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    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us  on 233 88 266,   Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Is Xi Jin-ping a dictator or a strong leader? / US Tariffs on Chinese Imports

    On Friday's Backchat, is Xi Jinping a dictator or just a strong leader? 'Government, military, society and schools, north, south, east and west — the party is the leader of all' according to the President, and Xi is head of the Party, State and Army. With 'Xi Jinping Thought' inscribed in the constitution has all power become centralised in one man, and is that a dictatorship or a new era? What if that leader is benign , popular and works for the betterment of the country? Are the acquisition of titles and a cult of personality, the abolition of term limits as well as a crackdown on discussion or dissent actually signs of weakness? Does China need a strongman to ensure stability, continuity and certainty? Are there checks and balances in the system? Call us on 23388266 or email backchat@rthk.hk. After 9.20, U.S. sanctions on China.

    23/03/2018 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:32)

    23/03/2018 - 第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    23/03/2018 - 第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:32)

    23/03/2018 - 8:30-9:20 Is Xi Jin-ping a dictator or a strong leader?

    Michael Ng-Quinn, Professor of Political Science, University of Redlands in California

    Jean Pierre-Cabestan, Professor in Political Science, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

    Feng Chong-yi, Associate Professor in China Studies, University of Technology in Sydney

    Mobo Gao, Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide

    23/03/2018 - 9:20-9:30 US Tariffs on Chinese Imports

    David Dodwell, Executive Director, Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group; and Chief Executive, Strategic Access




    Leung Kwok-hung, Former Legislator, League of Social Democrats and Albert Ho, Chairman, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China




    Christopher Law, Co-Founder, Very Hong Kong; Ian Brownlee, Planning Consultant, Master Plan Limited; and Member, Citizens Task Force on Land Resources; and Ivan Ho, Registered Architect; and Member of Harbourfront Commission




     Kalvin Ho, Sham Shui Po District Councillor, Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood



    Domestic Helpers – More Helpers from Cambodia / Cigarette Packages' Warning

    On Wednesday's Backchat, more domestic helpers. It's been announced that the first batch of helpers from Cambodia will arrive in Hong Kong in the autumn, the first from that country, in a move linked to the Belt and Road initiative. It's estimated that one in three households with children already have helpers - why are there so many in Hong Kong, and who are the winners and losers? Is it just a matter of tapping unskilled labour from countries too poor to complain? How do other places manage? After 9.20, warnings on cigarette packets get bigger. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, email backchat@rthk.hk or text 6393 5925)


    26/04/2017 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:32)

    26/04/2017 - 第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    26/04/2017 - 第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:32)

    26/04/2017 - 8:30-9:20 Domestic Helpers – More Helpers from Cambodia

    Julian Groves, Associate Professor of Social Science Education, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Betty Yung, Chairman, Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association

    Holly Allan, Director, Help for Domestic Workers

    Reiko Harima, Executive Director, Asian Migrant Centre; and Regional Coordinator for Mekong Migration Network

    26/04/2017 - 9:20-9:30 Cigarette Packages' Warning

    Geoffrey Fong, Professor of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo in Canada

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