HONG KONG, 15 July 2019 – The South China Morning Post launched its “Behind the Tariffs” podcast series, which tells the human interest stories of the US-China trade war. The six-part series explains the on-the-ground impact of the tariffs, beyond political rhetoric and abstract dollar figures, featuring voices from countries caught in the crossfire.

The multi-language podcast series profiles business owners and operators across the United States, China and Asia that have been caught up in the trade war. The series was written and produced by Jarrod Watt, SCMP’s Specialist Digital Production Editor, and was presented by SCMP journalists Finbarr Bermingham and Naomi Ng. Other contributors include US-China trade lawyer William Marshall and trade economist David Dodwell.

“Beyond the tweets and beyond the rhetoric are the stories of real people affected by the US-China trade war,” Watt said. “Our series humanises the trade war by detailing the impact of the impasse on industries and people.”

The series also is noteworthy for being the source of several breaking news stories – for example, Ms. Ng’s interview with Hong Kong’s Anna Kam of Sky City was picked up by POLITICO, and Cissy Zhou’s reports from Vietnam led to major stories in SCMP revealing efforts to sidestep tariffs, and how Vietnam is being used as a political tool in China’s Belt and Road aspirations

A bonus podcast episode includes an epilogue analysing the updates since the G20 meetings, as well as revisiting major milestones chronicling the trade war. The podcast also sheds light on the future between the two superpowers following announcements of a trade war truce.

The “Behind the Tariffs” podcast is available on Google podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and on Soundcloud.

About South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a culture publication exploring Chinese stories across video and feature articles.

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