern African country maintain that what they call seal harvesting is meant to control the burgeoning population which threatens the fishing industry. But activists slam these reasons as hypocritical, saying the hunts are carried out for commercial gain. Traffic's Global Communications Co-ordinator, Richard Thomas, spoke to Jim Gould from London:
Former spy critically ill in hospital  Listenfacebook
A Russian man convicted in Moscow of spying for Britain is critically ill in hospital in England, after being exposed to an unknown substance. Sergei Skripal, who's 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a spy swap between the US and Russia back in 2010. Police were called on Sunday to a shopping centre in Salisbury, in southwest England, where Skripal and his daughter had fallen ill. The incident has drawn comparison with the murder in London of another former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in 2006. RTHK’s UK-based journalist, Gail Downey, spoke to Annemarie Evans: