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RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

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    RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

    "The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

    Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

    "The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

    "The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

    "The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

    Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

    Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

    If you want to discuss anything you've seen in "The Pulse", or anything in the public eye right now, or just to talk about the show, why not join in the debate on our Facebook page, RTHK's The Pulse. 

    The programme is aired every Saturday on RTHK 31 & 31A at 18:00, and a repeat on Sundays at 06:30.

    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.



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    19/01/2019

    On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Teresa May faced an unprecedentedly crushing defeat in the House of Commons. Her Brexit deal which sets out the terms under which Britain might leave the European Union was rejected by 230 votes. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tried to capitalise on this with a motion of no confidence in the government. However this manoeuvre was defeated with the help of Mrs May’s Northern Ireland allies, the DUP who dislike Mr Corbyn even more than the government – so she survived but only with a margin of 19 votes. Parliament however has forced her to come back with another exit plan by the 21st. So what does all this mean for Britain? With us to talk about that are Martin Chung, Assistant Professor of the Dept. of Govt. & International Studies at the Baptist University and John Bruce, Chairman of the Scottish Business Group of the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

    According to a report from the European Commission released last year, an average Hong Kong person consumes almost 103 kg of pork, beef, poultry and other meat every year. It’s one of the highest per capita intakes in the world, higher than Europe and the United States. And it’s fed by a sizeable daily movement of live pigs across the border that’s now threatened by an outbreak of African swine fever across the mainland. Worried for the health of their own livestock, Hong Kong’s 43 pig farmers have urged the government to stop the highly contagious virus coming here.

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    11 - 01
    2018 - 2019
    RTHK 31
    • Brexit discussion: Martin Chung, HKBU & John Bruce, Scottish Business Group of Britcham & African Swine Fever

      Brexit discussion: Martin Chung, HKBU & John Bruce, Scottish Business Group of Britcham & African Swine Fever

      On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Teresa May faced an unprecedentedly crushing defeat in the House of Commons. Her Brexit deal which sets out the terms under which Britain might leave the European Union was rejected by 230 votes. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tried to capitalise on this with a motion of no confidence in the government. However this manoeuvre was defeated with the help of Mrs May’s Northern Ireland allies, the DUP who dislike Mr Corbyn even more than the government – so she survived but only with a margin of 19 votes. Parliament however has forced her to come back with another exit plan by the 21st. So what does all this mean for Britain? With us to talk about that are Martin Chung, Assistant Professor of the Dept. of Govt. & International Studies at the Baptist University and John Bruce, Chairman of the Scottish Business Group of the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

      According to a report from the European Commission released last year, an average Hong Kong person consumes almost 103 kg of pork, beef, poultry and other meat every year. It’s one of the highest per capita intakes in the world, higher than Europe and the United States. And it’s fed by a sizeable daily movement of live pigs across the border that’s now threatened by an outbreak of African swine fever across the mainland. Worried for the health of their own livestock, Hong Kong’s 43 pig farmers have urged the government to stop the highly contagious virus coming here.

      19/01/2019
    • Land supply for housing discussion with Stanley Wong & Paul Zimmerman

      Land supply for housing discussion with Stanley Wong & Paul Zimmerman

      One thing that’s not going to go disappear from Hong Kong any time soon is poverty. According to a government report released in November one in five people are now living below the poverty line. The number of elderly poor people has increased by almost 4%, to 478,000. So it came as little surprise that there was wall to wall criticism when Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she is raising the age limit for elderly welfare payments from 60 to 65 from next month. Saying that she herself was over 60 and still working at least ten hours a day, Ms Lam insisted there was nothing inhumane about the adjustment, it just reflected social circumstances. On Thursday, she told legislators that she was “shocked” by their criticism as the adjustment was approved in last year’s budget vote, a vote supported by pro-government legislators.

      And that wasn’t the only awkward moment she had that day, when asked whether she would implement the recently released report from the Task Force on Land Supply, Ms Lam said it would be “irresponsible” for her to fully accept its suggestions. With me to talk about the issue are Stanley Wong, Chairman of the Task Force on Land Supply and Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong.

      12/01/2019
    • Year in Finance & 2019 Economic Outlook

      Year in Finance & 2019 Economic Outlook

      Happy new year! Hello and welcome to the first edition of The Pulse for 2019.

      Well the year opened with a sharp downturn in global stock markets which followed a pretty dismal year for investors in 2018, the S&P 500 registered its worst downturn since the financial crisis of 2008. On the first trading of the year U.S. stocks plunged. They dropped even further on Thursday, largely due to Apple’s warnings of reduced revenue caused by lower-than-expected iPhone sales, particularly in China. Hong Kong and Chinese stock markets were also hit hard. Indeed the Hang Seng Index reflected the worst first trading day of a new year in over two decades.

      The U.S. Federal Reserve ended 2018 with a fourth interest rate hike in mid-December. Faced by a trade war between the United States and China, a U.S government shut down, Brexit, and a myriad of other business concerns, many market analysts are predicting a global economic slowdown in 2019. With us to talk about that are Tara Joseph, President of American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Felix Chung, leader of the Liberal Party.

      05/01/2019
    • Year 2018 in politics, freedom of expression & press

      Year 2018 in politics, freedom of expression & press

      In this week’s show we’re taking stock of 2018. It’s fair to say that not all has been smooth sailing. Although Hong Kong survived super typhoon Mangkhut in September, the devastation aftermath lingers. And the year also saw the passing of several prominent figures, including scholar Jao Tsung-I, novelist Louis Cha, Physics Nobel laureate Charles Kao, and the singer Ellen Loo. Well how’s “One country, Two systems” doing? Throughout the year there’ve been signs of an increasing blurring of boundaries between the mainland and Hong Kong. Logistically, the pace of that transition increased with the opening of two mega structures, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the Express Rail Link but that dissolution of boundaries is also taking place in the political and social spheres, as there has been some more vigorous drawing of red lines that restrict Hong Kong’s freedoms. With us to talk about these issues are Patrick Poon of Amnesty International and Albert Ho.

      From all of us at The Pulse, all the very best for 2019 – hopefully that wish does not cross any new red line. See you next year.

      29/12/2018
    • UGL: interview with James Tien, start-ups in Silicon Valley & HK

      UGL: interview with James Tien, start-ups in Silicon Valley & HK

      Last week, after a four year investigation, the Independent Commission Against Corruption or ICAC handed in a report on the undeclared HK$50 million payment made to former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, shortly before assuming office. The payment was made by the Australian engineering firm UGL. When the ICAC investigation was given to the Department of Justice – it acted with extreme speed to declare that there was no case to answer-and refused to give any reasons why this was so. With us to talk about it is James Tien, Honorary Chair of the Liberal Party.

      The arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada pending extradition to the United States is seen by many as being part of the ongoing battle for technological dominance between the US and China. At the moment however the most visible embodiment of this battle is the escalating trade war.
      Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government is placing its hopes on the development of the Greater Bay Area as a technological hub. This year the government allocated HK$10 billion to establish two IT clusters at the Hong Kong Science Park as well as providing another HK$7 billion and HK$200 million to the Science Park and Cyberport respectively to help local start-ups. Yet while some see the competition between the US and China for technological dominance as a zero-sum game companies straddling the two nations hope for a future that benefits from co-operation more than competition.

      22/12/2018
    • US-China technology war: discussion with David Zweig & William Nee & gene-edited babies

      US-China technology war: discussion with David Zweig & William Nee & gene-edited babies

      The United States is not only engaged in a trade war with the People’s Republic of China, the two nations are also vying for supremacy in technology and telecommunications. “Made in China 2025” is a state sponsored strategy to make the nation a major competitor in advanced manufacturing, a sector currently dominated by high-income, developed countries such as United States. The U.S. which currently tops the world in artificial intelligence, supercomputers, patent applications, aerospace and other technological innovations, sees this as a threat. One of the fallouts of this competition seems to be the recent arrest of a high ranking Chinese telecommunications executive in Canada at the request of the United States. With me are David Zweig, Director of the Centre on China’s Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International

      Last month, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first “designer babies”, Lulu and Nana. He had, he said, modified their genetic make-up before birth to reduce their chances of contracting HIV from their parents. Despite a global outcry, Dr He said, before disappearing from sight, that he is proud of his work. The technology he used is called Crispr, a genetic engineering technique that has raised fears, ethical issues and many unanswered questions.

      15/12/2018
    • Disqualification of Eddie Chu, discussion with Priscilla Leung & government publicity campaigns

      Disqualification of Eddie Chu, discussion with Priscilla Leung & government publicity campaigns

      According to Article 34 of the Chinese constitution, “All citizens of the People's Republic of China who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election, regardless of nationality, race, sex, occupation, family background, religious belief, education, property status, or length of residence, except persons deprived of political rights according to law.”And that’s a big “except”. The continuing disqualification of pro-democratic candidates from Hong Kong elections seem to suggest this long term deprivation of political rights as practised on the Mainland has arrived in Hong Kong, even if it’s not being openly admitted. Just ask Eddie Chu Hoi-dik.

      Government advertising in Thailand, Japan or Taiwan, are often witty, well-made, and win international prizes. The Hong Kong government’s publicity or civic education campaigns are often criticised as being expensive, lacking in creativity, in bad taste, culturally insensitive, condescending, and being little more than crude propaganda.
      In the 1970s, former government employee Arthur Hacker created Lap Sap Chung. Designed as a litter creating monster, Lap Sap Chung became a popular and much-loved figure. Since then, the government’s publicity people appear to have become obsessed with mascots.

      08/12/2018
    • Kln West Legco by-election & interview with conservationist Jane Goodall

      Kln West Legco by-election & interview with conservationist Jane Goodall

      Last Sunday, people in Kowloon West cast their votes for the second time this year to send their geographical constituency representative to the Legislative Council. The elections were to fill seats left vacant when the government ousted elected legislators Yau Wai-ching and Lau Siu Lai. The seats, previously held by localists, are now taken by DAB’s Vincent Cheng and pro-government candidate Yan Chan. Since 2016, nine people have been barred from running for election after returning officers had decided they did not intend to uphold the Basic Law. The pan-democrats are now outnumbered in the legislature and have not regained their former veto power.

      Jane Goodall was 26 when she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania in July 1960. Since then her 50 years of research on primates and wildlife conservation has transformed human’s understanding of chimpanzees and their environment. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global and environment conservation organization that now has offices in more than twenty-five countries. And in 1991, she also set up Roots & Shoots to educate young people about conservation and get them involved in it. That’s now operating in 100 countries. At 84, Jane Goodall is not slowing down. She is constantly travelling speaking, advocating and raising public awareness. She was in Hong Kong three weeks ago. Our producer Yvonne Tong went to talk to her.

      01/12/2018
    • Taiwan local elections & US Midterm Elections III: Migrant caravan

      Taiwan local elections & US Midterm Elections III: Migrant caravan

      Well, the United States’ mid-term elections may be over, but on this side of the world elections are still on going.
      Taiwan’s voters go to the polls this Saturday, and on Sunday voters in Kowloon West will be going back to the ballot box for a Legislative Council by-election.

      On Saturday, Taiwan’s 19.1 million voters have a chance to participate in local and regional elections and to vote in a series of referenda on subjects ranging from power plant output to same sex marriage to what Taiwan should call itself in the 2020 Summer Olympics. For Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in 2016, it’s being seen as a mid-term report. She and her ruling party are facing some keen competition amid allegations of Mainland meddling in the polls. With me in the studio is political commentator, Sam Cheng.

      Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric played a key role in his run for president two years ago. He said America would build a wall to keep out immigrants and he’d make Mexico pay for it. That has not happened but it didn’t stop Trump once again using the spectra of uncontrolled immigration to rile up his base to go out and vote for candidates he was supporting in the mid-term elections. He labeled migrants travelling en-masse to the US as being “gang members” and “very bad people” and deployed almost 6,000 troops to the southern border giving them the power to use fatal force. Our producer, Liz Yuen went to El Paso, Texas to talk to some recent migrants.

      Sadly, Chan Ming-kau did not live to see this development. He died of a sudden heart attack the day after speaking to The Pulse. Since the Handover, China has several times refused to let United States’ naval vessels make a stop in Hong Kong. This week, despite vigorous disagreements between China and the US over trade and territorial claims in the South China Sea, four US navy vessels are allowed to visit Hong Kong. We’ll leave you with that and the assurance that battleship Pulse will be docking at this spot again next week. Goodbye.

      24/11/2018
    • US Midterm Elections II: Women in Politics & #metoo, discussion with: Leta Hong Fincher & Puja Kapai on feminisim in China & USA

      US Midterm Elections II: Women in Politics & #metoo, discussion with: Leta Hong Fincher & Puja Kapai on feminisim in China & USA

      It’s more than a week since the United States midterm elections, and it still isn’t over. There are still a number of seats in the House of Representatives, and two Senate seats too close to call. Recounts and run-offs are still underway. As the late results tend to favour the Democrats, it’s looking more and more as if the “blue wave” that many initially said hadn’t happened is actually developing. As one example, in Arizona Kyrsten Sinema is not only the state’s first female senator but also its first Democratic senator in decades. Possibly annoying the president even more, she’s also the first openly bisexual Senator. And Donald Trump is far from happy. He’s called for an end to the recounts in Florida saying, on the basis of no evidence, that people voted illegally. Members of staff in the White House have said he’s in a pretty foul and furious mood since the midterms. In our second report on those elections, we look at one of the many historical firsts in this election: the record number of women voted into Congress.

      With me in the studio are Leta Hong Fincher, author of “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China”, and Puja Kapai of the Women's Studies Research Centre to talk about feminism in China and the USA.

      On Wednesday, veteran politician Chung Sze-yuen passed away at the age of 101. He was known for his key role in, and his efforts during, the Sino-British negotiation on the future of Hong Kong. His public service included setting up the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hospital Authority. He was also one of the few people to have served in both Legco and Exco before and after the Handover, and he was the SAR’s first Exco convener.

      17/11/2018