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


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President Xi re-elected for a third term  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has pledged to press forward with self-reform of the Communist Party to make it ever stronger, as he was re-elected for a third term as party general secretary. As Maggie Ho reports, he made the remarks in a speech as he appeared for the first time with the new line-up of the top party leadership:
Shanghai, Beijing party bosses in new Politburo  Listenfacebook
There are four new faces on the Politburo Standing Committee, including the Communist Party bosses of Shanghai and Bejing. Cecil Wong reports:
Analyst: China at breakthrough point in development  Listenfacebook
A professor of politics and international relations says there are no real surprises in China's new leadership line-up. Josef Gregory Mahoney from East China Normal University in Shanghai described the Politburo as a strong domestic, international and economic team. He said Beijing's direction and its party unity were now so clear that there was no need to focus on individual personalities. He told Janice Wong that China had reached a breakthrough point in its development and wanted to complete its modernisation drive in a more authentic Chinese way - but it still needed to work out how to do this:
CE vows to build more harmonious Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says he was ‘deeply touched’ by President Xi’s speech, particularly when he spoke about how the party would always remain 'heart-to-heart' with the people. Lee says he too will try to build a more harmonious Hong Kong. Violet Wong reports:
Officials urged to speak against unfair criticism  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says officials should be able to speak out if they feel they are unfairly criticised. His comments come after the appearance of a number of satirical cartoons that are critical of the government. Violet Wong reports:
Minister confident over housing targets  Listenfacebook
The Development Secretary, Bernadette Linn, says the government's target of generating more than 3,000 hectares of new land for housing over the next decade demonstrates that authorities are seizing the initiative in boosting land supply. She also says she is not worried that private developments will try to get in the way, saying there are plenty of opportunities for them to do business as well. Kelly Yu reports:
FS: HK will be 'aggressive' in I&T development  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong will be more aggressive in developing innovation and technology so it can integrate more thoroughly into China’s overall economic development strategy. Maggie Ho reports:
Trump ordered to testify before Jan 6 committee  Listenfacebook
In the United States, the congressional panel investigating last year's Capitol riot has issued a legal summons ordering former President Trump to testify to lawmakers. The committee is looking into Trump supporters' violent storming of the Capitol building in January last year. Lawmakers say Trump egged on his supporters to reject the 2020 presidential election result, leading them to storm Congress in an effort to prevent Joe Biden being certified as winner. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler what the committee wanted from Trump:
IMF warns of 'deeper recessions' across Europe  Listenfacebook
The International Monetary Fund says downturns in parts of Europe could turn into "deeper recessions" across the entire continent. It also warns that energy disruptions are threatening economic pain, and a cost-of-living crisis risks stoking social tensions. Sean Kennedy reports:
1,200 swimmers take part in cross-harbour race  Listenfacebook
About 1,200 people took part in Sunday's cross-harbour swim from Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui. As Joanne Wong reports, organisers hope more swimmers will take part next year as the pandemic stabilises: