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38 minutes | 17 hours ago
UN members demand Xinjiang access; how Covid-19 impacts China-India ties, global tech supply chain
China forcefully defended its Xinjiang policy at a UN forum it labeled an “anti-China event”, where Germany and Turkey joined with the US and UK to ask for “immediate, meaningful and unfettered” access. SCMP reporters Simone McCarthy and Masha Borak examine how India's Covid crisis is impacting the global tech supply chain for Apple products as well as vaccine, PPE and medical supply-based diplomacy with China.
42 minutes | 7 days ago
G7 hones in on China, Beijing scraps talks with Australia, and why EU’s Hungary has Beijing’s back
Is the G7 ganging up on China? This week, the team looks at how that perception may be pushing Beijing into a corner, causing it to double down. China’s suspension of economic talks with Australia may already be proof of that, as Canberra is made an example to the world. Hear also about Beijing's choice as its new ambassador to the United States and Tamas Matura, China expert from the Corvinus University of Budapest analyses why Hungary is China’s staunchest defender in the EU.
39 minutes | 14 days ago
India snubs Covid aid from Beijing, and Biden raises China-US rivalry in first 100 days speech
China, according to US President Joe Biden, is “deadly earnest” about becoming the world’s most “consequential” nation. In this week’s podcast, the team analyses Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. Also, reports of China’s “declining” population are refuted by Beijing even though it has yet to release new figures. And SCMP China Desk reporter Sarah Zheng looks behind mask diplomacy and India’s snub of pandemic relief from border rival China.
24 minutes | 21 days ago
The Biden climate summit, Wen Jiabao gets censored, and will China miss Merkel?
The talks were virtual, but the promises were not just hot air at this week’s climate summit organised by US President Joe Biden. Finbarr Bermingham joins Zhou Xin and John Carter from the SCMP Political Economy team to recap the pledges leaders made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what seemed like a measure of cooperation between Washington and China. Also this week: the strange story of censorship involving former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s personal article about his mother, the UK…
44 minutes | a month ago
Taiwan tension, military standoff and silicon chips; Europe confronts Beijing debt and influence
Taiwan has been in the headlines during a week that a delegation sent by US President Biden visited the self-ruled island, and when Beijing mounted what was seen as an aggressive show of force towards Taipei. This week’s China Geopolitics podcast also looks into the pressure on Japanese PM Suga, how Taiwan company TMSC emerged as top global semiconductor supplier, and why the EU refuses to bail out Montenegro’s massive debt to China for a highway to Slovakia.
20 minutes | a month ago
Biden’s Beijing Winter Games boycott bluff and China’s role in a global corporate tax plan
In a week that the US State Department openly flirted with – then pulled back from – the idea of a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter discuss the significance of the Games to China's image-building efforts, the dilemma it would create for potential sponsors and the realpolitik of Washington's mixed messaging. Also in this edition of Inside China: the roles Beijing and Hong Kong might play in US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's…
43 minutes | a month ago
Xinjiang sanctions explained: China weaponises consumers vs the West
The fallout from a lightning blitz of sanctions between Western nations and China over alleged abuses in Xinjiang continues. China's stinging official retaliation raises huge questions about its investment deal with Europe, while China's netizen army has risen up against Western brands in response. H&M, Nike, Hugo Boss, and Adidas and their stances on Xinjiang-made cotton have lead to mass boycotts in China. Political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin unpack the political…
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Analysing the US-China Alaska meeting; EU announces sanctions for China over Xinjiang
Finbarr Bermingham and the SCMP political economy team delve beneath the opening bluster of the US-China meeting in Anchorage and analyse the bigger picture. What of the US opening gambit on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan? What will the agreement on action to confront climate change mean? Zhou Xin looks at the media coverage in mainland China media framing this as demonstrating China's superpower status; John Carter looks at the upcoming NATO meeting and the significance of the European Union…
36 minutes | 2 months ago
What China's NPC decided; the US-China Alaska meeting; will the Quad be Asia's NATO?
Finbarr Bermingham, Zhou Xin and John Carter look at the coming high-level meeting between the US and China in Alaska, and compare what each team of negotiators are looking to get from the occasion, while Biden's calling together of the 'Quad' raises more questions of what India, Japan and Australia have in common. Hear analysis from Beijing-based reporters Mai Jun and Kinling Lo of China's National People's Congress, its announced electoral changes for Hong Kong's electoral system, and how the…
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Analysing China's NPC; focus on Hong Kong; in-depth with Reinhard Butikofer, European Parliament
Finbarr Bermingham speaks with SCMP political economy editors Zho Xin and John Carter about the latest Hong Kong crackdown on pro-democracy figures, and delve deep into the latest policy announcements at the National People's Congress in Beijing concerning economic growth and technology. Hear an in-depth interview with Reinhard Butikofer, German politician and chair of the European Union parliamentary delegation to China.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
China's Two Sessions preview, Biden's trade policy and the EU's China strategy
Finbarr Bermingham and political economy editors John Carter and Zhou Xin look at the upcoming announcement of Beijing's five year plan and how it will address the rising middle income trap for China's economic growth. Hear analysis of the Biden administration inquiry into 'supply chains' that didn't mention China and the push by US tech companies back into the mainland now Trump has gone. Special guest is Philippe LeCorre, EU specialist with Harvard University, discussing the EU strategy…
23 minutes | 3 months ago
In conversation: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, new director-general for the WTO
A special ICYMI recap of an interview between Finbarr Bermingham and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, back when she was one of two candidates vying for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization. Hear her talk about her vision for the WTO regarding Covid-19 vaccines, how to repair US-China trade relations and exactly what reforms she thinks are needed for this organisation to be effective.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Analysing China's new Covid-19 outbreak; the Myanmar coup and China, ASEAN and US reactions
John Carter unpacks how fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in mainland China will impact the Chinese economy, as the nation prepares for the Lunar New Year holiday. SCMP China desk edtor Wiliam Zheng analyses Beijing's top diplomat's first policy speech since the Biden inauguration; senior Asia correspondent Bhavan Jaipragas looks at China's relationship with Myanmar, the reaction from Beijing and Washington to the coup and how it contrasts with how the ASEAN nations have reacted.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Xi Jinping at Davos and global reaction; analysing the China-EU investment deal
Finbarr Bermingham and the team discuss Xi's Davos speech. How is it different from his speech in 2017, when he spoke just after Trump took office and pitched China as the saviour of multilateralism? He also made an important play for the global south, pitching China as the power that will support the developing world. In the second part of the show economist Nick Marro from the Economist Global Trade Intelligence Unit discusses the furore around the EU China investment deal, signed in December…
33 minutes | 4 months ago
China's economy grows, but at what cost? Biden's new appointees talk tough Beijing
Analysis of China's economy following its GDP announcement; it was one of few in the world to exit 2020 with growth, but what of the growing inequality between rich and poor. Has its economic model reached a plateau, and how will it continue to grow its nation's wealth? John Carter and Zhou Xin look at China's economy in 2021 and its challenges, and find contrast in how the US and China approach Big Tech. Washington correspondent Jacob Fromer analyses what he has witnessed in the confirmation…
25 minutes | 4 months ago
China gloats as Trump sows Capitol chaos; Beijing telco giants kicked off NYSE
The headlines have been on Washington this week as riotous Trump supporters laid siege on the US capital, but it has not gone unnoticed in Beijing, where Chinese media and officials have been relishing the chaos. John Carter and Zhou Xin join Finbarr Bermingham to discuss a blistering start to the year. Financial reporter Chad Bray makes his podcast debut to discuss the regulatory hokey cokey facing big Chinese telecoms firms, which may be about to exit the New York Stock Exchange.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
The US 'audit war' on Chinese companies begins; in-depth with Long Yongtu, China's trade and WTO veteran
The US is about to pass a bill demanding Chinese companies submit to American audit standards or be de-listed from US stock exchanges. Finbarr Bermingham, John Carter and Zhou Xin analyse the impact this will have on the trillions of dollars invested by Chinese companies, and what potential escalations this might lead to. Hear also about the impact of new bans on American made silicon chips to Chinese companies. Our feature interview is with Long Yongtu, one of the pre-eminent veterans of China…
23 minutes | 6 months ago
What's behind Xi Jinping's CPTPP surprise - can he outflank Biden before January?
Just days after signing the RCEP trade deal, China's president Xi Jinping shocked analysts and the global trade community with his support for the CPTPP - the agreement once thought to be the highest grade trade deal excluding China in existence, and described as 'the anti-China club' by some Chinese commentators. Why would he do this? Finbarr Bermingham sits down with SCMP political economy editors Zhou Xin and John Carter to look at Xi Jinping's motives and how they fit in a broader…
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Is RCEP a big deal? Analysing Asia's response and revealing Obama's China regrets
Fifteen countries from Asia Pacific this week signed the world's biggest trade deal, led by ASEAN but crucially including China. Hear expert analysis from journalists who have covered this every step of the way. Does RCEP represent a lost opportunity for the US and a strategic win for China? Will China's regional sparring partners be able to ratify it? Finbarr Bermingham is joined by Bhavan Jaipragas, Zhou Xin and John Carter to get the details. We've also rifled through Barack Obama's new book…
25 minutes | 6 months ago
China digests US election chaos; how a Biden White House would change the US-China dynamic
The SCMP's political economy team take a break from updating the live blog to discuss this week's dramatic, elongated US election. What does it mean for China? What kinds of jokes are going around Chinese social media? What do the Beijing newspapers say - or not say? And what do China watchers think about the state of the relationship? Zhou Xin, John Carter and Finbarr Bermingham discuss this - as well as implications for upcoming negotiations on finance and trade involving Europe and Japan…
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