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With in-depth panel discussions on domestic and global news and current affairs, World Today gives you the story behind the headlines.

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With in-depth panel discussions on domestic and global news and current affairs, World Today gives you the story behind the headlines.

    Is Russia vulnerable in face of Western sanctions over Ukraine?

    Is Russia vulnerable in face of Western sanctions over Ukraine?

    ①Meeting IOC chief, Xi Jinping reiterates China's promise to deliver a simple, safe and spectacular Olympic gala. What’s behind China’s confidence? ②The US and the EU are close to agreeing on Russian financial sanctions over Ukraine, but is Russia vulnerable in the face of sanctions? ③Boris Johnson gears up for survival fight amid Downing Street party allegations. Will he get through? ④The US warns of vulnerable chip supply. To what extent is it a self-inflicted problem in the US case?

    • 51 min
    30 years of China-Central Asia diplomatic ties: what have been achieved?

    30 years of China-Central Asia diplomatic ties: what have been achieved?

    ①President Xi Jinping has chaired a meeting marking the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and five Central Asian nations. How to characterize the ties today? ②The US has placed 8,500 troops on standby for possible deployment to Central and Eastern Europe. Is this a sign of further escalation of tensions over Ukraine? ③What’s waiting for Burkina Faso following a military coup? ④Houthi missiles are targeting UAE and Saudi Arabia. What does this tell about Yemen's war?

    • 51 min
    Why does US order families of embassy staff to leave Ukraine?

    Why does US order families of embassy staff to leave Ukraine?

    ①The US orders family members of its embassy staff to leave Ukraine. Is this a signal that Russia will soon attack Ukraine? ②WHO says Europe could be headed for pandemic 'endgame'. Can we start to consider a Covid-19 endemic? ③Kay-Achim Schönbach, who has resigned as German Navy chief, said China has a "hidden agenda" in dealings with countries. Is his mindset representative of German politicians' views about China? ④Taliban begin talks with Western officials in Norway. What can be expected?

    • 52 min
    Panel: Why does China stick with zero-Covid policy?

    Panel: Why does China stick with zero-Covid policy?

    As most countries willingly or unwillingly accept Covid as part of everyday life, China is living in a different scenario.
    China’s zero-tolerance strategy deserves credit for saving lives, but how long can this policy continue? Is there a cost-versus-benefit issue here?
    Host Ding Heng is joined by Dr. John Cai, Chairman of Academy of China Healthcare Innovation Platform; David Moser at Capital Normal University; Dr. Timothy Kerswell at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    • 52 min
    Why do Chinese people trust their government?

    Why do Chinese people trust their government?

    1 year in, what major challenges does Biden continue to face? Survey shows public trust in the Chinese government has surged to 91%. Why do Chinese people trust their government? How will the DPRK beef up its defences in the face of a possible "protracted conflict" with the US? And we look at how western "China experts" are filled with disinformation.

    • 54 min
    Lavrov, Blinken discuss security guarantees over phone, another fruitless talk?

    Lavrov, Blinken discuss security guarantees over phone, another fruitless talk?

    Lavrov, Blinken discuss security guarantees, Ukraine over the phone, another fruitless talk? What to expect from the meeting between Putin and Raisi in Moscow? China refutes reports of security flaws in the Winter Olympics app. Tech analyst Andy Mok: It is a problem of politics, not security. Meanwhile, China reviews the economic performance of central SOEs in 2021. China is on the right track of high-quality economic development, says Yao Shujie, Chueng Kong Professor of Economics.

    • 54 min

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