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.
Huawei’s new Harmony operating system: can it beat the Android-Apple duopoly?
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: In this week’s Inside China, Xinmei Shen presents a deep dive into the new operating system Huawei has unveiled for phones, tablets and...
Why the Wuhan lab leak theory matters; how Guangzhou's Covid-19 outbreak could affect the world
Friday 11 June 2021
: Reporting from China's newest Covid-19 outbreak in Guangzhou, where lockdowns, mass testing, and mass quarantine are being deployed for...
China 2020 census: playing the numbers game
Tuesday 11 May 2021
: Mainland China's once-per-decade census has been released, showing overall population growth despite demographers stating China’s...
China's anti-trust issues: wielding the big stick on Big Tech
Monday 03 May 2021
: After years of turbocharged growth, China’s leading tech firms have come under intense scrutiny from Beijing. The record fines slapped on...
Dr Ben Cowling on Hong Kong & herd immunity; China's new vaccine, passport politics and COVAX
Tuesday 23 March 2021
: Dr Ben Cowling from the HKU School of Public Health discusses what herd immunity looks like for Hong Kong and how new Covid-19 variants will...
China's feminist backlash; the women who #ChoosetoChallenge marriage and motherhood
Monday 08 March 2021
: Mimi Lau presents an International Women's Day special: Phoebe Zhang reports on the backlash against feminists and women's rights activists,...
China's historic 2021 Two Sessions: what will happen
Friday 26 February 2021
: Mimi Lau explains the workings of China's two annual political meetings that include the world's largest parliamentary gathering, the...
Explaining Douyin, TikTok and why ByteDance is listing on the New York Stock Exchange
Friday 19 February 2021
: If China's tech giant ByteDance lists on the US stock exchange it will be the first Chinese social media company to launch an IPO in...
Chinese zodiac Year of the Ox forecasts: wealth, health, love and luck
Thursday 11 February 2021
: Beijing-based reporter Qin Chen presents a Lunar New Year special on the forecasts for the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. SCMP China...
How China's Lunar New Year is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: China is trying to contain outbreaks of Covid-19 during the Lunar New Year by asking its citizens to stay where they are instead of...
China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission and its fast-growing space industry
Friday 05 February 2021
: SCMP journalist Nadeem Shad speaks with freelance space journalist and China space industry expert Andrew Jones about the Tianwen-1 mission...
Covid-19 one year on: return to Wuhan, WHO inquiry begins, how it changed China
Sunday 24 January 2021
: Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo speak with fellow journalists at the South China Morning Post, one year after our first podcast reporting on the...
Explaining China's five Covid vaccines, test results and global distribution plans
Sunday 17 January 2021
: Analysis of China's five Covid-19 vaccines now in the final phase of testing, and plans for global distribution. Kinling Lo speaks with...
Huawei and the US: what next for 5G, phones & Meng Wanzhou
Friday 11 December 2020
: Is the US trying to contain Huawei - or kill it? SCMP tech editor John Artman analyses the increasing US sanctions on Huawei's access to...
Covid vaccine reality: supply, anxiety, QR codes & 'Covid normal' travel
Friday 04 December 2020
: Kinling Lo looks at vaccine success and the issues ahead: SCMP China desk editor Josephine Ma previews the supply chain issues for the...
What will change in US-China relations under Biden and Blinken?
Friday 27 November 2020
: What will change after four years of Trump's inflammatory anti-China rhetoric, ruinous trade war, and escalating technology war against...
Chinese Americans and the US election: why generational change and Asian representation matters
Monday 09 November 2020
: Despite 'China' being a huge US election issue, not much was said about how Chinese Americans might vote - and election analysis spent very...
China's Covid vaccines: mass inoculations begin, what the global Covax deal means
Friday 30 October 2020
: Hundreds of thousands of people in mainland China have already received Covid19 vaccines. Josephine Ma details the enthusiasm for Chinese...
Behind the Beijing Vatican deal and its links to US election 2020, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Friday 23 October 2020
: Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the deal announced between the Vatican and Beijing over the nomination of Roman Catholic bishops in mainland...
US election 2020 and China: reset, repeat or revenge?
Friday 16 October 2020
: Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the US presidential election from a Chinese perspective: what have trade war and the escalating tech war...
China's Golden Week and Mid Autumn Festival: nexus of culture, economics and political strategy
Friday 25 September 2020
: This year's Mid Autumn Festival coincides with China's national day and its 'Golden Week' holiday. SCMP Political Economy editor Zhou Xin...
Risk of war? The background to the South China Sea dispute
Friday 18 September 2020
: Alan Wong from Inkstone unpacks the background and the economics of the South China Sea dispute. Learn about the Nine Dash Line, freedom of...
Understanding Mulan: controversy, culture, feminism and China
Friday 11 September 2020
: The Ballad of Mulan is a 1,500 year old poem many Chinese kids learn to recite. Amidst the release of the latest Disney remake of...
How the US wields the Hong Kong Autonomy Act
Friday 04 September 2020
: When Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, he claimed Hong Kong had taken 'billions' from the US. Hear analysis of how this act...
Huawei vs the United States: from entity to enemy
Friday 21 August 2020
: SCMP technology editor John Artman unpacks the latest escalation in the US-China tech war, and the US Commerce Department's announcement...