A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    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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    Cross-straits relations; Vacancy tax

    On Wednesday's Backchat, cross-straits relations, and no vacancy tax.
    In a visit to a military base in Guangdong Xi Jinping has called on troops to 'put all their minds and energy on preparing for war'.
    Last week Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Meanwhile the White House is moving forward with more sales of sophisticated military equipment to Taiwan amounting to perhaps US$5 billion.
    Is invasion of Taiwan possible, or likely, or this more sabre rattling? Is Taiwan drifting away from the Mainland politically? What would the US do if there were conflict? How would people in Hong Kong react? What actually happened in Fiji?
    From 9:15am-9:30am, we'll be discussing the government scrapping plans for a vacancy tax in Hong Kong.
    8:30-9:15 Cross-straits relations
    8:30-9:00 Alexander Huang, Professor, Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taipei and former deputy minister at Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.
    8:30-9:20: Josef Gregory Mahoney, Professor of Politics, Director, International Graduate Program in Politics, East China Normal University
    9:00-9:20 David Zweig, Director, Transnational China Consulting Limited, Professor Emeritus, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    9:20-9:30 Vacancy tax
    Phone: Edward Yum, Political commentator and managing director of Ayasa Globo, a subsidiary of a main board listed company

    21/10/2020 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    21/10/2020 - Cross-straits relations

    Alexander Huang, Josef Gregory Mahoney, David Zweig

    21/10/2020 - Vacancy tax

    Edward Yum






    (From L to R) Reynold Tsang, John Carroll, Haider Kikabhoy, Ian Alden Russell


    Winnie Tam



    Foreign journalists in mainland; Covid-19 in Asia and Europe

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    On Friday's Backchat, we'll first be discussing the expulsion of American journalists from
    Mainland China and Hong Kong. What impact will it have on the flow of information inside and
    outside of China?
    From 9:00am-9:30am, we'll be talking more about how different countries in Asia and Europe
    are handling the Covid-19 situation.

    8:30am-9:00am Ho Lok-sang, Senior research fellow, Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute at Lingnan University.
    8:30am-9:00am Ilaria Maria Sala, writer based in Hong Kong
    9:00am-9:30am Emilie Tran, Assistant Professor and course director for European Studies Programme (French Stream) from Hong Kong Baptist University
    9:00am-9:30am Nicholas Thomas Associate Professor from City University’s Department of Asian and International Studies


    20/03/2020 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    20/03/2020 - The expulsion of foreign journalists in mainland and HK

    20/03/2020 - Covid-19:Asia and Europe

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