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Government should get back huge garrison site for housing: James Tien  Listenfacebook
The honorary chairman of the Liberal Party, James Tien, says there is a 2,200 hectare garrison site in western New Territories that he believes is hardly needed by the People’s Liberation Army. He said the Hong Kong government has the right under the law to ask that part of it be returned for building flats. Tien said he was surprised that a government task force did not include the site as an option in its public consultation on how to increase the territory’s land supply, but instead presented 18 other options that have been discussed for years. He also said reclamation was necessary to create land for housing but not on the scale the government has proposed. Tien spoke to Ben Tse:
Crackdown on religious groups to continue: China analyst  Listenfacebook
A pastor at one of the largest underground Protestant churches in Beijing, which has recently been officially banned by the authorities, says he believes the central government's crackdown on unofficial churches will only intensify further. The Zion church had, for years, operated with relative freedom, hosting hundreds of worshippers every weekend. But on Sunday, Beijing officials said that by organising events without registering, the church was breaking rules forbidding mass gatherings and was now “legally banned”. Speaking to Hong Kong journalists, Zion's pastor, Jin Mingri, said he believed this was only the beginning of a large-scale crackdown on religious groups, which are often seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist Party. China analyst, Willy Lam, told Priscilla Ng that he agrees with Jin:
Nerve agent attackers may not be able to prove their innocence: correspondent  Listenfacebook
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, says the two men accused by the U.K. of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in March have been identified and are civilians, not criminals. While Britain said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, Putin insisted they do not work for the military, and called on the two men to protest their innocence before the media. RTHK’s Russia correspondent, Fred Weir, told Priscilla Ng that he doubted the two would be able to convince the U.K. and the West that they are innocent: