PODCAST: A Shunned Shein, and Haidilao’s Global Expansion

After getting rejected in the U.S. and hitting headwinds in London, fast fashion sensation Shein may be taking its mega-IPO to Hong Kong. But will investors buy into its profitable but controversial story? And hotpot chain Haidilao steps up its global expansion with spinoffs and separate listings for its Super Hi brand. Will this become China's first overseas restaurant success story?

PODCAST: China’s New Energy Overbuild, and DiDi Back on Growth Track

China is on track to reach its 2030 goal for solar and wind power installations by the end of this year, and could double the figure by 2030. What's driving this massive new energy buildup? And DiDi is back on a growth track with revenue zooming ahead 15% in the first quarter. Will the company seize the momentum to relaunch its stalled IPO plan?

PODCAST: A Microchip Mega-Fund, and an Accounting Crisis

China has set up a $50 billion fund to support its microchip sector. Will the big bucks be enough to overcome U.S. sanctions? And a growing number of Chinese companies dump PwC as their auditor. Is the flight related to PwC's role as auditor for insolvent developer Evergrande?

PODCAST: Endangered Cash Payments, and a TikTok Bid

KFC and others are fined after some of their outlets refuse to take cash. Is cash becoming an endangered species in China? And a group led by former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt assembles a bid for TikTok's U.S. operations. Will TikTok change its mind and decide to sell?

PODCAST: New US Tariffs, and China Becomes a Homebuyer

The U.S. raises tariffs on Chinese EVs to 100% from 25%. Will China retaliate? And China announces plans to buy up homes to boost its sagging property market. But will local governments go along with the pricey plan?

PODCAST: A New EU Probe, and a Used Car IPO

The EU has launched a new probe after European firms complained of restricted access to China's huge medical equipment procurement market. Is the EU getting more aggressive on China's trade practices? And used car specialist Autostreets applies for a Hong Kong listing, touting a coming boom in Chinese used car sales. Why have Chinese traditionally preferred new cars, and what's changed now, if anything?