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Cash handouts welcomed, but long-term assistance requested Listen
There’s been a generally positive reaction the news that the government will give cash handouts of up to HK$4,000 to around 2.8 million residents. The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, had come in for criticism for failing to offer enough benefits to people in his budget, but the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, insists that this does not represent a government U-turn. Sze Lai-shan is a community organiser with the Society for Community Organization says handouts are welcomed, but long-term assistance is also needed. She spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Prospect of US-China trade war worries stock markets Listen
China says it’s considering levying import tariffs on a range of American products – a move that came after an announcement by President Donald Trump that the US would impose new tariffs on Chinese goods. The rumblings of a global trade war – which third parties have warned would harm all countries – sent shivers through regional stock markets. Professor Hugh Thomas from the Chinese University of Hong Kong says these threats could just be the opening salvos. He spoke to Jim Gould.
Concerns about US foreign policy after Bolton appointment Listen
Former diplomat John Bolton, known for his conservative stance and hawkish statements, will become US President Donald Trump’s new National Security Adviser. He’ll replace HR McMaster – the latest adviser to be ousted by the White House. Bolton says his past statements are behind him, and he’d be an honest broker. Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, told Annemarie Evans that this appointment and changes in personnel at the US State Department are causing concern about future US foreign policy.