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Welcome to Reporters. I'm Karen Giannoni.

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Welcome to Reporters. I'm Karen Giannoni.

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From here in the world's newsroom, we send our correspondents to bring

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you the best stories from around the globe.

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In this week's programme:

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Democracy Chinese style.

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John Sudworth in Beijing sees how the Communist Party silences

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independent candidates in one of the world's

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biggest ever elections.

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What we can see here quite clearly is the huge effort and expense that

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China puts in to stopping people exercising their democratic rights.

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A rare look inside Myanmar's secret state where Jonah Fisher finds

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Total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering

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the United States.

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Life for Muslims in Trump's America.

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Martin Bashir asks whether the divisions which emerged

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during the election can ever be healed.

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America's Muslims, including those here in Michigan,

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must hope that the arc of Mr Trump's presidency will bend

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towards reconciliation and away from the rhetoric that

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marked his campaign.

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And, one of the world's most recognisable faces.

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Chris Buckler speaks to the Irish artist commissioned to paint

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a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

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I can't speak for what necessarily the motivation from the palace

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or from the Queen's point of view was, but I think about the fact

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that she did suffer.

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After America, this week it was China's turn to go

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to the polls.

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The district elections are one of the world's biggest.

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900 million people will vote in the next few weeks.

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In theory, they are open to any candidate.

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In reality, the Communist Party decides on who is on the ballot.

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The Chinese authorities have been highly critical of what they see

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as the farce of American democracy.

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As John Sudworth's been finding out in Beijing, it's not so keen

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on scrutiny of its own system.

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We've turned up as agreed for an interview, but we find our

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way to the front door locked.

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Can you explain what you are doing?

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By a group of men.

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The person who lives here is doing something that's very

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brave in China.

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Trying to stand for election as an

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independent candidate.

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Hello...

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We are hoping we can come in and talk to you?

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Yes, she answers, come in.

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Thank you.

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Excuse me.

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I think we have permission to go in and speak to this lady.

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But it's no use.

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It's my right to stand for election, she begins to tell me.

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She tries again.

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Why won't you let me open my door, she asks.

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China often uses sinister, unidentified men to do its sensitive

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police work and there are few issues more sensitive

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here than democracy.

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Every five years, hundreds of millions of Chinese people

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get their only chance to vote.

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The district elections are in theory open to any candidate.

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In reality, the Communist Party decides who is on the ballot.

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And the Communist Party-run media has this year been handed a gift.

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The US election has been exploited to the full as proof of American

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weakness and division and Chinese stability and strength.

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China of course has its share of discord and dissent.

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China's made huge capital out of what it sees as the farce

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and the circus of the US election, the huge effort and expense that

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goes into an artificial choice.

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Who we can see here is the huge effort and expense that China puts

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in to stopping people exercising their democratic rights.

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All this for one independent local election candidate.

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We are dragged away.

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But the heavy handed control is as much a sign of insecurity

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as it is of strength.

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John Sudworth BBC News, Beijing.

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One of the challenges facing a Trump presidency will be healing

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the divisions which emerged during the election campaign.

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American Muslims are seeking reassurance following his call

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for a ban on Muslims entering the US.

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The state of Michigan voted for Mr Trump but it is home

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to a large number of Muslims.

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Martin Bashir has been to meet some of them to find out what they think

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about life under Donald Trump.

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Prayers in North America's largest mosque in a state that

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voted for Donald Trump.

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His campaign has left its mark on Muslims.

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The bigoted rhetoric, the hatred, the racism,

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the xenophobia, the Islamophobia.

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Someone's given a green light to individuals now that it's OK.

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I was walking one way, he was walking the other way.

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15-year-old Safa experienced the Trump effect at school just

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a day after the election.

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There was a boy who like told know take the towel off my head

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so I told him to pull his pants up because he was wearing

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very low saggy pants.

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He thought that since our new President Elect

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thought that, you know, Muslims are all terrorists,

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he can do the same and project that on to others.

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What many in the Muslim community perceived as an attack

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on Islam culminated in the most dramatic proposal.

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The name is there, it's radical Islamic terror,

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total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering

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the United States.

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While Trump's rhetoric horrified Muslims in Dearborn,

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it galvanised voters down the road in the recently bankrupted Detroit

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who felt that immigration and globalisation had

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done nothing for them.

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His messages were very effective with the white working class

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and we saw that with the results of Macon County and Monroe County

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which are largely made up of the white working class,

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they voted in numbers for Mr Trump.

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Since winning in such unexpected fashion, Trump has made little

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mention of Muslims, though his website still promotes

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his proposal to ban them from entering the country.

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Is it safe to be a Muslim in a country where Donald

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Trump is the president?

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I believe it is.

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I really believe it is safe.

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We have great confidence in our country and the

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American people.

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We want success.

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We want America to be as good as it can be.

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We want America to be great in his vernacular.

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Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President in January,

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just four days after the annual public holiday honouring the life

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of America's greatest civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King.

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America's Muslims, including those here in Michigan, must hope

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that the arc of Mr Trump's presidency will bend

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towards reconciliation and away from the rhetoric that

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marked his campaign.

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Martin Bashir, BBC News, in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Finally, she's one of the world's most famous faces which makes

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the idea of painting a portrait of the Queen a daunting prospect.

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Colin Davidson is the latest artist to be given the task

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and the week his picture was unveiled by the Queen herself.

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Chris Buckler has been to see it up close.

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It is one of the most prized commissions.

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But for any artist, there are nerves in revealing their interpretation

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of one of the world's most iconic images, a face known

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worldwide but seen through the eyes of one individual.

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I'm very aware of the gravity of an Irish man being invited here.

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The Monarch sits for relatively few portraits and this painting

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was commissioned with a purpose - to mark the Queen's part

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in advancing Anglo-Irish relationships.

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And what I personally brought to it was I think the fact that

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I have witnessed over many years the Queen's actions

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in advancing healing.

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And that probably makes one opinion of this portrait more

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important than any other.

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Her Majesty's historic visit to Ireland...

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At an event in London organised by cooperation Ireland

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which commissioned the painting, it was unveiled by the Queen.

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APPLAUSE.

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Among those invited were guests who reflect all shades

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of political opinion.

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From the island of Ireland.

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And Colin's work has come to be a glimpse of how

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things have changed.

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His portraits of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were painted

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to be shown together, a sign of the divisions gone.

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But pictures have also signified what also went before.

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I can't speak for what necessarily the motivation from the palace

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or from the Queen's point of view was to allow me to make this,

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but I think about the fact she did suffer personal loss

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through the conflict.

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That makes this a paining of its time, a portrait of a Queen

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defined by the landscape of a modern Ireland.

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Chris Buckler, BBC News, Belfast.

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And that is all from Reporters for this week, from me

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Karen Giannoni, goodbye.

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