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.
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...
Explaining WeChat: China's super app Donald Trump wants banned
Tuesday 18 August 2020
: The app that has 19 million daily US users faces an impending ban on 'transactions'. Phoebe Zhang in Shenzhen reports on how this impacts...
Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy, nationalism and China
Friday 07 August 2020
: Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo present a deep-dive into the current state of Covid-19 vaccine development from China. Reporter Simone McCarthy...
Explaining China's flood crisis as the Yangtze River continues to rise
Friday 31 July 2020
: Mimi Lau explains how two months of record-breaking torrential rains and decades of land reclamation and waterway diversion have helped...
On the brink: China and India's border standoff
Friday 24 July 2020
: How did the brutal confrontation between Chinese and Indian soldiers along the disputed Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas in June...
Covid-19 new wave: mask policies change, secondary lockdowns and Facebook support groups
Monday 20 July 2020
: Dr Ben Cowling from the HKU School of Public Health discusses changing attitudes on masks, the WHO controversy about airborne particles and...
How Covid-19 changed the Australia-China relationship
Friday 10 July 2020
: In April, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the source of the coronavirus pandemic to be lead...
Surviving Covid-19: stories of recovery and resilience
Friday 26 June 2020
: Media coverage of global infection numbers and the death toll from the coronavirus often misses a third number: the millions of people who...
Beijing Covid-19 outbreak: Xinfadi market closure impact, how it's affecting residents
Friday 19 June 2020
: Beijing-based reporters Echo Xie and Qin Chen report on the outbreak of coronavirus at the Xinfadi wholesale market, how it's impacting on...
Covid-19 vaccine tests, the ethics of human trials, vaccine nationalism & Big Pharma
Friday 12 June 2020
: Josephine Ma reports the latest on vaccine testing in mainland China, the deep ethical concerns over 'human challenge' trials and the...
Two Sessions analysis: Hong Kong security law, the 5 year plan and a jobs crisis
Friday 29 May 2020
: Beijing-based reporter Mai Jun explains what it's like to report on the "two sessions", China's annual parliamentary meetings, under...
China’s Two Sessions explained: what to expect, why it’s so important for Beijing
Thursday 21 May 2020
: Amid global criticism for the coronavirus pandemic, a record slump in economic growth and huge unemployment, China will hold its annual...
Coronavirus mutation, vaccines, testing & China's Wolf Warriors vs the world
Monday 18 May 2020
: The coronavirus is mutating - how does that affect possible vaccines? Hear from Prof. Malik Pieris, who isolated the SARS virus in 2003,...
How Wuhan, the 5G conspiracy, mask diplomacy and coronavirus converge
Friday 24 April 2020
: SCMP journalists Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo present the latest coronavirus special: how attitudes in Vancouver and New York have changed...
Coronavirus experience: what Hong Kong learned in two months of social distancing, home schooling and quarantine
Friday 03 April 2020
: One quarter of the world is now following the example set in Wuhan and Hubei province and locking down their populations; what has Hong Kong...
Coronavirus pandemic: vaccines, patient zero, airlines & Hong Kong's economic pain
Tuesday 10 March 2020
: Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo return with a deep dive into the issues surrounding the global coronavirus outbreak. Dr Sarah Borwein discusses the...
China's coronavirus crisis: 5 demands for freedom; hacking social media censors; Hong Kong's trust issues
Monday 24 February 2020
: The fourth coronavirus special from the South China Morning Post; China desk editor Teddy Ng unpacks the questions being raised about...