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



    Latest on National Security Law

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    On Friday's Backchat, we return to the latest developments in the new national security law for Hong Kong.

    Beijing has officially opened its new office for national security agents to operate here, transforming a hotel in Causeway Bay into its temporary headquarters. Meanwhile, the government has proposed that civil servants should pledge allegiance to the SAR and the Basic Law by taking an oath or making a written declaration.

    What do you think about this? And will the new security agency help to restore order in society? Will it also have an impact on human rights and press freedom?

    8:30-9:30 Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare
    8:30-9:00 Sharron Fast, Deputy Director of Master of Journalism Programme and Lecturer, University of Hong Kong


    10/07/2020 - 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)

    10/07/2020 - Latest on National Security Law

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