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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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GBA plan unveiled as a necessity for HK's sustainability   Listenfacebook
Beijing unveiled its Greater Bay Area plan on Monday, saying the ambitious scheme to transform the Pearl Delta region into one of the world's major innovation and technology hubs is necessary to ensure Hong Kong's economic sustainability. Under the proposal, the SAR, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Macau are to act as the engines of transformation, while people here and in Macau will be able to spread out to live and work elsewhere in the area with ease. Altis Wong reports:
Tourism sector bullish about Greater Bay Area   Listenfacebook
The Tourism Board and Hong Kong Disneyland are excited by the prospects of the Greater Bay Area and are banking on the plan to build on the 65 million people who swamped the SAR last year. Disneyland's managing director Stephanie Young says the theme park is planning to tailor products for people from around the Pearl Delta region. Professor Brian King, from the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, says both are right to be bullish about bay area tour packages. He was asked who they would appeal to:
EIU director says GBA plan is a framework to end ‘two systems’   Listenfacebook
The Asia Regional Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Duncan Innes-Ker, says the Greater Bay Area Plan is complicated as it involves cities with different legal and tax system. But he says the blueprint could provide a framework for Hong Kong’s transition from one country, two systems to become part of the mainland. Ian Pooler asked Innes-Ker whether the 2035 timeline for developing the bay area is too long:
Country park plans criticised for lacking ambition   Listenfacebook
The government is seeking the public's views on introducing things like "glamping", canopy walks, zip lines and open museums into country parks in Sai Kung, Lantau and Tai Lam. Officials say the proposals aren't just about commercialising Hong Kong's natural assets, that they are intended to “enhance the recreation and education potential” of the parks. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said some facilities would be government run while others could be operated by NGOs. Mike Weeks asked Martin Williams - a co-founder of the "Save Our Country Parks" alliance - for his views on the plan:
Bar chief expresses concern over extension of fugitive law   Listenfacebook
Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes has weighed into the debate on the handover of criminal suspects to the mainland, Taiwan and Macau. The human rights lawyer questioned whether authorities across the border would ensure that suspects receive a fair trial if they are returned under the government's proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Central-Wanchai bypass to open fully on Sunday   Listenfacebook
The Central-Wan Chai bypass will open in full on Sunday morning linking North Point to the Western Harbour Tunnel. Officials say the trip could take as little as 10 minutes, as Joanne Wong reports: