Inside China

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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 he
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 mainstre
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 behi
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 ma
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,
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
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
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
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 p
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 Qi
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
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 t
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 Biopharmaceuti
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 seni
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 officia
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
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
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 coun
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 Mi
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 st
This year's Mid Autumn Festival coincides with China's national day and its 'Golden Week' holiday. SCMP Political Economy editor Zhou Xin breaks down why this makes for a test of Beijing's economic strategy and political management of the pande
Alan Wong from Inkstone unpacks the background and the economics of the South China Sea dispute. Learn about the Nine Dash Line, freedom of navigation, the economic importance to China and how this dispute involves Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, an
The Ballad of Mulan is a 1,500 year old poem many Chinese kids learn to recite. Amidst the release of the latest Disney remake of Mulan, journalist Elaine Yau unpacks the controversies, the #BoycottMulan and the #RealMulan campaigns and critici
When Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, he claimed Hong Kong had taken 'billions' from the US. Hear analysis of how this act strips Hong Kong of its special trading status, ends the 'Made in Hong Kong' label, bans the import of 'se
SCMP technology editor John Artman unpacks the latest escalation in the US-China tech war, and the US Commerce Department's announcement restricting Huawei from accessing US-made semiconductors or related equipment. What does this mean for Huaw
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