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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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Education chief threatens school heads over protests   Listenfacebook
The Education Secretary, Kevin Yeung, has threatened school principals with tough action if they refuse to fully investigate complaints against teachers over their support for or involvement in the ongoing anti-government protests. In an interview with the Shanghai Observer newspaper, Yeung said school heads could be stripped of their positions and even their teachers’ qualifications if they were deemed unfit to hold their jobs over their handling of complaints. Cecil Wong has the details:
2020 set to be ushered in by mass march   Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front has been given the green light for a march on New Year's Day from Causeway Bay to Central. The theme for the demonstration will be "Never Forget the Promises, Stand Shoulder to Shoulder" and "Five Demands, Not One Less". On Sunday, hundreds of people turned out in Central to try to inject new energy into the anti-government protests. As Timmy Sung reports, they were also there to look back at the six-month journey of the movement:
CY Leung urges government to review RTHK funding   Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung says the Audit Commission should look at RTHK's books to see if there's room to cut funding to the public broadcaster. On his Facebook page, Leung suggested the government ask the auditor to see if RTHK offers value for money by comprehensively reviewing its spending. Hong Kong's former leader questioned whether people have time to listen to RTHK or watch its TV programmes, given the large number of stations on the internet and the fact there are only 7.5 million people in the SAR. His comments followed a call from 26 external RTHK advisors for more resources for the station. One of them is the IT sector's Francis Fong. He told Frances Sit what he made of Leung's comments:
No change expected in Carrie Lam’s intransigence in New Year   Listenfacebook
Freelance journalist Chris Yeung says calls by former Chief Executive CY Leung to cut RTHK funding and threats by the Education Secretary to sack school principals for not cooperating with the government over protesting teachers have one thing in common: they reflect the government’s increasingly hardline approach to tackling dissenting views. Yeung also told Mike Weeks he expects the anti-government protests that have been going on for nearly seven months to continue in a variety of ways:
2019: A year of upheaval   Listenfacebook
2019 has been a year of upheaval, uncertainty, and violence. The almost seven months of protests have rocked the territory to its core, cast doubt on the very future of One Country, Two Systems, and helped push the city into recession. Although there's been a relative lull in the protests after a breathtaking outbreak of violence at two local universities last month, no one is under any illusion that an ultimate resolution is in sight. In the first of a series of year-end features, Damon Pang looks back at how the protests started and how they have transformed Hong Kong:
US-China trade relations ‘restructuring rather than decoupling’   Listenfacebook
The Commerce Ministry says it has “proactively dealt with” trade frictions with the United States over the past 12 months. In a statement issued after its annual work conference in Beijing, the ministry said it had implemented the decisions of the central government and “resolutely safeguarded the interests" of both China and its people. The trade war between the two giants has dominated business headlines in 2019, although things cooled somewhat this month, after a “Phase one” agreement was announced that would reduce some US tariffs in exchange for Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if anything much has changed in US-China trade and economic relations in the past 12 months: