China Geopolitics

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.

  • 28 minutes 2 seconds
    Anwar Ibrahim on navigating Malaysia through China-US tensions
    How does a country deepen its relationship and do business with China without risking retaliation by the US and its allies? How can a nation protect its territorial claims in the South China Sea yet maintain a delicate balancing act with its neighbours with their own views and claims? Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim discusses these issues and more, including his deep anguish over the Israel-Gaza war, in this extended version of Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo.
    17 June 2024, 1:02 am
  • 19 minutes 57 seconds
    Why Japan’s Harajuku is enjoying a surprising fashion revival
    Harajuku, a neighbourhood in the Japanese capital Tokyo, has long been known as the birthplace of some incredibly colourful and unique fashion subcultures. The district had gone relatively quiet for years, but now one of its best-known styles called decora is staging a surprise comeback. In this episode of About Asia, we chart the rise, fall and rebirth of Harajuku’s fashion scene.  Read more: 
    27 May 2024, 6:57 am
  • 20 minutes 14 seconds
    Unravelling China and India’s roles in the US fentanyl crisis
    The US has been grappling with an opioid crisis for decades, but the problem has been exacerbated by the arrival of fentanyl – a synthetic drug 50 times more potent than heroin. What roles do China and India play in the global illicit fentanyl trade? Post correspondent Khushboo Razdan and independent investigative journalist Ben Westhoff walk us through their reporting. For more on this:
    12 April 2024, 1:30 am
  • 28 minutes 8 seconds
    Will Japan give Oppenheimer a chance?
    Oppenheimer will finally make its Japan premier on March 29, 2024, eight months after the film’s world debut. How will the only country to suffer wartime atomic bombings react to a biopic about the American physicist who led efforts to build the first such weapons of mass destruction? Yuki Miyamoto, a nuclear ethics professor at DePaul University who has seen Oppenheimer three times, discusses her reservations about the film.  Read more:   
    26 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 27 minutes 27 seconds
    Why India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is so controversial
    Protests continue in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which many say is a Hindu nationalist campaign targeting Muslims, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Post spoke with independent journalist Angad Singh for more. Read more on this: 
    20 March 2024, 6:00 am
  • 28 minutes 8 seconds
    Why Japan’s yakuza crime groups are on the verge of disappearing
    The yakuza are seeing a pop cultural renaissance with hit TV shows like Tokyo Vice and video games such as Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. In reality, however, the Japanese organised crime groups are in serious decline. But do their shrinking numbers tell the whole story? To learn more, the Post’s Jonathan Vit spoke with Dr Martina Baradel, a criminologist at the University of Oxford. Read more on this:
    15 March 2024, 1:00 am
  • 37 minutes 4 seconds
    Inside China: What if Trump wins?
    How might a second Trump presidency affect US relations with China, North Korea, Japan, Asean, India and more? Post US bureau chief Robert Delaney compares and analyses the foreign policies of incumbent President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump and explores whether Beijing prefers one over the other. Read the latest on the US presidential 2024 elections: 
    5 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 22 minutes 8 seconds
    Ageing and fertility: why Asian women are freezing their eggs
    A growing number of women are freezing their eggs as a means of prolonging their fertility, but what are the economic and social barriers they face along the way? The Post spoke with Dr Geetha Venkat to learn more. Read more on this: 
    4 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 3 seconds
    Why the Philippines’ Duterte-Marcos alliance is disintegrating
    The political marriage of the Philippines’ two most powerful families appears to be crumbling. Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, explains the history behind the apparent feud between President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr and his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte, and its potential implication to the country’s political future. For the latest on the Philippines:
    22 February 2024, 1:00 am
  • 22 minutes
    How Indonesia’s ‘TikTok general’ Prabowo won the presidential race
    Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s current defence minister, has won the presidential election by a wide margin, according to unofficial, but historically accurate quick count results. But there are lingering concerns about Prabowo related to past allegations of human rights abuses. In this episode of About Asia, we speak with Jacqui Baker of Murdoch University about the president-elect’s successful shift from fiery populist to a grandfatherly figure.
    16 February 2024, 10:54 am
  • 16 minutes 28 seconds
    Taylor Swift, Coldplay spark concert tourism boom in Southeast Asia
    Taylor Swift is one of the biggest musical acts in the world – and she’s coming to Singapore in 2024, along with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Coldplay. For decades, so-called “world tours” have skipped much of Asia, but how has the tide of concert tourism changed? We sat down with Post reporter Kimberly Lim to discuss more. Read more on this: 
    8 February 2024, 4:04 am
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