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    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Rachel Cartland

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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




    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Rachel Cartland

    On Wednesday's Backchat, racism. How is the "Black Lives Matter" movement developing the
    in US, and in Europe and Australia? A recent poll found that 76 percent of Americans consider racism and discrimination a “big problem,” up 26 points from 2015.

    Why the change, and what will be the lasting effect? How much is it about the police, and what do you think of the way protests have been handled?

    Statues of Confederate soldiers have been a target for a while, and now figures of former leaders like Jefferson, Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill, Cromwell, Leopold II and Captain Cook have been attacked. Is this erasing, or creating history?

    And what about Hong Kong where Queen Victoria still sits in Victoria Park, and colonial rulers are memorialized in place and street names everywhere? Is it right that Elgin Street bears the  name of the man who ordered the burning of the Summer Palace in Beijing?

    8:30-9:30 Gordon Mathews, Anthropology Professor CUHK
    9:00-9:20 Keith Richburg, Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, former Washington Post Journalist
    8:30-9:20 Daniel Van Hoy, Teacher and Businessman in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years. Originally from the Seattle area in the USA.


    17/06/2020 - 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)

    17/06/2020 - Racism

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