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

2020-11-16
Monday

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Seven killed in Jordan tenement fire   Listenfacebook
An investigation is under way into Hong Kong's deadliest fire in almost a decade. Seven people, including a nine-year-old, have died and more than a dozen are in hospital after the fire broke out in a four-storey building in Jordan on Sunday night. Seven are reported to be in critical condition. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Hundreds rush to be tested as 14 coronavirus cases are reported   Listenfacebook
Official figures show that more than 2,300 people gave samples at the government's four community Covid-19 testing stations on their first day of operation on Sunday. Long queues were seen outside one of the centres in Yuen Long. The opening of the centres came as 14 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, five of them local infections. Violet Wong reports:
Compulsory testing opposed as infringement of human rights   Listenfacebook
A number of civic groups and district councillors have criticised the government’s mandatory coronavirus testing scheme. They say it violates human rights and freedoms, and may put people off visiting doctors altogether. Damon Pang reports:
Rise in infections could see Book Fair going fully online  Listenfacebook
The organiser of the Hong Kong Book Fair, the Trade Development Council (TDC), says it has yet to decide whether the postponed event will go ahead next month, amid concerns that the SAR may be seeing its fourth wave of Covid-19. As Violet Wong reports, the TDC says a meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the way forward:
Government attacks critics of lawmaker disqualifications  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, has defended last weeek’s decision of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) to disqualify four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers, saying Beijing made a "constitutional, lawful and reasonable" move to safeguard national security and "rectify mistakes" in the SAR. Priscilla Ng reports:
Impact of disqualifications go ‘way beyond’ the four lawmakers  Listenfacebook
Chief secretary Matthew Cheung on Sunday slammed the 15 opposition legislators who resigned en masse last week in protest at the disqualifications of four of their pan-democrat colleagues. He also defended the NPCSC's decision to remove the four from the Legislative Council. But the Bar Association and Law Society over the weekend joined the chorus of concern that's been raised over the move, saying the government is "duty bound" to address this. Hong Kong constitutional law expert Michael Davis, who’s now based in the US, also has serious worries over Beijing’s move. He spoke to Mike Weeks:
Poly-U student union to show siege documentary off campus   Listenfacebook
The Polytechnic University has warned its student union against organising screenings of two documentaries about the violent clashes in and around the campus during last year's anti-government unrest, saying the planned activities could violate the law and the university's rules. The Executive Committee of the student union had originally planned to hold the events on campus tomorrow and Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the two-week siege of the university by police. Janice Wong asked student union member Joe Choi what the university management has said:
Beijing hails RCEP deal as ‘victory for multilateralism’   Listenfacebook
Beijing has hailed the new trade agreement it struck with 14 other Asia-Pacific nations on Sunday as "a victory for multilateralism". The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership - or RCEP - is the largest trade pact in the world, covering 30 percent of the global population and a third of the world economy. It's the first time rival East Asian powers China, Japan and South Korea have been in a single free trade agreement. Violet Wong has more:
RCEP cements Beijing’s leadership in Asia Pacific  Listenfacebook
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement signed on Sunday in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, is seen as a major coup for China. Its growing influence in the Asia-Pacific underlines America's declining voice under President Trump who pulled the US out of a trade pact of its own, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. So will RCEP cement China’s position more firmly as an economic partner with Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, and put the world’s second-biggest economy in a better position to shape the region and its trade rules? Mike asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood: