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What matters in the world of business, from the US to Asia.

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Punjab's Medical Mile

12/7/2018
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In this special edition of Business Matters, Vivienne Nunis is live from the Indian state of Punjab where she takes a trip to ‘Medi street’ where there’s the highest number of medical clinics and hospitals per capita in Asia. A report from a blanket factory reveals the lack of workplace safety. Also on the programme, a special interview with Punjabi poet Jasmine Kaur, who’s making a name for herself around the world. For comment throughout the programme, Vivienne is joined by Neerja Joshi, a...

Duration:00:46:19

US Stocks Stabilise After Sell Off

12/6/2018
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US markets stabilised on Thursday after steep falls earlier in the day spurred by fears about US-China trade tensions and global growth. The rebound followed sharp falls in Europe and extended the sharp market swings seen in recent weeks. We get analysis first from Susan Schmidt, Head of US equities at Aviva Investors in Chicago. The Gulf Cooperation Council is holding a summit in Riyadh on Sunday, against the backdrop of a Saudi-led economic blockade against Qatar and Qatar's decision this...

Duration:00:52:20

Top Huawei Executive Arrested

12/5/2018
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Canadian authorities have arrested the daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei at the request of US law enforcement. Robert Fife, who broke the story for the Globe and Mail, explains the implications. Also in the programme, a meeting of the world’s biggest oil exporters will discuss output cuts to help shore up prices. Amrita Sen at Energy Aspects is at the meeting in Vienna. Then, Tumblr will ban all adult content from the social networking site later this month in a move...

Duration:00:50:48

UK Prime Minister suffers double defeat on Brexit deal

12/4/2018
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered two major defeats - just before opening five days of debate on the Government's deal for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. With widespread expectation that the deal will not pass a vote in the House of Commons, the BBC's Rob Watson explains what's next. Also in the programme, we get an update on the thousands of migrants who have arrived at the US-Mexico border after travelling thousands of miles from Central America. Then, we're...

Duration:00:52:40

What's Poisoning Punjab's Food?

12/3/2018
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Punjab is known as India's agricultural heartland. In a special edition of the programme we hear about the push towards more sustainable farming in the state and the early rumblings of an organic food revolution. We meet the Punjabi film star and singer Babbu Maan, looking to challenge Bollywood. We visit one of India's most sacred sites, the Golden Temple and meet the team which provides some of the biggest names in cricket with their most prized possession - their bats. Vivienne Nunis...

Duration:00:53:45

Trump Says China to Cut Tariffs on US Cars

12/3/2018
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We assess the scale of a ceasefire announced between the US and China in their trade war. Kristen Hopewell is a senior lecturer in international political economy at the University of Edinburgh, and considers the likely impact of a scaling back of hostilities. Also in the programme, United Nations-sponsored climate talks are getting under way in Katowice, Poland, from where our environment correspondent Matt McGrath brings us the details. To reduce traffic congestion, a ban on minibus taxis...

Duration:00:26:24

Hotel Data Hack Hits 500 Million Records

11/30/2018
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Marriott hotels says a cyber attacker has accessed data for hundreds of millions of customers. The online security expert Graham Cluley tells us what's known about the data breach. Also, with leaders of the G20 group of countries gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, trade is at the top of the agenda. Our correspondent discusses the deal that has been signed between the US, Canada and Mexico, and tells us whether any progress is likely on the dispute between the US and China. We're in the...

Duration:00:53:57

Could G20 See End of Tariff War?

11/29/2018
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As the G20 summit gets underway in Buenos Aires, what are the odds of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reaching an agreement that could end the US-China trade dispute? Meanwhile, a bilateral trade deal that's nearly completed could see Argentinian beef back on American supermarket shelves. Daniel Gallas reports from Buenos Aires where local producers say the comeback is not that simple. In Italy, government ministers want to be released from eurozone budget rules so they can spend more, which...

Duration:00:53:17

The Price of Punjab’s Partition

11/28/2018
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This special edition is broadcast live from the Indian state of Punjab. Known as the "Land of Five Rivers", Punjab was split down the middle between Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan over 70 years ago. The economic ramifications of that division continue to this day. In the first of three programmes from Punjab, we talk about the trade relations between India and Pakistan today and take a look at its potential. We hear about the cultural scene in both East and West Punjab and...

Duration:00:53:46

US Businesses Urge Trump to End China Tariff War

11/27/2018
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Thousands of American businesses are calling on President Trump to reach a deal with President Xi to end tariffs. Craig Allen from the US-China Business Council tells us the US president has been poorly advised on trade with China. Also in the programme, French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will not abandon a controversial fuel tax. The BBC's Rob Young has been in Paris, finding out more about the wave of anger towards Mr Macron. Our workplace commentator Stephanie Hare argues that...

Duration:00:53:08

General Motors Announces Job Cuts

11/26/2018
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General Motors announces job cuts and factory closures as it seeks to further its pace in technology. NASA has landed a robot on Mars, intended to explore the planet's interior. The International Labour Organisation's (ILO) latest report shows that global growth in wages has stagnated to its slowest since 2008. Plus, why are people clueless when including female contributions in tech and coding industries? All this is discussed with Simon Littlewood, president of the Asia Now Consulting...

Duration:00:50:51

West Texas Crude Oil Hits Year-Low Price

11/23/2018
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The price of oil has dropped to its lowest all year. With a glut in supply and lessening demand, OPEC is pushing allied producers including Russia to join in output cuts of 1 million to 1.4 million barrels per day to shore up the price.The BBC's Middle East Business Reporter Paul Blake explains the factors pushing down the price. And, will Taiwan actually become the first country in Asia to legalise same sex marriage? Hopes were high last year when the country's constitutional court ruled in...

Duration:00:52:25

UK and EU Agree Draft Political Declaration On Future Relationship

11/22/2018
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The UK and EU say they've agreed in principle a blueprint for their future relationship after Brexit. Ian Wishart, European government reporter for Bloomberg in Brussels tells us what is in the deal.We have a report on the challenges for non-white people to find products which match their skin tone, and meet businesses launching items from bandages to ballet shoes in more diverse shades. With Thanksgiving firing the starting gun on the holiday shopping season, we find out how retailers are...

Duration:00:53:22

UK and EU Agree Draft Political Declaration On Future Relationship

11/22/2018
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The UK and EU say they've agreed in principle a blueprint for their future relationship after Brexit. Ian Wishart, European government reporter for Bloomberg in Brussels tells us what is in the deal.We have a report on the challenges for non-white people to find products which match their skin tone, and meet businesses launching items from bandages to ballet shoes in more diverse shades. With Thanksgiving firing the starting gun on the holiday shopping season, we find out how retailers are...

Duration:00:53:22

Goldman Sued By Abu Dhabi Fund Over 1MDB

11/21/2018
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The Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund IPIC has launched a civil suit against Goldman Sachs, claiming "redress for a massive global conspiracy.... to defraud and injure." Goldman says it fully expects to challenge the case. Clare Ballantyne, a business reporter with Bloomberg in New York - tells us about the suit launched by IPIC. For the first time aeronautics engineers have succeeded in flying an aircraft , heavier than air, that has no moving parts and doesn't have any emissions. Professor...

Duration:00:51:17

Renault Names Temporary Leader

11/20/2018
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Renault has appointed a temporary deputy chief executive to take over the running of the car firm following the arrest of Carlos Ghosn. Following an emergency board meeting Renault said its chief operating officer, Thierry Bolloré, would step up to the role because Mr Ghosn was "temporarily incapacitated". Our correspondent Theo Leggett reports on another dramatic day at one of the World's biggest car makers. Also on the programme, best-selling author Peter Frankopan talks about his new book...

Duration:00:53:18

Car Industry Reeling from Ghosn Arrest

11/19/2018
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The global car industry is reeling from the arrest of Carlos Ghosn - Chairman of Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault - over claims of financial misconduct. Ashvin Chotai is Managing Director of Intelligence Automotive Asia. China’s President Xi Jinping starts a two-day visit to the Philippines today – BBC correspondent Howard Johnson explains what’s on the agenda. The human cost of the continuing wild fires in California is already tragically high. The economic cost is also project to be...

Duration:00:53:34

UK Prime Minister Defiant on Her Brexit Plan

11/16/2018
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Despite cabinet departures, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is sticking to her Brexit plan. Whilst some big British businesses are coming out in favour of the proposals, we gauge reaction from elsewhere on the continent with Ian Talbot, chief executive of the Irish Chambers of Commerce, and Ilja Nothnagel, head of international trade at the German Chamber of Commerce. And we have a report from the BBC’s Rob Young, who went to the UK's south coast to find out how cross-border trade is likely to...

Duration:00:53:25

Theresa May Says Her Brexit Plan Is The Right Course For The Country

11/15/2018
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A succession of British ministers has quit the cabinet of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in the wake of a draft EU withdrawal agreement. The Financial Times' George Parker joins the show to help untangle where things go from here. The US government is moving to tighten regulations on vaping products, as well as outright ban menthol cigarettes. Sheila Kaplan writes about health and social affairs for the New York Times and explains how clamping down on menthol will have a disproportionate...

Duration:00:52:52

Cabinet Backs Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

11/14/2018
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The UK cabinet has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May has said, after a "long, detailed and impassioned debate" in a five-hour cabinet meeting. Prime Minister May said it was a "decisive step" in the progress of Brexit, and would allow the long-awaited agreement to be finalised. We'll hear from the BBC's Rob Watson on how this deal came about. Many economic issues are at stake with Brexit, including the future of the British fishing...

Duration:00:50:55