Want to learn more about China first-hand, from reporters on the ground? In every episode, we take a deep-dive into a specific topic, mixing independent reporting and exclusive interviews to bring you unique insights into an emerging potential superpower. Now, we’re featuring regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic from across the country. Brought to you by the South China Morning Post.
Shanghai faces expat exodus amid economic and mental health crisis: Xi doubles down on zero Covid
Friday 13 May 2022
: Jasmine Tse presents the latest episode looking at the ongoing lockdown in Shanghai, as China pursues increasingly draconian zero Covid...
Shanghai, Beijing and the Omicron 'new normal'; economic critics of zero Covid silenced
Wednesday 04 May 2022
: SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how mass testing and lockdowns are affecting Beijing and Shanghai. Video reporter Thomas Yau...
Shanghai’s simmering rage, Beijing sweats on lockdown; China’s vaccine gaps exposed
Thursday 28 April 2022
: As parts of Shanghai enter a sixth week of lockdown, SCMP video producer Thomas Yau reports from Puxi district on the mood of residents, as...
Shanghai crisis: street brawls, social media storm, global shipping slowed, Xi's political test
Thursday 21 April 2022
: SCMP reporter Holly Chik speaks with video journalist Thomas Yau from the Puxi district on bartering for food, increasingly violent street...
Shanghai's lockdown crisis, China's zero-Covid crossroads, a global trade threat
Wednesday 13 April 2022
: SCMP journalists in Shanghai report on the ongoing lockdown in the Puxi district. Thomas Yau discusses rising tensions among residents...
Shanghai split in two as megacity locks down to fight Omicron variant surge
Thursday 31 March 2022
: China’s most-populous city Shanghai has plunged its people into a historic half-half lockdown, starting with all districts east of the...
Hong Kong’s Omicron crisis: testing, health systems, supply chains on the brink
Thursday 17 February 2022
: SCMP’s Mimi Lau presents the latest update on Hong Kong's Omicron surge, with reporter Gigi Choy discussing images of the sick and elderly...
Hong Kong's zero-Covid crossroads: Dr Ben Cowling's forecast, Singapore's lessons
Thursday 10 February 2022
: Hong Kong is desperately implementing new Covid-19 rules and penalties in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. The SCMP’s...
Hong Kong Omicron: hamster cull outrage, zero Covid crumbles, finance exodus
Thursday 27 January 2022
: Hear about Hong Kong’s fifth wave of the pandemic. Microbiologist Dr Siddharth Sridhar unpacks Hong Kong's 2020-era zero Covid policy as...
Beijing battles Omicron outbreaks; Hong Kong culls hamsters, restaurants in crisis
Thursday 20 January 2022
: As the Winter Olympics and the Lunar New Year holiday loom, Mimi Lau looks at Beijing's desperate measures to maintain its zero-Covid policy...
China’s year of the crackdown: gaming, IPOs, live streaming and tutoring
Friday 31 December 2021
: SCMP journalist Xinmei Shen is joined by her fellow technology reporters Josh Ye and Jane Zhang to unpack and analyse the numerous...
Beijing Olympics diplomatic boycott: what it means and echoes of Moscow 1980
Wednesday 08 December 2021
: Mimi Lau talks with SCMP deputy sports editor Josh Ball about the diplomatic snub announced on the Beijing Winter Olympics; historian...
Dr Ben Cowling: Omicron, border closures, Hong Kong quarantine and mainland China
Saturday 04 December 2021
: SCMP digital editor Jarrod Watt speaks with Professor Ben Cowling, Chair Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the...
What Omicron means; a historic pandemic treaty; China’s new Covid antibody drugs and boosters
Thursday 02 December 2021
: SCMP reporters Mimi Lau, Simone McCarthy and Josephine Ma discuss the latest coronavirus news from inside mainland China and around the...
Why Peng Shuai matters: #MeToo in China, WTA, Olympics and global narrative
Wednesday 24 November 2021
: Mimi Lau looks at how a since-deleted social media post by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has ignited global concern for her welfare,...
China after COP26: how does the country move on from coal?
Wednesday 17 November 2021
: SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik presents the second part of our series looking at the technological and economic changes under way in...
Analysing Xi Jinping’s historic resolution and China’s future
Friday 12 November 2021
: Mimi Lau speaks with the Post’s Beijing-based news editor Mai Jun about the historic resolution issued by the Sixth Plenum of the 19th...
China and COP26: coal powered crisis as renewable energy rises
Sunday 31 October 2021
: With the COP26 global climate summit being seen as one of the last chances for the planet, SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how...
The metaverse beyond Facebook: Tencent, ByteDance, Roblox, Fortnite go all in
Thursday 28 October 2021
: Are you ready, player one? A change is coming, promising to transform the web into the “metaverse”. SCMP tech desk reporters Xinmei Shen...
Xi Jinping, Kunming COP15 and China’s escalating power crisis
Thursday 14 October 2021
: SCMP reporter Echo Xie reports from Kunming and the COP15 Biodiversity conference, where China’s president Xi Jinping announced a $US232...
China’s coal crisis: how to balance supply, demand and a changing climate
Wednesday 06 October 2021
: Mass power outages, factories with restricted hours and the prospect of major disruptions in the production of Christmas retail goods. This...
Meng Wanzhou and the two Michaels: what’s next for Huawei, Canada and China?
Wednesday 29 September 2021
: SCMP tech journalist Xinmei Shen speaks with Vancouver-based correspondent Ian Young about his three years covering Meng Wanzhou, how her...
Evergrande debt crisis: China’s ‘Lehman moment’ vs Xi’s ‘Common Prosperity’
Thursday 23 September 2021
: Mimi Lau speaks with SCMP reporter Pearl Liu about the background to the US$300 billion debt crisis for China's property giant Evergrande,...
China's online gaming ban: the players, the parents and an industry reset
Wednesday 15 September 2021
: SCMP tech journalists Xinmei Shen and Josh Ye analyse the the impact of Beijing's crackdown on online gaming for players under 18. Hear how...
Beyond the Wuhan lab leak theory, Beijing vs zero covid, new MRNA vaccines and a China/US partnership
Thursday 26 August 2021
: SCMP reporter Mimi Lau speaks with fellow journalist Simone McCarthy about the call from WHO investigators for a second audit of lab...