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


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CE launches promotional blitz in Saudi Arabia  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says he is looking forward to building stronger ties between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, as officials launch negotiations on an agreement to promote investment between the two territories. Violet Wong reports from the Saudi capital of Riyadh:
Govt on track for Kai Tak business plan  Listenfacebook
The government denies it has gone back on a promise to develop the Kai Tak area as a core business district, following opposition to its plan to build transitional light public housing there. The so-called light housing is aimed at people who have been queuing for public rental flats for more than three years. On Sunday, the housing chief Winnie Ho said there had been no changes to the government's long-term plan to develop Kai Tak as a business district and that the sites for the temporary housing would be returned to developers five years after the units were completed. Damon Pang reports:
Aviation chief signals moderate return to normality  Listenfacebook
The chief executive officer of the Airport Authority says a government plan to hand out free flight tickets will offer a much-needed boost to the stricken aviation industry. But Fred Lam also says the sector will need up to two years to return to pre-pandemic levels. Kelly Yu reports:
Tourism head: HK 'late' to reopen its borders  Listenfacebook
The tourism chief says Hong Kong must make up for lost time when it comes to attracting more tourists. He was commenting two days after the launch of the Hello Hong Kong promotional campaign, which the Chief Executive has dubbed "probably the world's biggest welcome ever". Ada Au reports:
Cautious welcome to air ticket giveaway  Listenfacebook
A tourism industry representative says better days are coming for the pandemic-hit industry but the road to recovery is long. Fanny Yeung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, says she is happy about a government plan to hand out free flight tickets to tourists under its Hello Hong Kong campaign, but feels it is unlikely to yield long-term gains. She told Kelly Yu that it would take at least a year before the sector fully recovered:
Cross-border students prepare for return to HK  Listenfacebook
A member of the International Social Service says an estimated 10,000 students will cross the border into Hong Kong on Wednesday, to return to in-person classes here for the first time in three years. Arrangements have been made for the students to return in phases, starting with secondary pupils and to be followed later this month by primary and kindergarten children. Iris Liu from the Hong Kong Branch of ISS told Janice Wong that students and teachers would need time to adapt, having held online classes for so long:
Some 200 servers seized in cybercrime crackdown  Listenfacebook
Police have stepped up their crackdown on cyber crimes, seizing nearly 200 servers in Hong Kong from February to December last year that they say contained intimate pictures and private data of hundreds of people overseas. Officers say the data was collected via more than 500 malicious apps, disguised as legitimate software and downloaded by users. Fan Chun-yip, a superintendent from the police Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, spoke to Ada Au about their operation:
FS warns of risks as mainland border reopens  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan has appealed for caution about the economy, even as a full border reopening with the mainland from Monday is expected to boost Hong Kong in a wide-ranging manner. Damon Pang reports:
Changsha pile-up kills dozens  Listenfacebook
At least 16 people have been killed and 66 injured in a highway pile-up in the mainland city of Changsha. Footage taken from the scene showed burning trucks and smashed cars. Ada Au reports:
Biden expected to highlight economy in major address  Listenfacebook
President Biden will be trying to rally the nation, when he delivers his State of the Union Address on Tuesday. It comes at a time when the US is walking a tightrope over balancing efforts to reduce inflation while not falling into a recession. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Vicky Wong what message he expected Biden was hoping to drive home to Americans: