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Approved For Release 2008/06/02 : CIA-RDP86-0004OR000100210003-9 FOREIGN BROADCAST INFORMATION SERVICE HONG KONG BUREAU MHK-3013 4 November 1983 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, Foreign Broadcast Information Service THROUGH: Chief, Operations Group SUBJECT: Monthly Report -- Hong Kong Bureau -- October 1983 Hong Kong Talks -- The latest round of talks between Britain and the PRC on the future of Hong Kong, which ended in Beijing on 20 October, appear to be the most positive since negotiations began. Both sides termed the talks "constructive" and Prime Minister Thatcher, in a BBC interview, expressed her optimism over these and the next round of talks to be held in November. The upbeat expressions have had little visible effect on Hong Kong, however, where residents remain skeptical about their future. Local Currency -- The Hong Kong Government intervened further during the month to prop up the local currency, which recently plunged to HK$9.55 against the U.S. dollar, pegging it to the U.S. currency at a rate of HK$7.80. The government also abolished the withholding tax on Hong Kong dollar deposits in a bid to bolster the economy. Thus far the exchange rate has stayed around the official peg. Typhoon Season -- The bureau closed six hours early on 13 October after the number eight signal was hoisted for typhoon Joe. The typhoon, which had followed an erratic course from its beginning, veered away from Hong Kong during the evening, causing minimal damage. II. VISITS To The Bureau: 1. Donald McDonald, INR, on 7 October to discuss consumer requirements and feedback. 2. I IFBIS admin staff, 20-26 October. The visitors and the bureau chief met with the consulate's personnel officer and representatives of the bureau's local staff to discuss the new FBIS classifi- cation system and bureau wage scale and staffing pattern. STAT Approved For Release 2008/06/02 : CIA-RDP86-0004OR000100210003-9 Approved For Release 2008/06/02 : CIA-RDP86-0004OR000100210003-9 FOREIGN BROADCAST INFORMATION SERVICE HONG KONG BUREAU II. VISITS (Cont'd.) 3. London Bureau communications deputy chief, and his STAT wife, a BBC employee, on 26 October. They were given a tour of the bureau and talked with the bureau's communications supervisor about various communications problems. 4. Capt John Newman, U.S. Army Field Station, Okinawa, 21 October - 1 November to record Beijing television material for use in a Chinese-language training and refresher program being developed by the army in Okinawa. Attachements: A. Production Report cc: Orig + 3 Hqs. 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