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The South China Morning Post political economy team analyse the latest economic data from China, delve deep into the ongoing US-China trade and tech war, and examine China's changing economic relationship with Europe, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. Hear deep background on Beijing's political machinations and how they affect policy and its global diplomacy.

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18 Jun 2021

Analysis of US President Joe Biden's Europe visit and Beijing's response from the SCMP's Rob Delaney in Washington and Zhou Xin in Hong Kong. Also, how will the global "B3W" programme work and how does it differ from China's belt and road strategy? Brussels-based correspondent Finbarr Bermingham contrasts the language of the EU and the US over what Biden achieved, and unpacks the newly announced US-Europe trade and technology council to confront China and promote "digital governance". Produced by Jasmine Tse.

Analysis of US President Joe Biden's Europe visit and Beijing's response from the SCMP's Rob Delaney in Washington and Zhou Xin in Hong Kong. Also, how will the global "B3W" programme work and how does it differ from China's belt and road strategy? Brussels-based correspondent Finbarr Bermingham contrasts the language of the EU and the US over what Biden achieved, and unpacks the newly announced US-Europe trade and technology council to confront China and promote "digital governance". Produced by Jasmine Tse.

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11 Jun 2021

SCMP’s political economy editor Zhou Xin and Washington bureau chief Rob Delaney analyse a week when Beijing and Washington targeted each other with bills on sanctions, competition and technology. Also in this week’s podcast, our European correspondent Finbarr Bermingham reports from Brussels on EU sentiment towards Biden's agenda at the G7 meeting, Nato’s push into the Indo-Pacific region, and the unveiling of a rival programme to China's Belt and Road Initiative.

SCMP’s political economy editor Zhou Xin and Washington bureau chief Rob Delaney analyse a week when Beijing and Washington targeted each other with bills on sanctions, competition and technology. Also in this week’s podcast, our European correspondent Finbarr Bermingham reports from Brussels on EU sentiment towards Biden's agenda at the G7 meeting, Nato’s push into the Indo-Pacific region, and the unveiling of a rival programme to China's Belt and Road Initiative.

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21 May 2021

Finbarr Bermingham and the team analyse the European Parliament's vote to freeze ratification of its agreement on investment with China; why the rekindled alliance of China and Russia is all about the G7 and why Biden's Endless Frontiers Act is more like Trump than a new era. Feature interview with Bernd Lange member of the European Parliament and Germany's Social Democratic Party, discussing the EU's changing relationship with China.

Finbarr Bermingham and the team analyse the European Parliament's vote to freeze ratification of its agreement on investment with China; why the rekindled alliance of China and Russia is all about the G7 and why Biden's Endless Frontiers Act is more like Trump than a new era. Feature interview with Bernd Lange member of the European Parliament and Germany's Social Democratic Party, discussing the EU's changing relationship with China.

37:20

13 May 2021

China forcefully defended its Xinjiang policy at a UN forum it labeled an “anti-China event”, where Germany and Turkey joined with the US and UK to ask for “immediate, meaningful and unfettered” access. SCMP reporters Simone McCarthy and Masha Borak examine how India's Covid crisis is impacting the global tech supply chain for Apple products as well as vaccine, PPE and medical supply-based diplomacy with China.

China forcefully defended its Xinjiang policy at a UN forum it labeled an “anti-China event”, where Germany and Turkey joined with the US and UK to ask for “immediate, meaningful and unfettered” access. SCMP reporters Simone McCarthy and Masha Borak examine how India's Covid crisis is impacting the global tech supply chain for Apple products as well as vaccine, PPE and medical supply-based diplomacy with China.

37:57

7 May 2021

Is the G7 ganging up on China? This week, the team looks at how that perception may be pushing Beijing into a corner, causing it to double down. China’s suspension of economic talks with Australia may already be proof of that, as Canberra is made an example to the world. Hear also about Beijing's choice as its new ambassador to the United States and Tamas Matura, China expert from the Corvinus University of Budapest analyses why Hungary is China’s staunchest defender in the EU.

Is the G7 ganging up on China? This week, the team looks at how that perception may be pushing Beijing into a corner, causing it to double down. China’s suspension of economic talks with Australia may already be proof of that, as Canberra is made an example to the world. Hear also about Beijing's choice as its new ambassador to the United States and Tamas Matura, China expert from the Corvinus University of Budapest analyses why Hungary is China’s staunchest defender in the EU.

40:52

30 Apr 2021

China, according to US President Joe Biden, is “deadly earnest” about becoming the world’s most “consequential” nation. In this week’s podcast, the team analyses Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. Also, reports of China’s “declining” population are refuted by Beijing even though it has yet to release new figures. And SCMP China Desk reporter Sarah Zheng looks behind mask diplomacy and India’s snub of pandemic relief from border rival China.

China, according to US President Joe Biden, is “deadly earnest” about becoming the world’s most “consequential” nation. In this week’s podcast, the team analyses Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. Also, reports of China’s “declining” population are refuted by Beijing even though it has yet to release new figures. And SCMP China Desk reporter Sarah Zheng looks behind mask diplomacy and India’s snub of pandemic relief from border rival China.

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23 Apr 2021

The talks were virtual, but the promises were not just hot air at this week’s climate summit organised by US President Joe Biden. Finbarr Bermingham joins Zhou Xin and John Carter from the SCMP Political Economy team to recap the pledges leaders made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what seemed like a measure of cooperation between Washington and China. Also this week: the strange story of censorship involving former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s personal article about his mother, the UK Parliament passes a motion declaring genocide in Xinjiang and why Beijing may miss German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she steps down later this year. 

The talks were virtual, but the promises were not just hot air at this week’s climate summit organised by US President Joe Biden. Finbarr Bermingham joins Zhou Xin and John Carter from the SCMP Political Economy team to recap the pledges leaders made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what seemed like a measure of cooperation between Washington and China. Also this week: the strange story of censorship involving former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s personal article about his mother, the UK Parliament passes a motion declaring genocide in Xinjiang and why Beijing may miss German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she steps down later this year. 

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16 Apr 2021

Taiwan has been in the headlines during a week that a delegation sent by US President Biden visited the self-ruled island, and when Beijing mounted what was seen as an aggressive show of force towards Taipei. This week’s China Geopolitics podcast also looks into the pressure on Japanese PM Suga, how Taiwan company TSMC emerged as top global semiconductor supplier, and why the EU refuses to bail out Montenegro’s massive debt to China for a highway conencting Montenegro's capital with Serbia.

Taiwan has been in the headlines during a week that a delegation sent by US President Biden visited the self-ruled island, and when Beijing mounted what was seen as an aggressive show of force towards Taipei. This week’s China Geopolitics podcast also looks into the pressure on Japanese PM Suga, how Taiwan company TSMC emerged as top global semiconductor supplier, and why the EU refuses to bail out Montenegro’s massive debt to China for a highway conencting Montenegro's capital with Serbia.

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9 Apr 2021

In a week that the US State Department openly flirted with – then pulled back from – the idea of a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter discuss the significance of the Games to China's image-building efforts, the dilemma it would create for potential sponsors and the realpolitik of Washington's mixed messaging. Also in this edition of China Geopolitics: the roles Beijing and Hong Kong might play in US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's plan for a global minimum tax on companies, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's whirlwind tour of the Middle East and China's reaction to "multilateralism" of US President Joe Biden.

In a week that the US State Department openly flirted with – then pulled back from – the idea of a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter discuss the significance of the Games to China's image-building efforts, the dilemma it would create for potential sponsors and the realpolitik of Washington's mixed messaging. Also in this edition of China Geopolitics: the roles Beijing and Hong Kong might play in US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's plan for a global minimum tax on companies, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's whirlwind tour of the Middle East and China's reaction to "multilateralism" of US President Joe Biden.

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2 Apr 2021

The fallout from a lightning blitz of sanctions between Western nations and China over alleged abuses in Xinjiang continues. China's stinging official retaliation raises huge questions about its investment deal with Europe, while China's netizen army has risen up against Western brands in response. 

 

H&M, Nike, Hugo Boss, and Adidas and their stances on Xinjiang-made cotton have lead to mass boycotts in China. Political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin unpack the political consequences, while China desk reporter Linda Lew delves into the social media storm and the cultural significance of the boycott.

The fallout from a lightning blitz of sanctions between Western nations and China over alleged abuses in Xinjiang continues. China's stinging official retaliation raises huge questions about its investment deal with Europe, while China's netizen army has risen up against Western brands in response. 

 

H&M, Nike, Hugo Boss, and Adidas and their stances on Xinjiang-made cotton have lead to mass boycotts in China. Political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin unpack the political consequences, while China desk reporter Linda Lew delves into the social media storm and the cultural significance of the boycott.

42:50

20 Mar 2021

Finbarr Bermingham and the SCMP political economy team delve beneath the opening bluster of the US-China meeting in Anchorage and analyse the bigger picture. What of the US opening gambit on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan? What will the agreement on action to confront climate change mean? Zhou Xin looks at the media coverage in mainland China media framing this as demonstrating China's superpower status; John Carter looks at the upcoming NATO meeting and the significance of the European Union talking up the prospect of sanctions on China over its policies in Xinjiang. SCMP Washington bureau reporter Mark Magnier calls in from Anchorage to discuss the the US power play of forcing the Chinese entourage to travel to Alaska, what went on in and around the meetings, what he learned from his northern exposure and what he learned from the many Chinese journalists in attendance. 

Finbarr Bermingham and the SCMP political economy team delve beneath the opening bluster of the US-China meeting in Anchorage and analyse the bigger picture. What of the US opening gambit on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan? What will the agreement on action to confront climate change mean? Zhou Xin looks at the media coverage in mainland China media framing this as demonstrating China's superpower status; John Carter looks at the upcoming NATO meeting and the significance of the European Union talking up the prospect of sanctions on China over its policies in Xinjiang. SCMP Washington bureau reporter Mark Magnier calls in from Anchorage to discuss the the US power play of forcing the Chinese entourage to travel to Alaska, what went on in and around the meetings, what he learned from his northern exposure and what he learned from the many Chinese journalists in attendance. 

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13 Mar 2021

Finbarr Bermingham, Zhou Xin and John Carter look at the coming high-level meeting between the US and China in Alaska, and compare what each team of negotiators are looking to get from the occasion, while Biden's calling together of the 'Quad' raises more questions of what India, Japan and Australia have in common. Hear analysis from Beijing-based reporters Mai Jun and Kinling Lo of China's National People's Congress, its announced electoral changes for Hong Kong's electoral system, and how the focus of Li Keqiang's closing press conference can be read as signals for China's policy priorities.

Finbarr Bermingham, Zhou Xin and John Carter look at the coming high-level meeting between the US and China in Alaska, and compare what each team of negotiators are looking to get from the occasion, while Biden's calling together of the 'Quad' raises more questions of what India, Japan and Australia have in common. Hear analysis from Beijing-based reporters Mai Jun and Kinling Lo of China's National People's Congress, its announced electoral changes for Hong Kong's electoral system, and how the focus of Li Keqiang's closing press conference can be read as signals for China's policy priorities.

35:55

7 Mar 2021

Finbarr Bermingham speaks with SCMP political economy editors Zho Xin and John Carter about the latest Hong Kong crackdown on pro-democracy figures, and delve deep into the latest policy announcements at the National People's Congress in Beijing concerning economic growth and technology. Hear an in-depth interview with Reinhard Butikofer, German politician and chair of the European Union parliamentary delegation to China.

Finbarr Bermingham speaks with SCMP political economy editors Zho Xin and John Carter about the latest Hong Kong crackdown on pro-democracy figures, and delve deep into the latest policy announcements at the National People's Congress in Beijing concerning economic growth and technology. Hear an in-depth interview with Reinhard Butikofer, German politician and chair of the European Union parliamentary delegation to China.

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26 Feb 2021

Finbarr Bermingham and political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin look at the upcoming announcement of Beijing's five year plan and how it will address the rising middle income trap for China's economic growth. Hear analysis of the Biden administration inquiry into 'supply chains' that didn't mention China and the push by US tech companies back into the mainland now Trump has gone. Special guest is Philippe LeCorre, EU specialist with Harvard University, discussing the EU strategy towards China and human rights.

Finbarr Bermingham and political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin look at the upcoming announcement of Beijing's five year plan and how it will address the rising middle income trap for China's economic growth. Hear analysis of the Biden administration inquiry into 'supply chains' that didn't mention China and the push by US tech companies back into the mainland now Trump has gone. Special guest is Philippe LeCorre, EU specialist with Harvard University, discussing the EU strategy towards China and human rights.

27:06

17 Feb 2021

A special ICYMI recap of an interview between Finbarr Bermingham and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, back when she was one of two candidates vying for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization. Hear her talk about her vision for the WTO regarding Covid-19 vaccines, how to repair US-China trade relations and exactly what reforms she thinks are needed for this organisation to be effective.

A special ICYMI recap of an interview between Finbarr Bermingham and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, back when she was one of two candidates vying for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization. Hear her talk about her vision for the WTO regarding Covid-19 vaccines, how to repair US-China trade relations and exactly what reforms she thinks are needed for this organisation to be effective.

21:50

5 Feb 2021

John Carter unpacks how fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in mainland China will impact the Chinese economy, as the nation prepares for the Lunar New Year holiday. SCMP China desk edtor Wiliam Zheng analyses Beijing's top diplomat's first policy speech since the Biden inauguration; senior Asia correspondent Bhavan Jaipragas looks at China's relationship with Myanmar, the reaction from Beijing and Washington to the coup and how it contrasts with how the ASEAN nations have reacted.

John Carter unpacks how fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in mainland China will impact the Chinese economy, as the nation prepares for the Lunar New Year holiday. SCMP China desk edtor Wiliam Zheng analyses Beijing's top diplomat's first policy speech since the Biden inauguration; senior Asia correspondent Bhavan Jaipragas looks at China's relationship with Myanmar, the reaction from Beijing and Washington to the coup and how it contrasts with how the ASEAN nations have reacted.

26:35

29 Jan 2021

Finbarr Bermingham and the team discuss Xi's Davos speech. How is it different from his speech in 2017, when he spoke just after Trump took office and pitched China as the saviour of multilateralism? He also made an important play for the global south, pitching China as the power that will support the developing world. In the second part of the show economist Nick Marro from the Economist Global Trade Intelligence Unit discusses the furore around the EU China investment deal, signed in December but parts of which are being released only now. Has the EU been too gentle on China in not sealing tight enough provisions on forced labour?

Finbarr Bermingham and the team discuss Xi's Davos speech. How is it different from his speech in 2017, when he spoke just after Trump took office and pitched China as the saviour of multilateralism? He also made an important play for the global south, pitching China as the power that will support the developing world. In the second part of the show economist Nick Marro from the Economist Global Trade Intelligence Unit discusses the furore around the EU China investment deal, signed in December but parts of which are being released only now. Has the EU been too gentle on China in not sealing tight enough provisions on forced labour?

44:43

22 Jan 2021

Analysis of China's economy following its GDP announcement; it was one of few in the world to exit 2020 with growth, but what of the growing inequality between rich and poor. Has its economic model reached a plateau, and how will it continue to grow its nation's wealth? John Carter and Zhou Xin look at China's economy in 2021 and its challenges, and find contrast in how the US and China approach Big Tech. Washington correspondent Jacob Fromer analyses what he has witnessed in the confirmation hearings of Janet Yellen and Anthony Blinken and what it means for US policy on China.

Analysis of China's economy following its GDP announcement; it was one of few in the world to exit 2020 with growth, but what of the growing inequality between rich and poor. Has its economic model reached a plateau, and how will it continue to grow its nation's wealth? John Carter and Zhou Xin look at China's economy in 2021 and its challenges, and find contrast in how the US and China approach Big Tech. Washington correspondent Jacob Fromer analyses what he has witnessed in the confirmation hearings of Janet Yellen and Anthony Blinken and what it means for US policy on China.

33:12

8 Jan 2021

The headlines have been on Washington this week as riotous Trump supporters laid siege on the US capital, but it has not gone unnoticed in Beijing, where Chinese media and officials have been relishing the chaos. John Carter and Zhou Xin join Finbarr Bermingham to discuss a blistering start to the year. Financial reporter Chad Bray makes his podcast debut to discuss the regulatory hokey cokey facing big Chinese telecoms firms, which may be about to exit the New York Stock Exchange.

The headlines have been on Washington this week as riotous Trump supporters laid siege on the US capital, but it has not gone unnoticed in Beijing, where Chinese media and officials have been relishing the chaos. John Carter and Zhou Xin join Finbarr Bermingham to discuss a blistering start to the year. Financial reporter Chad Bray makes his podcast debut to discuss the regulatory hokey cokey facing big Chinese telecoms firms, which may be about to exit the New York Stock Exchange.

24:58

7 Dec 2020

The US is about to pass a bill demanding Chinese companies submit to American audit standards or be de-listed from US stock exchanges. Finbarr Bermingham, John Carter and Zhou Xin analyse the impact this will have on the trillions of dollars invested by Chinese companies, and what potential escalations this might lead to. Hear also about the impact of new bans on American made silicon chips to Chinese companies. Our feature interview is with Long Yongtu, one of the pre-eminent veterans of China's world trade negotiations and its entry to the WTO. 

The US is about to pass a bill demanding Chinese companies submit to American audit standards or be de-listed from US stock exchanges. Finbarr Bermingham, John Carter and Zhou Xin analyse the impact this will have on the trillions of dollars invested by Chinese companies, and what potential escalations this might lead to. Hear also about the impact of new bans on American made silicon chips to Chinese companies. Our feature interview is with Long Yongtu, one of the pre-eminent veterans of China's world trade negotiations and its entry to the WTO. 

40:08

27 Nov 2020

Just days after signing the RCEP trade deal, China's president Xi Jinping shocked analysts and the global trade community with his support for the CPTPP - the agreement once thought to be the highest grade trade deal excluding China in existence, and described as 'the anti-China club' by some Chinese commentators. Why would he do this? Finbarr Bermingham sits down with SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter to look at Xi Jinping's motives and how they fit in a broader perspective of China's goals and its strategy to get the jump on the incoming Biden administration.  

Just days after signing the RCEP trade deal, China's president Xi Jinping shocked analysts and the global trade community with his support for the CPTPP - the agreement once thought to be the highest grade trade deal excluding China in existence, and described as 'the anti-China club' by some Chinese commentators. Why would he do this? Finbarr Bermingham sits down with SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter to look at Xi Jinping's motives and how they fit in a broader perspective of China's goals and its strategy to get the jump on the incoming Biden administration.  

21:28

20 Nov 2020

Fifteen countries from Asia Pacific this week signed the world's biggest trade deal, led by ASEAN but crucially including China. Hear expert analysis from journalists who have covered this every step of the way. Does RCEP represent a lost opportunity for the US and a strategic win for China? Will China's regional sparring partners be able to ratify it? Finbarr Bermingham is joined by Bhavan Jaipragas, Zhou Xin and John Carter to get the details. We've also rifled through Barack Obama's new book 'A Promised Land' to see what he said about US-China trade relations, and what it reveals about how Beijing approached negotiations - courtesy special guest narration from Sarah Zheng.

Fifteen countries from Asia Pacific this week signed the world's biggest trade deal, led by ASEAN but crucially including China. Hear expert analysis from journalists who have covered this every step of the way. Does RCEP represent a lost opportunity for the US and a strategic win for China? Will China's regional sparring partners be able to ratify it? Finbarr Bermingham is joined by Bhavan Jaipragas, Zhou Xin and John Carter to get the details. We've also rifled through Barack Obama's new book 'A Promised Land' to see what he said about US-China trade relations, and what it reveals about how Beijing approached negotiations - courtesy special guest narration from Sarah Zheng.

30:22

6 Nov 2020

The SCMP's political economy team take a break from updating the live blog to discuss this week's dramatic, elongated US election. What does it mean for China? What kinds of jokes are going around Chinese social media? What do the Beijing newspapers say - or not say? And what do China watchers think about the state of the relationship? Zhou Xin, John Carter and Finbarr Bermingham discuss this - as well as implications for upcoming negotiations on finance and trade involving Europe and Japan. Hear also from two veterans of US trade with China and how they think a possible Biden administration change the course of US-China relations.

The SCMP's political economy team take a break from updating the live blog to discuss this week's dramatic, elongated US election. What does it mean for China? What kinds of jokes are going around Chinese social media? What do the Beijing newspapers say - or not say? And what do China watchers think about the state of the relationship? Zhou Xin, John Carter and Finbarr Bermingham discuss this - as well as implications for upcoming negotiations on finance and trade involving Europe and Japan. Hear also from two veterans of US trade with China and how they think a possible Biden administration change the course of US-China relations.

23:23

30 Oct 2020

In this very special edition, the SCMP Political Economy team count down to a seismic day in the global calendar - November 3. China will release details of its next five-year plan, the same day of the US presidential election. John Carter and William Zheng draw a line between the two events - including a specific detail from a Beijing press conference with huge symbolic meaning for China. Economist Andy Rothman explores China's economic recovery and frisks three post-election scenarios, while former USTR staffer Benjamin Kostrzewa discusses a rollercoaster four years for trade lawyers, and casts an eye ahead to the next four years.

In this very special edition, the SCMP Political Economy team count down to a seismic day in the global calendar - November 3. China will release details of its next five-year plan, the same day of the US presidential election. John Carter and William Zheng draw a line between the two events - including a specific detail from a Beijing press conference with huge symbolic meaning for China. Economist Andy Rothman explores China's economic recovery and frisks three post-election scenarios, while former USTR staffer Benjamin Kostrzewa discusses a rollercoaster four years for trade lawyers, and casts an eye ahead to the next four years.

42:06

23 Oct 2020

The SCMP team discuss the Biden-Trump debate and its minimal focus on trade, and compare it with the much more impactful speech given by China's president Xi Jinping for the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, asking the Chinese people to reclaim the 'Korean Spirit'. Hinrich Foundation research fellow and former USTR and WTO negotiator Stephen Olson gives his analysis of Trump and Biden trade policies; in-depth discussion about the future of post-pandemic world trade with Nigerian WTO nominee for Director General, Ngozi Okonji-Iweala

The SCMP team discuss the Biden-Trump debate and its minimal focus on trade, and compare it with the much more impactful speech given by China's president Xi Jinping for the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, asking the Chinese people to reclaim the 'Korean Spirit'. Hinrich Foundation research fellow and former USTR and WTO negotiator Stephen Olson gives his analysis of Trump and Biden trade policies; in-depth discussion about the future of post-pandemic world trade with Nigerian WTO nominee for Director General, Ngozi Okonji-Iweala

46:54

18 Oct 2020

Analysis of China's trade surge as its tech sector prepares for US sanctions, and the food supply crisis resulting from swine flu and floods spurs food imports. Finbarr Bermingham, Zhou Xin and John Carter look at China's reaction to the 2020 US election, as well as the increasing jitters in China's banks over US sanctions stemming from the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Hear also an in-depth interview with South Korean nominee to head the World Trade Organisation, Yoo Myung-hee. 

Analysis of China's trade surge as its tech sector prepares for US sanctions, and the food supply crisis resulting from swine flu and floods spurs food imports. Finbarr Bermingham, Zhou Xin and John Carter look at China's reaction to the 2020 US election, as well as the increasing jitters in China's banks over US sanctions stemming from the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Hear also an in-depth interview with South Korean nominee to head the World Trade Organisation, Yoo Myung-hee. 

42:53

25 Sep 2020

The SCMP political economy team analyse China's 'entity list' and its potential implications for firms such as HSBC. Hear analysis of how floods and typhoons mean China continues to struggle with food security issues, and Shehzad Qazi, managing director of China Beige Book, discusses the explosive report claiming the Chinese economy is technically in recession, with recovery in places like Beijing and Shanghai but deep malaise elsewhere.

The SCMP political economy team analyse China's 'entity list' and its potential implications for firms such as HSBC. Hear analysis of how floods and typhoons mean China continues to struggle with food security issues, and Shehzad Qazi, managing director of China Beige Book, discusses the explosive report claiming the Chinese economy is technically in recession, with recovery in places like Beijing and Shanghai but deep malaise elsewhere.

34:30

18 Sep 2020

The SCMP team analyse the watered-down US import controls on Xinjiang products and nations of the European Unions sharpening their focus on human rights in China. Former WTO official Tatiana Prazeres, now based in Beijing, discusses China's 'hollow victory' in a dispute over Trump's trade war tariffs at the WTO. We'll also hear about one company's manufacturing journey in the age of Trump, and the reality of 'decoupling' and 'reshoring'.

The SCMP team analyse the watered-down US import controls on Xinjiang products and nations of the European Unions sharpening their focus on human rights in China. Former WTO official Tatiana Prazeres, now based in Beijing, discusses China's 'hollow victory' in a dispute over Trump's trade war tariffs at the WTO. We'll also hear about one company's manufacturing journey in the age of Trump, and the reality of 'decoupling' and 'reshoring'.

46:50

11 Sep 2020

Both Trump and Biden are trying to force US firms to leave China but is the gravitational pull of the Chinese market too strong? The team analyse the growing consensus in America's presidential candidates' policies as well as the impending threat of a new global trade alliance against China. Hear why the impending US bans on cotton from Xinjiang that uses forced labour might just blow up the phase one trade deal and leave both economies  much worse for wear. #scmppodcasts #tradewar 

Both Trump and Biden are trying to force US firms to leave China but is the gravitational pull of the Chinese market too strong? The team analyse the growing consensus in America's presidential candidates' policies as well as the impending threat of a new global trade alliance against China. Hear why the impending US bans on cotton from Xinjiang that uses forced labour might just blow up the phase one trade deal and leave both economies  much worse for wear. #scmppodcasts #tradewar 

26:44

4 Sep 2020

Despite promising to cut the US trade deficit in the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump must today grapple with an even larger gap today, despite his trade war. Meanwhile, China has announced TikTok is now on a list of Chinese companies prohibited to exchange technology with the US. How will it play out? Finbarr Bermingham is joined by political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter to discuss what's next. #scmppodcasts #tradewar

Despite promising to cut the US trade deficit in the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump must today grapple with an even larger gap today, despite his trade war. Meanwhile, China has announced TikTok is now on a list of Chinese companies prohibited to exchange technology with the US. How will it play out? Finbarr Bermingham is joined by political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter to discuss what's next. #scmppodcasts #tradewar

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