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


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CE intent on extending extradition laws   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has indicated the government will press ahead with a proposal to make it easier for Hong Kong to hand over criminal suspects to the mainland and Taiwan - whether or not Taipei accepts a murder suspect from the SAR it has been demanding. Altis Wong has the details:
Government urged to penalise MTRC over crash disruption   Listenfacebook
Legislators are calling for tougher penalties for the MTR Corporation in the wake of the train collision near Central Station during testing of its new signalling system early Monday morning. The rail company has sought to reassure the public about the safety of the Tsuen Wan Line following the accident, which shut down services on the line between Admiralty and Central on Monday and Tuesday. According to its Service Performance Arrangement, the MTRC can be fined for any disruptions lasting 31 minutes or more. But Transport Secretary Frank Chan says this case is different and the government will discuss penalties with the rail firm later. Ben Chan - the chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel - urged the MTRC to volunteer to pay HK$25 million because the delays may not be covered by the penalty mechanism. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan told Jim Gould she's worried the MTR Corporation may try to evade responsibility for the disruption caused by Monday's crash:
Lee Shau-kee to retire in May   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's second-richest man may soon be retiring. Henderson Land says its chairman and managing director, Lee Shau-kee, is considering stepping down and handing over the reins to his two sons. In a filing to the stock exchange, Henderson Land said details of Lee's decision and future arrangements would be announced at the company's annual general meeting in May. Janice Wong asked Peter Churchouse, managing director of Portwood Capital, if Lee's decision would ensure a smooth transition at Henderson:
Xi set to sign landmark deal in Rome   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in Rome on Thursday at the start of a trip on which he's expected to sign a non-binding memorandum of understanding on Italy joining his Belt and Road Initiative. The agreement will pave the way for port deals, construction projects and financing from the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. But it's also worrying many of Italy's European partners. From Rome, Xi will head on to Monaco for the first-ever visit by a Chinese leader to the posh principality before ending his five-day journey in France. Italy would be the first Group of Seven nation to join Xi's cherished Belt and Road trade initiative. Ian Pooler asked David Zweig, the director of the Centre on China's Transnational Relations at the University of Science and Technology, if this will be a landmark moment for Beijing:
UK MPs offered May’s deal or the highway   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, says she remains "determined" to deliver Brexit. She spoke just hours after formally requesting on Wednesday that EU leaders grant a three-month delay to Britain's departure from the bloc until June 30. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said he believed EU leaders would agree to the short extension of the Brexit process. But a weary-sounding Tusk warned it would be conditional on the British parliament voting to approve the withdrawal agreement next week. So the choice now facing British MPs seems in essence to be either to vote for May's Brexit plan or leave the EU without a deal at the end of next week. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey why they would back the deal having already overwhelmingly rejected it twice: