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our top story: the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has said he would rather be dead in a ditch than have to ask for a further delay to brexit. mrjohnson repeated his determination to exit the european union at the end of october, despite parliamentary moves to prevent the uk leaving without a formal agreement. a relief operation is underway in the bahamas after it was battered by hurricane dorian. heavy rains are now battering the coasts of south and north carolina as the storm moves along the eastern coast of the united states. and this video is trending on bbc.com. a court in france has given this noisy cockerel named maurice leave to continue crowing. a couple had brought a lawsuit complaining he was spoiling their peace. over 100,000 people signed a petition defending the bird. that's all, stay with bbc world news. for more analysis and background on our top stories and more,
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head over to our website, bbc.com/news, german chancellor angela merkel visits china, as hong kong protesters asked for her support. the corgi comeback. why their renewed popularity is creating business opportunities. good morning, asia. hello, world. glad you could join us for this exciting friday edition of asia business report. i'm rico hizon. we start off with german chancellor angela merkel who was in china for a three—day visit. she has brought with her a large delegation of business leaders who want beijing to open up its
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markets. there is a lot at stake for them, as the us china trade war drags on and the global economy shows signs of slowing down. in 2018, china was germany's august trading partnerfor a third year in a row, with total trade worth more than 220 billion us dollars. china isa than 220 billion us dollars. china is a big market for german semiconductors, financial services, and most importantly its auto industry. earlier i asked a correspondent if he expects mrs merkel to bring up the issues of hong kong protests, as requested by demonstrators. it is interesting to see that actually, despite the situation that we may see in hong kong, actually the most pertinent issue, i think, for the german chancellor is exactly is your point now, it is about trade. as far as we can see, there is an increasing unease about a scenario where donald
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trump may actually conclude a trade deal with china, which would give the united states an advantage over german competitors. and i think that is really worrying for the german economy. so are is really worrying for the german economy. 50 are we is really worrying for the german economy. so are we likely to see angela merkel and the eu making concessions with china to be able to brunt a preferential trading relationship between them and the mainland? well, the relationship has been deteriorating for a number of yea rs, been deteriorating for a number of years, and at this stage we are probably looking at the first steps of confidence building between the german chancellor as the unofficial leader of europe with the chinese leadership. that probably means making token concessions around, for example, the restrictions on huawei that have been under way in the united states. and do you think
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angela merkel will be holding back, in terms of discussing issues in hong kong and xinjiang? europe likes to think of itself as a champion of human rights around the world, but it rarely follows these up with diplomatic sanctions. so with all of this at stake we are more likely to see a concession in terms of opening up see a concession in terms of opening up europe... 0r continuing to open up up europe... 0r continuing to open up europe... 0r continuing to open up europe for access, for example, for companies like huawei. and we should also bear in mind that germany isjust should also bear in mind that germany is just about to take a decision about who in the 5g space is going to be considered what they call a trustworthy vendor to supply to germany. diplomacy expert hosuk lee—makiyama joining us earlier. in other business news making headlines, h&m has stopped buying leather from brazil because of
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environmental concerns highlighted by amazon wildfires. this follows the company which owns timberland, va ns the company which owns timberland, vans and north face making similar announcements last week. the government of bolsonaro has been criticised for doing too little to protect the world's largest tropical ra i nfo rest. protect the world's largest tropical rainforest. facebook is launching its dating services in the united states. the company said users will be able to integrate their instagram account with facebook dating profiles, and add instagram followers to their secret crush list. the service would be optional and the dating activity of users would not appear on the profile or newsfeed. shares in other dating applications fell on this news. folding phones are back. samsung's first entry into the market goes on sale today after problems delayed its initial release. the galaxy fold
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cost nearly 2000 us dollars and is 110w cost nearly 2000 us dollars and is now on sale in south korea and will $0011 now on sale in south korea and will soon be rolled out across other markets, including america and europe. the phone comes with a 7.3 inch display when open, a 5g option, and six cameras. the initial release of the phone was postponed after early reviewers reported broken screens. samsung early reviewers reported broken screens. samsung said the screen could be opened and closed more than 100,000 times, but in reality, reviewers destroyed the flagship device in less than 48 hours. well, samsung has been rushing to launch it before its arrival, which has already unveiled a prototype, and huawei says it will release its own foldable phone by next month. and the south korean tech giant needs the south korean tech giant needs the phone to be a success, its profits falling by 50% in the three months to june. earlier
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profits falling by 50% in the three months tojune. earlier i asked attack analyst if samsung can ove rco m e attack analyst if samsung can overcome its earlier glitch. attack analyst if samsung can overcome its earlier glitchlj attack analyst if samsung can overcome its earlier glitch. i think they will, yes. i mean, from a physical design perspective they have addressed a lot of the problems from the initial version. you know, the screen peeling off the protector and preventing dust from getting in there. but i think also the broader consumers as a whole are i think just so... there is a honeymoon period here where they are simply so excited about what this kind of device can bring, that i think there is some forgiveness. they must really be excited about 2000 telephone, do you think it will be a liability or an asset for samsung electronics? fair point. more early adopter, technology friendly consumers are getting excited about this. mainstream consumers not so much. it is a very high price. it is still not really clear what you are really going to use this larger screen for. this is the kind of thing that gadget geeks, if you
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will, drool over, but the mainstream consumer will wonder whether i can really pay that much for a phone, taking the risk that it might break later. before this ongoing japan- south korea trade conflict, i am sure a lot of japanese consumers will be drooling over this phone. do you think that this will impact sales with this ongoing rift between the two big tech giants? know, and that's mainly because actually samsung isn't that strong of a performer in japan anyway. samsung isn't that strong of a performer injapan anyway. i think the japanese now... that is an over generalised statement, they are still one of the top players there, and certainly there are many early adopters in japan as and certainly there are many early adopters injapan as well. i think to ta ke adopters injapan as well. i think to take it back to the japan — korea trade spat, the question is more
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about the samsung's semiconductor business and how that might impact their ability to procure supplies. right now we don't think that is going to be a major impact yet, but it is obviously a downside risk factor that we have to watch out for. bryan ma. if you are a dog lover, you are probably familiar with the corgi read, like this one here that you see on our screens. they have recently become popular yet again after decades of decline. a lot of that is due to social media, and it has led to a business venture for some entrepreneurs. this week, in our pet economy series, we look at the new wave of corgi mania. corgis have always been associated with the queen, and in recent years, with the queen, and in recent years, with things like the netflix original series the crown, and the recent animated film the queen's corgis, they have been associated with the queen in popular culture. we officially opened our cafe the
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middle ofjanuary we officially opened our cafe the middle of january 2019. we officially opened our cafe the middle ofjanuary 2019. we are very busy. we admit 55 people per session, so in one week we accept 1000 people a week. this is so famous, also in taiwan we know about this cafe. it was a dream to just know about this cafe. it was a dream tojust come here know about this cafe. it was a dream to just come here and see so many corgis in one place. two i watched the movie the queen's icap corgi. they are really cute, short and fuzzy, so i came here to eat and see the corgis. two we don't force them to be somewhere they don't want. we have one hour rest time for them
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after each visit. they are so cute. i have my own corgi at home, but it is a stuffed toy which i bought from the buckingham palace souvenir shop. let's have a quick look at the markets. we are seeing the nikkei and the all 0rdinaries in positive territory. thank you so much for investing your time with us. i am rico hizon. sport today is coming up next. this is bbc news. the top stories this hour: the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has said he would rather be dead in a ditch than ask the european union for another delay to brexit. a major relief operation is underway in the bahamas. some settlements on the islands have been all but obliterated
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by hurricane dorian. with so much uncertainty, so many unknowns in westminster over brexit, what do voters around the uk think of the prospect of another general election? our special correspondent lucy manning has been to the marginal constituency of crewe in cheshire, a labour seat that would be a target for the tories, to hear the thoughts of people there. crewe and nantwich — a leave seat, a marginal seat. if borisjohnson is aiming his brexit and election strategy anywhere, it is at the voters here. as the prime minister hopes to rebuild his majority, they are making ice cream vans to export across the world. tommy francis voted leave, and has always backed labour. i'll vote conservative this time, and it'll probably be the first time in all my family's history. ‘cause, at this moment in time, borisjohnson is the only person that i can see wants to push
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through leaving europe. crewe and nantwich is one of the conservatives' top target seats and, with tory fears support is melting away in scotland and in remain areas, the prime minister needs labour leave areas, especially in the midlands and north, to back his brexit strategy. michael flood voted for the first time ever in the referendum — to leave. it'd be pointless having an election if you wouldn't take my first vote seriously. i voted out, and i think we should go out. so will you be supporting the prime minister? i'll vote him all the way, if we leave the eu. even labour remain voter emma now just wants britain to leave. what do you think of the fact that mps have blocked the prime minister's wish to have an election? well, i think it's a bit strange, 'cause i would suspect that the labour mps would want to vote for that so that they could get the labour prime minister in place. end of october is when we need to be out, we should be out. just let boris get on with it. table tennis is the prime minister's favourite, but mps have batted
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away his election plans — for now. david hands is a labour and remain supporter. i don't think there's anything wrong with having another election. it might clear the air a bit, and give people a chance to reorganise. i wouldn't particularly vote for borisjohnson's side, because i think their side have landed us with a problem. but the alternatives are equally problematic. now on bbc news, sport today. this is a sport today, live from the bbc sport centre. coming up on this programme: serena williams blasts away into the us open final, as she
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continues her bed for a record equalling 24th grand slam singles title. we will head live to new york shortly. the best in the world does it again, as steve smith hits a double century against england. and spain make it a perfect five 45 in their euro 2020 qualifiers, as they went to — one in romania. hello there and welcome to the programme. plenty to get through, but let's start with tennis, because it is women semi—final stay at the us open, with both matches being played under lights. serena williams remains firmly on course for a record equalling 24th major singles title after she powered past the fifth seed in the first of the semifinals. she was quite fantastic. survived a couple of early scares when she had breakpoints against her in the opening game but afterwards she started to strike the ball cleanly and with authority and it did not matter what she did she could not
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