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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.

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15 Sep 2021

SCMP tech journalists Xinmei Shen and Josh Ye analyse the the impact of Beijing's crackdown on online gaming for players under 18. Hear how the ban is driving players to Steam and other servers in the West, how it affects the multi-billion dollar games development industry, and what will come of China's huge esports ecosystem and the desire to become the world's dominant esports nation. Hear the gaming addiction podcast:

SCMP tech journalists Xinmei Shen and Josh Ye analyse the the impact of Beijing's crackdown on online gaming for players under 18. Hear how the ban is driving players to Steam and other servers in the West, how it affects the multi-billion dollar games development industry, and what will come of China's huge esports ecosystem and the desire to become the world's dominant esports nation. Hear the gaming addiction podcast:

15:37

26 Aug 2021

SCMP reporter Mimi Lau speaks with fellow journalist Simone McCarthy about the call from WHO investigators for a second audit of lab facilities in and around Wuhan, just as US president Joe Biden's deadline for a report into the 'Wuhan lab leak theory' arrives; Cissy Zhou discusses the internal and global economic shockwaves from China's zero Covid strategy and the pushback from those who say China needs to live with the virus; Josephine Ma discusses new MRNA vaccine developments in mainland China.

SCMP reporter Mimi Lau speaks with fellow journalist Simone McCarthy about the call from WHO investigators for a second audit of lab facilities in and around Wuhan, just as US president Joe Biden's deadline for a report into the 'Wuhan lab leak theory' arrives; Cissy Zhou discusses the internal and global economic shockwaves from China's zero Covid strategy and the pushback from those who say China needs to live with the virus; Josephine Ma discusses new MRNA vaccine developments in mainland China.

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5 Aug 2021

SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen provides context and analysis of the latest regulatory crackdown by Beijing authorities, this time on the multibillion-dollar industry around after-school tutoring. Beijing-based reporter Coco Feng reports on experiences of parents and teachers as they learned courses were essentially outlawed, while Cissy Zhou explains the motivations of the crackdown, the rise of the middle-class ji wa parent in mainland China and implications of a potential underground system of after-school education.

SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen provides context and analysis of the latest regulatory crackdown by Beijing authorities, this time on the multibillion-dollar industry around after-school tutoring. Beijing-based reporter Coco Feng reports on experiences of parents and teachers as they learned courses were essentially outlawed, while Cissy Zhou explains the motivations of the crackdown, the rise of the middle-class ji wa parent in mainland China and implications of a potential underground system of after-school education.

21:07

29 Jul 2021

Mimi Lau presents the story of how a Chinese worker on a forced labour gang in northeastern Heilongjiang province in 1933 found a mysterious-looking skull, only to stash it in a well for safekeeping. Eighty-five years later, it has been the source of global debate over whether it’s a new species related to humans. Dr Ni Xijun, leading paleoanthropologist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, helps unravel the mystery of China’s ‘Dragon Man’. Written and produced by Jasmine Tse. Read more: 

Mimi Lau presents the story of how a Chinese worker on a forced labour gang in northeastern Heilongjiang province in 1933 found a mysterious-looking skull, only to stash it in a well for safekeeping. Eighty-five years later, it has been the source of global debate over whether it’s a new species related to humans. Dr Ni Xijun, leading paleoanthropologist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, helps unravel the mystery of China’s ‘Dragon Man’. Written and produced by Jasmine Tse. Read more: 

14:36

26 Jul 2021

SCMP reporter Amber Wang reports on the damage to Zhengzhou and surrounding cities in Henan province as millions of people continue the recovery from disastrous floods. Tech reporter Tracy Qu discusses the emergency spreadshett that became a a huge crowd-sourced resource, and how China's huge short video audience are using TikTok style platforms for emergency aid and assistance,

SCMP reporter Amber Wang reports on the damage to Zhengzhou and surrounding cities in Henan province as millions of people continue the recovery from disastrous floods. Tech reporter Tracy Qu discusses the emergency spreadshett that became a a huge crowd-sourced resource, and how China's huge short video audience are using TikTok style platforms for emergency aid and assistance,

15:33

21 Jul 2021

Mimi Lau reports on the developing flood disaster in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou following record-smashing rains which have pushed the Yellow River to extreme heights, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and threatening nearby dams. Hear first-hand accounts of people trapped in subway trains as flood waters filled the tunnels, and analysis from Beijing-based reporter Echo Xie on how these floods differ from last year's floods on the Yangtze River.

Mimi Lau reports on the developing flood disaster in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou following record-smashing rains which have pushed the Yellow River to extreme heights, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and threatening nearby dams. Hear first-hand accounts of people trapped in subway trains as flood waters filled the tunnels, and analysis from Beijing-based reporter Echo Xie on how these floods differ from last year's floods on the Yangtze River.

16:09

14 Jul 2021

Following the crackdown on ride-hailing firm Didi, China’s cybersecurity police have turned up the heat on other mainland tech firms with US IPO plans, by ordering data security reviews of Chinese firms with over a million users if they want to list on Wall Street. SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen is joined by colleagues Zhou Xin and Tracy Qu to discuss the growing role of Chinese regulators in reining in not only mainland tech firms but also the live-streaming industry.

Following the crackdown on ride-hailing firm Didi, China’s cybersecurity police have turned up the heat on other mainland tech firms with US IPO plans, by ordering data security reviews of Chinese firms with over a million users if they want to list on Wall Street. SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen is joined by colleagues Zhou Xin and Tracy Qu to discuss the growing role of Chinese regulators in reining in not only mainland tech firms but also the live-streaming industry.

23:20

7 Jul 2021

Days after China's biggest ride-hailing app Didi launched a multibillion-dollar IPO on Wall Street, Beijing's internet watchdog removed it from China's app stores, claiming data being collected was a national security risk. SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen is joined by fellow reporter Tracy Qu and tech desk editor John Artman to analyse what’s behind the move, the Tesla-Microsoft connection, and whether this signals the start of decoupling between the world’s two biggest economies.

Days after China's biggest ride-hailing app Didi launched a multibillion-dollar IPO on Wall Street, Beijing's internet watchdog removed it from China's app stores, claiming data being collected was a national security risk. SCMP tech reporter Xinmei Shen is joined by fellow reporter Tracy Qu and tech desk editor John Artman to analyse what’s behind the move, the Tesla-Microsoft connection, and whether this signals the start of decoupling between the world’s two biggest economies.

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1 Jul 2021

How did one factory in Taiwan become the sole reason why new cars, iPhones, gaming consoles and consumer whitegoods are facing delays in production? SCMP tech editors John Artman and Zhou Xin pull apart the circumstances that created this global supply chain crisis, how the US tech war and the pandemic created this situation and analyse what China is doing to become self-sufficient in chip manufacture. Can it catch up - or will it simply invade and take over production?

How did one factory in Taiwan become the sole reason why new cars, iPhones, gaming consoles and consumer whitegoods are facing delays in production? SCMP tech editors John Artman and Zhou Xin pull apart the circumstances that created this global supply chain crisis, how the US tech war and the pandemic created this situation and analyse what China is doing to become self-sufficient in chip manufacture. Can it catch up - or will it simply invade and take over production?

24:14

24 Jun 2021

Mimi Lau presents a deep-dive into China's expansion plans for its new space station, its new Hubble-style telescope and its invitation for (most) nations to collaborate, as well as its timeline to develop a base on the moon in conjunction with Russia. Hear from space industry journalist Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) and Hong Kong University space program head Professor Quentin Parker on China's ambitious plans for space travel and research. More on Hong Kong's space lab:

Mimi Lau presents a deep-dive into China's expansion plans for its new space station, its new Hubble-style telescope and its invitation for (most) nations to collaborate, as well as its timeline to develop a base on the moon in conjunction with Russia. Hear from space industry journalist Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) and Hong Kong University space program head Professor Quentin Parker on China's ambitious plans for space travel and research. More on Hong Kong's space lab:

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16 Jun 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 devices. SCMP tech editor John Artman analyses how the tech war that began under the Trump administration helped fuel the drive to develop a system to compete in an environment dominated by Android and Apple. We also look at the strategy behind the pivot for China's largest telecoms company, why no other Chinese firms supports it and why the Internet of Things is key to its success.

In this week’s Inside China, Xinmei Shen presents a deep dive into the new operating system Huawei has unveiled for phones, tablets and devices. SCMP tech editor John Artman analyses how the tech war that began under the Trump administration helped fuel the drive to develop a system to compete in an environment dominated by Android and Apple. We also look at the strategy behind the pivot for China's largest telecoms company, why no other Chinese firms supports it and why the Internet of Things is key to its success.

20:05

11 Jun 2021

Reporting from China's newest Covid-19 outbreak in Guangzhou, where lockdowns, mass testing, and mass quarantine are being deployed for China's busiest export and trade hub; analysing how politics, conspiracy and science collide in the mainstream resurgence of the Wuhan lab leak theory, amid new revelations of the extent of wildlife trading at Wuhan's wet markets and calls for the WHO investigation team to return to China. 

Reporting from China's newest Covid-19 outbreak in Guangzhou, where lockdowns, mass testing, and mass quarantine are being deployed for China's busiest export and trade hub; analysing how politics, conspiracy and science collide in the mainstream resurgence of the Wuhan lab leak theory, amid new revelations of the extent of wildlife trading at Wuhan's wet markets and calls for the WHO investigation team to return to China. 

26:45

11 May 2021

Mainland China's once-per-decade census has been released, showing overall population growth despite demographers stating China’s population is likely to start shrinking in the next few years. The SCMP’s Mimi Lau examines the sensitivities behind the numbers that will shape China’s future policies. Sidney Leng speaks about census methodology, Zhou Xin weighs in on what the census numbers tell us about changes in various segments of China’s population and Qin Chen talks about how the daughters of China’s One Child Policy are making choices that fundamentally affect China’s population.

Mainland China's once-per-decade census has been released, showing overall population growth despite demographers stating China’s population is likely to start shrinking in the next few years. The SCMP’s Mimi Lau examines the sensitivities behind the numbers that will shape China’s future policies. Sidney Leng speaks about census methodology, Zhou Xin weighs in on what the census numbers tell us about changes in various segments of China’s population and Qin Chen talks about how the daughters of China’s One Child Policy are making choices that fundamentally affect China’s population.

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3 May 2021

After years of turbocharged growth, China’s leading tech firms have come under intense scrutiny from Beijing. The record fines slapped on Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post, sent alarm bells among China’s Big Tech. But the move may not be just a bid to rein in the firms, but Beijing’s attempt to reshape the future direction and focus of its home-grown tech companies. SCMP’s Xinmei Shen and Jane Zhang discuss the changes under way with guest HKU China law professor Angela Zhang

After years of turbocharged growth, China’s leading tech firms have come under intense scrutiny from Beijing. The record fines slapped on Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post, sent alarm bells among China’s Big Tech. But the move may not be just a bid to rein in the firms, but Beijing’s attempt to reshape the future direction and focus of its home-grown tech companies. SCMP’s Xinmei Shen and Jane Zhang discuss the changes under way with guest HKU China law professor Angela Zhang

23:31

23 Mar 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 affect vaccinations; SCMP reporter Simone McCarthy discusses the latest vaccine manufactured in China, how Beijing's vaccine diplomacy is being countered by the West and how the global COVAX agreement and debate over IP are affecting vaccines for developing nations.

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 affect vaccinations; SCMP reporter Simone McCarthy discusses the latest vaccine manufactured in China, how Beijing's vaccine diplomacy is being countered by the West and how the global COVAX agreement and debate over IP are affecting vaccines for developing nations.

48:01

8 Mar 2021

Mimi Lau presents an International Women's Day special: Phoebe Zhang reports on the backlash against feminists and women's rights activists, as well the ongoing fight for single women to be allowed to freeze their eggs; Qin Chen reports on how China's plunging birth rate is being driven by the daughters born and raised during the years of the One Child policy.

Mimi Lau presents an International Women's Day special: Phoebe Zhang reports on the backlash against feminists and women's rights activists, as well the ongoing fight for single women to be allowed to freeze their eggs; Qin Chen reports on how China's plunging birth rate is being driven by the daughters born and raised during the years of the One Child policy.

25:41

26 Feb 2021

Mimi Lau explains the workings of China's two annual political meetings that include the world's largest parliamentary gathering, the National People's Congress. Beijing-based reporter Mai Jun looks at the combined forces of history and future plans influencing this year's event, from the announcement of the five year plan and 2035 vision as well as the centenary of China's Communist Party and the role of China's President Xi Jinping.

Mimi Lau explains the workings of China's two annual political meetings that include the world's largest parliamentary gathering, the National People's Congress. Beijing-based reporter Mai Jun looks at the combined forces of history and future plans influencing this year's event, from the announcement of the five year plan and 2035 vision as well as the centenary of China's Communist Party and the role of China's President Xi Jinping.

22:22

19 Feb 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 American stock history.  Zhou Xin discusses the background to this move, starting with Donald Trump's threat to ban TikTok in Agust of 2020, and the red lines Beijing will have for any access to the powerful algorithms that power Bytedance technology. China tech specialist reporter Masha Borak explains the big differences between TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin, and the huge appetite for Chinese short video apps.  

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 American stock history.  Zhou Xin discusses the background to this move, starting with Donald Trump's threat to ban TikTok in Agust of 2020, and the red lines Beijing will have for any access to the powerful algorithms that power Bytedance technology. China tech specialist reporter Masha Borak explains the big differences between TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin, and the huge appetite for Chinese short video apps.  

23:07

11 Feb 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 society editor Luisa Tam has consulted with top feng shui masters and sources to find what theYear of the Ox portends for health, wealth and relationships as well as what colours, numbers and dates may be lucky.

Beijing-based reporter Qin Chen presents a Lunar New Year special on the forecasts for the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. SCMP China society editor Luisa Tam has consulted with top feng shui masters and sources to find what theYear of the Ox portends for health, wealth and relationships as well as what colours, numbers and dates may be lucky.

34:52

10 Feb 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 travelling home for the annual re-union dinner. Kinling Lo speaks with reporters Phoebe Zhang in Shenzhen and Qin Chen Beijing about how these controls are affecting New Year plans and the mood of locals and migrant workers, while tech reporter Masha Borak details how China's big tech companies are expanding their services and reach in an effort to help people adapt to a very different Year of the Ox.  

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 travelling home for the annual re-union dinner. Kinling Lo speaks with reporters Phoebe Zhang in Shenzhen and Qin Chen Beijing about how these controls are affecting New Year plans and the mood of locals and migrant workers, while tech reporter Masha Borak details how China's big tech companies are expanding their services and reach in an effort to help people adapt to a very different Year of the Ox.  

23:53

5 Feb 2021

SCMP journalist Nadeem Shad speaks with freelance space journalist and China space industry expert Andrew Jones about the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, and the audacious plan to deliver a vehicle to the Martian surface. Hear how the other missions being sent by NASA and the United Arab Emirates are not a new 'space race', and how it might just take FBI permission to allow an American spacecraft to communicate with a Chinese one. Andrew Jones also unpacks why 2020 was one of the busiest years in history for China's burgeoning space industry, with more than 35 launches, and even more to come. Follow Andrew Jones: @AJ_FI

SCMP journalist Nadeem Shad speaks with freelance space journalist and China space industry expert Andrew Jones about the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, and the audacious plan to deliver a vehicle to the Martian surface. Hear how the other missions being sent by NASA and the United Arab Emirates are not a new 'space race', and how it might just take FBI permission to allow an American spacecraft to communicate with a Chinese one. Andrew Jones also unpacks why 2020 was one of the busiest years in history for China's burgeoning space industry, with more than 35 launches, and even more to come. Follow Andrew Jones: @AJ_FI

30:48

24 Jan 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 coronavirus outbreak which became a pandemic. Simone McCarthy details the latest on the WHO investigation team which has landed in mainland China and what they hope to find; video journalist Thomas Yau discusses his return to Wuhan one year after being among the first journalists to head in to the city; Finbarr Bermingham analyses the impact of the pandemic on China's economy. Music credit: Marsh family 'Have the New Jab' 

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Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo speak with fellow journalists at the South China Morning Post, one year after our first podcast reporting on the coronavirus outbreak which became a pandemic. Simone McCarthy details the latest on the WHO investigation team which has landed in mainland China and what they hope to find; video journalist Thomas Yau discusses his return to Wuhan one year after being among the first journalists to head in to the city; Finbarr Bermingham analyses the impact of the pandemic on China's economy. Music credit: Marsh family 'Have the New Jab' 

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36:59

17 Jan 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 Josephine Ma about vaccines developed by Sinovac, CanSino, Sinopharm and Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, comparing their designs and test results in south east Asia and Brazil. Simone McCarthy reports on Xi Jinping's plans for these vaccines to be a 'global public good', which nations are ordering these vaccines, and the logistics needed to inocculate billions of people.

Analysis of China's five Covid-19 vaccines now in the final phase of testing, and plans for global distribution. Kinling Lo speaks with Josephine Ma about vaccines developed by Sinovac, CanSino, Sinopharm and Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, comparing their designs and test results in south east Asia and Brazil. Simone McCarthy reports on Xi Jinping's plans for these vaccines to be a 'global public good', which nations are ordering these vaccines, and the logistics needed to inocculate billions of people.

33:10

11 Dec 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 high-tech tools and silicon chips and what it means for the company's existence, while Vancouver-based senior reporter Ian Young reports on the two year anniversary of the continuing extradition trial of Huawei CFO Meng Wangzhou, courtroom revelations and the impact of China's 'hostage diplomacy', imprisoning Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Presented by Kinling Lo.

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 high-tech tools and silicon chips and what it means for the company's existence, while Vancouver-based senior reporter Ian Young reports on the two year anniversary of the continuing extradition trial of Huawei CFO Meng Wangzhou, courtroom revelations and the impact of China's 'hostage diplomacy', imprisoning Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Presented by Kinling Lo.

38:45

4 Dec 2020

Kinling Lo looks at vaccine success and the issues ahead: SCMP China desk editor Josephine Ma previews the supply chain issues for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, price comparison with others as well as China's vaccines on the verge of official approval. Earth A.I CEO John Ricketts reports on global online sentiment analysis of the extent of 'vaccine anxiety', concerns over Chinese made vaccines and the response for calls to make vaccines a condition of international air travel. Tech reporter Xinmei Shen reveals how QR codes are used to manage quarantine and travel in China, and science reporter Simone McCarthy delves into the ongoing hunt for the origins of the novel coronavirus.  

Note: Alipay is a subsidiary of Alibaba, owner of the SCMP.

Kinling Lo looks at vaccine success and the issues ahead: SCMP China desk editor Josephine Ma previews the supply chain issues for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, price comparison with others as well as China's vaccines on the verge of official approval. Earth A.I CEO John Ricketts reports on global online sentiment analysis of the extent of 'vaccine anxiety', concerns over Chinese made vaccines and the response for calls to make vaccines a condition of international air travel. Tech reporter Xinmei Shen reveals how QR codes are used to manage quarantine and travel in China, and science reporter Simone McCarthy delves into the ongoing hunt for the origins of the novel coronavirus.  

Note: Alipay is a subsidiary of Alibaba, owner of the SCMP.

44:02

27 Nov 2020

What will change after four years of Trump's inflammatory anti-China rhetoric, ruinous trade war, and escalating technology war against Chinese companies? Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo speak with SCMP Washington bureau chief Robert Delaney about how the incoming Biden administration will change tack in its policies to China, how the new Secretary of State Antony Blinken will differ from Mike Pompeo and the background as to how the mood in Washington has fundamentally changed about what China means to the United States. There's also one lingering question about Trump: what kind of poison policies and executive actions on China can he foist upon the new US president?  

What will change after four years of Trump's inflammatory anti-China rhetoric, ruinous trade war, and escalating technology war against Chinese companies? Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo speak with SCMP Washington bureau chief Robert Delaney about how the incoming Biden administration will change tack in its policies to China, how the new Secretary of State Antony Blinken will differ from Mike Pompeo and the background as to how the mood in Washington has fundamentally changed about what China means to the United States. There's also one lingering question about Trump: what kind of poison policies and executive actions on China can he foist upon the new US president?  

21:06

9 Nov 2020

Despite 'China' being a huge US election issue, not much was said about how Chinese Americans might vote - and election analysis spent very little time on the complexity of the 11 million Asian Americans casting their vote. Mimi Lau speaks with a first time voter, a radio veteran, Jeff Yang from the 'They Call Us Bruce' podcast and comedian Joe Wong about the impact of Trump's anti-China rhetoric, the power of Andrew Yang's run for nomination and how Black Lives Matter helped galvanise a generation of Chinese American voters. 

Despite 'China' being a huge US election issue, not much was said about how Chinese Americans might vote - and election analysis spent very little time on the complexity of the 11 million Asian Americans casting their vote. Mimi Lau speaks with a first time voter, a radio veteran, Jeff Yang from the 'They Call Us Bruce' podcast and comedian Joe Wong about the impact of Trump's anti-China rhetoric, the power of Andrew Yang's run for nomination and how Black Lives Matter helped galvanise a generation of Chinese American voters. 

48:01

30 Oct 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people in mainland China have already received Covid19 vaccines.  Josephine Ma details the enthusiasm for Chinese people to pay to take vaccines that are still classified as 'experimental' in phase 3 trials, and of countries like Brazil and Indonesia preparing to import large amounts of Chinese made vaccines. Simone McCarthy analyses the detail of China signing on to the WHO's global Covax agreement for vaccine distribution, and the reality of global supply chains dealing with the distribution of billions of doses. Presented by Kinling Lo.

Hundreds of thousands of people in mainland China have already received Covid19 vaccines.  Josephine Ma details the enthusiasm for Chinese people to pay to take vaccines that are still classified as 'experimental' in phase 3 trials, and of countries like Brazil and Indonesia preparing to import large amounts of Chinese made vaccines. Simone McCarthy analyses the detail of China signing on to the WHO's global Covax agreement for vaccine distribution, and the reality of global supply chains dealing with the distribution of billions of doses. Presented by Kinling Lo.

36:14

23 Oct 2020

Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the deal announced between the Vatican and Beijing over the nomination of Roman Catholic bishops in mainland China and to reveal the broader links to the US presidential election. Why has US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo been so against it? How will this affect the lives of the estimated 12 million Catholics in mainland China? With expert analysis from Franesco Sisci, sinologist with the Renmin University of China and Lawrence C Reardon, associate professor of political science at the University of Mew Hampshire

Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the deal announced between the Vatican and Beijing over the nomination of Roman Catholic bishops in mainland China and to reveal the broader links to the US presidential election. Why has US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo been so against it? How will this affect the lives of the estimated 12 million Catholics in mainland China? With expert analysis from Franesco Sisci, sinologist with the Renmin University of China and Lawrence C Reardon, associate professor of political science at the University of Mew Hampshire

36:09

16 Oct 2020

Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the US presidential election from a Chinese perspective: what have trade war and the escalating tech war done to the Chinese economy, and would a potential Biden presidency be any different? Has the Republican strategy to 'blame China' worked? Does Beijing want Trump to continue America's decline, does Joe Biden's personal relationship with Xi Jinping count for much and how will the court hearing into the TikTok ban one week after the election mean? SCMP political economy editor Zhou Xin, technology editor John Artman and Washington bureau correspondent Mark Magnier discuss what has happened, and what comes next.  

Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo analyse the US presidential election from a Chinese perspective: what have trade war and the escalating tech war done to the Chinese economy, and would a potential Biden presidency be any different? Has the Republican strategy to 'blame China' worked? Does Beijing want Trump to continue America's decline, does Joe Biden's personal relationship with Xi Jinping count for much and how will the court hearing into the TikTok ban one week after the election mean? SCMP political economy editor Zhou Xin, technology editor John Artman and Washington bureau correspondent Mark Magnier discuss what has happened, and what comes next.  

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