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jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in the.s. and around the globe. china is demanding the release of the finance chief at one of the world's biggest telecom companies, huawei. meng wanzh was arrested and in canada on saturday and could enow faradition to america. there are unconfirmed reports d that the uniates is investigating huawei over possible violation of sanctions against this report hanghai. reporter: it is one of the world's biggest smartphone makers, a massive firm built up eeer 30 years by a former chinese army eng huawei is a china coany that has truly gone global. but now one of its top executives is in jail. meng wanzhou is corporate royalty in china, the daughter of the company founder. she was arrested as she transferred flights in vancouver.
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it is reported the u.s. wants her for overseeingllegal business with iran. >> we have made solemn representations to canada and the u.s. we havdemanded that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for this detention. reporter: chinese officials in canada went further, condemning rest. they saye it seriously harms human rights of the victim. aad spokesman called on cto restore the personal freedom of ms. meng huawei has beeessful overseas, but its global push into mobile infrastructure has been highly controversial. it wants to help build thene backbone of th 5g network, but the u.s. and other governments fear it remains too close to china's ruling communist party and may allow the government here access to those networks. she was detained the same day that president trump sat opposite china's leader xi injito agree to a cease-fire
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in their trade war. this move is likely to cast a shadow over that perhaps brief period of renciliation. this is not just about a person or a company. this is a very aggressive move by the u.s. authorities to target china, and they have done it by targeting a company that is crucial to china's aspirations for the future of its economy. jane: for more on how this might impact future trade atween the u. china, i spoke to a former state department official specializing in east asian and pacific affairs, and he is now based at the center for american progress. what do you make of the timing of this? is it possible tkeep his -- this arrest and the trade talks separate? >> i think it is possible but clearly difficult. i think that the timing of it is possibly just something that was happening from the department of justice to the united states. it clearly takes a lot of time to build up a case like this ant
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aromeone, especially this high-profile, and to coordinate it with the canadians. they had to also get her when she was en route from where she was to south america, landing in canada. again, the timing was probably set on its own cours but obviously, it couldn't be worse for the u.s.-china trade talks. jane: is it coeivable that mr. trump did not know about this when he sat down to dinner with xi jinng? michael: it is possible. national security advisor john bolton said today he was aware of this, and thestepartment of e does make the white house aware from time to time when it is going to take high-profile actions like this, and bolton said that they sometimes let the president know and they sometimes don't. jane: where does this leave the talks?ae mi it's anyone's guess. it was anyone's guess what was going to happen coming out of ire dinner on saturday. was it a cease-fe, was it temporary? unclear. this, though, has raised the
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stakes. you have sort of thrown a grenade into an already combustible situation. right now e chinese are going to be pressuring the canadian and the american governments intensely for ms. meng's release, and it is going to mean the stakes of the trade talks themselves, what happens here, is going to be a lot higher because you will have a lot more pressure on both sidesor them to stand firm on ms. meng's case. jane: how much leeway does trump have to intervene? if this is a criminalin stigation, it is not the same as the government imposing sanctions. it is a bit of distance here. e michael: yeactly. again, we need to wait and see what the details of this case are. we only know very little right now. but presumably if they were doing this, they have a strong legal rationale for working with canadians to actuly arrest ms. meng.
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again, i think it is very clear that they have a strong legal case for whathey are doing right now. jane: very briefly, canada's position in all of this -- who are they going to be under most pressure from, china or the u.s.? michael: i think they will be under a lot of pressure china. it seems to me like the canadians have already decided where they are going to be on this. they have agreed to arrest ms. meng, which means they have been coordinating with the united states for quite ahile on this for them to back down now, it would be pretty difficult. jane: thanks very much indeed for joining me. the rising trade tensions between america and china are just one area where president trump's promises are being judged against reality. last week, general motors anunced its plans to stop production at five factories and cut arou 14,000 jobs to trim costs. among the plants set for closure
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is lordstown, ohio, and aleem maqbool has traveled there to see the impact. hialeem: tsingle factory covers an astonishing 900 acres. but after more than 50 years producing cars of this size, general motors, once america's biggest employer, has announced that from the spring, no more vehicles are due to be made here. casey has worked at the plant her entire adult lif >> it is almost like you are experiencing a death. it is hard to imagine that the one thing you thought you would never hear and never wanted to hear just happened. aleem: with some job losses in recent years, casey and many others had considered selling their homes and moving elsewhere. ll youtrump: let me folks in ohio -- aleem: last year visiting here, the president promised this. pres. trump: don't sell your ot sell it. we are going to get those value
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up >> he made so many promises to so many people. i have heard people compare him un a snake oil salesman, where he is just going aand selling false hope. aleem: but general motors says it is just restructuring and that is not donald trump's fault. in another industry here, it is a different story. here on the other side of ohio, we are very much in farming territory, and agriculture has been devastated, a direct result of decisions made by the white house and the exrts to china that have plummeted. alan armstrong's family has been growing soybeans in ohioor generations. donald trump's economic sparring with china has made for the mosf ult of years. >> 60% of all the soybeans we raised have been exported overiv the lastyears to china.
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when the trade disputes, trade war started, effectively those sales went to zero. aleem: but in recent days on social media the president has been making more pinmises, that will start buying u.s. agricultural products again, including soybeans. facing so many problems as the trade war, alan, who voted for donald trump, is sticking by him. >> i do't remember in my lifetime a president of the united states taing about agriculture as often as i have heard donald trump speak about it. aleem: you don't hear people saying in the community, "i voted for the guy, now look what has happened, i regret that." >> no, you don't hear that.yo hear, "gosh, i hope he knows what he is doing." aleem: and though he hasn't been able to deliver on his promises elsewhere, they still retain their faith in the president. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in ohio.
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jane: a look at some o nthe days of ts. senators from both parties are putting forward a resolution saying that saudi crown prince mohammad bin salman was complicit in the death of journalist jamal khashoggi. it comes the same week t st key republenators held a meeting about the case with the head of the a. officials in saudi arabia denied the crown prince was involved. rearchers are looking for the crew of u.s. warplanes which crashedhe offoast of japan. it happened following a routine refueling exercise and the rest of the country. one member was found and is thought to be in stable conditionre but the other six still missing. investigators say the pilot of a helicopter which crashed outside leicester cico stadium lost rol when his pedal disconnected from the tail rotor blade. the club's owner and four other people were killed in the accident in october. following his state funeral in washington yesterday, the coffin of former u.s. president george w. bush has been taken b
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train to houston to his final resting place at his presidential library in northwestern texas. he is to be buried alongside his , wirbara. earlier a number of people incling his son george w. bu attended a private ceremony in houston. special counsel robert mueller is expected to recommend p'sentencing for donald t's former lawyer and campaign manager paul manafort. the investigation into possible russian collusion in the 2016 c election waslearly on the president's mind today. mr. trump tweeted, "without the phony russia witchhunt and with all we have accomplished in the last almost two year %proval rating should be rather than 50%. it is called presidential harassment." katty kay from the bbc's "beyond 100 days" program has been speaking to ken starr. he is in the bill clinton impeachment case, about the
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state of the probe. ken: these pesky redactions that infected the general flynn d thencing keep us beh veil of ignorance to a great extent in terms of where the investigation might be going but it would not appear especially with respect to michael cohen that there is anything with respect to collusion. there is no indication that he was that seriously involved ingn the campai i realize the issues of payments to individuals who may have bee involved with president many thars ago. i don't thinere will be anything on collusion. possibly something in the manafort comments. but on the other hand, remember paul manafort had a deal and then bob mueller said you broke the deal, you hahfn't been ul. we don't know what that means, either. so i think t combination of the redactions to protect sensitive information going forward anthe fact that there was a breakdown in the relationship betwe paul manafort and mueller and his team suggests that tre will be
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a lot to come out in the future. katty: ken starr, one of the annoying things about the bob mueller investigation is he won't talk to us journalists. i was here in washington when i you weestigating the clintons and you did do interviews with the press and a lot of information came out of ur probe. in it smart of bob mueller not to be letting anrmation out? the only time we hear from him is when he turns up in the apple store in washington, major headline if he's spotted in public.ak should he be sg to us more? ken: [laughter] it is a judgment call. i felt that i did have a public information obgation. the danger is when ye speak about vestigation, if you cross the line and talk about grand jury information, you e going to be accused of a crime. i was accused of a crime. it is safer to just say mum's, the woay tuned, we will tell you when we want to tell you. that is his style, that is his
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judgment. but i do think that powerunalls for accobility, and to the extent possible and consistent with the rules, i err he set -- the side of providing formation that i think t american public wants to know. this is especially true in this investation because we are talking about was there actual collusion, aimonspiracy, a al conspiracy. but collusion is not a crime in and of itself. were about the ultimate kind of question in a democracy as to whether a foreign power was in fact working with the campaign that turned out to be surprisingly the successful campaign for the presidency. the american people want to know that. again, the good news for the country, i believe, quite apart hrom the good news for the president, not a of evidence in the public domain -- that is why we are waiting eagerly for the muelport -- to suggest that there was collusion.
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jane: ken starr talking to my colleagues on "beyond 100 days" c little earlier. you are watching "rld news america." still to come on tonight's program, a lerary legacy. we speak to the son of the late political commentator charles ng hisammer about contin father's work. jane: peace talks aimed at ending the civil war in yemen have started in stockholm today. thousands of people have died and nearly four years of fighting in the country and millions are on the brink of starvation. he correspondent lyse doucet has more. lyse: yemen is on its last breath, its childr dying every day from hunger and disease. tens of thousands of young lives have end since this war escalated in 2015. today, a faint glimmer of hope.
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around a tablen faraway sweden, houthi rebels and the her forent sitting tog the first time in more than two years. the u.n. got them here to talk. >> let there be no doubt thatye n's future is in the hands of those of us in this room, and lyse: but on yemen's killingar fields, therother powerful players, and archenemies like saudi arabia and iran. they all call for peace, but continue the war. in the old city of the capital, sanaa, yemenis know how hard thisill be. "we hopehe talks in sweden succeed," this trader says, "but there is little hope in our situation. both sides will seve to comproour coat -- have to micomp." "it would be a nice surprise for
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everyone," says this woman, "but logically i don't think our situation will improve." if all goes according to plan, the lights in the swedish capital will burn long into the night for the next week -- theto goalome up with a roadmap for peace. that is ambitious, givensi that the tws are so far apart. but with yemen on the brink of collapse, every step counts which brings them closer. lyse doucet, bbc news, outside stockholm. jane: charles krauthammer was a prominent commentor whose work spanned politics, philosophy, and religion. his was a life of achievement -- from an early career as a psychiatrist to a long-runni column in "the washington post" and a pulitzer prize for hisin wr when he died earlier this w yea, working on a compilation of his essays and columns. he asked his son, daniel krauthammer, to finish and edit
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the book, called "the point of it all." i spoke to him earlier fm new york this sounds like a tremendous responsibility. do you feel that burden? daniel: yes, i did and i do. it was very important to me to complete this work, this book of my father's, and to complete it well. the last words he spoke to me about it were "if it is not worthy, don't publish it." i promised him to llow through on that. i made sure with all my powers to make sure that it was worthy, and i believe it is. jane: he wrote about so much, though. do you think alike, or are youom bringinghing of yourself to this project? daniel: well, i am my father's son, so i certainly can't
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separate all that i am from all that he was, and i learned so much from him throughout my lio . but comingis project, it is his book, not mine. i am the editor, not the author. but i did and do believe i understood his mind very well, and through our conversations and my reading of his work my whole life, i feel like i understood what he wanted to get at. and that is something he expressed to me in par of the book, in the introduction, i speak about letters we wrote back and forth when he told meat could see the same sinews and connecting tissues so to speak of his books and his works that even he missed sometimes. as you say, the book covers so much ground, from philosophy too politicsign policy, and ersonal elements, even fun things like baseball and chess, and his personal life and family. i tried to make sure they were all connected, that the thematic
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unity held through. when the reader looks at it, they get something greater as a whole thing just the parts. ne: what should the reader come away with, given the scope of this? daniel: yeah, well, the -- the title of the book is "the point of it all," so it is not a rrow focus. i would say that in trying to sum this up, i thought about it a lot, actually.ld what i way is my dad really covered the gamut in his work, and when he was trying to write about what the point of it all was, the overallge is that the point of it all is to to pursue your own life's goals, and that is filled with the wonderful personalnd higher things from family and friends to your vocation to the things giveo communally that grandeur. he also recognized -- his life's thatwas about politics
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structures our lives around that, that you need successful politics, fr and liberal and pluralist and democratic, to allow that flourishing to take place. in reading it, what a reader should take is the context of all of these amazing things about life, all different aspects of life, but how dependt in the end we are on getting the politics right and how fragile that is in the grand scheme of things. jane: daniel krauthammer, thank you very much indeed for joining me, and very good luck on that book. it is certainly something worth thinking about. thank you. daniel: thank u so much. jane: ok, it is that time of year again. the razzmatazz of awards season is upon us, with the announcement of the golden globes nominations. the film vying for the most awards is "vice," a satirical biopic of former vice president dick cheney, but it faces strongon competirom blockbusters including "a star is born," "black panther," and "bohemian rhapsody."
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i have been speaking about the nominations with elahe izadi of "the washington post."oi thanks forng me. i have to confess that i only tve seen "black panther," so give me a shortcwhat i should be watching between now and january and who is going to win what. elahe: one of the surprising things that came out of this golden globe nomination announcement is "vice," this movie about vice president dick cheney that received six nominations which the general public is not even seen yet. you are not alone in not seeing nwese movies. that comes out nate on christmas day. some of the other big movies were "green book" and "a star is born," both of which have come out. r "a sis born" is the bradley cooper-lady gaga hit. it was a commercial hit and critical hit. it received five nominations. "green book," which disappointed icat the box oand got mixed reviews from critics, also got five nominations.
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"the favourite" got five nominations and that is just coming out now. t of these movies have n come out yet. jane: "the favourite" is definitely on the list. is there a theme to this year's nominations? elahe: usually the golden globe nominations, theri is always sus, the snub that shops -- shocks people. a few of them are that viola davis was and "widows," the steve mcqueen movie she was in, totally overlooked. some people are upset about that. the hollywood foreign press association, the organization whose members are voting for these projects, they tend to favor big movie stars, and it is a mixed bag. some people were shut out like julia roberts. people thought she would b nominated. hard to see what the rough-line is here, but i wouldn't look too closely to th golden globes to forecast was -- what is going to happen at the oscars. jane: that is a good point. how are women doing as well?
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elahe: last year -- actually, this year, in january, natalie portman when she announced the best directing category, she pointedly said that they were all male nominees in t category. and once again we have all-male es in the best directing category, so that is something that people are paying attention to, ceainly. but the best aress categories, it's a really tight race. there are very phenomenal lyrformances, and it is re anyone's prize at this point. yojanementioned claire foy te.""the favouri s how are the bring, generally? elahe: we will have to see. "the favourite" is big with critics, they love that movie. we will have to see how that is -- does with general moviegoing audiences. jane: elahe izadi, thank you very much indeed for joining meo elahe: thankhaving me. jane: good luck to all the nominees.
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