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proper and necessary rponse. >> more u.s. mayors call for an end to deployment of federal forces in their cities but the trump administration says it won't stop sending and national officers. families and friends can be reunited with loved ones as some visits to care homes england in ethiopia, egypt and sit on agree to talks to resolve their blue nile.er the mega dam on the the united states has ordered iina to close its consula houston in the latest escalatiod lomatic tensions between the two countries. u.s. media and houston has been shown these pictures. chinese consulate staff apparently burning documents in the codtyard and police firefighters were called to that location but were not allowed into the buildin the u.s. state department says it wantscl te the consulate to protect u.s. intellectual property and private
information. our correspondent explains. reporter: she spoke generally about years of complaints that the chinese government was steang intellectual property, hacking into various elements of both government and commercial entities here. as you heardchesterday, two ese nationals were indicted by the department of justice for a long-term conspiracy. they were charged withtealing they were leaked tchinesen was government. it is not clear if this isla d to that, but given the long-term complaints that the state department, that the american govabnment has had t chinese behavior, which china denies, it seemsal this ia sihey are ready to start being more confrontationalbout it. no specifics, but a clear signal that they want to set on this score. anchor: the u.s. secretary of state is in denmark and he has
continued his call for countries to join the u.s. in putting essure on chinison a range of es. ow we are setting up expectations forhe chinese communist party will behave and when they don't, wwill take actions that protect the american people, protectt ur security,so protect our economy. that is the actions you are b seeing takenpresident trump and we will continue to engage in this. anchor: i chinanot very happy about this. the foreign ministry criticized s.e decision and warned chinese students in the o be on their guard, saying they have been targeted by law enforcement agencies for harasioent and dete. >> china condemns this outrageous and uustified move. china urges the u.s. to immediately withdraw its wrong decision or china will definitely take the proper and necessary response. yeto see whre that response will be. it is expected beijing bill
close one of the u.s. embassies in china.ic whone? our china correspondent tweeted this. which u.s. consulate in china has the document shredders and burn backs on overdrive right now? shanghai won't go, but an excuse to beijing to get rid of hoe kong, got toe favorite, followed by chengdu. here is a washington correspondent for the bbc chinese expect.on what we can reporter: for the past few days, china has been trying to dow down tensions of the u.s.. for now, this has become big sentiment is oth. anti-american the chinese government will have to react to this and today, a foreign nistry spokesperson has suggested that, at a minimum, closing one of the u.s.
consulate in china will be one of the actions. beijing wantsl way that w not further escalate tensions. anchor: let's look at what else is happeningn the u.s. president trump is due to speakb t his plan to send federal officers to kansas city in missouri as part of a program that is being called operation o legend, designedght a surge in violent crime. it is the latest instance of th president sending federal officers into states without the agreement of the city's mar. 14 mayors from across the country, including kansas city, have signed this letter addressed the attorney adgeneral and wolf, the acting secretary for the department of homeland security. it says, stop sending federal officers ttheir cities. one city where the federal police are already in place, s portlandegon, where protests over police brutality following the death of george floyd have been happening every month -- every night for two months and
sometimes turned violent. how did we get here? a reporter explains. reporter:er aeorge floyd was killed in police custody, the first protests over police brutality began the next day. on may 29, protests had sscorrupted in cities acrohe u.s., and before longthe world. in portland, demonstrations against police brutality turned violent downtown. the police chief resigned after criticism of how the protests were being handled. washington, d.c. was deali with protests of its own against george floyd staff. whoutside the ite house,st peaceful protes were cleared away by police and national guard troops using tear gas so the president cld hold an oprtunity -- a photo op opportunity outside a church. thughout june, protesters in many cities subsided, portland state not. after president trump signed an
executive order asking for a unit protecting federal monument at buildings, by the end of june, federal law enforcement ficers but it appearing portland, detaining protesters. that brings us to now. oregon officials called the extraordinary use of federalan force abuse of power and attack on democracy. protests continue. president trump is threatening to send law enforcement officeri to other u.ses. >> these are anarchists. preporter: operations are underway to send ages to chicago. anor: despite these calls were lined order to be left in the hands of the states, but trump administration says it won't be stepping back. here is chad wolf, acting >> we will not shrink from our duty because of this violence. i have heard the mayor of rtland state at the feral government is to blame for this violence. rational people know that is not true
wheldave you believe that enforcing federal law incites violence. he would have you believe that holding criminals accountable incites violence. anchor:ou to go t thiss peter vincent,to a forme official at the department of homeland security. thank you for coming on the program. let's get things clear to start with. the legal side of this, is there a legaht r for the trump administration to send in these federal officers? >> there are a number of legal authorities, the department of homeland security and its component law enforcemen agencies hav extraordinary brought legal authoritieso enforce violations of federal law. in specific to portland, there is a provision, a federal law, that provides for and obligates the federal government to protect federal facilities and visitors to those facilities. that coupled with the rect executive order is what we have
seen in portland. chor:o s there is a legal basis for it. how appropriately do you think it is being used? >>s there ilegal basis for the arrests you have seen in or near federal facilities, like the federal courthouse. t those actual tactics have left me dmayed, disappointed, and disheartened. just because a law enforcement entity hasri aut to investigate and to prosecute crimes, that does not mean it should in all cases. as we have seen, before the white in lafayette federal authorities tear gassed innocent, peaceful protesters exercising their constitutional rights toan assemblfree speech, and in portland, the tactics have bee authoritarian and they have done nothing other than inflame an already volatile
and emotional situation. anchor: part of your argument would be that has not been fective? >> it has not been effective. in fact, i would argue that it has made things farse w in washington, d.c. in front of the white house, a more recently in portland. the local officials haveng st condeed the actions of the department of homeland security and its various agents and officers and have indicated that they don't need, nor do they want to the assistance of federal authorities. local authorities are always best position, knowing their communities, to deal with these things, to work together toake sure that individuals are able to peacefully prote and exercise their constitutionally protected riprts, while ecting individuals from that small group o knuckleheads and individuals that commit violence and use these peaceful protests as a pretext to engage in
destruction or defacing of federal property. anchor: briefly, we are almost out ofut time,he critics of some of these moves is that this is aic politization of what is going on. where you stand on that >> president trump has politicized and militarized and weaponized both figuratively and literally the actions of my former agency, the department it homeland sec this is all political shenanigans and theater on his part to prop up his failing political campaign and to divert attention to his failed coronavirus pandemic response. anchor: great to talk to you. ask for coming on the program -- thanks for coming on the program. in the u.k., the prime minister rejected claims that the government failed to do enough preventussian interference in british democracy after the publication of a critical rort on tuesday. here is our chief political correspondent.
reporter: did he see the threats from russia or was it taken seriously enough? political attitudes toward moscow hcufhearted and tions are that russian influence was allowed to spread puthrough britisic life for too long. boris johnson has promised tougher curity laws. leaders say it has been too slow. >> the governmenathas underest the russian threat and response a required. the government has taken its eye off the ball. it was not even on the pitch. after this government has been in power for 10 years, how does the prime minister explain that? >> no country in the western world is more vigilant in protecting the interts of this country or the internation community from russian interference and we are going further now in producing new gislation to protect national infrastructure and to protect our intellectual property. reporter: for years, rumors have interference in thuan
referendum. yesterday's report said no work had been done by the intelligence services to assess whether that was true. atincrimn's the divisive campaign continue. >>is ilear that this prime minister has knowingly and repeat ply his own personal and party interests before the national security of our country. >> what you have heres the rage a fury of the remainder elite. and no smoking gun whatever.ort after all that fury. reporter: the committee says excessive governments have welcomed oligarchs and their money with open arms. millions have been paid in legal donations to the conservative eaparty byhy russians. many are reainessing russian uence in public life. yesterday's report noted that several peers work directly for russian companies linked to the russian state. although they do have to declare that in a register of ierest, they don't have to say how much
they earn. that will could be about -- that rule could be about to change. >> we have to put our house in order. there are too my peers who are involved in outside active-duty which are likely to be incompatible with the membership of our legislator of the united kingdom. and if they don't take action individually, the conduct committee needs to clamp down on them. reporter: rsian activity is in the spotlight antigovernment insists it will hold moscow -- and the government insists it will hold moscow to account. anchor: still to come, ethiopia, egypt, and sudan agree to further talk to lve their dispute over the renaissance dam which ethiopia is building. ♪ anchor: labor has agreed to pay vedamages to former employees who sued the party in
an anti-semitism rep. reporter: since he took over later, he sought to distance himself from the jeremy corbyn leadership. you can see that in hisngtyle, is weeut of jeremy corbyn supporters. it has been on this emblematic issue of anti-semitism that he has chosen to make a stand. back along -- of rebeccaongera today's apology, an apology will not have been forthcomingth from corb. he and his supporters seem to be convinced theyould hav one the court case. instead, has gone out of his way to say to the seven whistleblowers over anti-semitis not just sorry but in effect, you are right, the party was wrong under jeremy corbyn. ♪ anchor: this is "outside source
." the united states has ordered china to close its consulate in houston prompting a furious reaction in beijing. the state department said it was acting to protect intellectual property and private information. time now for our coronirus update. we will start with the worldan health oation, which has rejected claims made by the u.s. secretary of state that itsor direeneral was bought by china. mike pompeo told a group of british mps the who is a political, not a science-based organization at acute its curren head -- and acute its current head up being too close to beijing. labor mps was in the meeting. >> he went into a long section about how the chinese have bought t the head world health organizion and mike pompeo then said that british people were dead becaus of
chinese lies about the virus. i st say, i wanted to say, a lot of american people are deadl because of dtrump's lies about the virus. anchor: this was the world health organization's response. we strongly reject anad hominem attacks and unfounded legations. the who urges countries due to pain -- to remain onacing the pandemic. in theom u.k.,care homes in england will allow visitors again. local authorities and public health officials wouhe have to deem safe and social distancing measures must be in place. similar measures have been announced in scotland and northern ireland. reporter: this care home lockdown in mid-march and has stayed free from the virus. >> it has been difficult. it is really emotional because the families want to see their loerd ones. repo the owner feeling he had to make difficult decisions
alone, says the prospect of reopening is well done but not simple. >> we want to make sure we can facilitate people coming to visit loved onewhbecause it is is needed. but we want to put anybody at risk. 'm nervous about the relaxation. at the end of the day the decision will be ours, not the governments. >> she needs to know she is not alone. reporter: for dave and h mom, it can't come soon enough. they have been managingie ba, video calls. the emotional toll, huge. the prospect of meeting, immense. >> we have seen these troughs and in the troughs, i would anything to have been able to go ov. i want to be there for her. we are getting through this, the world is getting a better place. usthings will be better fo to have that opportunity, that means so much to me. anchor:e's take a look at the
picture across europe. a decline in daily deaths hasd. been repor in the u.k., italy, belgium, a 750 billion euro pandemic recovery fund has hit another hurdle. the finalacge must now pass the european parliament.me mps, including the budget committee, or insisting it can't rebe passed in its c form. spain is one of the countries which would benefit the most from the fund. here is what the foreign minister told the bbc. >> what we need to do now is work with the european parliament. all groups need toork to find agreement like leaders did over the weekend. his democry at play? i hope that whatrevails is the importance of agreeing on an can provide a response to the millions of europeans tt are
waiting for this recovery fund to be put in place. anchor: a development on that mega dam on the river nile. reif you'ure, egypt, and sudan have agreed to resume talks. this is the grand renaissance dam built by ethiopia. it is f seen as crucial the country's economic growth and a vital source of energy. as you can see from this map, sudan and egypt are downstream i they are worried the dam will reduce their access to water. all this has been causing diplomatic tension between the countries. previous talks mediated by the african union and u.s. came to nothing. now, after a virtual summit, we are told tocqueville resume. the adjutantresident says they will focus on developing a nding legal agreement on the rules for filling and eratin if your psa today, the first year target for filling the dam has been reached. these are radar satellite images
showing the change over the last few weeks. a comparative water level when the rainy season swells the nile river. it is not quite clear if the dam was filled because ethiopia has done something to speed up the process or it is due to rainfall. media, we conducted the filling of the dam without causing harm to anyone. i'm joined now by two of our specialists om bbc monitoring. goodsee you both. a big, complicated issue, not unlike the dam itself. we will start with beverly.in the dam ifi up in some way, we think. what is the significance o th? >> as you said, its of great national and economic importance
to ethiopiapi and eth is demonstrating that it is of great importance to its citizens. when we see the status from ethiopia, we see there is a need to quell w anxiety overther it will beat its deadline to fill the dam and also the need to showhe downstream nations that its operation will not be a threat ason as an agreement has not been reached. anchor: for the egyptian side, news that talks will resume i presumwill be -- will be welcome. >> yes the announcement of e resumption of the talks has been announced by the presidency, a presidential spokesman earlier today. the egyptians -- apostate --yp ans' positions have always been we have been open to talk to reach an agreement.
we a against unilateral action. so the egyptian side is lookg forward to reaching -- two resuming the top. it is a question whether these talks wito leaomething different. this is another question. to be able to answer this question, we have to understand what prevented the three countries from not reaching an agement so far? the edge action side insists on having a binding agreement that guarantees that the water flow will not be affected by the building of the dam operation of the dam later on. the if european side does not want to have a binding agreement long years of drought, whiche egypt requests in case, there needs to be a certain agreement on a certain amount of water that will be allowed to flow fromhe reservoir to guarantee
that the level of water flowec won't be ad. the nile for a egyptians is practically e only source of water for 100 million people. that is why in the last statement by th foreign minister in front of the un security council, hesu said, ival is not a question of choice but an imperative of nature. he said egypt will protect the vital interests of its people. given a that this hays been the egyptian position in this and the other se, we have a position that rejects a binding agreement, we cannot expect there will be a change unless one of them changes their position. this is the trick. anchor: the stakes could hardly be higher. we are hoping that these talks resolution.e, in some
i am interested about the impact on the national psyche in ethiopia. something about the different messages. they hav the leadership has had one subtle message to the different message to their own people. >>hat tends to be a lot to do with how the media has been poraying this in the kind of narrative coming out of the media. aallyineen seen assue. call for ethiopians to unifyal amid politensions. that is one way of looking at it. when last week's sentiment by the minister were attracted by the state media, there was concern that it would either raise regional tensions, which would lead to feelings that progressive tops on the dam would be metel with a g of lack of political goodwill because if europeans, this has been something -- ethiopians,
this is something -- anchor: i'm afraid i'mo going t have to interrupt because are running out of time but we are -- we get the point huge stakes on both side. thank you so much for talking us to a fasnating issue there. you're watching "outside source ." bye-bye.♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond jame the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewer you. thank you.
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