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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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Han Zheng says extradition bill will strengthen HK's rule of law  Listenfacebook
Vice Premier Han Zheng has become the highest-ranking Chinese official to express support for the proposed changes to Hong Kong's extradition laws. Beijing’s point man on Hong Kong said the amendments would strengthen the rule of law. Han’s comments came after the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday that mainland officials are speaking out on the row over the extradition bill because the issue has been elevated to a national level by "the stepping in of foreign governments and forces". She said it was no longer just about the extradition laws, but also about the One Country, Two Systems policy on Hong Kong and its Basic Law. Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan has been invited by the US and German governments in recent months to discuss the extradition issue. Ian Pooler asked her for her view on what Lam said:
Lawmakers try to allay US fears over changes to fugitive laws   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have discussed Hong Kong's extradition plans with visiting members of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The US Congressional body recently warned that the proposed legal changes threaten the security and economic interests of Americans in Hong Kong. One of the lawmakers at the talks, Executive Councillor and New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip, told Jim Gould she tried to convince the delegates that Washington has nothing to fear from the extradition bill:
Philippine judge who challenged Xi held up at HK airport   Listenfacebook
A former Philippine Supreme Court justice, who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity, says she has abandoned a planned holiday in Hong Kong after being barred for hours from entering the SAR at the airport on Tuesday. Wendy Wong has the story:
Speedy protection urged for Robin’s Nest   Listenfacebook
An alliance of local green groups is calling on the government to push ahead quickly with its plan to designate an area close to the border in Shau Tau Kok as a country park. The groups also want the new Robin's Nest Country Park to encompass 1,120 hectares, more than double the 500 hectares the government has proposed protecting. Woo Ming-chuan is a senior conservation officer at the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. Mike Weeks asked her why urgent action is needed to protect the area:
Theresa May’s Brexit deal set for 4th defeat   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged to give Parliament a vote on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit if it passes her divorce deal from the European Union. On Tuesday, she outlined what she called the 'bold new offer' in a bid to push through the withdrawal agreement that the European Union has been waiting for Britain to ratify since November. But the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, rejected her proposals, saying they offer nothing new. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Ian Pooler May appears set for an even worse defeat in her fourth attempt to get her Brexit deal passed: