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18
DEC
11am

Xi Marks 40 Years of Chinese Economic Reform

Marking 40 years of economic reform, President Xi says China will not be dictated to. Jinny Yan is chief China economist at ICBC Standard Bank, and tells us whether she thinks the country will be able to keep its economy on track. Also in the programme, as senior UK government ministers step up preparations for a potential 'no-deal' Brexit, we debate the possible outcomes and their economic impact. Our regular economic commentator, Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, who believes the UK would be better off outside the EU, debates Sir Vince Cable, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat party, who disagrees. Football club Manchester United has sacked its manager Jose Mourinho, following a string of disappointing results. Mike Mehall Wood writes about football finance for the business magazine Forbes, and explains why the relationship has soured. We have a report from an African leaders' summit in Vienna, aimed at strengthening ties with the European Union. Plus we visit a care home in Japan to find out what role robots might play in the future of adult care.
17
DEC
8pm

Update: Russia's US election interference

New details emerge of Russia's interference in the 2016 US election - it went on for years before election day, it used every major social media platform and it targeted specific groups to help Donald Trump get elected president. The Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University has been looking intensively at the issue. Plus we speak to Peter Jankovskis about the day's stock market movements.
17
DEC
11am

Malaysia Charges Goldman Over 1MDB

Malaysia has filed charges against Goldman Sachs in connection with investment fund 1MDB. Bradley Hope co-authored a book on the 1MDB scandal called 'Billion Dollar Whale', and explains the background to the latest move. Also in the programme, we hear why Nissan has deferred a decision over who should replace Carlos Ghosn as chairman of the company. With some in Britain calling for the country to resolve its Brexit difficulties by copying Norway's relationship with the EU, Tore Myhre of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise tells us why some Norwegian businesses are anxious about any British attempt to sign up. We have a report from Bangalore exploring how the city has turned into a hub for Indian tech startups. Plus our regular workplace commentator Pilita Clarke of the Financial Times looks back at some good and bad farewells from employees leaving their job over the past year.
16
DEC
8pm

US targets North Korea with More Sanctions

New US sanctions target three top members of the North Korean regime. We ask if sanctions will be good enough to encourage North Korea to denuclearise. Ireland considers contingency plans for how to deal with no-deal Brexit and its northern border – we speak to Mark Kennedy from Mazars in Dublin for the business view. And ecommerce in Africa is growing – we look at how businesses are hoping to cash in on the continent's untapped potential.
14
DEC
11am

Hope For 'Decent' Climate Talks Outcome

A deal at global climate talks in Poland looks more likely after a new draft was released. Frank Jordans is a reporter for the Associated Press at the talks in Katowice, and fills us in on the latest developments. And the environmental campaigner George Monbiot considers the future for environmental policy in France, after President Macron cancelled a proposed fuel tax rise in response to the 'yellow vest' protests in Paris over recent weekends. Also in the programme, Maria McKavanagh, chief operating officer of the smart hub firm Verv tells us what the potential is for these devices, which allow you to control heating, lights and other appliances from a smartphone. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business headlines with Jessica Dye of the Financial Times in New York, and Dani Burger of Bloomberg in London
13
DEC
11am

France Debates Government No Confidence Motion

Discontent rumbles on in France as MPs debate a vote of no confidence in the government. Joel Gombin is a French political scientist and explains the background to the move. Also in the programme, UK prime minister Theresa May is at an EU summit in Brussels, seeking amendments to Britain's EU exit deal. David Herszenhorn is chief Brussels correspondent for the website Politico, and assesses whether she is likely to succeed. As the UN climate conference draws to a close in the Polish city of Katowice, the environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt tells us whether there are likely to be any breakthroughs. There's a row brewing in Tanzania where the president has approved construction of a dam for a power plant in the Selous Game Reserve. Aslihan Tumer of the World Wide Fund for Nature explains why her organisation is opposed to the move. Plus we hear from Pushkar in northern India why life is becoming tougher for those making a living from trading camels.
12
DEC
11am

Theresa May Faces No Confidence Vote

We hear business reaction to a vote of no confidence in UK prime minister Theresa May. The BBC's Rob Young has been talking to companies in the east of England. And Gabriel Felbermayr, director of the influential German economic thinktank the IFO Institute in Munich, explains why he'd like to see Britain's EU withdrawal agreement renegotiated. Also in the programme, with reports that China may be about to cut import taxes on US-made cars from 40% to 15%, our regular economic commentator, Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute, tells us if it would mark a significant de-escalation in the US-China trade war. Plus we hear how critics of throwaway 'fast fashion' don't seem to be harming the Spanish company Inditex, which owns Zara, and helped pioneer the idea.

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