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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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NPC delegate calls for GBA travel card   Listenfacebook
A local deputy to the National People's Congress is proposing a new Greater Bay travel card that would give thousands of professionals from mainland cities in the Pearl Delta area and Macau the right to come to Hong Kong without a permit or work visa. Witman Hung's proposal comes just before Beijing unveils its development plan for the Pearl Delta area, possibly on Monday. Jimmy Choi reports:
‘Strong’ natural justice argument for fugitive law extension   Listenfacebook
Ahead of the announcement of the Greater Bay Area development plan, the Security Bureau set alarm bells ringing last week by proposing to change the law to make it easier to hand over fugitives to the mainland and Taiwan, which lack any formal extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The pro-democracy camp argues that Beijing's record on human rights and the rule of law means the proposal is fraught with dangers for Hong Kong. But the Secretary for Security, John Lee, insisted it was about securing justice. Mike Weeks asked China specialist Mark O'Neill if the timing of the government’s move on fugitives is any way related to the announcement on Greater Bay Area integration:
Hundreds march against one-way permit scheme   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people have taken part in a protest in Mong Kok to demand the government reduce the number of mainland migrants who settle in Hong Kong through the one-way permit scheme. They say the 150 migrants-per-day cap should be lowered and the government should have a say in who's allowed in, instead of mainland authorities making all the decisions. Demonstrators accused mainland migrants of being a drain on public resources, as Timmy Sung reports:
Colleges warned against over reliance on part-time lecturers   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers' Union says universities and other tertiary institutions are increasingly employing lecturers on a part-time basis to save money. The union recently spoke to more than 500 teaching staff at 26 institutions and found that almost 16 percent were employed on part-time contracts with little or no benefits. Seven out of ten were on full-time contracts, while just 13 percent held permanent positions. The president of the teacher's union, Fung Wai-wah, told Iris Yeung the rise in part-time employment is causing problems for both staff and students:
Laws ‘may be needed’ to protect 60-plus workers   Listenfacebook
The head of the Elderly Commission says Hong Kong should think about enacting legislation to prevent companies from getting rid of workers once they reach the age of sixty. Lam Ching-choi says if measures such as financial incentives aren't effective in getting firms to keep more elderly staff on the payroll, then laws should be drawn up. But the executive councillor told Timmy Sung the government should consider voluntary measures first:
Quick resumption of trade talks seen as a positive sign   Listenfacebook
US-China trade talks are set to continue in Washington this week to try to build on reported progress during negotiations in Beijing last week. But speaking after those two-days of discussions, US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said although progress had been made, "very difficult issues" remained to be resolved. President Trump also said last week that he would consider postponing the March 1 deadline for US tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of Chinese goods to rise to 25 percent if no deal is reached. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, why Trump had made that statement: