South China Morning Post

Politico has partnered with the 115-year-old English language South China Morning Post of Hong Kong to report on the Asian political scene.

The move follows its European launch three years ago in a venture with Germany conglomerate Axel Springer.

Acquired in 2015 by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma of Alibaba Group, the Post is seeking to expand its market by dropping its paywall and beefing up US coverage in California, DC and New York.

Politico/SCMP will initially share content but their arrangement will eventually evolve into combining resources on original stories covering politics, national security, trade, finance and technology, according to a note from Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown.

"Our experience shows often that the most important stories are best illuminated by being reported simultaneously from multiple perspectives," the Politico editors wrote.

Politico has 250 reporters and editors, while the SCMP has more than 300 editorial staffers.