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tv   Asia Business Report  BBC News  April 29, 2019 1:30am-1:46am BST

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i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story. sri lanka is banning face coverings following the easter sunday attacks that killed at least 250 people. the announcement makes no specific mention of the niqab and burka, worn by muslim women, but says people's faces should be fully visible so they can be identified. spain's governing socialist party have won the most votes in the general election, without securing a majority in parliament. with almost all the votes counted, they've won 122 of 350 seats. and pictures from mozambique are most watched on aid workers in the north say they've not yet been able to reach many of the people affected by cyclone kenneth, three days after the storm hit. roads have been impassable because of rising floodwaters. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk.
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the government says opioids will now have to carry prominent addiction warnings on their packaging. presciptions for the painkillers have risen by more than 60 percent in england and wales over the last decade, raising concerns that many patients are becoming reliant on the drugs. now on bbc news, live to singapore for asia business report. talking trade. high—level negotiations between the us and china resume in beijing this week. but will the economic heavyweights brush out a trade deal? and tackling rug's big boy ‘s head on. we speak to the australian billionaire who is launching a faster and shorter version of the tough game. —— rugby's big boys. welcome to this monday addition of asian is this report. i am sharanjit leyl. let's begin with trade because it's on the
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agenda between the united states and asia's two largest economies. donald trump met with his japanese counterpart, shinzo abe, and his, his delegates are due to meet their chinese counterparts. let's just remind you what's been happening so far. the us has imposed three rounds of tariffs on chinese goods totalling more than $250 billion in beijing has responded by placing ta riffs beijing has responded by placing tariffs were $130 billion on us products. our tariffs were $130 billion on us products. 0urwashington tariffs were $130 billion on us products. our washington and beijing getting closer to a dealjust as trade to —— tensions threaten to flareup with japan? 0ur asia business correspondent karishma viswani is here. the trade talks are in the ninth round. it would be safe
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not to expect much from these talks given the fact that every time with sit down and with had a few dribs and drabs of the kinds of agreement that they would like to have it really, nothing concrete. thisjust underlines how difficult it is for the two sides to ci to i, sort of consensus for this trade deal that of course has just affected the us and chinese economies but the rest of us are all waiting with bated breath to see how the world's two largest economies can sort it out. a few sticking points. the united states wa nts few sticking points. the united states wants china to buy more products from the us. it also wants more products from the us. it also wants m ore a ccess products from the us. it also wants more access to the chinese market for american companies and at the same time, it was the chinese to enforce better intellectual property
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laws which means american companies that are doing business, it doesn't wa nt that are doing business, it doesn't want this forced technology transfer. it wants to be the judge, jury transfer. it wants to be the judge, jury and executioner, meaning any future trade violations would be determined by the united states and would be punished by the us, getting rid of the world trade organisation altogether. moving on from asia's largest economy, there is japan. we saw donald trump and shinzo abe meet over the weekend. what kind of resolution? we can see some kind of resolution, that's when president trump says he will be heading to japan next quite confident there could be some deal signed. again, two key sticking points, one on agriculture, the us wants more
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access for american agricultural goodsin access for american agricultural goods in japan. president access for american agricultural goods injapan. president trump says he wants to see more investment from japan in the us car market, more japanese cars made in the united states. president trump said japan's thomas to spend $40 billion in the united states in the car market, but there's been no confirmation of that from japan yet and no timeline either. always good to have you here with us. the rise of freelance working is transforming the usjob market in the lives of workers. a new york city, 40% of all workers have freelanced in the last year in the city is trying to keep up with the city is trying to keep up with the change by creating america's first in —— municipalfreelance hub which is a dedicated space and provides advice services specifically for freelancers. the old model of doing work where you work someplace for 35 years and you retire is changing and the economy is encouraging folks to figure out
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ways where they can bring their own entrepreneurship to life. personally, i can't get work done at home and so if it is in a cafe, or maybe a library. for me, it has also been a challenge. freelancing can be isolating. when i first started off
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asa isolating. when i first started off as a freelancer, i was just trying to get any client and i realised that it just builds to get any client and i realised that itjust builds bad business. the stability that comes with, like, not knowing if the next month, you are going to have the same amount of work. speaking ofjobs, speaking of jobs, we've speaking ofjobs, we've all heard the warnings before. automation in artificial intelligence could replace manyjobs artificial intelligence could replace many jobs in artificial intelligence could replace manyjobs in the future. so employees will need to constantly grade their skills. but what sort of skills would we need for the jobs of the future? earlier, i spoke to adecco and asked if the robots were taking over. we don't see it as a major threat, we see it as a measure of opportunities but if you want to ta ke of opportunities but if you want to take this opportunity in a positive way, you have to adapt yourself in
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countries, companies and employees, staff, have to adapt themselves by what they call live fold earning which means governments, countries but also employers and employees have a clear agenda regarding reskilling, upscaling, adapt their workforce themselves, their citizens, to the new reality and the new reality is that yes, artificial intelligence is coming, robotics is coming. but it allows, technology allows it to amplify the work of the people, which is great. australian billionaire andrew forrest is turning his attention to sport, rug, and wants to make a shorter, faster
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game. it's called rapid rugby and he was asked why he is bringing this game to asia first. asia is where i live, it's my home. asia is also the home of 750 million youth in the homeware entertainment and sports really co m e homeware entertainment and sports really come together but it hasn't really come together but it hasn't really had the opportunity. is there a co nta ct really had the opportunity. is there a contact sport which is fast, free, rapid but still? no. with asia, even yourfamily rapid but still? no. with asia, even your family name comes first, your family of community is first. it's really rugby, the team sport. but selflessness of the game. just the culture of asia is very rugby. we wa nt culture of asia is very rugby. we want schoolgirls and schoolboys, we have a very high percentage of asian
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women playing in the top asian rugby teams, like 35, 40%. when it comes to the men, it stopped about ten, 1596. to the men, it stopped about ten, 15%. there is a high level of participation and that is something i really want to grow. it took eight odd years before amended dividend at fortescue metals group, everybody thought i was mad then but every time we've gone into a community, it's made the community stronger. those people who joined it's made the community stronger. those people whojoined me, they are really doing it for the love of it. andrew forrest thereon rapid rugby. another weekend another story involving huawei. an independent decision has been suggested as to
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whether the chinese telecom giant should build the uk network. a number of other countries like the us and australia have raised security concerns, claiming they are too closely linked. also, a surprise jump too closely linked. also, a surprise jump in first—quarter profits. southeast asia's largest bank, dbs, had a bottom line that was boosted byjump in lending revenues however the bank saw smaller profits from its investment rankings and wealth management divisions. in that rings us management divisions. in that rings us to the end of this addition of asia business report. thank you for watching. this is bbc news, the top stories this hour: sri lanka is banning face—coverings following the easter sunday attacks that killed at least 250 people. spain's socialists come out on top in the country's election. they're celebrating into the night, but prime minister pedro sanchez‘s party faces an uphill struggle
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to form a government. the scottish national party is to send a leaflet to every home in scotland, making the economic case for independence. the party leader and first minister nicola sturgeon told the snp spring conference that the last 3 years had shown beyond any doubt that the westminster system was broken. ms sturgeon has already said she wants to hold another referendum on scottish independence by 2021. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith reports from edinburgh. she came to tell them what they've all been so eagerly waiting to hear — that she is ready for another scottish referendum. the party's now got a new economic policy they think could win them independence, so the campaign starts now. we must have the choice of a better future. scotland must have the choice of an independent future. she and her party are buoyed by polls suggesting voters are moving their way.
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support for independence is already up. 0urjob now is to get support for independence surging and make sure that no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland's right to choose. before anyone can choose, the uk government has to agree to holding a referendum. nicola sturgeon set out what the real challenge now is — she has to demonstrate there is a real desire for another independence vote if she is to try and force the westminster government to allow one. i don't trust theresa may... party activists believe independence is within their grasp. party bosses know they also need to convince the wider public that scotland should decide when to make that choice. we are building the case, we are putting in place the framework to have that
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referendum, and as we build that popular support, woe betide a uk government that continues to ignore, sideline and disrespect the people of scotland. all the troops are ready, the country is ready. it's time for change, this brexit nonsense has gone on far too long. the campaign starts now. the snp intend to deliver a guide to independence to every household in scotland this summer, but they can't say for sure when any vote might be. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. now on bbc news, sport today: hello, and this is sport today, live from the bbc sport centre. coming up on the programme: two wins from the title as sergio aguero helps manchester city beat burnley and keep liverpool at bay. valteri bottas edges out lewis hamilton to win the azerbaijan grand prix for a record fourth consecutive mercedes i—2.
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and petra kvitova warms up for the french open by claiming the stuttgart grand prix. hello and welcome to the programme where we start with the footballing news that manchester city are just two wins away from retaining their premier league title after sergio aguero's goal gave his side a scrappy 1—0 win at burnley. aguero's 64th—minute goal was given via goal—line technology and this match was seen as a potential banana skin but since going out of the champions league, city have beaten tottenham at home, as well as manchester united and burnley away leaving pep guardiola's side within touching distance of beating liverpool to the title. for the first bit we didn't create too much. a little bit but not too
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