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Inside China

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Take a deep-dive into issues and stories for a deeper understanding of contemporary China. In this series you'll get independent reportage and exclusive interviews to bring you unique insights.

Go beyond the headlines and discover more about the culture, life and people of China.

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30 Sep 2019

A new modern phenomenon is causing a massive increase in single-use plastic packaging, overwhelming any positive effect of bans on plastic straws - but new technology might be able to join the dots between food disposal and food production

A new modern phenomenon is causing a massive increase in single-use plastic packaging, overwhelming any positive effect of bans on plastic straws - but new technology might be able to join the dots between food disposal and food production

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30 Sep 2019

One city used an old English folk song to create a culture of recycling and domestic waste separation, while the other finds itself on the wrong side of China’s National Sword policy

One city used an old English folk song to create a culture of recycling and domestic waste separation, while the other finds itself on the wrong side of China’s National Sword policy

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30 Sep 2019

Inside the new waste disposal system brought in for tens of millions of residents one of China’s biggest cities, and finding the truth in the hype over hi-tech trash cans, RFID chips and the social credit system

Inside the new waste disposal system brought in for tens of millions of residents one of China’s biggest cities, and finding the truth in the hype over hi-tech trash cans, RFID chips and the social credit system

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30 Sep 2019

How China’s National Sword policy caused a global disruption to domestic recycling programmes, encouraged Southeast Asian nations to reject Western waste, and inspired a massive Chinese investment in American recycling facilities

How China’s National Sword policy caused a global disruption to domestic recycling programmes, encouraged Southeast Asian nations to reject Western waste, and inspired a massive Chinese investment in American recycling facilities

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11 Jul 2019

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

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25 Jun 2019

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

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25 Jun 2019

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

22:46

25 Jun 2019

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

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25 Jun 2019

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

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25 Jun 2019

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

22:35

25 Jun 2019

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

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31 Mar 2019

The new generation of Chinese science fiction authors talk of their inspirations, their insights, and what makes science fiction in China special.

The new generation of Chinese science fiction authors talk of their inspirations, their insights, and what makes science fiction in China special.

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27 Feb 2019

Millions of rural people have come to Beijing in search of better jobs and the middle class dream but find themselves homeless and hunted by authorities determined to clear out the ‘low end population’. Meet the man secretly housing them and giving them support.

Millions of rural people have come to Beijing in search of better jobs and the middle class dream but find themselves homeless and hunted by authorities determined to clear out the ‘low end population’. Meet the man secretly housing them and giving them support.

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30 Jan 2019

Long before today’s US-China rivalry over technology, there was a time of US-China co-operation to educate a new generation of scientists and engineers: this is the story of two victims of the Cultural Revolution who became giants of Chinese science, thanks to a US education.

Long before today’s US-China rivalry over technology, there was a time of US-China co-operation to educate a new generation of scientists and engineers: this is the story of two victims of the Cultural Revolution who became giants of Chinese science, thanks to a US education.

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16 Nov 2018

Upon the 40th anniversary of China’s economic transformation, hear from workers, cultural figures and industrialists who participated in the ‘opening’ of China.

Upon the 40th anniversary of China’s economic transformation, hear from workers, cultural figures and industrialists who participated in the ‘opening’ of China.

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16 Nov 2018

A Halloween special, bringing to life a spooky Chinese literary classic.

A Halloween special, bringing to life a spooky Chinese literary classic.

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20 Oct 2018

Take a journey deep into the mysterious Shennongjia forest and join eyewitnesses and scientists on the hunt for the Yeren.

Take a journey deep into the mysterious Shennongjia forest and join eyewitnesses and scientists on the hunt for the Yeren.

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20 Oct 2018

Hundreds of workers who helped transform a fishing village into China's tech capital are petitioning for justice as they face a slow and painful death.

Hundreds of workers who helped transform a fishing village into China's tech capital are petitioning for justice as they face a slow and painful death.

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20 Oct 2018

Meet the man who wants to turn the centuries-old art of Chinese bull wrestling into a spectator sport.

Meet the man who wants to turn the centuries-old art of Chinese bull wrestling into a spectator sport.

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18 Oct 2018

A decade on, we return to the scene of one of China's worst natural disasters.

A decade on, we return to the scene of one of China's worst natural disasters.

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18 Oct 2018

The commerce, culture, cuisine and cure-alls that fuel China's snake economy.

The commerce, culture, cuisine and cure-alls that fuel China's snake economy.

15:46

18 Oct 2018

From Beijing to Shanghai, Hong Kong and down the ancient Silk Road, find out how a traditional Chinese medicine cure evolved into a meal enjoyed around the world.

From Beijing to Shanghai, Hong Kong and down the ancient Silk Road, find out how a traditional Chinese medicine cure evolved into a meal enjoyed around the world.

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