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Proposed pro-independence party ban ‘cause for concern’  Listenfacebook
The government is considering banning the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, using a rarely-used law that hasn’t been invoked since the 1997 handover. Secretary for Security John Lee said the group has been given 21 days to respond to the proposed ban, before he makes a final decision. Lee stressed that freedom of association isn’t absolute when it comes to matters like national security. Pro-establishment parties generally back the proposed ban, saying Hong Kong has a constitutional duty to maintain national territorial integrity. But pro-democracy groups disagree. Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok spoke to Annemarie Evans about his concerns:
‘Government needs more flexible approach to sharing economy’  Listenfacebook
The government's being urged to adopt a more flexible approach in handling innovative companies like Uber that embrace the concept of the 'sharing economy' – online platforms for the exchange of services and goods. After a court on Tuesday fined 28 Uber drivers for providing car hire services without permits, the Sharing Economy Alliance said Hong Kong must adapt to the times and accept that firms like Uber aren't merely different forms of more traditional companies. Jim Gould asked the group's convenor, Simon Lee, how the government should facilitate the development of the sharing economy in Hong Kong:
Trump faces backlash over pro-Putin stance  Listenfacebook
There's been widespread condemnation of US President Donald Trump's handling of his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Many leading Republicans and Democrats expressed dismay that Trump had cast doubt on the reliability of US intelligence agencies, and failed to criticise Russia's actions. His skepticism prompted his own director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats, to publicly break with him. Annemarie Evans asked Glenn Shive, executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, what he thinks may be behind Trump's comments: