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English, News, 2 seasons, 74 episodes, 1 day 59 minutes
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They’re your eyes and ears around the globe. CNA’s network of correspondents shines a light on stories from wherever they are in the world, from ground-breaking events to up-and-coming trends. Join them as they bring you behind the headlines, examining issues, meeting people and exploring places. 
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Fewer babies and slowing economy: China’s challenges ahead of the upcoming ‘Two Sessions’

China has long been home to the largest population on the planet, but that’s starting to change. Fewer babies and a super-aged society could spell trouble for the country’s economy. China correspondents Olivia Siong and Low Minmin talk about the potential items on the agenda for the nation’s most important political event of the year – the upcoming “Two Sessions” meetings. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/02/202418 minutes 23 seconds
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Russia-Ukraine War: Two Years On

It has been a grinding war. But two years after Russia invaded Ukraine, resilience has emerged as a key trait among Ukrainians. CNA’s Lim Yun Suk travelled to Ukraine to find out how robust the war effort has been, and how its economy is trying to post growth despite the conflict. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/02/202421 minutes 43 seconds
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Malaysia’s fishing industry faces dire future with declining catch

Some fishermen on Malaysia’s west coast have no catch for sale and are selling their vessels instead, just to make ends meet. Climate change and overfishing are two reasons for the falling numbers. Teresa Tang speaks to Rashvin Bedi about what options fishermen have.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/02/202411 minutes 43 seconds
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Selfies, TikToks and memes: The social media battle in Indonesia's elections

A quarter of a million candidates are running for posts in this year’s general elections in Indonesia. Legislators, councillors and a new president are all being chosen by some 205 million voters. And more than half of those voters are young people. Teresa Tang speaks to our correspondents to find out why the battleground has moved online for the presidential hopefuls. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/02/202427 minutes 35 seconds
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Thai hostage held by Hamas shares his gripping story

Thais made up the largest number of foreign nationals abducted by Hamas when the militants attacked Israel on Oct 7, 2023. Nearly two dozen Thais have since been released and returned home. Thai correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut shares some of their stories with host Teresa Tang in this episode of CNA Correspondent.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/01/202417 minutes 13 seconds
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Is a Biden-Trump rematch a sure thing?

The Iowa caucuses last week marked the official start of the US election season. But a lot can happen between now and November 5, when American voters head to the polls. Nick Harper joins Teresa Tang with a look at the issues, the hopefuls and the possible roadblocks candidates will face heading to the White House. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/01/202415 minutes 40 seconds
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Is Myanmar's resistance movement making strides?

Myanmar has been under military rule since a coup nearly three years ago. But on Oct 27, 2023, resistance and ethnic armed groups came together to launch an offensive against the military. CNA’s Leong Wai Kit tells Teresa Tang how they’ve made progress and where the country is headed from here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/01/202423 minutes 7 seconds
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What's at stake in the Taiwan presidential election?

The race to Taiwan’s highest office is on. Three contenders are vying for ballots with different approaches to Beijing. The youth vote and growing dissatisfaction over the rising cost of living makes this election one to watch. Deborah Wong and Tan Si Hui give us the state of play.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/01/202421 minutes 28 seconds
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Best of: Life aboard a warship in the disputed South China Sea

Here's the last of our three top episodes from our archives this year. CNA’s Leong Wai Kit gets rare access to the USS Nimitz, one of the largest warships in the world. He tells Steve Lai about its mission and the complex nature of disputes in the South China Sea. Plus, the thrill of take-off and landing on a runway less than 100 meters long.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/12/202319 minutes 19 seconds
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Best of: Ten years into China’s Belt and Road Initiative, what impact is it having on Sri Lanka?

Here's the second of our top three episodes of The CNA Correspondent podcast. Where can you find possibly the emptiest airport in the world? Look no further than Sri Lanka. The US$113 million airport project was backed by China as part of its massive BRI investments in the country. But was the money more debt trap than development opportunity? Chandni Vatvani sits down with Teresa Tang in this episode of the CNA correspondent podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/202321 minutes 53 seconds
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Best of: CNA’s interview with Anwar Ibrahim: What’s next for Malaysia and its leader?

Here's the first of our top three episodes of The CNA Correspondent podcast. In this episode, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim sat down with CNA’s correspondents Melissa Goh and Afifah Ariffin for an interview in Singapore. Steve Lai gets a peek into all the behind-the-scenes action and what’s next for Mr Anwar’s future and that of his country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/12/202321 minutes 9 seconds
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Biden and Xi find common ground in San Francisco, but for how long?

The leaders of the world’s two biggest economies met on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in San Francisco. Steve Lai speaks to Simon Marks and Low Minmin about the current state of the US-China relationship and the challenges that lie ahead.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/11/202334 minutes 19 seconds
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Getting to the root of Asia’s booming human hair trade

Imagine getting paid to get a haircut. The demand for human hair has led to a complete makeover of the economic fortunes of some people in Asia. So what makes some strands more valuable than others? CNA's Teresa Tang sits down with Low Minmin and Tung Ngo for an in-depth look at the production chain in China and Vietnam.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/11/202318 minutes 49 seconds
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Spotlight on North Korea as it reopens to a post-pandemic world

It’s a reclusive country that regularly makes the headlines, but North Korea is now reopening to a post-pandemic world. Teresa Tang talks to CNA correspondent Lim Yun Suk about the country’s defectors, Kim Jong Un’s young daughter and the potential for families separated by the Korean War to be reunited. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/11/202318 minutes 3 seconds
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The plight of Thai citizens trapped in Israel-Hamas war

Thai citizens are among the highest number of foreign fatalities in the ongoing Israel-Hamas War with 23 currently held hostage in Gaza. Thai correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut speaks to Steve Lai about the nation’s efforts to rescue them and repatriate its 30,000 citizens.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/11/202327 minutes 25 seconds
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Why are some of China’s senior politicians disappearing?

First, they disappeared from public life, then from China's Cabinet lineup. Qin Gang was dropped as the country’s top diplomat and shortly after, Li Shangfu was removed as defence minister. Theories abound as to why they fell out of favour. Beijing correspondent Olivia Siong sits down with Teresa Tang in this episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/10/202320 minutes 50 seconds
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The dark side of Japan’s entertainment industry

For decades, well-known Japanese talent manager Johnny Kitagawa sexually abused young men and boys who were desperate to make it big in Japan’s entertainment industry.  Michiyo Ishida talks to Steve Lai about the reckoning that his agency – which created popular boy bands SMAP and Arashi - is going through now that the country’s worst-kept secret is finally out. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/10/202319 minutes 31 seconds
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Has China’s Belt and Road Initiative lived up to its promise in Mongolia?

In the deepest parts of Mongolia, Google Maps doesn’t work. The vast country is also the most sparsely populated in the world. But China’s Belt and Road Initiative is set to change that, with massive transport projects in full swing. Olivia Siong takes us there in this episode of CNA Correspondent.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/10/202325 minutes 49 seconds
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Ten years into China’s Belt and Road Initiative, what impact is it having on Sri Lanka?

Where can you find possibly the emptiest airport in the world? Look no further than Sri Lanka. The US$113 million airport project was backed by China as part of its massive BRI investments in the country. But was the money more debt trap than development opportunity? Chandni Vatvani sits down with Teresa Tang in this episode of the CNA correspondent podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/202321 minutes 17 seconds
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A decade on, what is the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Ten years since it was first launched at a university in Kazakstan, projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative have affected lives and livelihoods across Central Asia. CNA’s Lim Yun Suk tells Steve Lai how Beijing is reinventing the Silk Road for the 21st century with an ambitious agenda. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/10/202320 minutes 51 seconds
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CNA’s interview with Anwar Ibrahim: What’s next for Malaysia and its leader?

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim sat down with CNA’s correspondents Melissa Goh and Afifah Ariffin for an interview in Singapore. Steve Lai gets a peek into all the behind-the-scenes action and what’s next for Mr Anwar’s future and that of his country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/09/202320 minutes 20 seconds
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Why Hong Kong’s record rainfall is not just about a once-in-a-lifetime flood

On 7 September Hong Kong smashed a 140-year-old record when torrential rains drenched the city. At its height, 158mm fell in just one hour. As the clean-up happens, new problems have surfaced, that of illegal structures and slope safety. CNA’s Hong Kong correspondent Deborah Wong talks to Teresa Tang in this episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/09/202319 minutes 25 seconds
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How worried should we be over treated nuclear wastewater from Fukushima?

Fukushima will long be linked with the wrecked nuclear facility that bears the prefecture’s name. Treated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is now being pumped into the Pacific Ocean and will continue to flow for decades to come. CNA’s Michiyo Ishida tells Teresa Tang what she saw when she visited for a media tour. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/09/202317 minutes 34 seconds
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Why is there a US-China power play for the Pacific Islands?

Most people don’t know much about the tiny nations of the Pacific except tourists who are drawn to their stunning beauty. But they are strategically critical for China, the US and its allies. CNA’s Jeremy Koh speaks to Teresa Tang about his travels there and whether this tug-of-war is noticeable on the ground.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/09/202321 minutes 59 seconds
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Thailand finally has a new prime minister after dramatic twists and turns, so what’s next?

Three months after Thais voted in a general election, they finally have their next leader – though it’s not the person many had expected. Sretta Thavisin is a political novice who faces the task of uniting a fractured public. CNA's May Wong and Saksith Saiyasombut sit down with Teresa Tang to talk about what it was like on the ground as the dramatic developments unfolded.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/202326 minutes 46 seconds
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Malaysia’s state elections show the sand shifting under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s feet

Billed as a referendum on Anwar Ibrahim's leadership and his Unity Government, the results of the recent elections in six states exposed an exodus of Malay voters to the opposition Perikatan Nasional coalition. CNA's Melissa Goh and Afifah Ariffin talk to Steve Lai about where it’s going wrong for the prime minister and where he goes from here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/08/202322 minutes 45 seconds
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How the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea ran into trouble even before Typhoon Khanun hit

43,000 Scouts from 158 countries arrived in South Korea expecting 12 days of learning, fellowship and fun. What they didn’t bargain for were inadequate facilities, an unbearable heatwave and an approaching typhoon that forced an evacuation. CNA’s Lim Yun Suk talks to Steve Lai about how things went south. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/08/202320 minutes 18 seconds
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Malaysia’s State Elections: Will political tides shift and put a dent in Anwar’s government?

Six states in Malaysia go to the polls on Aug 12 with 245 state assembly seats up for grabs. CNA correspondents Melissa Goh and Afifah Ariffin preview the upcoming elections and the issues voters are grappling with which will put the unity government to the test. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/08/202328 minutes 58 seconds
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From TV series to social change: Taiwan’s #MeToo movement

Fear and a lack of faith in the justice system often prevent many sexual harassment victims from coming forward. But a Netflix series in Taiwan is changing that. Taiwan correspondent Victoria Jen tells host Teresa Tang what’s behind the island’s #MeToo movement. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/08/202311 minutes 9 seconds
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What’s weighing on China’s post-pandemic rebound

It’s been six months since China dropped its zero-COVID policy and reopened its borders. But recovery has been uneven on the mainland and for its major markets. CNA’s Low Minmin, Deborah Wong and Tung Ngo talk about economic hopes despite the lag with Teresa Tang in this episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/07/202321 minutes
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One year anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s presidency: Rewriting his father’s legacy?

Utter the name “Marcos” in the Philippines and the words dictator and corruption used to come to mind. But now, under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the legacy of his father is being rewritten. Host Teresa Tang speaks to Buena Bernal on the one-year anniversary of the re-emergence of this political dynasty, and how Filipinos feel about what the president has accomplished so far.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/06/202323 minutes 21 seconds
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Inside India’s monster-sized wedding market

It’s an industry that can generate billions of dollars in a single month. Nuptials are big-business in India as couples pull out all the stops to host lavish, show-stopping celebrations. But where is this money coming from? Teresa Tang speaks to CNA’s Neha Poonia and Ishan Garg.See omny.fm/listener for privacy information.
20/06/202318 minutes 26 seconds
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Shangri-La Dialogue: When the biggest players in the room aren’t talking

Singapore hosted the 20th edition of the Shangri-La Dialogue in early June. All eyes were on China and the US but the two didn’t meet – formally, that is. CNA’s Jeremy Koh speaks to Steve Lai on what happened behind the public conference and the broader security challenges the world faces.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/06/202320 minutes 2 seconds
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Myanmar: How the people are coping amidst the violence and chaos

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military coup on 1 February 2021. CNA’s Leong Wai Kit tells Steve Lai of the resilience of its people and the challenges facing ASEAN and the international community to find a solution.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/06/202325 minutes 8 seconds
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Thailand chooses change as a new coalition takes shape but will it work?

A record voter turnout in Thailand’s 2023 election saw the rise of the Move Forward party and a clear decline of former general Prayut Chan-o-cha. Steve Lai speaks to Saksith Saiyasombut on the state of play now and whether the charismatic Pita Limjaroenrat can forge a strong coalition and win enough support from rival MPs or the appointed senators to form a government.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/05/202324 minutes 51 seconds
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Upcoming state elections in Malaysia to test Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim emerges from the first Unity Government Convention in a confident mood ahead of upcoming state elections. Afifah Ariffin speaks to Steve Lai about the uneasy alliances within his government and an opposition that says it has plans to topple him. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/05/202318 minutes 30 seconds
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How Taiwan authorities fight tree poaching syndicates

Taiwan’s tree poachers (known as ‘mountain rats’) are on the run as police and forest rangers use technology, community engagement and good old-fashioned legwork to stop the lucrative illegal trade of its centuries-old cypress trees. Victoria Jen tells Steve Lai about her arduous trek into the island’s virgin forests to uncover the story.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/05/202316 minutes 49 seconds
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Can the Thai prime minister hold on to power in the upcoming elections?

After coming to power through the 2014 military coup, can Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hold on to power as Paetongtarn Shinawatra, daughter of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, stakes her claim? Thailand correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut speaks to Steve Lai ahead of Thailand’s general election on May 14.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/05/202321 minutes 2 seconds
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Own goal: How Indonesia lost hosting rights to the U-20 Men’s World Cup

What could have been a preview to the world’s football superstars of tomorrow turned into a missed opportunity for Indonesia to shine. CNA correspondent Saifulbahri Ismail talks to Steve Lai about how domestic politics sullied the beautiful game, with FIFA removing Indonesia as the tournament’s host. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/05/202325 minutes 27 seconds
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Living and dying solo: The rise of single households in South Korea and Japan

The number of people embracing solo bliss is on the rise in Japan and Korea. These one-person households are changing society in critical ways and businesses are cashing in. Teresa Tang speaks to CNA's Michiyo Ishida and Lim Yun Suk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/04/202318 minutes 58 seconds
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When the dams run dry in Jeolla, South Korea

More than one million people are affected by an unprecedented drought in Jeolla, South Korea. Is climate change to blame? What is being done to deal with the shortage?  We speak to CNA correspondent Lim Yun Suk.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/04/202311 minutes 21 seconds