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Karl Marx 200th birthday: discussion with Tim Summers & consultation on drones


Karl Marx 200th birthday: discussion with Tim Summers & consultation on drones

Last Saturday, 5th May, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the German philosopher Karl Marx whose writings paved the way for the development of Communism. Over the past week, some commentators have praised his work as accurately predicting the state of modern capitalism. Others have focused on the evils perpetuated by totalitarian states using his name. In his birthplace in the German town of Trier, celebrations included the unveiling of a controversial gift from China and there were protests. With us in the studio is Tim Summers from the Centre for China Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Small drones, or “unmanned aerial vehicles”, are booming in the People’s Republic of China, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones.
They’re finding uses in areas including agriculture, mining, goods delivery, and cinematography. And we’re going to see a lot more of drones with the market estimated to be worth $9 billion US dollars by 2020. Here in Hong Kong, the interests of drone hobbyists and businesses can conflict with an environment that’s mostly urban, vertical, and crowded. The Civil Aviation Department is currently conducting a three-month consultation exercise on regulation of drone use.

Ten years ago, on 12th May, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, killing at least 69,000 people, including thousands of children in shoddily-built schools. Some 4.8 million people lost their homes. We’ll leave you with images of Sichuan then and today. See you next week. Goodbye.

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