November 17th, 2016
Episode 881 of 1091 episodes
The Japanese leader Shinzo Abe has travelled to New York to meet Donald Trump aiming to build a relationship of trust, saying the alliance between both countries is at the core of Tokyo's diplomacy and security. During the campaign Donald Trump stoked up controversy with demands that allies pay more for having U.S. forces based on their soil and a pledge to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Malaysia is seen as a model of tolerance in Asia with an economy that shows good prospects, but the country faces several challenges to court favour with foreign investors. The BBC's Rob Young has been visiting the nation. We hear how the diverse culture of the country may be an economic asset and Katie Hile reports from the Cameron Highlands region where tea plantations are struggling to cope with soil erosion from forests being cut down and the impact of climate change. The makers of a sweet confectionary made in France for 600 years are upset about the authorities in China allowing a company in Shanghai to use the name of their product. We find out more about how the oval shaped French Calisson cake is the subject of an international trademark dispute, from Renée Maucourt, at Confiserie Leonard Parli, in Aix en Provence. (Picture: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Copyright: Getty Images.)
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