Meanwhile In Beijing


2020052520200527 (R4)Rana Mitter explores how China is making the case for its model of government.

The immediate implications of Covid-19 have dominated the media – and perhaps your attention - for months. But meanwhile, other stories are developing at speed, some intersecting with the virus crisis in unexpected ways.

In the first of a new series of documentaries, the historian Rana Mitter invites you to turn your attention away from the virus, and to look instead at how China is combining its tech and consumer product prowess to make the case for its one-party model of government - and the impact on that of Covid-19.

With contributions from: Daniel Bell, Peter Frankopan, Sophia Gaston, Isabel Hilton, Keyu Jin, Yu Jie, Zhang Weiwei

Producer: Phil Tinline