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Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.

    Chinese New Year overshadowed by Coronavirus

    Chinese New Year overshadowed by Coronavirus

    As more cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in China, the BBC's Andrew Walker considers the potential economic impact of the disease.
    German car parts manufacturer Gedia is the latest in a line of companies hit by ransomware attacks. Bill Goodwin from Computer Weekly explains what's happened. Kai Ryssdal of our partner show Marketplace sits down with Sarah Barnett of cable channel AMC to talk about how to keep up with the new “golden age” of television. As climate migration becomes an ever more relevant topic, an expert on refugee law says a new ruling from the United Nations would mean New Zealand has to accept climate refugees. And as a pop-up male make-up concession arrives in the UK we look at the growing industry of guyliner, manscara and ‘Warpaint’.

    (Picture: People wear face masks as they wait at Hankou Railway Station on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, China. Picture credit: Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images)

    • 52 min
    Wuhan virus continues China's lockdown

    Wuhan virus continues China's lockdown

    We update you on the viral outbreak centred on Wuhan in China and how a combination of huge internal migration and neglected public services may have made China's Happiest City not such a cheerful place. What's the best way to work out how well an economy is doing? Some existing survey methods aren't that effective any more - the BBC's Szu Ping Chan investigates how reliable statistics are. And another rollback of the Obama legacy - this time in America's wetlands as President Trump decreases water regulation. When Imran Khan became Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2018, he was faced with a severe economic crisis - the BBC's Mishal Husain speaks with him in Davos about his efforts to revive the Pakistani economy. And how to get more flavour out of the coffee bean? One mathematician thinks he's cracked it. We speak about all this with Alison van Diggelen of freshdialogues.com in Silicon Valley and Shuli Ren of Bloomberg Opinion in Hong Kong.

    (Image: A hotel employee takes the temperature of a person that just arrived at the premise in Wuhan. Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

    • 51 min
    Virus shuts down major Chinese city

    Virus shuts down major Chinese city

    Wuhan, a Chinese city of eleven million people, is to temporarily shut public transport as it tries to halt the outbreak of a new strain of virus. We report on the latest and the guidance from the World Health Organisation. Nigerian people could be banned from travelling to the US, which could have serious impacts on the country's trade – especially on the ‘as seen’ garments industry, as industry expert Ofon Udofia from the Institute of Export Operations and Management in Lagos explains. Plus, Japan’s judicial system is questioned after a corporate scandal led to an accused automotive boss in the country to flee. We discuss all this with Nicole Childers - Executive Producer at Marketplace Morning Report on American Public Media – who's in LA and Yoko Ishikura – Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

    (Image: A Chinese man kisses his partner goodbye while both wear protective masks as she leaves to travel home at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on January 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

    • 53 min
    President Trump impeachment trial begins

    President Trump impeachment trial begins

    The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins, questioning if his conduct with Ukraine was an abuse of power. Also, as the US confirms its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, markets and share prices have reacted – we ask what economic impact the virus could have. And lawyers are working in an increasingly pressurised environments – we look at the rising concerns for their mental health. Finally, there are two solutions to keep phones out of the classroom: lockable pouches, and an outright ban… but which is better? We discuss all this with guests Diane Brady, author and business expert from New York, and Simon Littlewood, President of AC Growth Delivered in Singapore.

    (Image: US President Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Credit: Saul Loeb/ AFP / Getty Images)

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    Huawei chief fights extradition to the US

    Huawei chief fights extradition to the US

    Huawei's chief operating officer appears in a Canadian court to fight extradition to the United States on charges of fraud and breaching sanctions on Iran. The United States Census for 2020 is launched in Alaska, an important exercise for economic planning - we hear from Gabriel Layman, the Chief Operating Officer of Cook Inlet Housing Authority, about the quirks of gathering such huge amounts of information. And baseball is hit by a cheating scandal which could prompt advertisers to walk. And in Japan, a major restaurant chain is feeling the effects of the country’s ageing population.
    We discuss all this with live guests Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist for The Tribune newspaper in Delhi, and Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence in Houston, Texas.

    (Image: A silhouette in front of a Huawei sign. Credit: Wang Zhao/ Getty Images)

    • 50 min
    China's demographic timebomb

    China's demographic timebomb

    China's economy is growing at its slowest rate since the Communist Party came to power almost three decades ago. At the same time, its one child policy has slowed population growth to levels not seen since the 1940s. What are the prospects, then, for the world's second largest economy? We speak to Sarah Hsu, head of the US-based economic research consultants China Rising.

    And in the week that Beijing and Washington sign their "phase one" trade deal, we get the thoughts of David Malpass, president of the World Bank. And Kai Ryssdal of our US partner station Marketplace has been talking to US farmers for their reaction.

    Nigel Cassidy is joined throughout the programme by Sarah Knight of ABC radio in Perth in western Australia.

    (Picture: A rickshaw driver in Beijing. Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

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