June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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State of surveillance

China | The growth of surveillance technology is enabling the Chinese government’s rapid transformation into Big Brother
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 05:01 pm

At a music concert in China’s Jiangxi province last April, Chinese officials located and arrested a man wanted for “economic crimes.” Surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology had scanned the faces of 60,000 concertgoers and pinpointed the suspect.

In Hangzhou, a school installed cameras inside its classrooms to record students’ facial expressions during class. The cameras monitored who was paying attention, who walked into class late, and what the teacher was teaching.

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Zhongming Jiang

‘Faithful disobedience’

Persecution | An influential house church in China responds to a wave of police detentions
by June Cheng
Posted 12/13/18, 03:14 pm

On the evening of Dec. 11, 48 hours after police detained Pastor Wang Yi, Early Rain Covenant Church released a statement Wang had prepared beforehand should such an event occur. Entitled “My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience,” Wang noted that his goal was not to change China’s political system but to obey God’s call as a minister of the Word of God.

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Zhongming Jiang

Chinese police raid prominent house church

China | Officials have taken into custody more than 100 members and leaders of Early Rain Covenant Church in a crackdown that began Sunday night
by June Cheng
Posted 12/10/18, 10:30 am

On Sunday evening, Chinese officials launched a crackdown on Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church and its outspoken pastor, Wang Yi. Since then, police have broken down doors, swarmed apartment complexes, and ransacked homes to detain more than 100 leaders and members of the well-known house church, including Wang and all but one of the church’s elders.

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