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now on BBC News, it's time for Reporters.


Hello, welcome to Reporters, I'm Christian Frazier.


From here, in the BBC's Newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring


you the best stories from across the globe.


As the United States enters a new political era,


John Sudworth has been finding out how China is reacting


Before his election, China could simply dismiss


Donald Trump's rhetoric as the over-inflated bluster


Jeremy Bowen reports from the ruins of eastern Aleppo and assesses


Foreign intervention has transformed this war


and the way it's looking, right now, foreigners, not Syrians,


Is Britain coming together over Brexit?


After the Prime Minister clarifies her Brexit strategy,


Jeremy Cook finds out whether people on both sides of the debate


Crisis at Stormont, as Northern Ireland's power-sharing


Executive collapses, forcing new elections.


Gavin Hewitt reports on fears of a return


What does all this mean - uncertainty for Northern Ireland,


without an Executive, key areas of Government


Rupert Wingfield-Hayes finds out why the world's largest seafood market


is moving and why some are not happy about it.


These are the fish that are 200-250 kilos and these are the ones that


The current record for one fish here, $1.7 million.


Well, there's no doubt what was the biggest


international event of this week, it's been trailed for months,


but now Donald Trump has finally been sworn in as the 45th President


One nation who will be watching the new American


Mr Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking


a telephone call from a telephone call the Taiwanese President,


a move that has angered Beijing which regards Taiwan


State media said China would "take off the gloves" if such


As John Sudworth reports, in China, Mr Trump has gone from a figure


of fun to someone who's provoking a loft anger.


Not everyone in China is taking Donald Trump too seriously.


His inauguration this week comes just ahead


of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.


And this factory is making, well, giant Trump lookalike


"The orders are flowing in, we can barely cope", the boss tells me.


But increasingly, Mr Trump is becoming a target of anger,


Mock-ups of Taiwanese ships provide shooting practice at this


Chinese military museum, just across the Taiwan Strait.


While US presidents have long avoided challenging Beijing's


claim to sovereignty, the so-called one China policy,


"China's military, especially our Navy,


"We don't fear US provocation", this man tells me.


"We want peace, but if they cross our red line we have to take


Last week, in a move seen by some as intended to make that very point,


China sent its aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait.


And China's Communist Party-run newspapers have issued a stark


warning, telling Mr Trump that if he changes US policy,


Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves,


and that China will mercilessly combat those who advocate


These Chinese workers make luxury marble products for the US market.


For them, the biggest fear is not rising military


Their American boss believes Mr Trump's threatened tariffs


will do nothing to change the basic market reality.


Hiring one worker in the states, i could hire five to six in China.


So moving our business to the states would impinge into our margins


which would then reflect on consumer pricing, And it would be


very difficult to run a business that way.


The world's about to find out whether one of the most vital


and complex bilateral relationships is to undergo a profound change.


Before his election, China could simply dismiss


Donald Trump's rhetoric as the overinflated bluster


And China is making it increasingly clear that


while it has a lot to lose, so, too, does America


To Syria now, where the United Nations says 40,000 people have


returned to their homes in the east of Aleppo, the city devastated


Most are living on aid, in very difficult conditions.


Syria's largest city became a major battleground in the summer of 2012,


but after four years of bloody conflict, government forces cut off


the rebels' supply lines and they were able to take full


Jeremy Bowen has been back to eastern Aleppo and found a city


The final battle for Aleppo swept through the city


All sides in this war were prepared to destroy Aleppo to possess it.


In the end, the firepower of the regime and its Russian


and Iranian allies was too much for the fractious rebel coalition


This city is the key to northern Syria.


Right across the country, rebels who are still fighting,


The battle for Aleppo lasted four years.


More than 200,000 civilians were trapped in the heat of the fight.


Attacks on civilians by any side in the war are crimes if it can be


Zakaria Mohammed Juma lost his leg in East Aleppo three months ago.


At a clinic run by the International Committee of the Red Cross, he's


When you can't walk, supporting a family is even harder.


It will take years and billions to rebuild.


The east side of Aleppo and much of the old city is in ruins.


With a photo of his clothes shop, Salah stood in front


I've seen this much damage elsewhere in Syria, but never


Abu Mahmoud is one of the first to return to his neighbourhood.


"If only they'd take away the rubble", he said,


"all the neighbours would come back."


This corpse was still lying on the road a month


after the battle, more are certain to be buried in collapsed buildings.


Abu Mohammed, collecting firewood, showed where a mortar


"Look", he said, "they took out my spleen, a kidney


In every queue for emergency aid, there are tragedies.


This child, who is 12, has seen more than anyone


Her grandmother is using all the strength she has left to care


TRANSLATION: My daughter's 15-year-old girl and her son,


My son's three-year-old daughter lost a leg.


Another grandson, aged seven, lost a hand.


My family's houses were all destroyed.


TRANSLATION: We don't know what's hidden in our future.


I saw with my own eyes my other cousin, his intestines


President Assad's resurgence in Aleppo means talk


about forcing him out sounds more hollow than ever.


He is the strongest he's been since the war started.


The empty, ruined, silent streets on the former front


No one has tried to move back here, it's haunted by violence and death.


That is a home-made mortar, designed and built by


the rebels and in itself, it's a fearsome weapon.


But it is nothing compared to the power of the Russian air


force and the military know-how of the Iranians and


Foreign intervention has transformed this war and the way


it's looking right now, foreigners, not Syrians,


The sun sets in Aleppo on a dark, cold and broken place.


It feels like a post-war city, but this is not a post-war country.


For the first time, the President and his allies can smell victory,


There were fears of a return to the tribal politics


of the past in Northern Ireland after its power-sharing


Executive collapsed, triggering new elections


It's all over a controversial energy scheme which could cost


the taxpayer ?500,000,000, but it's caused a deep riff


between the two main partners in the Executive,


Gavin Hewitt reports from Stormont on what it means for


The 10 years, power has been shared in Northern Ireland.


It was one of the foundation stones of peace.


Today, that power-sharing government collapsed.


I propose that a draft Order in Council be brought forward


shortly to set an election date of Thursday, 2nd March.


No-one should underestimate the challenge faced


to the political institutions here in Northern Ireland


The trigger for the breakdown was a row over a controversial green


energy scheme drawn up by Unionist minister, Arlene Foster.


But the bitter arguments over the scheme exposed growing


tensions between Nationalist and Unionist politicians.


I think it's both parties, personally, and I find


it very disappointing and very, very sad.


It's the tribal politics, you know, I feel like we're back in the 80s


and I was really hopeful that for the future generations that they


There's no appetite for a return to any sort of violence at any stage


I think that possibly what will happen is we'll be led


through another couple of years of political insecurity.


At Stormont, the Northern Ireland Assembly depends on unionists


Today, both main parties were asked to submit a name for one


First up, the Democratic Unionist Party.


And they backed their current leader.


..nominate Arlene Foster to be the First Minister.


There can be no return to the status quo.


If something is broke, you stop and you fix it.


But they refused to put forward a name, so ending


What does all this mean - uncertainty for Northern Ireland.


Without an Executive, key areas of government


will be stalled and then, most importantly, there's Brexit.


Where will be the Northern Ireland voice when crucial


We are in a very grave situation going into this election


and the timing of it, when Northern Ireland


has no budget agreed, when we are facing into Brexit


and when we're also coming to the end of the financial year


is possibly the worst time that we could be entering


Recent years have changed Northern Ireland, but the shadows of the past


Some still say they're confused, but we did get some clarity this


week on Britain's plans for Brexit as Theresa May announced her


12-point plan, including a pledge to leave the single market.


The Prime Minister insisted that people were coming together,


but she also acknowledged just how divisive last year's


We sent Jeremy Cook to see how those on different sides of the argument


Boston, an ancient English town, a changing landscape.


On the bus, plenty of support for the Prime Minister's speech,


More than one in ten people here are EU migrants.


Is it a price worth paying to come out of the single market in order


You've got to control it in some way.


At the Boston Body Hub, it's 60s dance work out.


The project is largely EU-funded, but most here voted Brexit.


Many worried about levels of immigration and the


The worry is we might lose some trade with Europe


What do you think about that trade off?


The trade off, I think, will be worth it because I think


Britain's big enough to take care of itself.


It's Great Britain - it always has been,


Outside Boston, the agricultural heartland.


Many crops being prepared today will need migrant workers


Within the industry we need labour and without it we will starve.


What would you say to Theresa May then in terms of what you need


I am hoping from this that she's going to allow skills and labour


to be filled in the farming community, within packers,


within processing, within the field labour, where's it's required.


These workers are essential to you, aren't they?


An hour's drive and we're on the banks of the Trent.


In Rushcliffe, they voted 57% to remain in the EU.


At the Spoke and Coke cafe and bike shop, a different


I voted remain, and I was quite surprised by the outcome


of the vote, but Theresa May has outlined today is what the country


And I think we need clear leadership to make sure that


Not everyone here is quite as relaxed.


I don't think we realise how bad it is yet.


Do you think we're any clearer tonight, after Theresa May's speech,


Essentially, her message was the same - Brexit means Brexit.


But we still don't really know what it means!


For the Prime Minister then, Brexit remains the greatest


of political challenges, in this still divided nation.


The Lancaster bomber became one of the most famous and effective


aircraft to take part in World War II.


It played a crucial role in securing victory for the allies,


but only two of them are still able to fly.


One family is hoping that will change thanks to a remarkable


30-year restoration project which they hope will see another


Wartime recordings of a Lancaster aircrew.


Although this one hasn't flown for 40 years.


It's the sight and sound, when you hear those engines revving,


you know, there just isn't another sound like it.


Just over 7,300 Lancasters were built.


NEWS REEL: Special missions included the Dambusters raid...


Almost half were lost in combat during World War II.


But for Harold Panton and his family, the desire to fully


It brings many memories back, I think.


His brother, Christopher, a member of Bomber Command,


died on a mission over Germany in 1944.


Harold and his other brother, Fred, wanted to restore an aircraft


We knew that it's either now or never because we'd never get


Fred died four years ago, before the family dream of seeing


this Lancaster back in the sky could be fulfilled.


Fred's grandson, Andrew, is determined to make it happen.


Lancaster parts are very hard to come by, so you snap up parts


There are a few companies that did buy up old stock after the war,


but then people brought random parts and have had it their house


Yeah, it's very tight inside, added to by the fact that there's


a lot of equipment and the main spars come through as well.


So this is like the main backbone of the aircraft?


These spars are, as you said, the backbone, it's where


So it's very important for our restoration that we check


They've got some X-ray later this month.


I mean, it's going to be such a moment, isn't it,


I mean, we'll be flying with minimal crew, if we manage


to get her airworthy, so it's going to be quite


Members of RAF Bomber Command faced dreadful odds when embarking


on a mission, 44% of aircrew lost their lives during World War


II, and on a Lancaster there was one place that was by far the most


Here where the Rear Gunner or Tail End Charlie,


as he was known, did his best to defend the plane.


It's the part that was shot at first by any enemy action and life


expectancy was about five trips or 40-hours.


Only two other Lancasters are still airworthy,


the fundraising and work continues to make this one the third.


I'll be extremely emotional, as my grandad will...


Tim Moffatt, BBC News, in East Kirkby, in Lincolnshire.


Finally, if you like sushi, you're going to love this.


We're going to take you now to the world's biggest fish


market, the legendary Tsukiji Fish Centre in Japan.


It supplies Tokyo's finest sushi restaurants as well as the general


public, but it's being closed down and being moved to a bigger,


more modern sight and, as Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports,


many people are not too happy about it.


It's 5.00am in the morning inside the world's biggest fish


market and the tuna auctions are under way.


This is the first auction of 2017 and the prices


This is going to be the last new year auction held in Tsukiji


perhaps ever because this market supposed to close and over here,


if you come over here, you can see, you can see through here,


These are the fish that are 200-250 kilos.


These are the ones that might reach record prices.


The current record for one fish here, $1.7 million.


Tsukiji Market is like no other, vast and chaotic.


On a good day, 60,000 people bustle through this maze of alleys shops,


but soon all of this will be gone, the buildings demolished,


This man's family have been trading tuna since the days of the Shogun.


In Tsukiji, I'm the third generation and we are doing this business


So what we feel is, we built this place.


I mean, Tsukiji, it's not built by someone.


Actually, we make the history in this place, but why


The meat from this 200 kilo monster will go to the top sushi


But fish like this are getting hard to find.


In the Pacific and Atlantic stocks of bluefin tuna have


The frozen one is just 1,000 or less each day


and the fresh one is like 300, 200, sometimes 100 or less.


So we don't have enough fish to sell, actually.


Do you worry about the future of the industry?


Maybe it's going to be like the whale, it could be.


This new year the top bid went for this 210 kilo bluefin, $632,000.


Critics say publicity stunts like this ignore the fact that these


Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC News, at the Tsukiji Market, in Tokyo.


That's all from Reporters for this week.


From me, Christian Frazier, goodbye for now.


Good evening. The temperature is falling and for some of us, it


barely got above freezing all day long. Take the UK as a


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