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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.
 
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.
 
Eat Drink Asia is an award-winning podcast by the South China Morning Post that deep dives into the forgotten history of some of Asia's most popular dishes that have gone global. Discover the human story behind some of Asia's most loved foods, drinks and condiments with SCMP journalists, as they speak with chefs, restaurateurs and food experts from across the region.
 
Operations Santa Claus 2014(OSC) has been galvanizing the Hong Kong community to embrace the true charitable spirit of Christmas for the past 26 years. Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong, OSC has received a total donation of HK$211 million to 194 charities, sharing the gift of hope and goodwill to those who lack the means to improve their lives.
 
For the past 30 years, Operation Santa Claus has received heartwarming support from hundreds of thousands of supporters. Your help has enabled us to financially support many not-for-profit organisations that serve the less fortunate in Hong Kong. This Christmas, we invite you to join us again to bring hope & joy to those in need. This year, Operation Santa Claus is helping 14 local charities with projects that will improve the quality of life for children, youth, the elderly, and those in ne ...
 
For the past 30 years, Operation Santa Claus has received heartwarming support from hundreds of thousands of supporters. Your help has enabled us to financially support many not-for-profit organisations that serve the less fortunate in Hong Kong. This Christmas, we invite you to join us again to bring hope & joy to those in need. This year, Operation Santa Claus is helping 14 local charities with projects that will improve the quality of life for children, youth, the elderly, and those in ne ...
 
The Innovate for Growth Podcast is a show where Tracy Tsang, Founder and CEO of Internet of Stories, meets world class artists, IP creators, mission driven creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in growth and innovation to chat about their life journeys, creative processes, and wisdom gained from building ventures out of doing what they love.Our goal is to empower creators and mission driven entrepreneurs to develop in a holistic way, create scalable positive social impact, while enablin ...
 
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Twelve year-old Hend Zaza, Syrian table tennis prodigy and youngest athlete at the Tokyo Olympics, has been invited to train in China and is expected to arrive as early as September, state media said.Zaza, also the youngest Olympian since the 1992 Barcelona Games, lost to Austria’s Liu Jia in straight sets in the opening round of the women’s single…
 
First it was a charge against a teenage rapper, next the threat of defamation suits against celebrities trolling the Thai government over its stalling vaccine roll-out, then finally a ban on all media reporting “false messages” over the coronavirus response.Thailand’s notoriously thin-skinned prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, appears to ha…
 
A defrocked Catholic priest who raped and impregnated a 16-year-old girl in India has failed to avoid prison by offering to marry his victim – despite her also petitioning the court for his release – prompting women’s rights activists to lament the “life of hell” that unmarried survivors of sexual assault regularly face in the country.Robin Mathew …
 
Hong Kong has streamlined its categorisation of places deemed Covid-19 risks, condensing a five-tier system into three risk levels – high, medium and low – and changed travel rules for overseas arrivals.Countries currently categorised as extremely or very high risk will be consolidated into a new top tier labelled as “high risk”, while those curren…
 
India’s industrial hub of Maharashtra state eased Covid-19 restrictions in most districts on Tuesday, including in the financial capital of Mumbai, after a steady decline in new cases.Shops, malls and parks were allowed to open for longer and offices were allowed to operate at full capacity. However, cinemas, schools and places of worship will rema…
 
Chinese regulators say they will “spare no effort” as part of a clamp down on high-risk financial institutions, including using targeted anti-corruption investigations, amid a flush of liquidity generated by coronavirus-related stimulus and increased fiscal spending.The move to tighten oversight of lending institutions follows an undertaking last F…
 
China’s internet watchdog has called for further discipline of online fan clubs, urging websites and platforms to adjust their products and services to regulate fans to “star chase rationally ”.“There needs to be a limitation of irrational star-chasing by cancelling promotions that prompt fans to buy products in support of their idols, changing the…
 
A missing Belarusian activist has been found hanged in a park in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, police said on Tuesday, adding they had opened a murder probe.Vitaly Shishov, 26, headed the Belarusian House in Ukraine, an NGO helping his compatriots flee repression in Belarus.Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has been cracking down on any form of …
 
An elderly Hongkonger escaped serious injury on Tuesday when an eight-metre-long branch fell from a flame tree and landed on his back at a popular Mong Kok bird garden.Emergency services were called to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden just after 8.15am when police received a call from the 80-year-old victim.According to the force, the man was standin…
 
Beijing says it will not consider a port call request from a German warship to stop at Shanghai until Berlin clarifies its intentions in sending the frigate through the South China Sea.The warship Bayern began its mission to the Indo-Pacific region on Monday and plans to cross the South China Sea – a flashpoint between China and the US and its alli…
 
A newspaper affiliated with China’s official news agency, Xinhua, has published a report calling online gaming “spiritual opium” that is harming the country’s teenagers and singled out Tencent Holdings, China’s largest video game operator, as a source of the problem.The piece, published on Tuesday in the investigation section of the Economic Inform…
 
Listening to the chatter among China traders, the central bank is moving ever closer to another round of easing.Investors are boosting wagers on lower borrowing costs in both the rates and derivatives markets after a key factory gauge fell in July and virus cases spiked.A Politburo meeting last week seemed to confirm bets on easing, with leaders vo…
 
The United States will raise concerns about China’s human rights record and “coercion” in the South China Sea during ministerial meetings with Southeast Asian countries this week, yet will not force countries in the region to pick sides in the ongoing US-China spat, a senior US official said on Monday.The Joe Biden administration’s offensive agains…
 
China and India resumed their marathon negotiations over the weekend on disengaging from the military stand-off along their disputed border over the weekend, but appeared to make little progress. The frontline military commanders from both sides met at the border village of Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on July 30 – …
 
A Chinese actor has apologised for dancing on the Great Wall after a video of the incident outraged some people in China who claimed it was disrespectful to the World Heritage Site.Yin Xiaotian was with a team to shoot a video of them dancing on a section of the Great Wall in Chengde, Hebei, on Friday, news portal 163.com reported.A video taken by …
 
A top computer scientist has been appointed to the Chinese education ministry’s top job and is expected to take up the portfolio.Huai Jinpeng, 58, is the new Communist Party secretary of the Ministry of Education, according to a statement on Monday.The move will pave the way for Huai to be appointed education minister when the National People’s Con…
 
First it was a charge against a teenage rapper, next the threat of defamation suits against celebrities trolling the Thai government over its stalling vaccine roll-out, then finally a ban on all media reporting “false messages” over the coronavirus response.Thailand’s notoriously thin-skinned prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, appears to ha…
 
According to Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, the authors of Why Nations Fail, countries need inclusive institutions so people have incentives and opportunities to study, work, invest and innovate.The most essential inclusive institutions are generally understood to include property rights; intellectual property; free market and competition law; …
 
South Korea said on Monday no decision has yet been made on its joint military exercises with the United States but they should not create tension, after North Korea warned the South against holding the exercises amid signs of a thaw in relations.South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, …
 
South Korea said on Monday no decision has yet been made on its joint military exercises with the United States but they should not create tension, after North Korea warned the South against holding the exercises amid signs of a thaw in relations.South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, …
 
A sculpture of a giant angular figure made from the wreckage of last summer’s Beirut port blast was unveiled at the site on Monday, drawing support from some but also stoking anger among other Lebanese who believe justice should come before memorials.The artwork dubbed “The Gesture” is the creation of Lebanese architect Nadim Karam, a Beirut reside…
 
The US and British embassies in Kabul said on Monday the insurgent Taliban may have committed war crimes in southern Afghanistan by carrying out revenge murders of civilians, a charge denied by the insurgents.Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban negotiating team member based in Doha, told Reuters that tweets containing the accusations were “baseless reports”.…
 
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is renegotiating a lapsed agreement with its Chinese counterpart to jointly conduct law enforcement operations at sea, even as it deploys more American-flagged cutters to the western Pacific in light of China’s growing naval capabilities.Admiral Karl Schultz, the USCG’s commandant, said last week that the once c…
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s swift countermoves, after recently coming under pressure on multiple fronts, suggest he plans to hunker down to stay in power rather than step aside to clear up the country’s pandemic-time political morass.But while he has shown an uncanny ability to dodge the opposition’s repeated efforts to unseat him, …
 
In Japanese, karaoke literally means “empty orchestras”. Peculiar yet evocative, this name brings to mind an imagined “orchestra” providing the backup instrumentals for a performance that often takes place in a boozy bar setting, with variable skill levels and frequently dire performances.Many karaoke sets come with an echo feature to enhance the v…
 
In 2009, during the tail end of the global financial crisis, most airline chiefs were reducing capacity and cutting routes as they bemoaned the industry’s biggest slump since the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) crisis.AirAsia’s maverick boss Tony Fernandes, on the other hand, was talking up his expansion plans.With its position as the ultr…
 
The Tokyo Olympics may have none of the cosmopolitan excitement usually brought to a games by people from all over the world cheering in different languages and waving colourful flags, but superfan Kyoko Ishikawa has made plans to build the buzz regardless.With the coronavirus pandemic raging for over a year and no end yet in sight, overseas as wel…
 
Zabi Astanikzai has tried several times in the past month to register himself and his family of five to receive Covid-19 vaccine jabs, but every hospital in New Delhi he visited turned him away. “Our Afghan passports have expired,” the 44-year-old said. “We have UNHRC [United Nations Human Rights Council] asylum seeker cards, but they are not accep…
 
Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against Covid-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.Prime Minister Hun Sen, launching the vaccination campaign for 12-17 years old, said on Sunday that the third dose would be offered to some 5…
 
Two weeks after a bus blast in northern Pakistan killed 12 people, including nine Chinese nationals, Pakistani security authorities are hunting for two people and the silver Toyota Corolla car they were driving.The pair are thought to have coordinated with a suicide bomber who rammed an explosives-laden silver Honda City car into one of two buses o…
 
North Korea’s autocratic leadership is not known for drawing attention to problems within the country, where a popular children’s song proclaims “we have nothing to envy in the world”.So when Kim Jong-un used a recent commemoration of the 1950-1953 Korean war to acknowledge the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns had sparked a “crisis of hardships” to …
 
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, facing calls to resign after a rare public reprimand by the king, has indefinitely postponed the resumption of a parliamentary session that was disrupted last week.Muhyiddin’s decision – revealed in a notice sent to lawmakers on Saturday – came as the local media, the opposition and even some of the gover…
 
Newly reported Covid-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games.The record comes a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka to the en…
 
Until two years ago, Aamir Ataullah said his future as a merchant in the Indian town of Uri, close to the border with Pakistan, seemed bright.The 28-year-old was among hundreds of barter traders plying their goods along the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbours, which opened cross-border trade in 2008 as part of …
 
When Indonesian national Maria Caritas went to the city of Surabaya two weeks ago to get her first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, she was turned away.Staff at the vaccination centre told the 21-year-old fresh university graduate that she needed a “letter of domicile” from the chief of her neighbourhood in Surabaya, as her electronic identity card, or e-…
 
More than two decades ago, the Middle East ushered in the era of private military companies (PMCs) and the return of mercenaries. Since the United States – during the invasion of Iraq – opened the proverbial Pandora’s Box of privatising what was once a state monopoly on violence, there has been abundant coverage of the activities of armed contracto…
 
Hear from the SCMP’s New York and Beijing correspondents on the meeting between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, chasing common ground, yet finding stalemate. Now, US vaccine diplomacy is under way in SE Asia and a new "wolf warrior" ambassador is in Washington. Asia correspondent John Power analyses …
 
Public sentiment in Japan regarding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has gradually shifted after competitions and athletes have taken centre stage and the country inches closer to winning record gold medals.Previously plagued by concerns over the pandemic and a laundry list of scandals, analyses of Twitter posts by local media found that positive remarks ab…
 
The Philippine government will place the capital region under a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, it announced on Friday.The lockdown, locally called “enhanced community quarantine”, will be in place for Metro Manila from August 6-20, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.Dine-in services …
 
During the Olympic Games, video footage and photographs play a major role in capturing sporting history – and at this year’s coronavirus-delayed event in Tokyo, with no live spectators, they are all the more significant.But a picture of a Chinese weightlifter, who last week won a gold medal in the 49kg class, has angered Beijing for featuring her i…
 
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to shore up American relations with the Philippines that have stagnated in part over the precarious state of an agreement governing the presence of US troops in the country as he wraps up a two-day visit on Friday.The Pentagon chief on Thursday met President Rodrigo Duterte, who told the United States la…
 
Militant groups Islamic State (Isis), al-Qaeda and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) – which China has referred to as a direct threat to its interests – remain present in Afghanistan, where security is fragile and predicted to deteriorate, according to a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) report. Isis fighters are estimated to have res…
 
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 paleoanthropo…
 
A special feature-length episode looking at China's 50 year relationship with the United Nations marking the month in 1971 when 17 members of the UN requested a vote on the "Restoration of the lawful rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations". How has China's relationship with the UN changed since taking its seat, how is that r…
 
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 fo…
 
Hear analysis from US correspondent Owen Churchill and Beijing-based correspondent Kinling Lo after this week's claims and counter-claims of state-sponsored hacking attacks, and why NATO's involvement is significant. How will this affect the first face-to-face meeting of senior US and China diplomats after the terse Alaska meeting in March? Sports …
 
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 global diplomac…
 
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 …
 
SCMP Hong Kong desk editor Denise Tsang joins Chad Bray to discuss the reaction among Hong Kong-based American business leaders to Joe Biden's warning, amid fears Hong Kong’s new anti-doxxing laws may lead to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram being blocked in the city. Also, as Beijing continues to reject the South China Sea international court rulin…
 
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 disc…
 
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