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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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Tear gas deployed as police battle protesters in Mong Kok   Listenfacebook
Police fired tear gas for the first time in more than two weeks on Sunday night as protesters returned to Mong Kok to block roads, set fires, and smash up traffic lights and MTR stations. One reporter was said to have been hit by a tear-gas canister and another was roughed up by police, as Cecil Wong reports:
Malls hit by ‘Christmas shopping protests’   Listenfacebook
There were chaotic scenes at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin on Sunday after anti-government demonstrators turned up at the mall in response to online calls for "Christmas shopping protests". There were similar demonstrations in other shopping centres, but at least five people were arrested at New Town mall amid vandalism and scuffles with riot police. Timmy Sung has the details:
Upsurge in protests ‘won’t’ complicate CE’s Beijing mission   Listenfacebook
The upsurge in anti-government protests and violence comes as the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, is in Beijing to meet state leaders, including President Xi Jinping on Monday. It also comes as speculation mounts that Lam will announce a shake-up of her cabinet when she returns from the capital. Professor Simon Young is a Constitutional law expert from the University of Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked him if the return of violent protests here would complicate Lam’s Beijing visit:
Thousands show their support for police   Listenfacebook
Thousands of people opposed to the anti-government protest movement rallied at Tamar Park on Sunday afternoon in a show of support for the police. Organisers cited the police as saying 10,000 people were there. Damon Pang reports:
Welfare workers set to strike   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people held a protest in Central on Sunday to rally support for a planned three-day strike by social welfare workers, which is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Joanne Wong reports:
Phase one US-China trade deal a ‘major trust builder’   Listenfacebook
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been talking up the “phase one” trade deal he helped reach with China. He told CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ programme on Sunday that it will nearly double American exports to China over the next two years and is “totally done” despite the need for translation and revisions to its text. Lighthizer was speaking after Beijing suspended additional tariffs on some US goods that were meant to be implemented at midday on Sunday. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if that showed the "phase one" trade deal is being observed: