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president obama's absence becomes a highlight of a key summit of asia pacific economies in indonesia with the american government shutdown now threatening the president focused on asia. never a letter good crisis go to waste china turns to europe for investment opportunities snapping up companies all over the a sturdy hit continent. and the swiss army simulates a war against a debt stricken french government that send troops to recover stolen gold.
what you are to come to life for moscow with me marina joshie a key annual summit of asia pacific leaders in bali has answered its second and final day boosting trade him business cooperation between the twenty one member economies is the main focus of a gathering but he has not been short of political overtones as well the absence of president obama due to the u.s. government shutdown was repeatedly noted as other countries took center stage at a form parties falsecard reports from indonesia. well the twenty one nations that make up a package count for more than fifty percent of the world's g.d.p. on an annual basis so it's clear that what is agreed here is of huge significance especially when you consider the fragile nature of the global economic recovery and this region has a number of emerging economies indonesia for example where we are right now is the fifth largest economy in the world so it's clear that there are plenty of good investment opportunities in the region so perhaps it's surprising then that u.s. president barack obama is not here he's of course been forced to cancel his trip to
asia to deal with the domestic problems the financial problems back in the united states and the continuing shutdown there and that decision to stay at home is going to be frustrating for u.s. business leaders especially when you consider the united states well documented to asia as it is cool a strategic move designed to include increase america's influence in the region our bombers decision to stay at home has been a hot topic of discussion over the last couple of days or so everyone's had their say russian president vladimir putin saying that obama's decision is totally justified and that putin himself would have done the same when you consider what is at stake i think the singapore prime minister spoke for many on sunday when he said that he'd rather have a u.s. government that is functioning and working the one that is not on this entire economic summit really has been played out to the backdrop of what is happening in washington and what is happening in the united states with the threat of a u.s. default hanging over the global economy one of the business leaders said to me
yesterday that the prospect about the fall is simply unthinkable the consequences a wrong thing could go so it's still not clear with the uncertainty hanging over the states whether the global economy is about to enter choppy waters or calm seas . while one country that seems to be benefiting from president obama's absence from the summit is china if present to the u.s. leader was expected to have pushed for a transpacific partnership a trade blog that actually excludes beijing niall bowie and malaysia based political commentator and columnist says china is losing no time in trying to blunt america's influence in asia. to show you some boasted about this it all but she came to going to need it and came to malaysia around the time obama announced the fact that he would come in and at the same time he signed huge billion dollar deals with the government and he also announced a new strategic partnership with malaysia so i think other countries like indonesia
where they should they have a great deal or incentive to cooperate with china to work with china because their economies are basically based on foreign investment but it's chinese third biggest investor in the region and there's not a want to get in my opinion from being locked down in an over financial analysts sovereignty and distributing like the trends which while beijing is already pouring huge sums into the u.k.'s economy buying shares in london's heathrow airport am pumping billions of pounds into the country's nuclear industry london mayor boris johnson is embark on a trade mission to china later this month to lure more investors as billy boy who reports chinese money has already changed the face of the british capital. this time last year it looked like the iconic london cab would be consigned to the history books after it's made because the financially troubled london taxi company went into administration chinese manufacturer g.t.
which already owns volvo has stepped in and bought the company for eleven million pounds the factory is now back in business this part of the assembly process is called the marriage of the carriage where the shape of the time. meets with the shafi of the taxi here but it's a marriage between the chinese manufacturer and he on the london taxi company that managed to save a british icon from going out of production g.-d's pledged to invest a hundred and fifty million pounds into the coventry based business over the next five years promising to create jobs and develop new engines to future really previously when we were an independent company in the financial resources to continue to develop the product as we would like to. do to develop. which we could have only dreamed of financial analysts have called it a win win situation the london cab comes back from the brink of extinction while
a major chinese manufacturer gets to invest in an exciting new project but what does it say about the state of british industry business secretary vince cable called the chinese buyout a clear demonstration of the strength of the british car industry but the london cap is just the latest in a raft of u.k. businesses being sold off to foreign companies cadres chocolate is now american. indian and the british airports authority spanish to some it represents a hollowing out of corporate britain and i'm happy that it's not going on that but it shows government policy for a long time now as encourage foreign companies to take over our british companies that means i would british companies are not competitive across the globe. so we're not putting in the right tax policies we're not dealing with regulation and it's these companies welcome to have new investment it always is in the long term this takes away economic productivity for this country it means that stuff and job so
more liable to go because there's allegiance between the companies that are owned by foreign entities and their country rover than britain peace has been a cabbie for over forty years in a scene the london taxi company goes through several four to show knows i hooked in for a ride and asked him how he feels about turning chinese this is a shame that it's not owned by a british company but it's better than going to the wall or die lemma the companies that are still british they would be faced with and you see. i see london. as a just the u.k. they received chinese money beijing has been buying up companies all across the european continent some take a look at some of the bigger deals there in twenty tana chinese carmaker decided it was easier to take over its swiss rival valvo than to compete and in january last year a german concrete pump maker the second largest firm in the field was sold to china
that same month beijing acquired an italian yacht maker for raddy and a month later as a reminder of the chinese fondness for luxury goods the famous french fashion brand sonia rykiel was sold to a firm in hong kong well let's now discuss china's rapidly growing foreign investment with going forward to asia expert and former member of the european parliament thank you so much mr for for joining us here on r.t. to talk about this so how do you see china's investment overseas i mean do you seen as a win win win situation or do you see it as a destructive force. oh absolutely the win win situation we put i remember we're trying to starting from a stocking through extremely low levels the levels of american investment in in the united kingdom are far far higher and i really don't understand what the kind of the panics about. so why do you think this change has occurred i mean whether you are being now the biggest recipient of chinese money taking over from the u.s. how did that happen well i think it reflects if you want a new u.s.
and the and a you china relations i mean i think china is acting now privileging the european union to a degree because of you all that the strong partnership we have we have an e.u. china summit coming up in in beijing at the end of november where we're hoping to launch a whole series of initiatives around green growth around innovation packages together . and the rest so i think it's a it's a reflection of the fact that china wants to increase its investment currently if you won't negotiate a mandate for e.u. china investment treaty. the european parliament could be voting tomorrow on on that mandate and those negotiations will follow to be announced as opening again at the summit in november ok well let's be frank here europe is not living through its best of times at the moment economically speaking and maybe china is you know prematurely optimistic about investing in the region. this is
a two way process i mean the whole point of the e.u. china investment treaty will be to make it easier for europeans to invest in china for chinese to invest in europe and their whole series of sectors in terms of government procurement services tell a call now where the europeans can easily compete with and and make big sales in china if we if we get that access in into the chinese economy ok well since the two thousand and eight financial crisis there's been talk increasingly that the you won the chinese who won might take over as the reserve currency. what do you think about that i mean is this really possible and could that happen. well it depends on what timescale you are talking about frankly in the short term no but increasingly the want is becoming an international currency along with the dollar and the euro they are if you will the three. competing international currencies and the the wall
easing its strength is increasing in terms of international currency very rapidly but it's not going to take over you're just going to become a competitor well going back to the question of you know chinese becoming the biggest investor overseas i mean aren't there enough opportunities damascus going to invest why does china pursue such an aggressive expansion policy well i mean firstly i would dispute the notion of aggressive i mean it's actually comparatively low key i think some of these arguments about china's aggressive investment policy have a have a little whiff of racism about them compared to the levels of american investment which we welcome don't misunderstand me in europe i mean china is still small beer secondly it's globalisation it works both ways we where we want to invest in china china wants to invest here we want to have products are no longer made in one country they're they're made around the world. are going forward thank you so much for giving us your views here on r t i was going for days aspart and former member
of the european parliament. and online we've got much more about china's expanding investment abroad including a story about beijing buying and he leads them here in france's border region you can catch it at or t. dot com. right to see. first street. and i would think that you're. on our reporters. now there's a growing divide between the u.s. and lee b.s. tripoli slams washington for a raid to capture a terrorist suspect the target of the raid was allegedly involved in nine hundred
ninety eight u.s. embassy bombings in kenya and tanzania libya's prime minister has demanded an explanation for what he called the kidnapping of one of its citizens from its territory saying they should be brought to cuba inside a country defense consultant says the u.s. is used to meddling in other countries affairs. they claim that under a two thousand and one us law they can capture anyone anywhere in the world they can enter any sovereign territory and arrest anyone it's extremely dangerous policy that's a one governments in the world can intervene in any other country sovereign state. without a un resolution they invaded iraq without un resolution they attempted to carry out air strikes against syria recently without u.n. resolution so it makes the whole world a dangerous place with their. policy in place i still have the afghan
president blast twelve year long u.s. led occupation obvious accusing washington breaching a country's sovereignty and causing chaos while afghanistan falls into the hands of the taliban. and ready to stand the limpid torch for the winter games in sochi on its historic journey across russia there are stories coming up for you here on r.t. . soldiers you're. no more joking. so. we still. think it's going to be.
anniversary accusing allied troops of making the nation suffer and failing to uphold security the criticism comes at a crucial moment for the country seeking to hold its first democratic transition of power during next year's presidential action the taliban overthrown by the us led forces over a decade ago recently promised to disrupt the vote after nato pulls out all aspects of security will be in the hands of the afghan army meaning they would have to deal with high risk militant areas that's now nearly half the country with elections around the corner and director of the world can't wait anti-war group believes the chaos caused by the invasion comes in handy for the radicals. this is an occupied country by the largest military in the world the biggest economy many billions of dollars up to a trillion dollars have been poured into afghanistan and the basic people are in
worse shape than ever at there's plenty of deadly violence going on now that the civilian death toll has actually been higher in twenty twelve than in any other year of the us occupation this has created justifiably a population which is very much against the occupation and in some senses has been one to support. never supported before this all started the us has sped and supported the taleban by creating such disasters around the country while imagine this the year is twenty four team the impoverished french stormed a swiss border an attempt to bring back the gold a believe was stolen from down the defending forces fight off the invasion to keep their banks safe peed all over as more and switzerland's war game scenario. the idea of two western european nations going to war with each other may seem thinkable however exactly the contingency that the swiss military being preparing
for it all article in the newspaper it was revealed that the swiss armed forces had conducted war games and which they depicted an invasion by neighbors friends to find out a little bit more about this i'm joined by the all of them. thanks very much for talking to me why did the swiss military think that this was necessary. through the history to this in two thousand and twelve the swiss army already held exercises on the premise that europe slides into economic chaos and many immigrants flock into the country so this time around they went even further and created another legend suggesting that a financially stricken france breaks apart into warring regions one of the new countries that will appear will be called so ionia a small but very nationalistic state so ionia will have thirty percent unemployment
huge debt and it will blame switzerland for creating this debt so science is preparing an attack on switzerland to retrieve the money it had allegedly swiped from france so what's the reaction been in france to being portrayed as the invaders here. the french media made fun of this and mocked it we received lots of corn calls from the french press they didn't take it seriously but in switzerland people are very serious about whatever the army does so public opinion is split some believe the story told for the drills was quite realistic and supports the idea of an exercise with this premise others think the swiss army put itself in a discrediting position. thank you very much so swiss war games underlining real tensions between neighbors and western europe. and over on our website today freedom came too late at r.t. dot com we've got the story of a us man who was served over forty years in jail for
a crime he didn't commit and died just hours after his release last. powerful typhoon as batter china southern provinces forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and bringing public transport to a whole hour in motion section four stunning video on that. in syria the process of destroying the country's stockpile of chemical weapons may be making progress but there's still no solution in sight to another severe crisis the conflict has created that of refugees the u.n. estimates that four million more syrians will be forced out of their homes and more than eight million will be in need of aid next year president of the international committee of the red cross peter moore and told r.t. the only way to solve the refugee crisis is to get help to the people within syria . in i.c.r.c. is perspective the first and foremost important step to do is to improve the
situation within syria so that those displaced within syria are not forced to become refugees either in neighboring countries or beyond so our effort at the present moment is to appeal to the international community toward responsible countries to exert maximum influence on all parties in the syrian conflict to allow independent actors to do their work in syria we do not enough at the present moment because of the security situation because of the block which is amongst or between the syrian government and the armed opposition so we definitely and badly need to expand our operation in syria so so that not more syrians become refugees and become a factor in the neighboring countries and now look at some other stories from around the world north korea's army has been put on high alert after u.s.
military ships including an aircraft carrier moved into a south korean port for joint naval drills jiang yang has warned washington of serious consequences and ordered its military to before we are ready to launch an operation this comes despite a recent thaw in relations on the korean peninsula which led to the reopening of a jointly run industrial park. and u.s. billionaire warren buffett has earned ten billion dollars in payoffs from companies he loaned money to during the financial crisis in two thousand and eight according to the wall street journal the cash accounts for almost half of his company's profits buffett is one of the world's richest man with a bankroll of almost sixty billion dollars. pakistani girl who survived a taliban attack has received new threats from the militant group. yousafzai was shot in the head last october for her campaign for women's education write
something strongly opposed by the taliban and the threats to her life come just days after the teenager received the politkovskaya human rights award and was named as a favorite to win the nobel peace prize. in the u.s. a surveillance camera has captured the scene of an attempted robbery the video shows a cashier of a new york food storage standing up to a thief in fact pulling out a machete before chasing the armed man through a parking lot local police are now looking for the robber. and the moscow leg of a such winter olympics torch relay isn't it second and final day before goes on an incredible journey across the world's largest country. on monday the torch was taken to moscow state university were a spectacular show was put on artist like her she was there for us. the first day
of moscow's leg of the sochi twenty fourteen olympic torch relay has come to an end culminated by a spectacular fireworks show here at the sparrow heels in front of the most go state university the first day of the moscow leg of the torch relay kicked off at midday beside the red brick walls of the moscow kremlin and ever since then the torch bearers have been running across the russian capital carrying the torch passing the flame from one to another i myself was lucky to witness the handing over of the flame at one point right next to the moscow state university all in all this was just the first day of the moscow torch relay the relay which promises to be a truly historic one and i did a report to explain what the peculiarities of this torch relay this time will be and what's so special about it. in a limpia handed over to russians on october the fifth in athens and delivered to
moscow on the next day now the olympic flame has started its long and unique journey across the host country five time olympic champion and synchronized swimming and. was chosen to be the very first storage bera fourteen thousand more will hand the flame to each other in the next four months among them people of a range of profiles and backgrounds including a special v.i.p. guest there's a lot of expectation on the on any kind of beginning but on these games i think there's a lot because it's been a lot of preparation. a lot of work to do and i think it will be but i think it will be a great to go into. the twenty fourteen sochi games olympic torch relay has only just kicked off but it has already been branded as historic covering more than sixty five thousand kilometers across nearly three thousand cities towns and villages in russia it will become the longest storage relay in history and probably the most seen as well with almost one hundred thirty million people being within
reachable distance of the relays route for the first time in history it will be taken for a space walk outside the international space station that's before descending to the bottom of the world's deepest lake baikal heading to the top of the world at north pole and scaling europe's highest peak russia's mountain. this is a unique opportunity to united nations and a great way to explore russians themselves and because the torch. with the flame. single c.d.f. and for that moment this particular city will be the capital of the olympic games after two days in moscow the olympic torch will have further inland before ending up at the grand opening ceremony of the saudi winter olympic games in exactly one hundred twenty two days from now. r.t. moscow. torch is on its epic journey to such.
one hundred twenty three days. through two hundred cities of russia. by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand killings. in a record setting trip by. air. space. torch relay. m r t r t dot com. well you're up to date and coming up we continue our insider look at the basic training of a russian paratrooper. i recently read headlines all over the russian internet screaming in full paranoia mode that china has just bought five percent of ukraine now they're writing that
china will lease five percent of ukraine over ukrainian officials themselves claim that china won't be getting either and if this is a deal about some drip irrigation system the situation didn't explode onto the internet to the fantasies of bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop in pig farming plan design utilize nine percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land in ukraine. been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting a rich foreign country to pay to develop your nation's agriculture might not be too bad of a deal it would definitely take a lot of money to restore ukraine's farming to its former glory they see that ukraine used to be the bread basket of europe i think that status back could really help the country but selling off or even just leasing nine percent of the nation's territory is absolutely unacceptable doing a large project with the chinese that is mutually beneficial is one thing but selling or leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion.
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