Steve Chao

Before joining 101 East, Steve Chao spent close to two decades on the frontlines in the world's hotspots.

He reported on the surrender of the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks; was on the ground for the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; covered earthquakes in Haiti; terror attacks in Mumbai, climate change at the North Pole; the 2004 tsunami from Thailand, and the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, which combined claimed more than a quarter million lives.

Steve began his career in Canada working for various networks and was Asia Bureau Chief for CTV News, before joining Al Jazeera in 2009 as Senior Asia Correspondent.

For his coverage of world events, Steve has received multiple awards including from the Canadian Radio & Television News Director Association and the Canadian Association of Journalists.

In his free time, Steve enjoys canoeing, mountain climbing and pretty well anything that can get him into the great outdoors.

Follow Steve Chao on Twitter: @SteveChaoSC


Saving China's pandas

Are pandas destined to survive only in captivity?

Asia Pacific

China's wild pandas under threat

Giant pandas were taken off the endangered species list last year. But now China's panda rangers are warning that the animals need more protection.

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101 East

A weekly current affairs documentary programme that focuses on Asia, its diverse cultures, and conflicting politics.

War & Conflict

The Afghans on the frontlines fighting the Taliban

We meet the last defenders of the city of Lashkar Gah, considered the gateway to the rest of the country.

Rodrigo Duterte

Dinner with Rodrigo Duterte

Steve Chao returns to the Philippines to get a behind-the-scenes look at a leader who's gone from relative obscurity to international notoriety.


Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines

"Send them to us. We will accept them," the president says at a time many Western nations are closing their borders.

Business & Economy

Inside China's ghost towns: 'Developers run out of money'

With the Chinese economy faltering, entire neighbourhoods have become ghost towns, industrial companies sit idle and the unemployed are growing desperate.


The end of the Chinese dream?

China's economic slowdown leaves a trail of ghost towns and millions of ordinary workers struggling to survive.


Rodrigo Duterte: The Donald Trump of the Philippines?

Dubbed 'the punisher', the controversial politician's tough stance on crime and corruption is winning hearts and minds.


The country with the world's worst drink problem

South Korea has more alcoholics than any other country, but it seems unlikely to quit the drink any time soon.


Women join ranks of South Korea's heaviest drinkers

Alcohol abuse among women becomes increasing cause for public health concern in nation with easy availability of liquor.

101 East

Can you spot a fake antique?

China's forged antiques market is booming as the country's burgeoning mega-rich unknowingly buy them up.