i'm rico hizon in singapore. glad you could join us. the headlines: the white house says it wants a 20% tax on imports from mexico. and president pena nieto cancels a trip to washington. u nless unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless. britain's prime minister will visit washington, with warm words, but also warnings, for president trump. i'm kasia madera in london. after allegations of massive abuses against myanmar‘s rohyingya minority, the bbc‘s invited to investigate. but the local authorities ban our reporter. and since the year of the rooster is almost upon us, we invite an astrologer to predict what's ahead. it doesn't look good. live from our studios in singapore
and london, you're watching bbc world news. it's newsday. thanks forjoining us. it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london, and 8pm in washington, where donald trump began his day by pushing mexico's buttons a bit over who will pay for his border wall. and after a few hours, the mexican president pushed back, saying he won't come to the us next week to attend a meeting with mr trump. not to be outdone, mr trump then stood in front of republican lawmakers and said any such visit would be "fruitless" unless mexico agreed to foot the bill. and he's now threatened to impose a tax on mexican imports to fund his border wall. nick bryant has more on this cross—border spat. donald trump's new executive toy.
his first ride today on air force one, that potent symbol of us presidential power. but it was the cancelled travel plans of the mexican president were at the centre of a diplomatic storm. his plane will stay grounded after a summit between the two leaders scheduled for washington next week was abruptly called off. this mexican stand—off is over the great totem of the trump presidency, the wall he's determined, notjust to build along the border, but also to get mexico to pay for. but in an angry speech last night, the country's president, enrique pena nieto, said he wouldn't foot the bill. so, shortly before leaving the oval office this morning, donald trump decided to conduct his diplomacy by tweet. "if mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting." by the time he spoke
in philadelphia, the mexicans had announced the summit was off, and that earned a public scolding from president trump. the president of mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week. unless mexico is going to treat the united states fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless, and i want to go a different route. almost a week into his term in office, it's already becoming clear that donald trump is changing the presidency more than the presidency is changing him. on prime—time tv last night, the former property tycoon gave a tour of the country's most prized piece of real estate and it was vintage donald trump. i don't want to change too much. i can be the most presidential person ever, other than possibly the great abe lincoln, all right? but i can be the most presidential person. he's still obsessed with the crowd size at his inauguration.
a sea of love. but in a new interview with fox news, he turned his attention to the group calling itself "islamic state," saying its fighters were sick and demented. the people that we're going against, they don't wear uniforms, they're sneaky, dirty rats. and they blow people up in a shopping centre. and they blow people up in a church. these are bad people. the presidency is travelling at a hurtling pace. the late—breaking news tonight, that he's now calling for a 20% tax on mexican imports to pay for the wall. donald trump is clearly revelling in his seat of power, whether it's in the oval office or at 30,000 feet. beautiful. great plane. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. the british prime minister, theresa may, has arrived in america at the start of a trip which she hopes will pave the way for a post—brexit trade deal with the united states. she'll be the first foreign leader to hold talks with donald trump at the white house on friday. on thursday evening, she addressed a republican conference
in philadelphia in a speech where she sought to find common ground with mr trump. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, is travelling with mrs may. opposites attract. theresa may's hope. but how close does she want to get to him? the prime minister made a quieter arrival, making her way down the windy steps in philadelphia. her convoy, speeding towards her debut in trump land, here to make friends. no hate, no fear. trump isn't welcome here! a reminder right outside the 5—star hotel where they were both to speak, donald trump has many enemies as well. the prime minister's warm—up act was the president himself.
is he ready for her? i'm meeting with the prime minister tomorrow, as you know. great britain. so, i'm meeting with her tomorrow. i don't have my commerce secretary, they want to talk trade, so i'll have to handle it myself. laughter. which is ok. then it was her turn, with, as you'd expect, fulsome reference to the friendship across the atlantic. it has been america's destiny to bear the leadership of the free world, and to carry that heavy responsibility on its shoulders, but my country, the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland, has been proud to share that burden, and to walk alongside you at every stage. applause. cheering. but this is much more than a meet and greet. theresa may came with a serious message for republicans
and the world. under her leadership, no more western conflicts like iraq, or afghanistan, she suggested. this cannot mean a return to the failed policies of the past. the days of britain and america intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over. but nor can we afford to stand idly by when the threat is real and when it is in our own interests to intervene. we must be strong, smart, and hard—headed, and we must demonstrate the resolve necessary to stand up for our interests. and a warning, perhaps directed at the president, over an assertive russia. when it comes to russia, as so often it is wise to turn to the example of president reagan, who, during his negotiations with his opposite number, mikhail gorbachev, used to abide by the adage, "trust, but verify."
with president... applause. with president putin, my advice is to engage, but beware. noticeable, too, her praise for the republicans and president trump's controversial win. because of what you have done together, because of that great victory you have won, america can be stronger, greater, and more confident, in the years ahead. even before she touched down though, theresa may had a taste of how much political trouble closeness to president trump could cause. number 10 believes the risk is worth it, because there's a big opportunity, too, but this new friendship could cause fireworks every time donald trump's speaks his mind. like suggesting torture. banned under british and international law, works. i want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally. but do i feel it works? absolutely, i feel it works.
britain's prime minister was adamant britain won't change its laws and signalled we might stop sharing intelligence with america if torture was brought back. but here among the republican top brass, the idea is unlikely to fly. the deep—seated policy in american culture is not to torture. so, theresa may is right and president trump is wrong? laughs. i didn't say that. just one of many awkward subjects the pm and the president could discuss. a test, even in politics, true friends tell the truth to one another, not merely platitudes, or what they want to hear. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, philadelphia. also making news today: the philippines has reversed its stance on us bases, and has announced the united states will now upgrade and advance its facilities on bases in the country. on several occasions last year, mr duterte had said he wanted us troops to leave his country, and had called for an end to alljoint military exercises in favour of building closer
ties with china. the new president of the gambia, adama barrow, has flown back into the country. he had gone to neighbouring senegal, while his predecessor, yahya jammeh, had tried to remain in power. mr barrow said the worst was now over, and that he was happy to be home. australians have celebrated australia day in the usual style, but the national holiday hasn't been without controversy. the country's deputy prime minister has criticised people calling for the national day to be changed, saying they should "crawl under a rock and hide." the day marks the arrival of the british, but many see it as the beginning of the oppression of indigenous australians. and in central poland, dense fog close to lodz caused two separate pile—ups on the same highway, involving 76 cars. a number of people were taken to hospital. some of them were seriously injured. the accidents happened within a0 minutes of each other, and apparently visibility was limited to just 50 metres. now, let's return to american
politics and the new world order following a blizzard of executive orders and talk about trade deals. to find out how donald trumps moves are seen in asia, i'm joined by chris leahy of the research and risk advisory group, blackpeak group. we would assess with trepidation. it has been a busy week and a sense that perhaps a lot... there was a lot of bluster pre—election and a lot of campaign promises made that would not be kept. i think this week has put that myth to bed. the fact is that we have had an awful lot of executive orders, as you say. the two that affect asia the most include the tearing up of the tpp which everyone really expected,
given the comments made. but the south china sea will be the major concern. but we rarely hear criticism from the president about the one china policy. taiwan, the south china sea. it came from his cabinet. rex tillerson. rex tillerson mentioned that america wanted to protect its right to its position in the south china sea. that is lighting the touchpaperfor china. the white house spokesperson came out and made an unfortunate comment about protecting, you know, making sure that international rights in the south china sea are protected. this all should have happened under the obama administration. that ship has sailed. these are unhelpful comments. when do you think president trump will seriously start looking at asia and making comments directly at china?
he has a lot on his agenda. he is very domestically focused and that is his agenda. he wants to make america great again. if he think hard about it, part of making america great again will be making sure that manufacturing takes off again in the united states. china is one of the biggest markets for american products, so he needs the chinese economy and the chinese economy needs the united states. both parties need to understand that that is the position. they need to enter into a constructive engagement. i suspect they would love to relatively soon. now, to myanmar, and the latest on the rohingya ethnic minority. a government—appointed commission is due to deliver its final report into claims that burmese soldiers raped and killed civilians. the burmese government has locked down the conflict area in northern rakhine state, and as our correspondentjonah fisher reports, is refusing to let independent journalists in to take a look for themselves. it's 6:30 in the morning and i am at a ferry terminal
and we are waiting to get on board a ferry to go to the northern rakhine state. that's where there has been considerable violence in the last three months or so. up until now, all independent observers and journalists have been prevented from going there. but this was different. this time, we've been given official permits. and we travelled four hours up the river, north towards the conflict zone. as our boat docked in the town, it became clear that there was a problem. we were met by police and security officials. we've been told that our trip has been cancelled and we cannot go any further. we can't go into the areas where there has been violence over the last few months. clearly, there are still things they don't wantjournalists looking into, things they do not want people finding out about. things like scores of rohingya women
testifying that they had been raped and looted by burmese security forces. or video of unexplained piles of charred bodies in places where rohingya have clashed with the army. there's even footage by the police themselves of officers assaulting rohingya prisoners. before being turned back, we insisted that someone address the allegations on camera. translation: we have nothing to hide. the government is releasing all of the true facts about the situation. the teachings of our religion does not allow rape. it is all rumour. the burmese government has set up a commission to investigate and it is due to report back before the end of the month. but it's led by the vice president, who is a former general,
and seems aimed at proving that the military has done nothing wrong. this is a glimpse of the commission at work, interviewing a rohingya woman through translators. incredibly, the footage was broadcast on state tv without subtitles to prove that rohingya claims of rape are false. the leader, aung san suu kyi, seen here meeting borisjohnson, has asked for time to solve the problems of rakhine. if, as many suspect, the burmese army is exonerated by the commission, it will be clear
that establishing the truth is not part of aung sang suu kyi's solution. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: it's the eve of lunar new year. we say good—bye to the year of the monkey, and hello to the year of the rooster. also on the programme. the global dance icon who draws on her polynesian heritage in her hip—hop moves. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after liftoff. there were seven astronauts on board, one of them a woman school teacher. all of them are believed to have been killed. by the evening, tahrir square, the heart of official cairo, was in the hands of the demonstrators. they were using the word "revolution". the earthquake singled out buildings, and brought them down in seconds.
tonight, the search for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it as the hours pass. the new government is firmly in control of the entire republic of uganda. moscow got its first taste of western fast food as mcdonald's opened their biggest restaurant in pushkin square. but the hundreds of muscovites who queued up today won't find it cheap, with a big mac costing half the day's wages for the average russian. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: the white house has said president trump may tax imports from mexico to pay for his border wall. the mexican president has cancelled a visit to washington. the british prime minister has told an audience of senior american republican party politicians that she is looking forward to talks about a new free trade agreement between britain and the united states.
let's take a look at some front pages from around asia. the japan times reports that shinzo abe could settle on negotiating their own trade deal with the united states. it is the first time the japanese prime minister has acknowledged a new path, following donald trump's assertion he will notjoin the trans—pacific partnership free trade deal. the south china morning post has a story on china's declining birth rate. even with a change to a two—child policy, the country is facing a shrinking labour force and rapidly ageing population. the front of the china daily looks at president xi jinping's message ahead of the lunar new year. the president called for people to love their family and friends, and for the country to roll up our sleeves and work harder. kasia, a tornado and a bathtub
is sparking discussions online. yes, take a look at this woman's story. she was in inside her home when a tornado struck in texas. she had taken shelter in her bathtub, normally one of the safest places. but it lifted her right out through the roof. she was fine, but the moral might be that your bathtub isn't always the safest places to take cover when a tornado hits. most famous for her video forjustin bieber, parris goebel has gone from small—town new zealand girl to global dance and style icon. it all began with polyswagg, her unique take on hip—hop, inspired by her polynesian heritage.
let's take a look. music plays. i guess you could say i was born to dance. sometimes i think, like, how did i get here? it's kind of crazy. it's such a big journey, but every little step counts. as soon as i could walk i was dancing. raised in manurewa, south auckland. growing up in a household with a lot of music, we know how to have a good time. thejustin bieber
project ended last year. i had to do 12 videos in 22 days, and ijust — i'll never forget that experience because, at the time, it was actually impossible. if i get this done, it is a miracle. later, i'm looking at this project and, like, how did i do that? but it's all achieved through confidence. it is because ijust trust my gut so much, that i think that when i believe in something, i will stand by it until the end. the lunar new year is upon us. we see out the year of the fire monkey, which was full
of mischief and unexpected outcomes in 2016, to ring in the year of the fire rooster. i am of course talking about the chinese zodiac. if you thought 2016 was bad, well, according to astrologers, 2017 will be year of disruption, transformation, conflicts, and revolution. but why? to find out, i spoke earlier to mr chua ch from pure feng shui. you know, every year, there are two elements. so it's the fire rooster, and the rooster itself is a metal element. so fire and metal are clashing, so yeah. clashing. what is positive about the rooster? the fire part, i think. the first half of the year, fire representsjoy and optimism. so we could see a kind of optimistic vibe for the first half of the year.
but however, when you consider both elements together, it is a clashing relationship, according to the five elements theory. you add that to the current soup of global world affairs right now, and it's not quite a nice picture. alright so the year of the fire rooster. there are basically 12 zodiac animals. who would the rooster team up with the best? a good friend of the rooster is the dragon and the other two friends and allies will be the ox and the snake. these are... these are — what we say for annual luck. animal signs that kind of enjoy alliances, and hooking luck with the rooster. so much uncertainty in 2017 between the chinese and the americans and the europeans. how do you think will the relationship be, of the americans and the chinese, in the year of the rooster? this year, the two elements
of in fire and in metal suggest to me pride and ego, because it's a clash of relationships. so other parties have to be very wary of the battle of pride and ego. it's a very proud year. and with the current state of things right now, it's not good to just stay stubborn to one's personal egos, and stuff. you brought with you a singing bowl. what does this do, and how does it work? right, so the rooster being a metal element, the singing bowl is made of metal and makes a very nice (chimes) pleasing sound so with all this conflict around us, i wish all viewers will be able to find inner peace. hello. well, while some of us were shivering on thursday,
for others, for example across the north of scotland, it was remarkably mild. a day of contrasts. we are kind of getting back to normal through this weekend, most of us will turn less cold. a bit of breeze, some sunshine but there will be some rain around too. we are losing the continental feed which brought most of us some very cold air on thursday. we are doing to start to drag air in off the atlantic and hence that rise in temperatures for the majority. we start the day with a hard frost, one or two freezing fog patches. the odd shower as well, which could cause some icy stretches. it should be a dry start across wales. that fog up over high ground, but that will be lifting and the temperatures will be on the rise, above freezing for northern ireland. rain knocking on the door of the west of the province. a frosty start for most of scotland. and here i think it is set to be a largely dry day with some sunshine. heading our way down, across the borders into northern england, cold with a hard frost, some freezing fog patches for sure in the morning,
so watch out for those. i mentioned the odd showerjust spilling into eastern counties for a time in the morning, so the risk of one or two icy stretches. but temperatures slowly rising above freezing down across southern england and into the south—west, we should be above zero. a dry start but some showery rain lies in wait out west. this band of showery rain will start to push its way slowly eastwards, across northern ireland and into the far south—west of england, perhaps the far south—west of wales. another little area of showers pushing up across southern england through the afternoon as well. further north and east, it stays dry but that chilly air holding on for one more day. just two degrees there in newcastle. milder, though, across many southern and western areas. as we head through the evening and night, it gets a bit messy. there will be areas of rain pushing their way northwards and eatwards. some of that quite heavy, actually, so quite wet weather. and a period of snow up over the higher ground of scotland, in particular. but something a little bit clearer will folllow on behind. temperatures could dip
late, close to freezing. but for most of us, actually, it will be a frost—free start to the weekend. saturday starts with cloud and some patchy rain, continuing to move northwards and eastwards. behind that, it turns brighter but also with some showers. and one or two of those showers could be wintry up on the high ground. but it will not be anything like as cold as it has been, for most of us. double figures in a few southern areas. that milder theme continues into sunday. we could see an area of rain pushing to southern areas. how far north that gets is open to question. best of the brightness on sunday will be further north. across the uk, milder than recently. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story. president trump may tax imports from mexico to pay for his border wall. the proposal will deepen his disagreements with mexico's government. president enrique pena nieto has cancelled a meeting with mr trump in washington next week. meanwhile, the british prime minister has made an impassioned plea to the united states to renew what she called its "special relationship" with her country. she will be the first foreign leader to meet president trump.
and the year of the rooster is trending on bbc.com. it's the eve of the lunar new year, and this is considered to be the largest human migration in the world, as hundreds of millions of chinese people travel home to be with their families. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. and the top story here in the uk: a second labour frontbencher, shadow transport minister, daniel zeichner, has said he'll defy party whips and vote against the government's bill to begin the brexit process.