The Pulse

The Pulse

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Current AffairsStatus:On going Description: 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".

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The programme is aired every Friday evening on ATV World at 7:00pm, and on TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 8:30am.

Initial webcast & RTHK31: Saturday HKT 0100 - 0130

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

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50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, discussion with Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Zhang Dejiang's v 00:22:00 2016-05-21
Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, launched by Mao Zedong in May 1966. The resulting decade of political and social turmoil brought fatal levels of chaos to China and a very heavy personal toll. Official figures say more than 1.7 million people died. Other sources put the figure much higher. Many more were tortured, harassed or had their lives horrifyingly disrupted. It remains a sensitive topic. And one that the Chinese authorities find hard to confront but for some people, this remains an object of nostalgia. With us in the studio is Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Head of the Department of Government and International Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University.

Julius Caesar famously said of Britain: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, was a bit less ambitious, when he came to Hong Kong his week. He said he was here to “see, listen and speak.” But with 8,000 policemen and other members of security forces between him and the hoi polloi – that’s us - how much did he actually encounter “all sectors of society”? With us in the studio is Maria Tam, a Hong Kong deputy of the National People’s Congress.