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KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN NEWS STREAM SHOW HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout and welcome to "News Stream," coming to you live from Beijing.
China rolls out the red carpet for President Trump. Xi gives the U.S. leader a tour of the Forbidden City ahead of talks on Thursday. It comes
after President Trump issued a stark warning to North Korea, telling its leader, do not challenge the United States. But as Mr. Trump travels
abroad, he is facing trouble back home, with defeats for his party in key elections.
And we begin here in Beijing where President Donald Trump is being given an extraordinary honor. A short time ago, he wrapped up a dinner with Chinese
President Xi Jinping inside the Forbidden City. No foreign leader has dined there since the founding of modern China. Mr. Trump's interactions with
Chinese leader could set the diplomatic tone for the countries for years to come.
But beneath all the pageantry, there is a tangle of some pretty sensitive issues. You have trade relations, China's challenge to the U.S. as a global
superpower, and Mr. Trump's belief that it's China that has the power to reign in the threat from North Korea.
A few short hours ago, President Trump stood practically on the doorstep of North Korea in Seoul, South Korea less than 60 kilometers away from the
border, and he spoke to South Korean lawmakers with a message addressed directly to the North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Do not underestimate us. And do not try us. We will defend our common security, our share of prosperity,
and our sacred liberty. North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: We will see what the impact of those remarks are on this visit with President Xi. Matt Rivers joins me now. Matt, first, Donald Trump's
top concern throughout this entire visit, North Korea and the ongoing nuclear standoff. Is China going to play along and apply more pressure?
MATT RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's the big question here. It's kind of been a stalemate, Kristie, over the entirety of the
Trump administration. I mean, how many times have you and I gone back and forth over the last 10 months or so asking that question? Can the Trump
administration get China to do what it wants to do?
And I think the fundamental answer to that question so far has been, no, China is not willing to go past a certain line that it believes could cause
further instability or cause the potential collapse of the Kim Jong-un regime. That is not within China's calculation at the moment. And so, yes,
are they willing to do certain things to make the Trump administration happy?
Sure, they signed onto the toughest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea from the U.N. Security Council. They've taken certain unilateral steps, but
they haven't gone so far as to do what the Trump administration wants in things like oil. The Trump administration would be very happy if China will
stop sending oil across the border there.
But chances are, that is not going to happen in most of the analysts that we've spoken to. If not, nearly all of them, have said that 36 hours on the
ground here in Beijing is not despite the Trump's administration's best efforts going to fundamentally change the calculation of the Chinese.
LU STOUT: Your thoughts on the video that we were airing just then of that imperial sort of grand state visit plus welcome for Donald Trump in the
Forbidden City, the optics of this, is this not just about welcoming a U.S. president, but showcasing China's might, China's ambition today?
RIVERS: Sure. (INAUDIBLE) overstate the symbolism of what Xi Jinping is doing here, rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump, the pomp, the
circumstance. You know, on the one hand, that is an honor that no foreign leader, not just U.S. president, but no foreign leader has received since
the founding of communist China in 1949. And the fact that Donald Trump is being given that honor is incredibly significant.
If only to kind of get some insight into the Chinese thinking here on how best to win over Donald Trump, if they think flattery is the best way to do
it, if they think that giving him an honor that no one else has received is a way to get him to come around more to their point of view of things,
well, this would make a lot of sense.
It gives us some insight into China's thinking here. Rolling out the red carpet, does that make the high stakes diplomacy that is going to happen
tomorrow here in Beijing that much easier for the Chinese to engage in?
LU STOUT: And finally, a question to you about trade, you know, another tricky issue for these two leaders to discuss,
[08:05:00] some multibillion dollar trade deals were signed earlier today between Wilbur Ross and his Chinese counterpart, is that going to translate
into a trade breakthrough between these two powers?
RIVERS: You know, that's a good question. I think both sides want deliverables from these kind of visits. They don't want to go through this
whole pomp and circumstance and have both sides go home empty handed. I think both sides want to show to their respective domestic political
audience, look, we went to China or we received the Americans and we got things done.
In terms of a broader breakthrough here, I think the question is, what can the Chinese convince the Trump administration to not do? Can they convince
the Trump administration that punitive measures on trade, things like imposing tariffs, things like penalizing the Chinese for dumping things
like steel in the economy? Can they convince the Trump administration to back off from those kind of things?
Because the Chinese don't want any interruption in the economic relationship between these two countries. As China's begins to slow down,
albeit gradually, they need a stable relationship with the United States. It's their biggest bilateral trading partner. They need that relationship
to remain steady.
And so that is something that the Trump administration has said it might look at, penalizing in the area of trade and response for maybe not doing
enough on North Korea. So, it's going to be very interesting to see the way that plays out there, you know, how much can China convince the Trump
administration to not take the kind of actions that Donald Trump has long promised he would take?
LU STOUT: In terms of trade and in terms of North Korea, China, at the end of the day, craves stability. Matt Rivers reporting live for us. Thank you
so much. We'll talk again soon.
CNNs Will Ripley has been following reaction to Donald Trump's speech that he gave earlier today in Seoul. He joins us live from Pyongyang. He is the
only U.S. reporter there in the North Korean capital. Will, thanks for joining us.
In that speech that U.S. president gave to South Korean lawmakers, he slammed Kim Jong-un and called his North Korea a hell that no one deserves.
What kind of action has that provoked there in North Korea?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was certainly a cutting attack on North Korea's system, their ideology. And while there is no
official response yet, North Korean state media hasn't yet reported about President Trump's speech on their nightly news, they talked about anti-
Trump protests in Seoul, but they didn't mention the words of the president.
We do expect to see a response perhaps tomorrow. It normally takes about 24 hours. The news cycle runs a little bit slower here. But there was an
article published today by North Korea's leading newspaper before President Trump's speech, focusing on the issue of human rights. An argument was
brought up that the North Koreans have thrown back at me when I asked them about allegations of human rights abuses many times over the last several
They bring up the United States. They say the United States is chaotic and dangerous. They say their society is safe, it's collective, its people
helping each other. Of course, the testimony from defectors painting a very different picture, saying that people who break this country's rules are
tracked down by secret police, sent to Gulag (ph), entire family is in prison.
But the North Korean response on human rights, I'm just going to read you a portion from (INAUDIBLE), it says, "The U.S. should not impudently style
itself as a human rights judge but mind its own poor human rights records in its land where racial discrimination, gun-related crimes, and all other
social crimes prevail."
The North Koreans feel that their society is superior to much of the outside world, even on the issue of human rights, which is a hard argument
for most around the world to fathom, Kristie.
LU STOUT: There is concern for the human rights of just the North Korean people inside the country. Of course those who attempt to leave and
unfortunately are sent back to face some punishment. I know you are following the case of 10 North Koreans who attempted to defect, they have
been detained in China, what is going to happen to them?
RIPLEY: We really don't know the answer. It was an activist who contacted the CNN to tell the story of these 10 people including children imprisoned
in China. We know that China has stepped up their deportations of North Korean defectors as of late. But we have really mixed reports about what
happens to people when they leave and then come back.
I have interviewed people who have defected and returned to this country and had been embraced by the society or at least that's what they told us.
They showed us new apartments. They're working in good jobs and claim that they were welcomed back.
But then there are other reports from human rights activists who say that defectors are in prison or even killed as punishment. And so we don't know
the fate of these 10 because we just don't know what happens to defectors, perhaps there are different outcomes depending on the circumstances.
LU STOUT: Will Ripley reporting live for us from the North Korean capital. Thank you, Will. While President Trump is here in China, we are closely
watching to see if he tweets. Twitter is of course blocked by China's huge internet filter system. It is known as the Great Firewall. But that isn't
likely to stop
[08:10:00] Mr. Trump from accessing his favorite social media platform because he is almost certainly using a U.S.-based service provider which
leaves him outside the firewall's reach.
While President Trump is abroad, back home, the U.S. voters are sending a message of stark disapproval to his party. Mr. Trump's low approval ratings
likely contributing to decisive wins by Democrats in states like Virginia and New Jersey. Let's bring in CNN's Ryan Nobles. He is live for us in
Richmond, Virginia. Ryan, the Democrats, they won these two key races, their first major taste of victory in the era of Donald Trump.
RYAN NOBLES, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, that's right, Kristie, and Democrats for some time have been saying that there is a ton of grassroots
enthusiasm with their supporters in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency, but that had not really translated to electoral victories.
That was until last night. There was no place where that was signified more than here in Virginia, a race for governor that was supposed to be closed,
and was anything but.
TOM PEREZ, PARTY CHAIR, DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE: The Democratic Party is back, my friends!
NOBLES (voice-over): An anti-Trump wave fueling a big Democratic sweep, including the hotly contested governor's race in Virginia. The state's
Democratic lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam, crushing Republican Ed Gillespie by nine points in a race that was expected to be close.
GOV. RALPH NORTHAM (D), VIRGINIA: Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the
politics that have torn this country apart.
NOBLES (voice-over): President Trump blaming Gillespie for the loss, accusing him of not embracing him and what he stands for. But exit polls
show that President Trump is deeply unpopular with twice as many Virginia voters who say Trump was factor in their decision, saying they came out to
oppose the president rather than to support him.
PEREZ: You have sent a message across the globe to South Korea. Donald Trump, you don't stand for our values.
NOBLES (voice-over): Gillespie did not campaign with the president, but Mr. Trump recorded robocalls and threw his support behind the established
Republican on Twitter. In the final stretch of the campaign, Gillespie rallied around the culture wars. The president is fueled, touting his
support for confederate monuments and tiny illegal immigration with violent games and provocative ads like this one.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ralph Northam's policies are dangerous.
NOBLES (voice-over): A strategy that led to Northam flip-flopping on his support for sanctuary cities, but ultimately failed to deliver Gillespie a
win. Democrats also making significant gains in Virginia's House of Delegates, possibly forcing a number of recounts that could shift control
of the chamber to Democrats for the first time in almost 20 years.
GOV. PHIL MURPHY (D), NEW JERSEY: With Donald Trump in the White House and Steve Bannon holding Republicans in congress hostage, governors will have
never mattered more.
NOBLES (voice-over): In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy easily defeating the state's Republican lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, who struggled to
overcome the unpopularity of her boss, Governor Chris Christie. Hotly contested mayoral race is in Manchester, New Hampshire and Charlotte, New
Carolina, also breaking in the Democrats' favor.
The blue wave extending to a number of social and cultural issues as well. Virginia Democrat Danica Roem making history, becoming the first openly
transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature, defeating a social conservative who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which
bathrooms she could use.
DANICA ROEM, VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES: To every person who has ever been singled out, this one is for you.
NOBLES (voice-over): And first-time politician, Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of a reporter shot and killed on live TV in 2015, also elected in Virginia,
upsetting a three-time Republican incumbent backed by the NRA.
NOBLES: And now Republicans are left to wonder how the results from last night will impact their mid-term elections coming up in 2018. They're going
to have to worry about that even sooner, because there is a special election taking place for a senate seat in Alabama.
The Trump-backed candidate there, Roy Moore, a hardcore social conservative, is locked in a tight race now. Alabama is a deeply red
Republican state. If the Democrats were able to pull out a victory there, it could tell us a lot about voters are thinking about Donald Trump and his
LU STOUT: Yes. And those two races that the Democrats won, the key two gubernatorial races won by the democrats, that also gave us a repulse of
what the voters want. How big a blow of this is for brand Donald Trump? What does it mean for the mid-terms?
NOBLES: Well, there has been some push back from Republicans this morning, Kristie, because both New Jersey and Virginia are pretty much blue states.
New Jersey certainly a blue state, even though they did have a two-time Republican governor, Chris Christie, in place there. But Virginia is a
state that's been trending blue for a long time. Republicans have not won a statewide race here
[08:15:00] since 2009, although the margins have been much tighter than they have been in some other blue states. And of course, Donald Trump did
not win here last night. But even though that Republican spin has been pushed out this morning that this is not a surprise, these are Democratic
states where Democrats should win, the results in Virginia are stark.
I have been a reporter in Virginia for close to ten years, and I've never seen a democratic turnout and enthusiasm like we saw last night. As we
mentioned in our piece there, the Virginia House of Delegates could flip from Republican to Democrat for the first time in 20 years. That is
something that no one saw coming.
If this trend continues, it will actually be the biggest flip from one party to another in the Virginia House of Delegates since the 1800s. So, it
is very difficult for Republicans to ignore the fact that Donald Trump weighed very heavily in the results here last night. Scott Taylor, who is a
Republican congressman from the Virginia beach area, he told me last night very specifically that this was a repudiation of Donald Trump and his
administration. And Democrats are hoping that that continues into 2018.
LU STOUT: Wow, major political waves there. Ryan Nobles reporting for us live from Richmond, Virginia. Thank yo so much. Take care. You're watching
"News Stream" coming to you live from Beijing. We are going to have some analysis of the U.S. president's historic dinner in the Forbidden City, as
well as look at his relationship with President Xi.
LU STOUT: Welcome back, You are watching a special edition of "News Stream" live from Beijing as we cover President Trump's trip to China. Now, the
Chinese government kicked off Mr. Trump's visit with a rare honor of dining in the Forbidden City. Now, this is why this is so significant. Mr. Trump
is the first U.S. president to have dinner inside the Forbidden City. He also received a personalized tour of the impressive palace.
It is intended to show the world how special Mr. Trump is to the Chinese government, a remarkable sign of goodwill, but it's also a way to showcase
President Xi's power. Forbidden City is a symbol of China's imperial past as a place for emperors used to live and rule. Years ago, the Communist
Party leaders could have criticized Mr. Xi for hosting a dinner there. But now, he is proving that he is the most man in China with this unprecedented
Now, let's get more on this, the reception of Trump here in China, on the relationship, just how critical this visit is. Victor Gao is the director
of the China National Association of International Studies. He was also the former translator of Deng Xiaoping. Sir, good to see you again in person.
VICTOR GAO, DIRECTOR, CHINA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: Thank you very much.
LU STOUT: Thank you for joining us here. We can call it unprecedented because it is true, Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to dine and
have a private dinner at the Forbidden City since the founding of the PRC
[08:20:00] in 1949, but, really, just how big was this reception and what prompted it?
GAO: I think it's a truly extraordinary and it is really unprecedented for the head of state of China, President Xi Jinping, to host President Donald
Trump in the Forbidden City. It never happened in my own recollection.
And I think it brings about a lot of symbolism as well as substance. It really shows President XI really cares about his personal relations with
President Donald Trump and he cares about nurturing and further developing the friendship and cooperation between China and the United States. This is
very good news.
GAO: It shows to the whole world that China and U.S. can get along and can improve their relations.
LU STOUT: You are saying that is a suggestion that shows Xi Jinping cares, that he cares about Trump, that he cares about the U.S.-China relationship.
Is it the timing on the back of that party congress? He has consolidated his power, he has been anointed at the apex of his power and strength. Is
he also saying, hey, I am putting our ambition on display here, welcome to Beijing, welcome to Forbidden City?
GAO: Indeed, President Donald Trump is the first head of state to visit China after the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress and President Xi
Jinping is now the most important and paramount leader in China, unprecedented ever since the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, and he is
in firm control of the party of the government, of the military.
And by meeting President Donald Trump in the Forbidden City, it also shows that he is very confident of himself, very confident about the future of
China, and also he's confident about the overall direction of China-U.S. relations.
LU STOUT: Since Xi Jinping came to power, he has been asking for this and it is kind of a clunky term of phrase, a new type of power relations. What
does that mean and why is it that Trump's predecessor Obama never really signed on to that?
GAO: I think by talking about this new big power relations between China and the United States in particular from the Chinese perspective, it is a
way to say to the United States that we should be treated as equal. We should be respective of each other and we should really promote our mutual
And in the international arena as well as in our domestic affairs, neither country (INAUDIBLE) other country and both countries should develop
greater, equal relation for mutual benefit. And this will also be a good news for the rest of the world because greater friendship and cooperation
between China and the United States will mean a stable and more peaceful world.
LU STOUT: So this is interesting because this is what Xi Jinping wants, right? He wants a vision of two powers sharing the same stage, U.S. and
China side-by-side, not just the U.S. being the only world power.
We know that Donald Trump has been heaping a lot of personal praise on Xi Jinping and talks about being a close personal friend, et cetera, et
cetera, congratulated him after the party congress. Do you think Trump is going to give Xi what he wants and say, yes, I believe that we are standing
GAO: No, I think for tonight and during the state visit by President Donald Trump to China, we want to see all the good news coming out for the better
relations between China and the United States. President Donald Trump has gone a big mile from when he was the presidential candidate, when he was
president-elect, and now he is the president.
And I hope he will really improve his understanding about China, about the Chinese people, about President Xi Jinping, and to come to the firm
conclusion that China is not an enemy of the United States and the Chinese people are really friendly with the United States. We want to really have
this mutually equal relations with each other.
We work together as partners to promote peace and stability in the world and also to promote our mutual benefits. These deals signed today as well
as tomorrow will show that there will be great upside for China-U.S. cooperation in the future.
LU STOUT: You are talking about this multibillion dollar trade deals. Before you go, one more question, about peace and stability especially
peace in the Koran Peninsula. Donald Trump really wants China to sort of amp up a pressure a little bit, to reign in the threat being posed by North
Korea and its nuclear ambitions.
Earlier today from South Korea, Trump even called on China to isolate North Korea. How far is China willing to push North Korea? Is there a red line
for China when China would say, you know what, North Korea, you just did that, enough is enough?
GAO: I think the simple truth is that both China and United States want to see denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. What China and the United
States difference right now is how to achieve this. From the Chinese perspective, we want to promote peaceful dialogue and negotiation to
achieve denuclearization. President Donald Trump apparently has different ways of thinking
[08:25:00] about how he should achieve this goal. From the Chinese perspective, I'm sure President Xi Jinping will tell President Donald Trump
that war is not an option to solve the nuclear weapon program on DPRK, and let's really keep pressure through peaceful means, rather than rhetoric of
war or confrontation. Hopefully, this will prevail in the future.
LU STOUT: The goal is the same, but how to get there, there are still areas of disagreement.
LU STOUT: We will leave it that. Victor Gao, thank you very much indeed for joining us.
GAO: Thank you for having me.
LU STOUT: All right. The U.S. president is to travel to Vietnam next on t his Asia tour but that part of the trip could be overshadowed by the severe
flooding in the country. More than 80 people have perished in the damage brought on by tropical storm Damrey. Dozens are missing. Vietnam's disaster
agency says 120,000 homes have been ruined. Wide areas of land under water. Rice and vegetable crops have been destroyed. Meaning, have lost both their
home and their livelihood.
Meanwhile, simply going outside is a serious health risk to anyone in the capital of India. That's because New Delhi is covered in smog that is so
heavy, it is hard to see let alone breathe. Tom Sater has more.
TOM SATER, CNN INTERNATIONAL METEOROLOGIST (voice-over): Navigating the streets of New Delhi is proving difficult right now. Thick smog currently
blankets the city prompting the Indian Medical Association to declare a public health emergency.
DR. KRISHAN KUMAR AGARWAL, PRESIDENT, INDIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (through translator): Schools should be closed down. People should not step out of
their homes, especially the elderly, pregnant ladies, children, and heart and asthma patients.
SATER (voice-over): City officials say the air quality index, which measures the concentration of harmful substances in the air reached a
dangerously high level of 451 this week out of a maximum of 500. Anything over 100 is considered unsafe. At the city's main airport, about 20 flights
were delayed due to poor visibility.
This passenger says his flight was grounded for nearly 30 minutes because the pilot could not obtain permission to take off in the smog. Rail traffic
was also affected with about a dozen trains running late. Forecasters say there is no relief in sight for at least the next few days.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE, INDIAN METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT: This type of scenario, we are expecting for another three days. Due to that, (INAUDIBLE)
warning for another three days (INAUDIBLE).
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE).
SATER (voice-over): This has prompted some to call for the cancellation of the annual Airtel Half Marathon which takes place in about two weeks. For
now, Delhi schools remained closed and if the heavy pollution persists or worsens, city officials are discussing ways to reduce traffic on the
capital streets. Tom Sater, CNN.
[08:30:00] (END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: Now, as Donald Trump visits Asia, opinions are split in South Korea about the U.S. President. Up next, we will take you to the streets of
Seoul. Plus, expose your pig? The new hashtag shedding light on sexual harassment and is sweeping across France.
KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN NEWS STREAM SHOW HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Beijing. You're watching "News Stream." These are your world headlines.
Donald Trump is in Beijing, the third stop on his five-nation tour of Asia. He enjoyed an unprecedented honor, an official dinner inside the Forbidden
City with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is the first foreign leader to be welcomed in this way since the founding of the People's Republic of
China in 1949.
Mr. Trump's visit follows a speech he made earlier in South Korea where he issued a warning to the North about its nuclear weapons program, directly
addressing Kim Jong-un. Mr. Trump said "every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face," adding that the U.S. would not let
itself be blackmailed or attacked.
U.S. Democrats are running a wave of anti-Trump sentiment in the latest U.S. elections. Democrat Ralph Northam best Republican lobbyist Ed
Gillespie in the Virginia governor race. And in New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy will take the state's top job, replacing outgoing Republican
Governor Chris Christie.
We got new details about the man who carried out Sunday's massacre in Texas. Police say the Air Force veteran escaped from a mental health
facility in 2012, while waiting for court-martial. He was caught smuggling weapons into a military base and have threatened the commanders.
In South Korea, contrasting reaction when it comes to the U.S. president's Asia visit. Paul Hancocks has more on two very different groups of
protesters rallying in Seoul.
PAULA HANCOCKS: Two very different receptions for the U.S. President Donald Trump just outside the national assembly here in Seoul while he was
addressing lawmakers. This is the anti-Trump protest on this side of the road. Now, they have a very strong message chanting "no Trump, no war."
They believe that Donald Trump has made the situation more tense on the Peninsula with his strong words, his off the cuff remarks, his tweets, his
personal attacks on the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.
Many of the people here believe that he shouldn't even been invited to South Korea. The (INAUDIBLE) had asked South Koreans to welcome Trump.
Clearly the people here have not heeded that. They are very angry that he has been allowed to speak at the National Parliament.
Just on the other side of the road is a very different scene. There are far more protesters -- supporters, I should say, on that side of the road. They
are here to welcome Donald Trump. They wanted to show their American support.
It is worth mentioning that many of them also are supporters of the former impeached president, Park Geum-hye, but they suddenly seemed to be very
pro-American. There was a moment of pushing and shoving between the two camps, showing that tensions and passions are very high, but that was soon
quelled by a very strong presence of police.
There is huge amount of police in this area, probably also because just as the motorcade was passing protesters on Tuesday night, there were a number
of projectiles thrown into the road. Certainly, they don't want to take any chances this time. So for the most part, these protests have been peaceful
and very vocal. Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.
LU STOUT: Now, let's take a look at what's next on President Trump's itinerary. On Thursday, he is meeting the Chinese premier and key Communist
Party officials in Beijing. He then heads to Vietnam for meeting of Pacific Rim nations before making his final stop in the Philippines for talks to
leaders of east and Southeast Asian countries.
Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has shocked Hollywood and the world with dozens of women now accusing him of rape or sexual harassment. But the
allegations have sparked a movement that encourages women around the word to speak up. In France, they are calling it "expose your pig." Melissa Bell
has more from Paris.
MELISSA BELL, CNN PARIS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The language of the hashtag may have varied from the U.S., but the anger expressed has been
universal. Women speaking out about harassment, sexual abuse, and rape in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. In France, the "expose your pig"
hashtag has led women onto the streets and into action. Women like Henda Ayari.
HENDA AYARI, FILED COMPLAINT AGAINST TARIQ RAMADAN: (UNSTRANSLATED).
BELL (voice-over): Henda Ayari is one of two women now accusing the high- profile Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape, allegations that are now in the hands of prosecutors.
[08:35:00] Ramadan who has taken a leave of absence from Oxford University denies any wrongdoing, denouncing what he calls a campaign of lie and
saying on his Facebook page, "Unfounded allegation can never take the place of concrete truth. These accusations are simply false and betray all the
ideals I have long strived for and believed in."
BELL: In France, as in other countries, women have been speaking out about specific allegations but also about a cultural problem that has allowed men
to harass them with impunity in the worlds of business, fashion, cinema, journalism, and politics.
Like Westminster, France's national assembly is now at the center of a great deal of attention over sexual harassment allegations. As recently as
July 2012, this minister was subject to cat calling.
This for choosing on that summer day to wear a dress, now Sandrine Rousseau, a former Green Party spokeswoman, has decided to act. Last year,
she and several other women accused the vice president of the national assembly of sexual harassment. Denis Baupin resigned although the case
never made to court.
In a statement, he called the allegations defamatory and baseless lies. He said he resigned to protect the reputation of parliament and to defend
himself, launching slander proceedings against the women.
SANDRINE ROUSSEAU, FORMER GREEN PARTY SPOKESWOMAN (through translator): Sexual violence is an abuse of power and the world of politics is a world
of power. Specifically a world of male power, because there are far more men who have the top jobs in France. And so far, I don't think women in
politics have been speaking out enough. I think there is much more that needs to be said about how some men behave.
BELL (voice-over): Sandrine Rousseau wants to make it easier for women to get justice. She has created a site for women to come together and share
their stories and raise money for legal action.
ROUSSEAU (through translator): It's a revolution and the women who have been used in these hash tags are very brave, but I also want to say to
them, come and help us finance a project because together, we will be stronger.
BELL (voice-over): France's first minister for equality between men and women believes that the hashtag is important but agrees that more needs to
MARLENE SCHIAPPA, FRENCH MINISTER FOR EQUALITY: We can say that street harassment is not allowed in the law in France, and I think it is really
important to say that no, it's not OK, it's not allowed to follow women, it's not allowed to harass them in the street, in the subway, you are not
BELL (voice-over): The struggle for women in France as in other countries will now be to drum their anger into action.
Melissa Bell, CNN, Paris.
LU STOUT: It is a revolution, amen to that. You're watching "News Stream." Do stay with us. Up next, we step inside a place of tranquility and prayer
in the middle of India's restless capital.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. You are watching a special edition of "News Stream" coming to you live from Beijing. I'm Kristie Lu Stout. Now, India's Sufis
have been worshiped at a special place in the heart of New Delhi. The shrine honors one of their most famous saints. Destination India travels
there for a glimpse into the country's spiritual site.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is one of my favorite places in Delhi. There are beautiful places where you can go to and you're not part of Delhi anymore.
This (INAUDIBLE). Hi, my name is (INAUDIBLE) I play drums (INAUDIBLE).
The poorest of the poor will be here and some of the religious people will be here. Some people who do not believe in anything but God will be here.
When I walk through that place, at least I get transported to a different worry sometimes. This is my smell. The seed of humanity, you know, brings
to different questions. You have everybody from everywhere and from every walk of life here. And this is the (INAUDIBLE).
India and a lot of the Islamic world, they have rich cultures (INAUDIBLE). When a person is sitting down and singing, trying to emote. The (INAUDIBLE)
will start with a certain set of notes. He will keep repeating them, repeating them over and over again.
The repetitiveness is key in grabbing your attention and keeping you there. If you can let go and don't seek technical wizardry into this music. You
are not here to be dazzled by the skin of the musician, but you will be swept by the emotion of the musician.
There is something about the beauty of praying. It's a normal religion and goes to spirituality.
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LU STOUT: That is all for this special edition of "News Stream" coming to you live from Beijing. We will be here again with much more tomorrow after
President Trump and President Xi hold a summit meeting and speak to the press. I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Beijing. "World Sport" with Alex Thomas is
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