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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Keeping China accountable for Xinjiang

Foreign Policy | By labeling Communist atrocities in Xinjiang as genocide, the U.S. declares solidarity with the Uyghur community while ensuring further conflict with China.
by June Cheng
Posted 1/29/21, 03:18 pm

Genocide.

That’s what outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of committing against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, making the United States the first country to make such a declaration. He also called China a perpetrator of crimes against humanity.

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Hong Kong’s freedom fighter

Hong Kong | Christian Benny Tai helps lead the city’s fight for democracy even as Beijing continues its clampdown
by June Cheng & Erica Kwong
Posted 1/28/21, 07:44 am

Just before midnight on Jan. 7, legal scholar Benny Tai Yiu-ting solemnly walked out of the Ma On Shan police station in a black coat and a face mask to a scrum of reporters and flashing cameras. A day earlier, police had rounded up Tai and 52 other pro-democracy figures on suspicion of subversion in an early morning raid. Their crime: taking part in an unofficial primary election Tai had spearheaded.

Police released Tai, 56, on bail without charges after more than 30 hours of questioning. They barred him from leaving the city.

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Tension in the Taiwan Strait

International | As Taiwan welcomes U.S. officials and Hong Kong activists, China takes an aggressive posture
by June Cheng
Posted 10/23/20, 05:12 pm

Lee Meng-chu, a Taiwanese man who has been in Chinese custody for more than a year, appeared on Chinese state television earlier this month to offer a “confession”: He stated he had illegally filmed military exercises in Shenzhen. Chinese officials accuse Lee, an electronics trader, of endangering China’s national security. 

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