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


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Wang Yi replaces Qin Gang as foreign minister  Listenfacebook
China's top diplomat Wang Yi is once again Foreign Minister, after it was confirmed in Beijing that Qin Gang has been removed from the post. The announcement was made at the end of a National People's Congress Standing Committee meeting in the capital on official appointments. Violet Wong reports:
CE meets Joko Widodo in Jakarta to strengthen ties  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has met with the Indonesian President Joko Widodo and other officials in Jakarta in his mission to strengthen the SAR’s connection with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries. He will spend Wednesday in the Indonesian capital before heading for Malaysia. Vanessa Cheng is in Jakarta with the CE:
High Court to hear challenge against Fanling development  Listenfacebook
A High Court judge has decided that he will hear a challenge by the Hong Kong Golf Club to the government's approval of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) which paves the way for the building of public housing on part of one of its three Fanling golf courses. But officials have already said the judicial review will not change its development plan, as Violet Wong reports:
'Revisions needed' over golf course project  Listenfacebook
A conservation campaigner has welcomed the decision by planners to revise the scheme to use the small part of the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling for public housing. Roy Ng, from The Conservancy Association, said the Town Planning Board's decision to temporarily reclassify the use of the site as "undetermined" would allow officials to address concerns about the project, including its environmental impact. He told Hailey Yip that it was a reasonable outcome:
'Traditional jobs' still popular among Hong Kong youth  Listenfacebook
A high-profile researcher and investor has urged the government not to focus solely on developing I&T in its Northern Metropolis project. Witman Hung’s comment came after a survey by the Northern District Junior Chamber found that many young people were skeptical that the proposed mega-development would give them career or business opportunities. The chamber talked to almost 11,000 people between March and this month - the majority aged between 18 and 40. Hung, who heads the Greater Bay Area Research Centre of the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute, told Elvis Yu that while the results indicated many of them were interested in the project, their interests were not merely in technology:
URA losses won't affect compensation payouts  Listenfacebook
The city's development chief insists the government has no plans to lower its compensation offer to property owners affected by its redevelopment projects, despite the low cash position of the Urban Renewal Authority. The URA announced last week that it recorded a loss of $3.5 billion in the past financial year, its first deficit in nearly a decade. Ada Au reports:
Teenager to be imprisoned for shining torch at police  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's top court has overturned a teenager's acquittal over shining a torch at police during a protest more than three and a half years ago. The successful appeal by the Department of Justice means the young man will now be locked up, as Damon Pang reports:
Beijing court starts appeal hearing for Kris Wu  Listenfacebook
A court in Beijing has begun the appeal hearing for Canadian pop star Kris Wu, after he was sentenced to 13 years in jail in 2022 for crimes including rape. Violet Wong reports:
Chinese diplomats to attend Korean War anniversary  Listenfacebook
Diplomats from China will be attending this year's Korean War armistice anniversary celebration in Pyongyang on Thursday. They will be one of the first known foreign visitors to the country since the north's 2020 pandemic border closure, as Kelly Yu reports:
Kun Iam statue abandoned amid public opposition  Listenfacebook
A former Macau lawmaker says the government failed to properly consult the public over building a 28-metre tall statue at a picturesque reservoir. Agnes Lam, an associate professor at the University of Macau, says the government had approval to spend 42 million patacas on a new youth camp. But the plan was later expanded, without consultation, to include a Kun Iam statue nearby, increasing costs to 1.6 billion patacas. Lam said after strong public opposition, authorities apologised and agreed to stop construction. She told Samantha Butler that many people thought it was "weird" to include a statue with a youth camp:
Local students sent to astronaut training camp  Listenfacebook
A group of Hong Kong secondary school students is going to have a summer to remember. They will experience the life of an astronaut in a training camp on the mainland next week. Kimmy Lau reports:
Mars simulation base opens to HK students  Listenfacebook
As part of the eight-day programme, the 30 Hong Kong secondary school students will visit a Mars simulation base in northwestern Qinghai and experience what it is like to live on the Red Planet. The camp has recently resumed operations after being suspended since 2019 because of the Covid pandemic. Hong Kong Space Museum curator, Timothy Ho, told Kimmy Lau that the students would also learn about space science and China's aerospace achievements:
Book lovers flock to fair's last day  Listenfacebook
Book lovers were out in force on Tuesday, hoping to snap up some good deals on the final day of the Book Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Janice Yuen was there:
Israeli doctors strike over judicial reforms  Listenfacebook
Israeli doctors have declared a strike and more army reservists have asked to halt service. It comes amid a public backlash after the government ratified the first stage of a judicial overhaul that critics say endangers democracy. The bill curbs Supreme Court review of some state decisions and was passed in a stormy parliament session on Monday after the opposition walked out. As the vote took place, protesters were out in their thousands, some scuffling with police. RTHK's Middle East correspondent Robert Berger told Aaron Tam about why prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bill caused such anger: