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.
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...
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...