June Cheng

June is a reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and covers East Asia, including China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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The disappearing China correspondents

China | Beijing keeps expelling foreign journalists as relations with the West sour
by June Cheng
Posted 9/11/20, 04:48 pm

On Monday, the last two credentialed Australian journalists in China boarded a flight to Sydney after a five-day diplomatic standoff. The expulsion occurred as relations between Australia and China have deteriorated and the Chinese government continues its crusade to rid the country of foreign reporters.

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A food crisis in China?

China | Severe flooding, insect infestation, and COVID-19 may be contributing to a food shortage
by June Cheng
Posted 8/31/20, 09:17 am

Outside the popular Hunan chain Chuiyan Fried Beef in Changsha, restaurant owners set up two scales and asked patrons to weigh themselves before entering. After entering their weight and personal information into an app, the customers received the restaurant’s suggested menu items: for women weighing under 88 pounds, a beef dish and fish head; for a man weighing more than 175 pounds, braised pork belly, according to CNN.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon arrested

Asia | In a blow to the city’s press freedom, police arrest Apple Daily publisher Jimmy Lai and raid his newspaper office
by June Cheng
Posted 8/12/20, 05:39 pm

Two hundred police officers in face masks barged into Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newsroom Monday, hours after police arrested the pro-democracy newspaper’s publisher, Jimmy Lai, on charges of “colluding with foreign forces” under the new national security law. The arrest and raid make up the highest-profile attack on the free press in Hong Kong since the law went into effect on June 30. 

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