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

2019-12-19
Thursday

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Driver held over deadly bus crash   Listenfacebook
The driver of a KMB double-decker has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death over a crash on Fanling Highway, in Sheung Shui, which killed three men and three women and left 39 others injured. The upper deck of the bus was sliced open after it crashed through a road barrier into a tree on Wednesday afternoon. As Wendy Wong reports, both the police and KMB have promised to find out what caused the accident:
HK journalists barred as Xi Jinping arrives in Macau   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has arrived in Macau for Froday’s celebrations of the 20th anniversary of its handover. But his visit has been marked by several Hong Kong journalists being refused entry to the neighbouring SAR to cover the event. Candice Wong reports:
Security chief says it’s not HK’s job to alert people to bridge checks   Listenfacebook
Security secretary John Lee has dismissed suggestions that the government should have alerted the public to a temporary checkpoint set up by mainland security officials on the bridge to Macau as part of the arrangements for President Xi Jinping's visit. He said any such announcement would have to come from the mainland. A Hong Kong man, who disappeared last week while on a trip to Macau, was later confirmed to have been arrested at the bridge checkpoint and taken to Zhuhai. Timmy Sung reports:
Beijing’s control over HK ‘exact opposite’ of Deng Xiaoping’s intent  Listenfacebook
Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guaranteed the principle of One Country, Two Systems. The international treaty was signed in Beijing by then-premier Zhao Ziyang and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, laying out Beijing's obligations towards Hong Kong, to ensure it enjoyed a high-degree of autonomy with an unchanged legal system for at least 50 years from 1997. The founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee, witnessed its signing. Janice Wong asked him if the Joint Declaration’s guarantees have been safeguarded since the handover:
Survey highlights concerns over HK’s rule of law   Listenfacebook
More than half the respondents to a Chinese University survey say they are unhappy with how the rule of law has been implemented this year. Violet Wong has that story:
Cross-over claim adds to confusion over reported stampede   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security Secretary, John Lee, has described a reported stampede last month – which the police deny took place – as a group of people trying to "cross over" each other after some had fallen in their panic to flee officers on Kowloon. Police have repeatedly rejected claims of a stampede as they chased anti-government protesters through Yau Ma Tei. However, the Fire Services Department confirmed that their officers found some 30 injured people lying in a heap on Pitt street, as Sean Kennedy reports:
Partisan debate set to ensure Trump’s impeachment   Listenfacebook
The Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has described Donald Trump as an ongoing threat to the United States. She was speaking at the start of debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Republicans called the process a charade, accusing the Democrats of declaring open war on American democracy. VOA's Correspondent Katherine Gypson was covering the debate in Congress ahead of the vote on Thursday morning (Hong Kong time). Ian Pooler asked her if she'd heard anything in it to make her think the vote would go anywhere but along party lines: