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


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Lawmakers unanimously pass new security law  Listenfacebook
Following marathon sessions held over the past two weeks, the Legislative Council has unanimously passed national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law. At the end of an hours-long special session on Tuesday, the 89 lawmakers voted in favour of the Safeguarding National Security Bill, after it went through its second and third readings. Violet Wong reports:
CE hails passage of law as 'proud moment'  Listenfacebook
Speaking after the bill's passage, Chief Executive John Lee said Hong Kong should be proud it had finally fulfilled its constitutional duty to enact the legislation. He said he would sign the bill and the new ordinance would take effect on Saturday. Aaron Tam reports:
Lawmakers vow to promote law  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers who unanimously passed the new homegrown national security legislation say they are proud to make history and will continue efforts to further promote the new laws. Elvis Yu reports:
Foreign countries accused of 'demonising' Art 23  Listenfacebook
As the homegrown security bill reached the final stages of the legislative process on Tuesday, a number of lawmakers accused some foreign countries of demonising Article 23 and meddling in the SAR's affairs. Kelly Yu reports:
DAB lawmaker unconcerned over possible sanctions  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Holden Chow says recent comments from foreign governments trying to smear the Safeguarding National Security Bill show the need for the law. Chow - who sat on the Legco committee that vetted the Article 23 bill - says efforts now need to focus on, as he put it, setting the record straight, and clearing up what he called 'groundless accusations' by Western governments. He also told Carol Musgrave that with the passage of the bill, Hong Kong would be a safer and more stable environment for business and economic development:
Business groups say laws will ensure stability  Listenfacebook
Business groups have welcomed the passage of Article 23 national security legislation, saying the new laws will effectively safeguard security and lay a solid foundation for economic growth and prosperity. Anne Chan reports:
HKMAO: Article 23 is a 'suit of armour'  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities have congratulated the SAR on the security legislation, calling it a milestone in the development of the One Country, Two Systems principle. Todd Harding reports:
Privacy watchdog probes SCAA data breach  Listenfacebook
The privacy watchdog says a data breach involving the South China Athletic Association may affect about 70,000 people. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data is now investigating the matter. Damon Pang reports:
China extends invitation to NZ prime minister  Listenfacebook
New Zealand's leader, Christopher Luxon, is planning his first trip to China as prime minister, after talks with the nation's top diplomat, Wang Yi. Hailey Yip reports:
Japanese Yen tumbles despite historic BOJ shift  Listenfacebook
The Japanese yen tumbled on Tuesday despite the decision by the country's central bank to end its negative interest rate policy. In a historic shift from decades of massive monetary stimulus, the Bank of Japan also increased its key interest rate from minus 0.1 percent to a range of zero to 0.1 percent. It marks the first rate hike in the country in 17 years. Andrew Freris, chief executive of Ecognosis Advisory, spoke to Chloe Feng about why the BOJ made the move:
Japan rate rise good for household budgets, capital inflows  Listenfacebook
An investment strategist says the Bank Of Japan move can help strengthen Japan's currency. Neil Newman at says the rate hike comes after wages jumped, following consumer price increases. He told Chloe Feng that a stronger yen would mean a lower cost of living and more investments in the Japanese market:
Biden warns Israel against Rafah offensive  Listenfacebook
White House officials have suggested the US and Israel meet next week, over Israel's plans for an offensive in the southern Gazan city of Rafah. Over a million Palestinians are seeking refuge there. US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned that the entire population there was suffering "severe levels of food insecurity". President Biden warned prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Rafah operation would be a "mistake". The two leaders had their first call in over a month. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Jerusalem correspondent, Robert Berger, if the US was trying to put the brakes on Israel:
Exhibition brings Old Summer Palace back to life  Listenfacebook
The Old Summer Palace in Beijing was built in the 1700s and served as the principal residence of five Qing emperors. Also known as Yuanmingyuan, it was once described as one of the wonders of the world - the "Garden of all Gardens". But it was burnt down in 1860. Now, a major special exhibition is hoping to bring the park back to life through more than 190 paintings, architectural models, and other works, giving visitors a glimpse of the history and stories behind Yuanmingyuan. The exhibition starts on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, and runs until mid-August. Assistant curator Rachel Leung told Natale Ching why the artefacts were worth seeing: