Hugh Chiverton, Joseph Li: A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Mike Rowse

    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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    Monday to Friday 8.30am - 9.30am
    (*except holidays)

     Podcast: Daily update and available after its broadcast.



    International Relations : Morality vs Realism / Measures to Crack Down on Ticket Touting

    On Thursday's Backchat, dollars vs doing the right thing. US President Trump signalled on Tuesday that he would not punish Saudi Arabia for the death and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. He mentioned the Kingdom's influence over oil prices and said, "if we abandon Saudi it would be a terrible mistake." He also said he was "not going to destroy the economy of our country" over Khashoggi by giving up arms deals to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has been a strategic partner and also a major oil provider of the US in the Middle East. Was Trump simply being realistic - and skipping the lip service usually paid by politicians - or giving support to tyrants and murderers around the world? Is there a conflict between realism and morality? Should countries simply stop interfering in the business of others?

    After 9.20, measures to crack down on ticket touting in HK, especially whether the government should lower the ratio of specially allocated tickets.

    22/11/2018 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:32)

    22/11/2018 - 第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    22/11/2018 - 第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:32)

    22/11/2018 - 8:30-9:20 International Relations : Morality vs Realism

    Alan Seigrist, Vice Chair, Republicans Overseas

    Sean Kenji Starrs, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong

    Darryl Jarvis, Professor and Head, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong

    Glenn Shive, Executive Director, Hong Kong-America Center, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    22/11/2018 - 9:20-9:30 Measures to Crack Down on Ticket Touting

    Au Nok-hin, Legislator; and Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council's Panel on Home Affairs




    Alan Seigrist from Republics Abroad (Left) and Professor Sean Starrs from City University of Hong Kong (Right), together with our hosts Hugh Chiverton and Nicholas Gordon.


    Stephen Barnes (left) of the Hong Kong Visa Center, and Anthony Au (right) from the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation


    (L to F) Co-host Ada Wong, Ng Dick-hay, Judy Tzeng Li-wen, Lee Cheuk-yan, Frederick Fung Kin-kee, host Hugh Chiverton


    (Standing) Douglas Young, Co-founder of G.O.D.; (sitting right) Sheryl Lee, Entrepreneur of Chiczando Concept & Culture Ltd., and co-host Danny Gittings (left)


    James Tien (left) of Liberal Party and Alvin Yeung (right) from Civic Party


    Raees Baig, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work of the Chinese University of Hong Kong


    Li Chen (left) from CUHK and Peter Guy (right) from the SCMP


    Emily Lau, Former Chairman and Former Legislator, Democratic Party


    Eddie Chu, Legislator; and Convener, Village Charter Alliance

    Freedom in Hong Kong / "Add Oil"

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Mike Rowse

    On Monday's Backchat, are we losing our freedoms in Hong Kong? Some argue that our legislature is being neutralised, with unprecedented party bans and rule changes, lawmakers removed from office and jailed, other facing lifelong bans on standing for election at all, foreign joournalists kicked out and local journalists following Communist Party orders, booksellers snatched off our streets and the Basic Law in tatters. Is Hong Kong is fundamentally changing, and we are losing our liberty bit by bit? Or are we are still a very free society under rule of law and a clean government, welcoming to foreigners and with a boisterous press and civil society? 

    More or less free? Call us with your take on 23388266 or email backchat@rthk.hk, or leave a message on our Facebook page, Backchat on RTHK Radio 3.

     "Add oil" after 9:20, the latest Cantonese phrase to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary.


    22/10/2018 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:32)

    22/10/2018 - 第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    22/10/2018 - 第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:32)

    22/10/2018 - 8:30-9:20 Freedom in Hong Kong

    Law Yuk-kai, Director, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor

    David Zweig, Chair Professor, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Junius Ho, Legislator

    22/10/2018 - 9:20-9:30 "Add Oil"

    Chip Tsao, Social Commentator

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