China showcases Belt and Road initiative to world leaders
World leaders are gathering in Beijing from Thursday for a summit on China's Belt and Road initiative amid growing criticism of the project.The sweeping infrastructure project aims to expand global trade links. The initiative has funded trains, roads, and ports in many countries, but has left some saddled with debt. Dr. Yu Jie of Chatham House explains how China's President Xi will be looking to use this summit to bolster support for the project. Also in the show, we take a look at the candidacy of Joe Biden for President, and as Amazon beats analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, we speak to Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors in Chicago for the latest from the US financial markets. And finally, it's draft day for the American National Football League. We take a look at the money behind each pick.
(Picture: Chinese President Xi Jinping claps at the closing session of the National People"s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 15, 2019. Picture credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter.)
Facebook keeps growing despite privacy probe
Facebook has said it will set aside $3bn to cover the potential costs of an investigation by US authorities into its privacy practices. However, the social media giant also said total sales for the first three months of the year jumped 26% to $15.08bn, narrowly beating market expectations.
Today marks six years since more than a thousand workers at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh lost their lives when the factory building collapsed. There have been more stringent safety measures implemented in factories in Bangladesh since the accident, but trade unions in the country are concerned over whether these standards will continue to be upheld in the future.
We are also taking a closer look at Boeing's importance for the US economy, following the crisis surrounding its 737 MAX jets.That model was grounded worldwide due to safety concerns after two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
The UK government has approved plans for the Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei to provide "non-core" equipment such as antennae for the UK's 5G network. That's despite both senior ministers and the United States raising security concerns about its involvement.
Also in the programme - film fans are queuing outside cinemas across the UK to be the first to see one of the biggest movies in cinema history, "Avengers: Endgame". But how big is this film going to be? And, Microsoft Paint programme has been given a stay of execution - it has been confirmed it will remain a part of Windows for now. But why are some people so attached to it?
Presenter Vivienne Nunis is joined by guests Alexis Goldstein in Washington and Jasper Kim and Seoul.
Snap Chat owners in good financial health
Snap, the owner of photo based app SnapChat, has reported good financial health. Recycling used nappies for the plastics inside them is a lucrative business – we speak to one man pioneering it on a large scale. Plus, Twitter seems to appeased investors with good profits – but the social debate around hate speech on it continues. We discuss all this with live guests Sushma Ramachandran in Delhi and Peter Morici in the US.
(Image: SnapChat logo. Credit: Chesnot / Getty Images)
US to end sanction exemptions for major importers
US President Donald Trump has decided to end exemptions from sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran. The White House said waivers for China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey would expire in May, after which they could face US sanctions themselves. We speak to Suzanne Maloney from the Brookings Institute.
Samsung has postponed the release of its folding smartphone, days after several early reviewers said the screens on their devices had broken. The BBC's technology reporter discusses what this could mean for the company.
The global chocolate industry is worth 100 billion dollars yet African producers only make about eight per cent of that, according to research by the International Cocoa Organisation. Rather than export the raw fruit, entrepreneurs in cocoa-rich countries are now starting to make their own chocolate in an effort to change things, as the BBC’s West Africa correspondent Louise Dewast has been finding out.
Roger Hearing is joined for comment throughout the programme by chief economist at Complete Intelligence Tony Nash in Texas and The Financial Times' Correspondent in Bejing Yuan Yan.
Trump speaks to Libya insurgent general
We hear from Tripoli as the Libyan capital comes under fire from General Haftar, the man praised by Donald Trump as a fighter against terrorism. Haiti's foreign minister Bocchit Edmond tells us how his country is trying to reinvigorate its coffee industry, decimated by an earthquake nine years ago. We examine aerotoxicity and allegations that aircrew and passengers can suffer ill-effects from the air they breathe. Plus, how far can employees go to stop their boss from doing what he shouldn't? We get advice from workplace guru and author Mary Abbajay.
Roger Hearing is joined by political journalist Erin Delmore in New York and Peter Ryan, ABC Australia's senior business correspondent in Sydney.
(Picture: Tripoli residents demonstrate against General Haftar's offensive. Credit: Reuters)