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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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Blinken arrives for three-day China visit  Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Shanghai for a three-day visit to China, as Washington seeks to manage tensions with Beijing. Wendy Wong reports:
Deep disagreements remain between China, US  Listenfacebook
A Shanghai-based politics professor says he is pessimistic about the future of Sino-US ties, regardless of who takes over as the next president of the United States. Josef Gregory Mahoney at East China Normal University says despite the flurry of recent contact between the two sides, the positive rhetoric spouted in the media does not match reality. Professor Mahoney told Samantha Butler that he hoped China and the US could cooperate on issues relating to global trade or the militarisation of space, before things spiral out of control:
Crew unveiled for latest space station mission  Listenfacebook
The China Manned Space Agency has introduced the crew for Thursday's Shenzhou-18 mission, the latest in a programme that aims to send astronauts to the Moon by 2030. The trio of astronauts will be led by Ye Guangfu, a fighter pilot and veteran spaceman who took part in the Shenzhou-13 mission in 2021. Azam Khan reports:
Space agency to announce HK, Macau recruits  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will soon learn the results of a national astronaut drive, with the head of China's Manned Space Agency saying the selection process of payload specialists from here and Macau is complete. Chloe Feng reports:
Lawmakers begin debating budget  Listenfacebook
Legislators have begun a three-day debate on the Budget blueprint, with many praising Paul Chan's efforts to boost the economy despite a deficit of more than HK$100 billion. Some lawmakers lauded the financial secretary for responding to their demands, such as removing all property-cooling measures. Damon Pang reports:
Unions calls for better labour protection  Listenfacebook
Unionists have urged the government to prioritise local employment and improve labour protection ahead of International Labour Day. Nine unions issued a Labour Day Declaration, with 10 policy suggestions to improve labour rights. One of those unions is the Federation of HKSAR Civil Servants. Its chairman, Lee Fong-chung, told Elvis Yu that the government needed to fill its vacancies and devise policies to reduce employee turnover:
Govt urged to improve public dental services  Listenfacebook
The Audit Commission says health authorities should improve emergency dental services for people in need and streamline appointments for patients. Kelly Yu reports:
Young dental graduates drawn to private sector  Listenfacebook
The president of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong, Leung Wai-keung, says young dental graduates are more likely to join private clinics. He says this only worsens the manpower crunch in government clinics. He also told Kelly Yu that the Covid pandemic delayed the graduation of dental students, which could affect hiring for public clinics:
Drivers die after being crushed by own vehicles  Listenfacebook
Police say they are looking into two separate cases in which drivers died after their own vehicles rolled onto them. As Jacqueline Guico reports, the two accidents happened within hours of each other on Wednesday, in different parts of Hong Kong:
New 'productive forces' could boost city's competitiveness  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Hong Kong Productivity Council, Sunny Tan, says finding new ways to increase productivity while focusing on quality will strengthen Hong Kong's status as a supply chain hub. The concept, known as "new quality productive forces", refers to productivity that relies on breakthroughs in technology, rather than traditional industry. Tan, a lawmaker, told Anne Chan that pursuing the concept could improve Hong Kong's competitiveness:
Weaker listings and trade weigh on HKEX  Listenfacebook
The operator of the city's stock exchange says net profit for the first quarter dropped by 13 percent compared with the same period last year. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing blamed sluggish trade volumes and muted listing activities weighed on its business. Tony Sabine reports:
Top fencer and swimming named 'best of the best'  Listenfacebook
Olympians Edgar Cheung and Siobhan Haughey have been named the "best of the best" at the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards. It is the third time each of them has claimed the top honour and they say they are looking forward to doing their best again at this summer's Paris Games. Hailey Yip spoke to many of the star athletes at the ceremony, dubbed the Oscars of the sports world:
Prabowo formally declared next Indonesian president  Listenfacebook
Indonesia's election commission has formally declared Prabowo Subianto as the next president of the world's third-largest democracy after the country's constitutional court rejected challenges to his first-round majority victory. Prabowo, the defence minister, takes over from President Joko Widodo in October. RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Luke Hunt, told Annemarie Evans that Indonesia faced many domestic issues, such as poverty and corruption:
US Supreme court hears arguments on Oregon's homeless   Listenfacebook
A majority of judges on the US Supreme Court appear to be sympathetic to an Oregon city, which is trying to make it a crime for anyone without a permanent residence to sleep outside. The case carries enormous stakes nationwide as communities confront a growing tide of homeless people. Azam Khan reports:
HK Film Archive displays iconic movie qipaos  Listenfacebook
RTHK's arts and culture podcast, Broad Strokes, checks out an exhibition of Chinese dresses worn in iconic movies, such as Wong Kar-wai’s “In The Mood For Love”. Hosts Ben Tse and Jacqueline Guico also meet a new company that helps people store and retrieve their memories, and look at how a concert is bringing French Impressionist art to life: