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‘US warship visit a good sign for Sino-US relations’  Listenfacebook
A US aircraft carrier and its battle group dropped anchor in Hong Kong on Wednesday for a port visit, nearly two months after Beijing denied a similar visit by another ship. The USS Ronald Reagan was accompanied by a guided-missile cruiser and a guided-missile destroyer. In September, the USS Wasp was denied a stop here amid the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington. Jim Gould asked China analyst Mark O'Neill if this could be seen as good news for US-China relations
Housing Secretary rules out easing measures to cool the property market  Listenfacebook
The government has ruled out relaxing tough measures to cool the property market... despite signs that both prices and transactions are dropping. Housing Secretary Frank Chan faced questions from several lawmakers at Legco. Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Jeffrey Lam wanted to know if the loan-to-value ratio for mortgages would be relaxed - which would allow homebuyers to borrow more - because some believe the property market has entered a downward cycle. But the housing chief said the Monetary Authority has yet to confirm if that's the case, so it doesn't think now is the time to act. AnneMarie Evans asked the chairman of Portwood Capital, Peter Churchouse for his thoughts on Frank Chan’s statement
‘Trump’s diplomatic honesty might come back to haunt him’  Listenfacebook
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to President Trump asking whether or not the administration considers the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, responsible for the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Yesterday President Trump said it could well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of the murder. But he insisted the US would remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia. AnneMarie Evans asked Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, if Trump was bringing a refreshing honesty to world diplomacy