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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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13 May 2022

Jasmine Tse presents the latest episode looking at the ongoing lockdown in Shanghai, as China pursues increasingly draconian zero Covid measures. Video reporter Thomas Yau reports in life inside the Puxi district as residents look at the second month of lockdown and restrictions and increased anxiety over the potential of being taken away to quarantine facilities if any of their neighbours test positive for Covid. SCMP China desk news editor Josephine Ma reports on Beijing's reaction to the WHO statement that China's zero Covid policy was 'unsustainable' and how the 'political dynamic' and low vaccination rates in the elderly have painted Beijing into a corner. Sustainability expert Richard Brubaker talks about the massive impact on businesses and econmic activity in Shanghai and reports many in the expatriate community are making plans to flee the city. 

Jasmine Tse presents the latest episode looking at the ongoing lockdown in Shanghai, as China pursues increasingly draconian zero Covid measures. Video reporter Thomas Yau reports in life inside the Puxi district as residents look at the second month of lockdown and restrictions and increased anxiety over the potential of being taken away to quarantine facilities if any of their neighbours test positive for Covid. SCMP China desk news editor Josephine Ma reports on Beijing's reaction to the WHO statement that China's zero Covid policy was 'unsustainable' and how the 'political dynamic' and low vaccination rates in the elderly have painted Beijing into a corner. Sustainability expert Richard Brubaker talks about the massive impact on businesses and econmic activity in Shanghai and reports many in the expatriate community are making plans to flee the city. 

45:51

4 May 2022

SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how mass testing and lockdowns are affecting Beijing and Shanghai. Video reporter Thomas Yau reports on ongoing stress and anger of residents in Puxi district over food supplies, and the shocking videos evading social media censorship. Amanda Lee in Beijing and Siji Ji in Shenyan analyse the economic data and discuss the silencing and disappearance of a prominent Chinese economist who criticized Beijing's harsh zero Covid policies as concerns mount over the economic impact of maintaining the approach.

SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how mass testing and lockdowns are affecting Beijing and Shanghai. Video reporter Thomas Yau reports on ongoing stress and anger of residents in Puxi district over food supplies, and the shocking videos evading social media censorship. Amanda Lee in Beijing and Siji Ji in Shenyan analyse the economic data and discuss the silencing and disappearance of a prominent Chinese economist who criticized Beijing's harsh zero Covid policies as concerns mount over the economic impact of maintaining the approach.

28:48

28 Apr 2022

As parts of Shanghai enter a sixth week of lockdown, SCMP video producer Thomas Yau reports from Puxi district on the mood of residents, as more videos elude censorship, including the viral Voice of April. In Beijing, Post reporters Luna Sun and Amanda Lee report from the locked down Chaoyan district on residents' anxieties and preparations. SCMP news desk editor Josephine Ma returns to answer the big question: why are there no mRNA vaccines despite a Shanghai company licensed to distribute Pfizer's Biontech shot?

As parts of Shanghai enter a sixth week of lockdown, SCMP video producer Thomas Yau reports from Puxi district on the mood of residents, as more videos elude censorship, including the viral Voice of April. In Beijing, Post reporters Luna Sun and Amanda Lee report from the locked down Chaoyan district on residents' anxieties and preparations. SCMP news desk editor Josephine Ma returns to answer the big question: why are there no mRNA vaccines despite a Shanghai company licensed to distribute Pfizer's Biontech shot?

35:03

21 Apr 2022

SCMP reporter Holly Chik speaks with video journalist Thomas Yau from the Puxi district on bartering for food, increasingly violent street clashes appearing on social media and protest banners demanding Covid deaths be acknowledged. Shanghai-based NYU economics professor Rodrigo Zeidan analyses the growing buildup of cargo ships outside Shanghai's port and what it means for global trade. Senior correspondent William Zheng looks at Xi Jinping's political challenges with Shanghai in the leadup to the historic party conference this year.

SCMP reporter Holly Chik speaks with video journalist Thomas Yau from the Puxi district on bartering for food, increasingly violent street clashes appearing on social media and protest banners demanding Covid deaths be acknowledged. Shanghai-based NYU economics professor Rodrigo Zeidan analyses the growing buildup of cargo ships outside Shanghai's port and what it means for global trade. Senior correspondent William Zheng looks at Xi Jinping's political challenges with Shanghai in the leadup to the historic party conference this year.

40:00

13 Apr 2022

 SCMP journalists in Shanghai report on the ongoing lockdown in the Puxi district. Thomas Yau discusses rising tensions among residents amid supply shortages, why he’s bartering noodles for toothpaste and anger directed at local neighbourhood committees. Tracy Qu analyses China's food delivery companies responding to the food crisis while authorities seek to quell social media unrest. Shanghai-based sustainability expert Richard Brubaker analyses supply chain bottlenecks and when the West will feel the pinch.

 SCMP journalists in Shanghai report on the ongoing lockdown in the Puxi district. Thomas Yau discusses rising tensions among residents amid supply shortages, why he’s bartering noodles for toothpaste and anger directed at local neighbourhood committees. Tracy Qu analyses China's food delivery companies responding to the food crisis while authorities seek to quell social media unrest. Shanghai-based sustainability expert Richard Brubaker analyses supply chain bottlenecks and when the West will feel the pinch.

38:01

31 Mar 2022

China’s most-populous city Shanghai has plunged its people into a historic half-half lockdown, starting with all districts east of the Huangpu River to be followed by similar measures for all areas west. Post reporter Holly Chik speaks with Shanghai bureau chief Daniel Ren from lockdown about how residents are coping, and to explore the economic impact on the finance and manufacturing base. Video journalist Thomas Yau is on the other side of the river, where there is panic buying and rising anxiety among millions wondering exactly how long their turn under lockdown might last. 

China’s most-populous city Shanghai has plunged its people into a historic half-half lockdown, starting with all districts east of the Huangpu River to be followed by similar measures for all areas west. Post reporter Holly Chik speaks with Shanghai bureau chief Daniel Ren from lockdown about how residents are coping, and to explore the economic impact on the finance and manufacturing base. Video journalist Thomas Yau is on the other side of the river, where there is panic buying and rising anxiety among millions wondering exactly how long their turn under lockdown might last. 

20:03

17 Feb 2022

SCMP’s Mimi Lau presents the latest update on Hong Kong's Omicron surge, with reporter Gigi Choy discussing images of the sick and elderly in beds on the streets outside overcrowded hospitals;, William Zhang updates efforts from mainland China to send assistance and reports on people trying to flee across the border. Tara Joseph from AmChamHK talks about the ongoing exodus of expats; HK resident Vivian Lin shares her experience of being stranded in Melbourne, unable to return to the city.

SCMP’s Mimi Lau presents the latest update on Hong Kong's Omicron surge, with reporter Gigi Choy discussing images of the sick and elderly in beds on the streets outside overcrowded hospitals;, William Zhang updates efforts from mainland China to send assistance and reports on people trying to flee across the border. Tara Joseph from AmChamHK talks about the ongoing exodus of expats; HK resident Vivian Lin shares her experience of being stranded in Melbourne, unable to return to the city.

47:22

10 Feb 2022

Hong Kong is desperately implementing new Covid-19 rules and penalties in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. The SCMP’s Hong Kong reporter Gigi Choy explains how one case became hundreds, chief Asia correspondent Bhavan Jaipragas unpacks Singapore’s experience of “living with Covid-19”, and epidemiologist Dr Ben Cowling returns with a forecast for what happens next, and whether Hong Kong’s “dynamic zero-Covid” strategy can be resuscitated. Presented by Mimi Lau.

Hong Kong is desperately implementing new Covid-19 rules and penalties in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. The SCMP’s Hong Kong reporter Gigi Choy explains how one case became hundreds, chief Asia correspondent Bhavan Jaipragas unpacks Singapore’s experience of “living with Covid-19”, and epidemiologist Dr Ben Cowling returns with a forecast for what happens next, and whether Hong Kong’s “dynamic zero-Covid” strategy can be resuscitated. Presented by Mimi Lau.

50:56

27 Jan 2022

Hear about Hong Kong’s fifth wave of the pandemic. Microbiologist Dr Siddharth Sridhar unpacks Hong Kong's 2020-era zero Covid policy as the reality of low vaccinations in the elderly and the Omicron variant hits; Hong Kong Veterinary Association president Dr Owen Swan reveals the science and emotions behind the order to cull thousands of hamsters, SCMP journalists Chad Bray and Gigi Choy report on the exodus of Hong Kong's finance sector and the quest to track Hong Kong's omicron spread.

Hear about Hong Kong’s fifth wave of the pandemic. Microbiologist Dr Siddharth Sridhar unpacks Hong Kong's 2020-era zero Covid policy as the reality of low vaccinations in the elderly and the Omicron variant hits; Hong Kong Veterinary Association president Dr Owen Swan reveals the science and emotions behind the order to cull thousands of hamsters, SCMP journalists Chad Bray and Gigi Choy report on the exodus of Hong Kong's finance sector and the quest to track Hong Kong's omicron spread.

46:26

20 Jan 2022

As the Winter Olympics and the Lunar New Year holiday loom, Mimi Lau looks at Beijing's desperate measures to maintain its zero-Covid policy amid new outbreaks in Tianjin and Henan province. Holly Chik unpacks the claim that Covid-19 is entering China by mail; Shanghai-based journalist Thomas Yau on what it's like to travel through China right now, and Bernice Chan details the massive changes to Hong Kong's famed restaurant industry amid a harsh 6pm lockdown policy. Get our Listening Post podcast newsletter in your inbox.

As the Winter Olympics and the Lunar New Year holiday loom, Mimi Lau looks at Beijing's desperate measures to maintain its zero-Covid policy amid new outbreaks in Tianjin and Henan province. Holly Chik unpacks the claim that Covid-19 is entering China by mail; Shanghai-based journalist Thomas Yau on what it's like to travel through China right now, and Bernice Chan details the massive changes to Hong Kong's famed restaurant industry amid a harsh 6pm lockdown policy. Get our Listening Post podcast newsletter in your inbox.

32:11

31 Dec 2021

SCMP journalist Xinmei Shen is joined by her fellow technology reporters Josh Ye and Jane Zhang to unpack and analyse the numerous crackdowns Chinese authorities have launched on the nation's tech sector this year. They start with a record-smashing antitrust fine, then move on to explore how new regulations for gaming, after-school tutoring and data privacy impacted Chinese society as well as Wall Street.

SCMP journalist Xinmei Shen is joined by her fellow technology reporters Josh Ye and Jane Zhang to unpack and analyse the numerous crackdowns Chinese authorities have launched on the nation's tech sector this year. They start with a record-smashing antitrust fine, then move on to explore how new regulations for gaming, after-school tutoring and data privacy impacted Chinese society as well as Wall Street.

32:49

8 Dec 2021

Mimi Lau talks with SCMP deputy sports editor Josh Ball about the diplomatic snub announced on the Beijing Winter Olympics; historian Nicholas Sarantakes recaps the saga of the 1980 Moscow Olympic boycott and other political actions over the decades, and analyses the impact of Joe Biden’s decision on the American public; Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, looks at past commercial boycotts and pressure on the Olympics and the IOC's ongoing role in the Peng Shuai story.

Mimi Lau talks with SCMP deputy sports editor Josh Ball about the diplomatic snub announced on the Beijing Winter Olympics; historian Nicholas Sarantakes recaps the saga of the 1980 Moscow Olympic boycott and other political actions over the decades, and analyses the impact of Joe Biden’s decision on the American public; Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, looks at past commercial boycotts and pressure on the Olympics and the IOC's ongoing role in the Peng Shuai story.

34:40

5 Dec 2021

SCMP digital editor Jarrod Watt speaks with Professor Ben Cowling, Chair Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. Cowling has been on previous episodes of Inside China, but in this special feature he discusses the Omicron variant, the need for travel bans, the science behind 21 day quarantine, and delves into his experience of Hong Kong quarantine. Hear about air purifiers, "selfish masks" and his predictions for Hong Kong and mainland China in 2022. 

SCMP digital editor Jarrod Watt speaks with Professor Ben Cowling, Chair Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. Cowling has been on previous episodes of Inside China, but in this special feature he discusses the Omicron variant, the need for travel bans, the science behind 21 day quarantine, and delves into his experience of Hong Kong quarantine. Hear about air purifiers, "selfish masks" and his predictions for Hong Kong and mainland China in 2022. 

44:46

2 Dec 2021

SCMP reporters Mimi Lau, Simone McCarthy and Josephine Ma discuss the latest coronavirus news from inside mainland China and around the world. Hear what we know about the variant called Omicron, the new pandemic treaty agreed to at an historic World Health Assembly meeting, and hear about how China stands on the verge of a new policy on booster shots as well as the latest updates on advances and trials for monoclonal antibody treatments to treat Covid-19 infections.

SCMP reporters Mimi Lau, Simone McCarthy and Josephine Ma discuss the latest coronavirus news from inside mainland China and around the world. Hear what we know about the variant called Omicron, the new pandemic treaty agreed to at an historic World Health Assembly meeting, and hear about how China stands on the verge of a new policy on booster shots as well as the latest updates on advances and trials for monoclonal antibody treatments to treat Covid-19 infections.

36:02

24 Nov 2021

Mimi Lau looks at how a since-deleted social media post by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has ignited global concern for her welfare, China’s state media reply on Twitter response and a billion-dollar ultimatum from the WTA. Hear from exiled feminist activist Xiaowen Liang, information/economy expert Peter Lorentzen and senior SCMP staff on the battle for the narrative and how the WTA actions compare with the NBA and IOC. Subscribe to our podcast newsletter: sc.mp/Listening-Post-Newsletter

Mimi Lau looks at how a since-deleted social media post by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has ignited global concern for her welfare, China’s state media reply on Twitter response and a billion-dollar ultimatum from the WTA. Hear from exiled feminist activist Xiaowen Liang, information/economy expert Peter Lorentzen and senior SCMP staff on the battle for the narrative and how the WTA actions compare with the NBA and IOC. Subscribe to our podcast newsletter: sc.mp/Listening-Post-Newsletter

48:00

17 Nov 2021

SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik presents the second part of our series looking at the technological and economic changes under way in order for China to meet its 2030 and 2050 carbon emissions targets. Hear from energy, resources and transition expert Prakash Sharma and research analyst and battery storage specialist  Xu Le on how China is moving to a post-coal society in which everything is electric. Subscribe to our new podcast review newsletter: http://sc.mp/Listening-Post-Newsletter

SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik presents the second part of our series looking at the technological and economic changes under way in order for China to meet its 2030 and 2050 carbon emissions targets. Hear from energy, resources and transition expert Prakash Sharma and research analyst and battery storage specialist  Xu Le on how China is moving to a post-coal society in which everything is electric. Subscribe to our new podcast review newsletter: http://sc.mp/Listening-Post-Newsletter

29:23

12 Nov 2021

Mimi Lau speaks with the Post’s Beijing-based news editor Mai Jun about the historic resolution issued by the Sixth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee in Beijing. How does it compare to the previous historic resolutions issued by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping? Does it grapple with historic errors, does it focus on contemporary problems, or is it all about facing the future? Hear how Hong Kong and Taiwan both received mentions and hear about the significant omissions. 

Mimi Lau speaks with the Post’s Beijing-based news editor Mai Jun about the historic resolution issued by the Sixth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee in Beijing. How does it compare to the previous historic resolutions issued by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping? Does it grapple with historic errors, does it focus on contemporary problems, or is it all about facing the future? Hear how Hong Kong and Taiwan both received mentions and hear about the significant omissions. 

18:50

31 Oct 2021

With the COP26 global climate summit being seen as one of the last chances for the planet, SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how China's ongoing power crisis has lead to a huge shake-up in its economy and opened the way for renewable energy to compete against coal. Norway-based energy analyst Qin Yan contrasts the operation of China's new national emissions trading market with that of Europe, how changes in China's energy market are a tectonic change for its economy. China energy expert David Fishman from the Lantau Group reveals the huge change in wholesale power and the push to renewables spurred by the coal crisis, China's nuclear plans and what new policies China will reveal at COP26. 

With the COP26 global climate summit being seen as one of the last chances for the planet, SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik looks at how China's ongoing power crisis has lead to a huge shake-up in its economy and opened the way for renewable energy to compete against coal. Norway-based energy analyst Qin Yan contrasts the operation of China's new national emissions trading market with that of Europe, how changes in China's energy market are a tectonic change for its economy. China energy expert David Fishman from the Lantau Group reveals the huge change in wholesale power and the push to renewables spurred by the coal crisis, China's nuclear plans and what new policies China will reveal at COP26. 

47:42

28 Oct 2021

Are you ready, player one? A change is coming, promising to transform the web into the “metaverse”. SCMP tech desk reporters Xinmei Shen and Josh Ye analyse what it means, and why the likes of Facebook as well as China’s major tech giants, game developers and investors are all focused on a change some believe will be as big as the arrival of the World Wide Web itself. Hear from Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst Mark Kanterman on the investments he's documenting and just what the metaverse is, and hear from one of mainland China's veteran game developers, Alex Xu on what it will take for the metaverse to succeed.

Are you ready, player one? A change is coming, promising to transform the web into the “metaverse”. SCMP tech desk reporters Xinmei Shen and Josh Ye analyse what it means, and why the likes of Facebook as well as China’s major tech giants, game developers and investors are all focused on a change some believe will be as big as the arrival of the World Wide Web itself. Hear from Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst Mark Kanterman on the investments he's documenting and just what the metaverse is, and hear from one of mainland China's veteran game developers, Alex Xu on what it will take for the metaverse to succeed.

36:08

14 Oct 2021

SCMP reporter Echo Xie reports from Kunming and the COP15 Biodiversity conference, where China’s president Xi Jinping announced a $US232 million fund for developing nations to protect biodiversity, a massive expansion of solar and wind power projects and China’s first official national parks. Meanwhile, as floods in Shanxi province shut coal mines, reporter Siqi Ji discusses the ongoing power crisis in China’s northeastern ‘rust belt’ amid concerns and growing anger as the cold winter looms.  
 

SCMP reporter Echo Xie reports from Kunming and the COP15 Biodiversity conference, where China’s president Xi Jinping announced a $US232 million fund for developing nations to protect biodiversity, a massive expansion of solar and wind power projects and China’s first official national parks. Meanwhile, as floods in Shanxi province shut coal mines, reporter Siqi Ji discusses the ongoing power crisis in China’s northeastern ‘rust belt’ amid concerns and growing anger as the cold winter looms.  
 

25:40

6 Oct 2021

Mass power outages, factories with restricted hours and the prospect of major disruptions in the production of Christmas retail goods. This is the reality of China's three-pronged power crisis, comprising supply, price and regulation of coal-powered electricity. SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik speaks with political economy journalist Cissy Zhou about how long this power crisis is expected to last, how a ban on Australian coal complicates things and the prospects for the global economy.

Mass power outages, factories with restricted hours and the prospect of major disruptions in the production of Christmas retail goods. This is the reality of China's three-pronged power crisis, comprising supply, price and regulation of coal-powered electricity. SCMP China desk reporter Holly Chik speaks with political economy journalist Cissy Zhou about how long this power crisis is expected to last, how a ban on Australian coal complicates things and the prospects for the global economy.

17:55

29 Sep 2021

SCMP tech journalist Xinmei Shen speaks with Vancouver-based correspondent Ian Young about his three years covering Meng Wanzhou, how her court saga irrevocably changed Canada’s relationship with China and what questions remain after Meng and two Canadians were freed; tech desk editor Zhou Xin discusses Huawei’s changing fortunes and how Beijing managed nationalist sentiment around the company exec’s homecoming.

SCMP tech journalist Xinmei Shen speaks with Vancouver-based correspondent Ian Young about his three years covering Meng Wanzhou, how her court saga irrevocably changed Canada’s relationship with China and what questions remain after Meng and two Canadians were freed; tech desk editor Zhou Xin discusses Huawei’s changing fortunes and how Beijing managed nationalist sentiment around the company exec’s homecoming.

34:48

23 Sep 2021

Mimi Lau speaks with SCMP reporter Pearl Liu about the background to the US$300 billion debt crisis for China's property giant Evergrande, the warning signs from 2019 and escalating events this year that lead to protests across China. Desk editor Zhou Xin explores how Evergrande is part of China’s economic success story, Beijing’s changing “red lines” and how the capitalist excess of its "Belt Brother” CEO contrasts with Xi Jinping’s “Common Prosperity”. 

Mimi Lau speaks with SCMP reporter Pearl Liu about the background to the US$300 billion debt crisis for China's property giant Evergrande, the warning signs from 2019 and escalating events this year that lead to protests across China. Desk editor Zhou Xin explores how Evergrande is part of China’s economic success story, Beijing’s changing “red lines” and how the capitalist excess of its "Belt Brother” CEO contrasts with Xi Jinping’s “Common Prosperity”. 

38:54

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: spoti.fi/3nvMirb

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: spoti.fi/3nvMirb

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.

39:29

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: https://bit.ly/DragonManChina

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: https://bit.ly/DragonManChina

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.

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