the 26th of may people from 28 nations will choose to represent them in the u.k. and the netherlands are the 1st countries to vote in the u.k. is taking part in the poll having failed to agree to a break sit deal to leave the e.u. so there are $751.00 seats up for grabs with each country getting a number of seats proportional to its population will have the power to approve e.u. laws the e.u. budget and choose the president of the european commission as things stand the 2 major blocs in parliament are the right leaning p.p. and the center left s n t emigration terrorism in the economy are some of the top issues among voters. and northwestern syria rebels have launched a counterattack against pro-government forces fighting it's been intensifying in the area since last month video uploaded on social media appears to show the moments after a syrian government airstrike hit the city a. province activists say there have been at least 100 airstrikes and the area
since wednesday that's despite a turkish and russian preferred ceasefire in that area joins us live from beirut in neighboring lebanon to say that there has been a counter offensive by the rebels and the government did lose ground so how significant is this ongoing offensive. well definitely this is significant the syrian government and its allies is suffering a military setback they lost the town of far no good in the northern countryside of hama like you mentioned the rebels launching a counter offensive not just the group. but they were joined by turkey backed syrian rebels in this offensive now the syrian government is saying that they will take this area back but no doubt it has been a costly battle far enough was one of the 1st towns that the government managed to control since launching this offensive more than 3 weeks ago so losing it really is a symbolic and a strategic blow so a costly battle they've lost
a lot of men and really since the beginning of this offensive the government has made limited gains on the ground to try to push from northern hama try to advance from north and how much also trying to advance from northern front to launching several attempts to take a very very strategic mountain ridge. and this mountain range would give it a very strategic few over the rebel controlled territory and it hasn't been able to take any significant ground what it has been able to do is target the opposition controlled villages in the country sides of lead. as well as aleppo and in the past 2. for hours alone $23.00 civilians have been killed so let's talk more about the civilians what is the humanitarian situation right now saying. well almost 200000 people have been uprooted displaced forced to move further north closer to the turkish borders in search for safety many of them living out in the open aid
agencies are warning that they cannot operate any longer in the area of hostilities up to 20 hospitals have been hit out of service so this we've seen this before in previous offensives where the government really targets infrastructure civilian infrastructure so that people cannot stay they depopulate the area they empty villages which makes it easier for them to advance further north so the humanitarian situation is worsening this offensive is not about taking control of the entire province this is about the government securing cities like homs and aleppo and that's why they just want to push the rebels further north but they still have not been able to do that all right in her life thank you. still ahead on al-jazeera i'll tell you why illegal drug production is on the rise across the occupied west bank and why diplomatic stink that's lasted nearly 6 years the think head of the philippines could soon be resolved.
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are. watching al-jazeera let's recap the top stories right now apparently considering plans to send thousands more troops to the middle east to guard against what it says are potential threats from iran. this news agencies are reporting that donald trump's national security team will be briefed on thursday early vote counting shows and prime minister narendra modi is likely to claim victory in the world's biggest hole according to the election commission moody's ruling coalition is off to an early lead $600000000.00 ballots are being tallied and northwestern syria
rebels have launched a counterattack against pro-government forces fighting has been intensifying it looked province since last month despite a cease fire brokered by turkey and russia. security in indonesia's capital still very tight after election results sparked violent protests 6 people were killed in riots and another 200 injured on tuesday or testers are angry their president djoko rito was declared the winner of last month's election they say there was widespread cheating at the election commission says the poll was free and fair opposition candidate from 0 or so beyond is expected to challenge the results in court has more from jakarta. well there seems to be a pattern that's emerging this is day 3 since protests started on tuesday afternoon and the protests usually start out peacefully in the morning and the crowd builds up in the afternoon and then by nightfall things start to escalate but at the moment things are calm in jakarta the train stations that were closed on wednesday
have reopened cleanup crews at the main protest areas sweeping up deborah the police barricades are still there but the situation is largely peaceful now the tide of public opinion seems to be against and his supporters at the moment there are comments on social media on local television stations criticizing proposal and his supporters for disrupting peace during the month of ramadan the hash tag. which translates to a breast problem was the top trending topic on twitter in indonesia on wednesday and then you've also got 2 out of 5 of the coalition parties in group who. distance themselves from the demonstrations issuing statements to say that they accept the electoral outcome but problem is counting on support from islamist groups he's aligned himself with these hardline extremist groups and in the past these groups have been able to mobilize massive port for street demonstrations the best example
was in late 2016 when they organized a series of protests against the then governor of jakarta who's christian and an ethnic chinese who was eventually jailed for crit for criticizing the koran for insulting the koran so at the moment it's still a little bit unclear there's no indication that these protests are going to stop. britain's home minister theresa may is resisting calls to resign after her latest prexy plan backfired mais new pitch failed to win over both the opposition and benny and her own party one of her senior cabinet ministers the leader of the house of commons andrea led some resigned after saying she doesn't believe the new proposals can deliver bricks that the revised plan included a possible vote on whether to hold a 2nd roxette referendum once her legislation passes the 1st stage if we are going to deliver a brick sitting this parliament we are going to have to pass a withdrawal agreement and we will not do so without holding focus on the issues that have divided us the most that includes votes on customs arrangements and on
2nd referendum we can pretend otherwise and carry on arguing and getting nowhere but in the end our job in this house is to take decisions not to duck them so i will push those decisions to this house because that is my duty and because it is the only way that we can deliver bricks it and head of the un relief and works agency for palestinian refugees has appealed for urgent funding at least $1000000.00 people in the gaza strip depend on food supplies from around the agency says funds are running out fast and they can't afford to have its food distribution interrupted but israel has hit back its calling for the elimination of iran and its accuse the agency of inciting violence against israel. i'm. the guy that's to be. fitted only new thiab in violence against the.
mandate. and. i can simply not accept that i'm president of the efforts that takes every single day in one of the most polarized if not the most polarized context on the planet to preserve the integrity dignity and neutrality of its operations be questioned in this manner i rejected robustly and the permanent representative knows it because we have had these conversations before palestinian police say illegal drug production is increasing across the occupied west bank and much of it is destined for use inside israel as palestinians face worsening economic conditions more are turning to drugs as a way to make money out of delamater ports in the occupied west bank as a young carpenter that's not his real name couldn't make ends meet so it was difficult to turn down the chance to make some quick money when the opportunity
presented itself but it landed him in prison. in. a palestinian living in israel rented the 2nd floor of my shop he brought soil seeds water tanks everything needed he told me all the medical plant and it takes a month to grow and i would get 10000 dollars in exchange i don't have to do anything i barely have any work i don't have a permit to work in israel so i accept. $2500.00 plants were found on the upper floor of his family business now he's facing up to 15 years behind bars of being charged with growing cannabis plants and drug trafficking police say that illegal plantations have been spreading across the occupied west bank ever since it became more difficult to import the drugs through dishonor. brigade you have the law believes it's due to an increase in demand in israel where mary one is tolerated for recreational use but production is illegal. but me
explain over the past 4 or 5 years there's been this trend to plant drugs like this in the west bank especially synthetic cannabis known as hydro it's this one here they grow this in greenhouses or in secret labs at home they started when it became more difficult to traffic from sinai drug rates were stepped up by 30 percent in the occupied west bank last year about $33000.00 plants were seeds that's with an estimated market value of $7000000.00. it was the prospect of getting some of that cash that pushed some years to accept an offer to grow the plant 31 he's unemployed and has 5 children to feed. and i didn't produce for the local market it was all for export but the seeds come from israel to the bedouin they put them here at someone's place for a certain period of time depending on the type they could take 2 to 5 months to mature i planted them in
a valley which is hard to access authorities suspect there are many more money $1.00 of fields out there but most would be in the so-called area c. which represents about 60 percent of the west bank but palestinian police are not allowed to operate there without prior consent from israel making it more likely that illegal drug production will continue to increase as the economic situation among palestinians continues to deteriorate but at the al-jazeera in the occupied west bank. the world football governing body fifa has announced the 2022 world cup tournament in qatar will not be expanded to $48.00 teams usually $32.00 teams take part but in 2017 feet for decided to include more teams in the competition last year there were indications president jonny infants you know said that change could go into effect in 2022 but those plans have now been scrapped sense in june 2017 qatar has been under an air sea and land blockade imposed by saudi arabia the
united arab emirates the rain and egypt sophie for released a statement saying qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 but after joint analysis both parties have concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on costs are more time would be required and the decision could not be taken before the deadline in june it was therefore decided not to further pursue this option james dorsey is a middle east expert with the rajaratnam school of international studies in singapore he says fate this decision was a foregone conclusion. i think with that we have had months or weeks of basically just cussing heart air and something that was in my mind illusionary with other words god i was willing to play this out it's certainly became clear after kuwait gnomon said that they would not be able to accommodate fish in an expanded world
cup. the idea that infantino was putting forward that agreement. to share the world cup with saudi arabia and the u.a.e. would put an end to the gulf crisis was basically pipe in the sky got us since 2010 has been preparing for a $32.00 team world cup and to expand that by by basically double half of that so going from $32.00 to $48.00 would have been an enormous task in the last stretch towards the the world cup and i think the got a may have been willing to share with with oman and kuwait keep in mind that romance been very helpful to god during the. during this whole gulf crisis in the last 2 years and kuwait is the mediator but there was no way that they could be shared with saudi arabia and the u.a.e. as long as the boycott was in place and the boycott is about much more than the
world cup south african m.p.'s have formally re-elected sara lima president and up as a took the oath alongside new members of parliament in cape town african national congress won the general election earlier this month but with a reduced lunch already unable in the party to take the country's president and the person will be formally inaugurated on saturday. the japanese electronics maker panasonic says it has stopped all smartphone related business with while way to comply with u.s. restrictions on the chinese company earlier britain and vodafone announced their own measures to distance themselves from the tech giant while u.k. chip designer arm says it will suspend all ties last week u.s. blacklisted weiwei citing national security concerns. canada is spending more than a $1000000.00 to bring dozens of containers of rotting rubbish back from the philippines the philippines government says it was shipped illegally in 20132014 mislabeled as
a plastics meant for recycling has more from manila. between the period of 20132014 at least 48 container vents containing toxic waste were shipped from canada to the philippines it was discovered by the bureau of customs and has requested that the canadian government take that those shipments back to canada where they actually belong not much has been done since then this case is having been filed against the companies involved both here and in canada in 2015 canadian prime minister just introduced says it wasn't legally possible for canada to take that trash back and a few weeks ago president of the very good the terry to ordered and gave a deadline basically to both sides to find a resolution that deadline was in may he threatened to go to war with canada if this was not going to be handled properly and that may deadline was in fact missed
last week the foreign affairs in manila ordered members of the philippine embassy in canada through return to manila and yesterday according to the spokesperson the president of the go there to the president remains visibly upset about what happened and said that the philippine government will now shoulder the cost of returning these toxic waste back to where it came from now according to the canadian government just recently they have announced that they have found a resolution they are going to sign with a local canadian company and all of these stocks requests will be eventually be shipped back to canada by end of june this is been quite an irritant for both sides and with the new commitment of the canadian government to resolve this issue they hope that this tension between the 2 countries will be resolved soon as well china's accused of being responsible for a substantial portion of the mysterious rise in a band greenhouse gas that destroys our planet's ozone that's according to
a new study that says beijing accounted for as much as. 60 percent of the global increase in the illegal greenhouse gas known as c at c 11 in the 3 years until 2017 countries agreed to phase out c f c's by 2010 after scientists found they destroyed the ozone layer as they broke down and protects us from ultraviolet light. goober and the australian state of queensland have launched the 1st ever under water ride sharing service for $2000.00 an hour and as you can get around the great barrier reef marine good take on 2 passengers and goes up to 30 metres deep in for says it will match the amount of beach trip and donate it to conservation programs. recap the headlines on al-jazeera the u.s. is apparently considering plans to send thousands more troops to the middle east to
guard against what it says are potential threats from iran this news agencies are reporting that donald trump's national security team will be briefed on thursday early vote counting shows indian prime minister narendra modi is likely to can't claim victory in the world's biggest poll according to the election commission modi's ruling coalition is off to an early start so her man has more from new delhi . according to the election commission these are still early stages they are trends at the moment that the election commission is keeping the indian public abreast stall of data suggesting that the beach road in the lead in 292 constituencies that if they win all of those 292 constituencies they've won 10 will seats than they did in 2014 and they themselves can then form an absolute majority because 272 is the magic number that any one party needs to an upset majority not what the b.g.p. one northwestern syria rebels have launched
a counterattack against pro-government forces fighting it's been intensifying in the provinces last month despite a cease fire procured by turkey and russia. voters across the will elect members of the european parliament over the coming days between now the 26th of may people from 28 nations will choose any peace to represent them you can the netherlands are the 1st countries to vote and britain's prime minister theresa may is resisting calls to resign after her latest breaks it plan backfired new pitch failed to win over both young position and many in her own party one of her senior cabinet ministers the leader of the house of commons resigned the revised plan included a possible vote on whether to hold a 2nd brock's a referendum once or legislation passes the 1st stage and football's world governing body fee for has abandoned plans to expand the 2022 world cup tournaments in qatar and would have included $48.00 teams usually only $32.00 participate in
2017 feet for decided to include more teams. so the headline keep it here knowledge is here i have another update at the top of the hour in the meantime inside story is next. with rex it's still unresolved the u.k. will join the other $27.00 member states to vote in the upcoming european parliamentary elections but the far right populist parties make huge gains as predicted and if so would that change the very nature of the european union get the latest iran al-jazeera. what's next for weiwei as google restricts access to its technology how will consumers in the industry be affected and could this change the course of the ongoing us china trade this is inside story.
hello welcome to the show i'm sam is a than major technology companies are considering their next steps after the u.s. president blacklisted weiwei the chinese firms accused of endangering u.s. national security american suppliers have 3 months to keep supporting weiwei users before they have to cut ties google says it will carry on updating its software on existing weiwei devices but new handsets won't have access to google's operating system and applications that's raising questions about how the world's 2nd largest mobile phone maker will adapt while ways founder says the u.s. is underestimating his company's abilities teach although this time we're on the blacklist our own company won't be affected by it but the u.s. is a country with the rule of law u.s. companies cannot avoid respecting the launch as the media reports on this they should deeply understand that u.s.
companies share a common fate with us well let's have a look at how we got here last week the u.s. president all trump added weiwei to a trade blacklist that means the telecom giant can't get. technology from u.s. firms without government approval washington says while away acts for the chinese government might have been spying on americans while wade denies that though the u.s. is urging its allies to ban wire way products in 5 g. mobile networks in some countries have stopped using the firm's equipment all of this is seen by many as another escalation in the u.s. china trade war. let's bring our guests into the show we have joining us in washington d.c. robert scott senior international economist at the economic policy institute on skype from hong kong pauline lu a veteran china policy risk analyst she runs the research consultancy asia
analytical and in preston of the u.k. max i's a lecturer in computer and network security at the university of central lancashire he specializes in security and consumer trust in new technologies good to have you all with us if i could start with robert though this isn't the end is it what happened with google we're about to see even more companies follow suit and end business with weiwei right. exactly i think this is where we're coming here at a critical moment as the 5 g. networking systems begin to be rolled out in the united states and other countries and there is growing concern there was always technology represents a real threat to the curity for the u.s. companies and the u.s. government if its equipment is used in these systems the company was hit with i think 23 indictments earlier this year for theft of intellectual property and for
prop fraud the cia has determined that while a is getting funding from chinese security agencies and and the company vodafone has found back doors in some of this technology that it chinese or sources to get access had access to information used in these systems why given everything robert has said let me take this question to pauline the commerce department older means that u.s. companies which want to sell to while away need to get a license in practical terms given everything rob is just outlined then the allegations against it how easy would it be for u.s. firms to sell to wall at this point i mean to get a license to sell well it would depend on how easy washington wants to make it whether. is. in the trade discussions over whether it is and i believe it is. a change. in the 1st step to
look for a wind just through the 2 countries it's not just a function calling it sounds like you feel that this is highly politicized this is not just about a straightforward security matter. but security is everything for pantry if you believe that a company or whether it's a commercial company whether it's a government run company is and can do your nation harm then then it becomes a different story altogether. it's and don't believe it's it's a matter of commercial competition that you know that who are way is a commercial competitor i do believe that washington thinks that while waste more than just a commercial competitor it's a security risk and this is obviously a very serious development for weiwei isn't it max how will it impact become pany
when eventually i think after the 3 month period it looks like no u.s. firms are going to be able to sell or supply any technology or components to it. well it's it's really interesting these times when a big company like wa way is coming under this kind of pressure the customers one side are raising a lot of the questions and concerns i mean in the last 2 days since today a lot of you will start asking these questions can we still use this phone can we can we actually trust to use this for one guy or been my online banking should i actually go and buy a new form so in the short term there's a lot of concerns of trust issues emerging especially on the security side of you
know mobile phones and technologies from the customers whether we're talking about current customers or future customers. it is a really tricky situation for a while at the moment. some say an issue in consumer trust but coming back to was options right now i wonder robert can while we quickly find alternatives to those u.s. supplies well one of for example take the google question i know it has announced. that what they get from google in part is the. android operating system that it uses and turn on many of its phones while i has announced that they have developed that are in the process of developing their own backup operating system for those phones so i suspect that they can probably given the fact that they have access to massive state resources in china they can
probably innovate their way around this problem and survive. the question is whether or not. their. their major markets will be cut off in the united states and especially in western europe i think huawei will probably continue to be able to sell phones in china and elsewhere perhaps in many countries in asia but i think is going to this is going to cut its growth going forward that is an interesting question before we get into that i want to come back to max and say even if they they find a workaround if they can innovate a way around they swan there is going to be some impact on while way uses who will any sort of innovation be able to get around the trust issues and get around perhaps the loss of well for new customers the loss of anything related to your google lat basically. well
while you were saying that they were preparing for this eventuality they were you know they call that plan b. which means that they were thinking about they were. developing their all of rating systems. they have a history because in china they don't have access to google services anyway and they have like a middle track so they can actually bore the security update and any new things from google on android and push it to their customers in china that maybe the who they had the momentum for for users in the u.s. and perhaps other parts of western europe who are used to having access to their usual apps saying well we can open up an alternative chinese app store for you is my not really meet people's expectations and needs right. that's true indeed you're absolutely right because
a lot of bieber like the feasibility and the usability of android phones because they have google maps installed they have google everything is ready and done for you now to get used to a new system is going to be very challenging for for our way to gain customers it's faction and customers trust i mean we see people a little bit reluctant to novel from an apple phone to an android phone because they don't want to you know to experience this change they want everything to run as a smooth as possible so it's very challenging to see how be able will react to a new store a new technology a new operating system it's not an easy road for a while but in the in the future stephanie nani's erode pauline do you agree with max's point there thing where we're heading is that effectively was always going to be locked out of the u.s. market not only because consumers in the u.s. and perhaps western europe are going to be you know not very happy with losing
their access to the app store. but also because the u.s. let's not forget has also is going not a ban about banning its companies from even installing hallway networking equipment new poor all that together is how are we basically out of the u.s. market. well if washington continues with its policy the way it's been. to what china yes i think one way is essentially out of the u.s. market not just the u.s. market but many european markets i mean it is true people don't want to change you have an i phone you want to go to an ngo a given and i want to go to an eyeful and you certainly don't want to switch over to a larger system people by the way phones i believe because of the price not because. it out they they like it's a pretty system because it doesn't happen it takes western technology do you think
the u.s. will continue with this approach or is this just perhaps a tactical maneuver in trade negotiations what do you think robert. well i think we really have crossed a watershed and in the development of our relations with ship with china i think there's a growing interest not just in the u.s. government but amongst many u.s. companies and stepping back from engagement with china is a recognition that the way its government interacts with and supports. companies like wall way. represents a growing threat to the united states not only on a technological basis for example we talk mostly about phones but i think that bigger question is what the use of what way networking equipment in the development
of 5 g. networks in the u.s. and around the world i think that's really a major threat so i think there is a growing recognition that we really need to step back and disengage and reduce our reliance on these chinese companies and this is true not just for awhile way we saw it last year in the debate with the chinese. phone companies e.t.e. there's a currently a big debate about in the u.s. about. involvement with the chinese rail car company which has provided rail cars to to los angeles and chicago and philadelphia and this great against concerns that the use of these rail cars spread presents a security threat to consumers who be writing in them with their phones so i think there's really a growing recognition that there's a systemic problem here that we need to step back from. max no doubt some of our ways rivals can have
a field day with this is going to reshape the market and who stands to gain well. see how things will develop because at the moment like you just mentioned earlier there's a 90 days timberly supply that will ready continue i think the decision google has taken even if it's withdrawn later you know during negotiations or anything like this i think while we got the message that they need to develop their own system they need to develop their own apps. and like i said before it is going to be a challenging task for them in the short term future for their users following what do you make of the suggestion that as fierce as the bans in restrictions not now the u.s. might just lift them or hawaii just as it did before on t.v. they did not let everything what they did was to put in
a lot of conditions for its operation i mean for instance they've even got an american reporter to be sure that you know they're watching everything that's been done they change the entire management so what the deuce perhaps lines have been focusing on is oh he got good or true well actually it's a little bit less than that do you see that sort of scenario potentially playing out here pauline that perhaps some conditions are put in place in why ways welcome back into the american market. and i can really see i mean basically the question of why our way isn't i mean are there. you know are they spine can we prove that this is why the question is do they have the means motive and opportunity if your country and china. law will go our way
had the means motive and opportunity to do you harm and i think the answer is washington in the present climate is something yes talking about washington let's go back then to robert and say let's not forget some of these bans in restrictions are obviously going to hurt american companies right which are they going to see some of their sales drop i think we already saw the share price of some of these companies on monday like broadcom and qualcomm drop. there's going to be some suffering on the u.s. side right. there's no question and i think that's the other side of the politics here that the suppliers are got may push back against these restrictions i think that's part of the reason why as e.t.e. was eventually let off the hook and it was it was allowed to settle complaints in that case but the 2 cases are really fundamentally different in the earlier case with the z t e. the major complaint there was was fraud and that they had violated
u.s. restrictions on trade with north korea and iran and they were able to put in place the controls within the company to make sure that problem was not repeated here we're talking about fundamental security threats as as we've been discussing in terms of creating back doors that would expose the u.s. to 2 ready to harm. as a result of china's security system having access to. to secrets from both the government and the private sector so it's a trade off yes in the short run we're going to lose sales to while away but in the long run there are going to be replacements for that equipment that are going to be developed here in other countries so new markets will develop so i think it's a transitional problem for us suppliers max from a pat security perspective how unique of the shall we say national security
concerns to while away compared to any of its competitors old or alternative systems. i think the main concern from a national security point of view is the technical ability for weiwei to. to install back doors or have ways to access information or ready there is also a growing concern that if huawei wants to install like kill switch to to shut down the network. that could be boss a bill from a technical point of view it is possible now whether while we do it that that's a completely different issue but do we know max have any are other alternatives than sort of life forms special who have the exact same features or backdoor skills which is i mean how much do we really know about what's going on not only with y.
way but with the competition well it's that it goes back to a trust issue i think the the main issue with weiwei is there are links broadly to the chinese state with other companies because they regard themselves as private companies they don't have government so links so they are more trusted they come across more reliable in the market because they are more about computer sharing more about providing a good service to their customers and they operate on an international level as i said before they are trusted they've been tested before. so that's why they are there is more tendency to trust these providers in comparison to why we lately. pauline how much concern do you think there is into art let me give robert chance
going you want to get in on this one go ahead robert. i just want to stress the broader point i think the difference between chinese companies like wall way and say a company like apple in the united states which has had its own security problems is that in china you have the role of the state as we've been discussing you've got a big problem with state owned enterprises and beyond that you have the involvement of the chinese army and other chinese military services directly and indirectly in these companies sometimes it's. in a public way some more often it's not and i think that's really where the core security concern right i live is that there is a different way of operating in china right right pauline is that how much concern is there in china that opus had been that this is really part of a trade war if it's not resolved well maybe other chinese companies might be targeted lenovo and so on so forth oh i think there is
a great deal of concern that this is just the start. list of companies that might be put on the planet so that's why christensen pink has been making visits. this week still factions in places like that to say we do have 3 tele options. so yes china is very concerned what kind of retaliatory options does china have at this point. well it seems to be basically 2 that are cost effective $1.00 is as i said because china has effectively cornered the market. on reverse and the current that people don't seem to think about is the market of one point full. 1000000000 people and with that sort of market you can capitalist companies
really want each other quite of them so it dangle a bit of carrots and you hope that there will be a lot of company. a lot of money washington on your behalf robert 2020 lections not too far away how far do you think the u.s. president wants to see but i guess you could say u.s. companies and consumers suffering. well i think that's a pretty a big question you know it terms of the chinese market it's it's still for us producers for production estates is a relatively unimportant we export about $100000000000.00 a year to china we know where the goods most of its raw materials that they need to make things work for back to us we import about $500000000000.00 worth so as a $5.00 to $1.00 ratio there china as a market is more important to companies like g.m.
it's selling cars they're making profits there that they cars that they make in china but in terms of the production in the u.s. it really doesn't register very much the question is what does trump going to do about this is he going to cut a deal are all these threats really just designed to generate some kind of press release that he can announce or is he think for his 2020 campaign he's going to be better served by having an active. in economic sense a shooting war by having tariffs across the board in place is that going to be a symbol to his voters that he's really doing something about our trade problems i for one think. the bigger question is has he actually achieved anything with these policies yes it's a good idea to address the security concern but has he addressed fundamental concerns such as the the overvaluation of the u.s. dollar and you promise to do he has done nothing about that today i guess time will callus been fascinating and it's been fascinating discussing this with you thank
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i'm richelle carey this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up and its prime minister narendra modi appears to be heading to a 2nd term as though counting weekends in the world's biggest election. and a nation stepped up security in the capital after violent protests against the results of last month's presidential elections. and bandits plans to expand the number of teens taking part in the 2022 world cup tournament in qatar. the u.s. is apparently considering plans to send thousands of troops to the middle east to guard against what it says are potential threats from iran as news agencies are reporting donald trump's national security team will be briefed on thursday earlier the acting defense secretary downplayed the possibility of war with iran but strongly defended the military buildup in the gulf the pentagon has deployed extra warships and fighter jets to the region over the past few weeks mike hanna has more from washington d.c.
. various media blitz quote identified pentagon officials as saying that national security advisers will be briefed in the cause of thursday one of the suggestions to be put on the table is the deployment of some $5000.00 troops the to the middle east region this to support those forces already deployed in that particular area now it should be noted that the acting secretary of defense as well as the secretary of state briefed congress behind closed doors in the course of recent days they made very clear it would appear that the u.s. is not intent on any military action it is placing is trust in what is regarded as a policy of the terrapins we saw that with the accelerated deployment of an aircraft strike the fleet which was saved into the region weeks before it was due to be deployed the acting secretary of defense telling reporters. this policy of determined has actually helped deflate or contain this ongoing crisis with
iran so certainly added troops in the region would inflame tensions even greater the reports though not confirmed by the pentagon the pentagon say that they will not comment on any troop deployment at any time basically refusing to comment. early vote counting in indonesia suggests prime minister narendra modi is on course for a major victory in the world's biggest poll according to the election commission modi's ruling coalition is often bigger than expected leads but there's still a mammoth task ahead in counting more than 600000000 ballots the campaign money highlighted his tough stance against india's rival pakistan all of mapped up on sunday after a 6 week process so vermont joins us live now from the capital new delhi what are the trends that we are seeing so far so compare particularly to 2014.
indeed yes the 2014 vote was you might say an unknown quantity there was a general feeling that modi would do well there and there was an apathy about the incumbent united progressive alliance led by the congress party but nobody really suspected but the bigger people with an absolute majority in 2019 it's very different certainly the trends that are coming out officially from the election commission tend to indicate at this moment in time that b.g.p. party led by the will will get another salute majority to that. securely in terms of their next electoral win what we are seeing though is that in states for example huge states that struggles the north of india as many as 80 m.p.'s the largest number of m.p.'s to the lok sabha the indian parliament the b.g.p. have lost seats from there they lost seats periodically from across
a huge swathe of northern india in different states one or 2 here and there which is dented that you might see the perfect image of that b j p within 2014 to counter that what we have seen is the b j p s hard campaigning in states such as west bengal over to the east they seem to be doing very well there. 11 seats they are leading into the moment biting into the trinamool congress the party that is very strong and has been for decades in that area led by month further south in. the state that recently had that dreadful cyclamen hit it they're also doing very well there so those are the 2 states to look into the b.g.p. been fighting very hard in those areas and those are you might say the trends that we're seeing at the moment so trends do any kadish are said to be j.p.s. going into. how is that happened.
it is interesting isn't it because when bill. was voted into power many thought that communal politics and india would see a period of instability may be based on communal issues and yes there has been that communal issue you know people who are dealing in cows have been attacked we've seen it various farmers killed in the process we've seen democratise ation when those big 500 in 1000 rupee notes were taken out of circulation it really affected the agricultural sector which hasn't recovered the implementation of g.s.t. has not been popular across the country yet these are issues that affect everybody and yet these are issues that seem to be in brush to one side because what we've been speaking to people. today are my team has just come back from b.g.p. headquarters that the big issue has been the fact that modi has been a nationalist vote modi has managed to secure india against its arch enemy pakistan
by you know fighting it over in the kashmir region recently as we saw in february that national security that national pride has seems to have being the big issue at the moment for many of the supporters will be interesting to see how many of them feel like that or can actually voice that sentiment once all the votes are counted and as yet it is just as i say indicators these are just trends at the moment we have a long way to go maybe 4 to 5 hours yet of counting before the final results are in ok. so thank you. voters across the will elect members of the european parliament over the coming days between now and the 26th of may people from 28 nations will choose to represent them the u.k. and the netherlands are the 1st countries to vote for it as taking part in the poll having failed to agree to a break sit deal to leave the e.u. so there are $751.00 seats up for grabs with each country getting a number of seats proportional to its population they'll have the power to approve
e.u. laws the e.u. budget and choose the president of the european commission as things stand at the 2 major blocks of parliament are the right leaning and the center left as cindy immigration terrorism and the economy are some of the top issues among voters britain's prime minister theresa may is resisting calls to resign after her latest for exit plan backfired may's new pitch failed to win over both the opposition and many in her own party one of her senior cabinet ministers the leader of the house of commons under the lead sam resigned after saying she doesn't believe the new proposals can deliver bracks it the revised plan included a possible vote on whether to hold a 2nd referendum if we are going to deliver a brick sitting this parliament we are going to have to pass a withdrawal agreement and we will not do so without holding focus on the issues that have divided us the most does include focus on customs arrangements and on 2nd
referendum we can pretend otherwise and carry on arguing and getting nowhere but in the end our job in this house is to take decisions not to duck them so i will push those decisions to this house because that is my duty because it is the only way that we can do the brics. and northwestern syria rebels have launched a counterattack against pro-government forces fighting has been intensifying in a lab in hama province a sense last month that you uploaded on social media appears to show the moments after a syrian government airstrike hit the city. activists say there has been at least 100 airstrikes in the area since wednesday and that's just a turkish. spire. has more from beirut. the syrian government and its allies suffered a military setback they lost the town of foreign in the northern countryside of hama the rebels launched a counter offensive recapturing this town and really
a symbolic blow to the government because when they launched this offensive in the northwest corner of syria. was one of their 1st gains on the ground now they lost it and now the syrian government says that they will fight back and they will recapture this territory and they may be able to do that but this is proving to be a very costly fight and like i mentioned this offensive is now in its 4th week the government has made limited gains on the ground just taking a few villages in the northern countryside in the neighboring lot to keep the province they haven't been able to advance they've been trying to control this strategic mountain range they made several attempts but they were unable to advance further north what they have been able to do is target opposition controlled villages. and hundreds if not hundreds of airstrikes really in the past 3 weeks and up to 200 civilians reportedly killed in the past 24 hours alone at least 23 civilians killed so limited beans on.