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


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Xi Jinping meets veteran US diplomat Henry Kissinger  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has met with Henry Kissinger in Beijing, hailing the veteran diplomat's vital role in opening up relations between the People's Republic of China and the United States in the 1970s. Kelly Yu reports:
Kissinger's visit sends 'direct message' to Washington  Listenfacebook
A member of a mainland-based think tank says Xi Jinping's meeting with Henry Kissinger is about sending a message to Washington to stop pressuring China without offering anything in return. Einar Tangen of the Taihe Institute said the 100-year-old former US secretary of state is much respected as an elder statesmen on the mainland. He said the US state department questioned why a private citizen had better access to the Beijing leadership compared to officials, such as US climate envoy John Kerry, who was just there. Tangen told Samantha Butler more about Kissinger's 'highly unusual' visit:
Man jailed for insulting national anthem  Listenfacebook
A man has been jailed for three months for insulting the national anthem, by replacing it with a protest song in a video showing Hong Kong fencer Cheung Ka-long receiving a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago. Violet Wong reports:
Lawmaker slams Britain's criticism of NSL  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Holden Chow has called Britain "shameless" for passing a national security bill after criticising Hong Kong for having its own security law. As Mike Weeks reports, he said the UK's move shows such legislation is ubiquitous:
e-Channel opens to non-permanent residents  Listenfacebook
Around 420,000 foreign domestic helpers, other imported workers, and non-local students with Hong Kong identity cards will be able to use the e-Channel booths at border control points starting from Friday. Aaron Tam reports:
HKeToll not a quick fix to cross-harbour tunnel congestion  Listenfacebook
Motorists will not have to stop to pay when they use the Cross-Harbour Tunnel after 5am on Sunday once the new electronic toll system launches. But officials have warned that the system is not a quick fix to the the tunnel's infamous congestion problem, as Frank Yung reports:
Petition to oppose further increase in tobacco duty  Listenfacebook
More than 500 newspaper vendors have signed a petition opposing a further increase in tobacco duty as the government steps up efforts to put people off smoking. The tax last went up by 30 percent in April and officials have suggested a further increase as part of a package of 14 anti-smoking measures. Lam Cheung-fu, chairman of the Hong Kong Newspaper Vendors Association, said the authorities had not done enough to tackle the rise of illegal, untaxed tobacco since the levy increase:
Authorities urged to crack down on cheap cigarettes  Listenfacebook
A public health expert says authorities should investigate anyone selling cheap cigarettes, to crack down on illicit smuggling of tobacco into the city. Dr Daniel Ho from the University of Hong Kong said importers reportedly mixed illicit cartons in with legitimate ones. Ho, a member of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, told Ben Tse that to discourage smuggling, the government could implement a minimum pricing policy on tobacco, and label cartons which have had their duty paid:
Fire department relaxes eyesight requirements  Listenfacebook
Those with less-than-perfect eyesight can soon apply to be firefighters. The head of the fire department said this would not affect rescue operations, as Wendy Wong reports:
F&B association criticises tourist dining restrictions  Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants says the travel and catering industries should have the freedom to regulate themselves. Simon Wong made the appeal while commenting on the closure of a To Kwa Wan restaurant, after a ban was imposed in May on tour groups shopping and dining in the same district on the same day. The restriction is aimed at minimising the impact of mainland tour groups on residents in various districts. Wong told Hailey Yip that he understood public concerns about overcrowding, but said there should be other ways to resolve the problem:
Many aged over 35 not getting enough iodine  Listenfacebook
Health officials have warned that many Hong Kong people are not getting enough iodine in their diet, which could result in a person feeling tired, depressed, or gaining weight. The Department of Health questioned more than 16,000 people aged 15 and over between November 2020 and February 2022, and did urine checks on 2,000 of them. The Centre for Health Protection’s Head of Non-Communicable Disease Branch, Dr Rita Ho, told Elvis Yu that many people over the age of 35 were not getting the amount of iodine recommended by the World Health Organisation: