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this is r t today moscow's furious after police beat up and detain a russian diplomat in there president putin demands an apology while the dutch are summoned to explain. flush with cash beijing's final. crisis regular pin corporations and brands lining china's mighty manufacturing industry with some western know how. and syria's chemical disarmament is on track with the u.n. plan as it's progress is praised by the u.s. and russia at the asia pacific summit in barley.
by the very warm welcome if you just joined us this is our team it's just past four pm now here in moscow and developing story this russia's president is demanding an official apology from the netherlands over the treatment of a russian diplomat in the hague police reportedly beat up the official and detained him overnight now the news comes against the backdrop of a nother spat between the two countries that is going to more on this. take us through what happened overnight that in the hague allegedly. having the nerve the netherlands gave no explanation of their actions so far russia put forward an ultimatum if you will to explain the incident and apologize until six pm moscow time dad is in two hours from now now also did not elaborate on what happens if the dutch don't respond by six pm but the russian president already called it a blatant violation of international law take a listen. to could be sure sure you can see. this is a flagrant violation of the vienna convention we are awaiting clarification an
apology and punishment of those responsible our reaction depends on how the dutch side will behave. it may treat but i didn't know is the counselor at the russian embassy in the hague according to the russian foreign ministry a dutch police broke into miss about ideas apartment ignored his diplomatic status put him on the ground hit him with a baton and took him to the police station without explaining anything later he was released and says they broke into his apartment under the pretext that the neighbors called the police like i said we're still waiting to hear the dutch explanation of these new moon because if we get it we'll of course bring our viewers that now give us an update on the other issue causing tension between the two countries already. that's right kevin the relations between russia and the netherlands have been tense lately the netherlands are taking legal action against russia greenpeace ship arctic sunrise which sailed on to the dutch flag but russia has blasted the netherlands for having systematically ignored russia's request to make the arctic sunrise stop illegal activity near the russian oil platforms in the
arctic according to russia it's been going on for more than a year for a year and a half russia says all its warnings were ignored by the dutch and three weeks ago we know what happened greenpeace activists tried to climb on board the russian oil platform and they were detained together with everyone on board the ship they are now facing piracy charges because russia is technically it was an attempt to seize the platform is obvious to everyone that the activists are not pirates but according to russia they still broke the law many russian foreign policy experts believe that the incident with the russian diplomat in the hague is related to the tension between the two countries with regard to the greenpeace activists. see what will happen over the next two hours. just from one of the details russia greenpeace standoff following the attempt to board the oil platform so recently on a website out cold. write the scene.
first. and i think. the. chinese money is flooding the e.u. and snapping up iconic european firms as beijing's business savvy elite moves in to pick up companies it considers to be severely undervalued as to look some of the bigger deals most recently in twenty ten a chinese car maker flush with money decided to be a lot easier to buy at its rival volvo was in trouble at the time rather than compete with it in january last year one of germany's premier concrete pump make is also fell to beijing's rich list that same month two very nice too if you can
afford it a tally in your builder threats was snapped up by a company controlled by the communist regime then just a few weeks later french fashion brand sunday reichl was taken over by a hong kong based firm in keeping with the growing fondness for luxury china is also investing heavily in the u.k. buying shares in undersea through airport for instance and pumping billions of pounds into the country's nuclear industry and as polly boy to reports next chinese money's also propping up a london i can too. this time last year it looked like the iconic london cab would be consigned to the history books after it's made because the financially troubled london taxi company went into administration chinese manufacturer g.t. which already owns volvo stepped in and bought the company for eleven million pounds the factory is now back in business this part of the assembly process is called the marriage of the carriage where the shape of the taxi. meets with the shafi of the taxi fare but it's a marriage between the chinese manufacturer and g.e.
on the london taxi company that managed to save a british icon from going out of production g.-d's pledge to invest in hundred and fifty million pounds into the coventry based business over the next five years promising to create jobs and develop new engines to future really previously when we were a company the financial resources to continue to develop the product as we would like to. to develop. i wish we could have only dreamed of financial analysts have called it a win win situation the london cab comes back from the brink of extinction while a major chinese manufacturer gets to invest in an exciting new project but what does it say about the state of british industry business secretary vince cable called the chinese buyout a clear demonstration of the strength of the british car industry but the london
cap is just the latest in a raft of businesses being sold off to foreign companies cadres chocolate is now american. indian and the british airports authority spanish to some it represents a hollowing out of corporate britain and i'm happy that it's not going to but it shows government policy for a long time now as encourage foreign companies to take over our british companies that means our british companies are not competitive across the globe. so we're not putting in the right tax policies we're not dealing with regulation that hinders these companies six welcome to have new investment it always is in the long term this takes away economic productivity from this country it means that staff and jobs are more liable to go because there's allegiance between the companies that are owned by foreign entities and their country rather than britain pieces been a cabbie forever forty years in a scene the london taxi company gave to several british openness i hopped in for a ride and asked him how he feels about turning chinese this is
a shame that it's not owned by a british company but it's better then going to the wall a dynamic companies they're still british they would be faced with and you see. i see london. china's richest man intertainment tycoon when you john lindsay unveiled his plans for europe targeting hotels luxury brands and cinema chains those talk more about china's cash splash political analyst professor joseph. city university is with us on the line how the professor nice to see so many private billionaires snapping up what they think to be undervalued companies in these hard times also state firms are cashing in too and they want a bit of the pie why now. certainly all china has a very big water chest among into more than three point two trillion us dollars most of this money has been invested in u.s.
treasury bills with very low returns and a danger of depreciation so we have to stand trial for chinese investors to broncho to do wrong secondly europe has been probably more generous in terms of technology transfer less reservations based on strategic considerations and finally chinese exporters would like to extend their operations in durham upstream and downstream to mean king and even expand their market share just as a force that would come in because prices are low and inexpensive because of the financial difficulties in europe your professors who think point you. mentioned there about getting the expertise from the west if you like to say you companies try to invest in china long complained that the chinese are pretty tough with their money and be pretty tough with the technology they want to tell the west about it's
a much more difficult ballgame trying to do business in china than it is in europe no. nandi accent. certainly china is quite easy with in west being the new rock and developed country sometimes they also get their fingers burned because of experience and also because they do not appreciate the do not understand the western african style for what seems like a certain to what's it like if you're a business from outside china trying to do business with a china i gather the chinese government supports its domestic producers over the incomers if you like the foreign income it is that not true yes china has a broad definition of state. and the major state owned enterprises are kind of vested interests rule rob they're reluctant to entertain competition so far into it so in order to level playing field it's also
a problem so it's not a level playing field as such than yes and it would be sol because china has yet to be food be. fully. participating in the group or market it is still in the process of opening up but of course china's growth is prince spectacular over over recent years what is slowing are we going to see a lessening of investment abroad because of that no time has a lot of money to us brought for the reasons that i have just explained they want to maintain their explore market share they want to acquire technology and bonds management and to same time time is probably opening up very slowly because the authorities also understand that the state sector needs to face stiff
competition in order to improve. ok thanks for your thoughts professor professor joseph chandler political analyst hong kong city university appreciated thank you online to we've got much more about china's expanding investment abroad including a story for you about beijing buying a high end vineyard in france's bordeaux region is one catch up on r.t. dot com is where you'll find it. now such as france the feels under threat the swiss have been preparing for the invasion from a breakaway french region stay with me here they've been holding army practices which vision having to raise arms to guard the gold more on that than just a few minutes from now. but next the destruction of syria's chemical arsenals successfully enters its third day with the government of the international team working together the process is in line with the latest u.n. resolution that followed global outrage over that gruesome toxic attack in august our middle east correspondent paula slayer joins us now live paula hi there how's
the m progress been going so far we hear it's positive. it certainly is positive chews day is the third straight day that angle wind and cutting torches have been destroyed in missile warheads as well as aerial bombs and chemical equipment used for mixing the whole process is being overseen by some thirty three international observers their goal really is to ratify record an opposition of the process while the actual destruction of chemical of syria's chemical weapons is taking place by syrian forces now the international team as of yet it is not giving any interviews to the media we did however manage to catch up with the spokesperson who told us off camera that everything was going ahead as planned the important point to make though is that this whole process is not straightforward and this is because some of these stockpiles are in care in combat zones at the same time there's been no confirmation or indeed any kind of comment
from the rebels that they're prepared to allow the international teams to actually reach the sites where some of the stockpiles are because they are currently in their positions so there's no indication whether or not indeed they're going to participate in allowing those stockpiles to be destroyed the u.n. chief ban ki moon has also called for a hundred member team to be set up that would be based partly in damascus and parking in cyprus and the purpose of that would be to ensure that syria's chemical weapons are destroyed within the timeframe that has been established which is the end of july next year but certainly so far the indications are that the process is happening smooth me and according to the timeframe that has been say it will be. up to. the progress made on syria's chemical disarmament on the sidelines of the asia pacific leaders economic summit to pull scots of other again. had been hyped that russian president vladimir putin and u.s.
president barack obama would have been able to discuss the topic of syria on the fringes of this the economic summit apec here in bali however president obama's enforced absence to deal with the financial problems and continuing shutdown in the united states put paid to that however president vladimir putin saying that his absence would be a hinderance to the ongoing cooperation between the two nations today in a press conference saying i believe that there is no need to hold meetings only for the sake of meeting him a person was not the only russian official he was speaking about syria today now in an exclusive interview with ati russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov spoke about his hopes for a geneva two peace conference in mid november confirming a delegation from the syrian government is ready to talk at any time but he also says that the islamist extremists the factions of islamist extremists in the opposition must be excluded from all discussions. because people are moving closer
. then to the free syrian army which is being portrayed as the secular opposition so the throne bit is. in the favor of. radicals among those who fight on the ground . and there's no. reprieve because miracles but we must not talk to those people well the threat posed by islamic islamist extremists hijacking the opposition movement is something that russia has long wanted to bounce and despite initial resistance to that interpretation of events lavrov says that the international community or some members of the international community now coming away to that way of thinking as the. situation of the ground as the real life was producing more of the bases for logics the more and more so about radicals through google called. because he was rigid. people who already committed themselves to
a different interpretation very difficult to. admitting that they were wrong but because rules and understanding will be of the danger of the radicals ridge they presume to syria north africa region in general it's being understood more polarizing now on america's efforts to get a representative delegation from the opposition around the table and if they're successful then maybe syria can take the first steps towards a long sought after pace. for us it seems afghan president hamid karzai has got no plans to leave quietly he said the u.s. saying their country's relations says mostly see the american troops bring deadly misery to his afghan nation we'll tell you more about that shortly also too with following up flaming the. final day here in moscow being stay with us for a root report update.
again welcome back now a bankrupt breakaway french region launches a surprise invasion across the border to raid swiss banks and loot money it says was stolen that's the scenario cooked up for the most recent war games carried out in switzerland which has the biggest army in europe relative to its population peter all of the reports the idea of two western european nations going to war with each other may seem unthinkable however that's exactly the contingency that the swiss military being preparing for an article in dimanche newspaper it was revealed
that the swiss armed forces had conducted war games and which they depicted an invasion by neighbors france now to find out a little bit more about this i'm joined by the author of that article long thanks very much for talking to me why did the swiss military think that this was necessary. well. there's a history to this in two thousand and twelve the swiss army already held exercises on the premise that europe slides into economic chaos and many immigrants flocking to the country or just this time around they went even further in created another legend suggesting that a financially stricken france breaks apart into warring regions one of the new countries that will be called sonia a small but very nationalistic state only thirty percent unemployment want to huge debt and it will blame switzerland for creating. those ionia preparing an attack on
switzerland also retrieve the money it had allegedly started from france. what's the reaction been in france to being portrayed as the v it is here. i don't french media made fun of this in march we received lots of corn calls from the french press that he didn't take it seriously but in switzerland people are very serious about whatever the army does so public opinion is split some believe the story told for the drills was quite realistic and supports the idea of an exercise with this premise here leave the others think the swiss are needed also in discrediting the position of. thank you very much so swiss war games underlining real tensions between neighbors and western europe peter all of afghanistan's president has blasted the us for bringing suffering to his country with very little security to counter it with karzai as words come ahead of an historic chapter for the country which is gearing up for its first ever democratic transition of power the
taliban is promising to disrupt the vote though and that with militants plaguing almost half the country right now it is a serious threat the movement was overthrown by the u.s. invasion but with nato as planned next year is got his eyes on getting back into power the director of the world way down the war group told us that the afghan army doesn't have the capacity to withstand the taliban alone. this is an occupied country by the largest military in the world the biggest economy many billions of dollars up to a trillion dollars have been poured into afghanistan and the basic people are in worse shape than average there's plenty of deadly violence going on now but the civilian death toll has actually been higher in twenty twelve than in any other year of the us occupation this is created justifiably a population which is very much against the occupation and in some senses has been one to support the taliban which many people never supported before this all
started the us has said and supported the taliban by creating such disasters around the country. the sochi winter olympic torch relay is on its second and final day before its incredible journey begins. that flame was welcomed from greece by president putin who first taught for four said to get its way around the capital tells us what's next for the iconic lympics sibyl. in the limpia handed over to russians on october the fifth in athens and delivered to moscow on the next day now the olympic flame has started its long and unique journey across the host country five time olympic champion in synchronized swimming and. was chosen to be the very first story fourteen thousand
more will hand the flame to each other in the next four months among them people of a range of profiles and backgrounds including a special be ip guest so there's a lot of expectation on the in the beginning but on these games i think there's a lot there's it's been a lot of preparation. a lot of work to do and i think it will be but i think it will be a great to go into. the twenty fourteen sochi games olympic torch relay has only just kicked off but it has already been branded as historic covering more than sixty five thousand kilometers across nearly three thousand cities towns and villages in russia it will become the longest storage relay in history and probably the most seen as well with almost one hundred thirty million people being within reachable distance of the relays route for the first time in history it will be taken for a space walk outside the international space station that's before descending to the bottom of the world's deepest lake baikal heading to the top of the world at north pole and scaling europe's highest peak russia's mountain groups this is
a unique opportunity to united nations and a great way to explore russians. and because. with the flame. and. this particular city the capital of the olympic games after two days in moscow the olympic torch will head further inland before ending up at the grand opening ceremony of the sort you winter olympic games. moscow. is on an epic journey to such. one hundred and twenty three days. through do you mind wandering around in cities of russia. really fourteen thousand people or sixty thousand killings. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others please.
olympic torch relay. on r g r r. we'll keep following his progress for you and six minutes past four moscow times world news in brief clashes broke out in brazil monday night as more than ten thousand teachers demonstrated over low salaries and police cracked the previous protests writers for petrol bombs and stones as well as trying to break into banks and start fires over the ridge city hall in rio police resorted to tear gas to disperse the crowd teaches that we don't strike now for almost two months demanding better pay. for greek defense minister has been sentenced to another twenty years in prison for money laundering he's already serving eight years after being convicted of tax fraud in march sixteen accomplices were also jailed in the latest trial including his daughter wife an ex-wife is one of the biggest corruption cases since the country's crisis began in two thousand and eight. two chinese coal miners have been rescued after spending more than a week trapped underground by
a flood they're now in hospital but have no new life threatening injuries thankfully but ten others are still stuck mind all the thousand colliery workers die every year because of china's pool safety record earlier this year a massive landslide killed eighty three miners in tibet. up next because a report on why oddly enough fraud may actually be good for the economy it's on its program the news continues in thirty three minutes from now. i recently read headlines all over the russian internet screaming in full paranoia mode that china has just bought five percent of ukraine now they're writing that china will lease five percent of ukraine over ukrainian officials themselves claim
that china won't be getting either and that this is a deal about some drip irrigation system this iteration didn't explode on to the internet to the fantasies of bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop and pig farming plan design utilized nine percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land ukraine ed coincidently been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting the rich foreign country to pay to develop your nation's agriculture might not be too bad of a deal it would definitely take a lot of money to restore ukraine's farming to its former glory they see that ukraine used to be the bread basket of europe i'll give you that status back could really help the country but selling off or even just leasing nine percent of the nation's territory is absolutely unacceptable doing a large project with the chinese that is mutually beneficial is one thing but selling or leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion.
welcome to the kaiser report i'm max tries or good news for the british economy yes apparently there is a to all that financial fraud at least according to the wall street journal today as you know max indeed well you know the payment protection insurance scandal from the past few years where they the banks were selling payment protection insurance so your mortgage would be paid if you lost your job or your house burned down you got sick or whatever they would pay your mortgage for you well how a banking scandals bolstering britain's economy well the compensation for misselling those payments because apparently none of they were like all insurance products they didn't pay out so they had to pay billions of pounds to.