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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Tensions rise between U.S. and China

Asia | As relations worsen, Mike Pompeo says “distrust and verify” in dealing with China
by June Cheng
Posted 7/30/20, 05:05 pm

On the morning of July 27, uniformed marine security guards lowered the American flag at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu for the last time, signally the compound’s official closure. Outside, police shut down the streets surrounding the building after large crowds had gathered, taking selfies and milling around after Beijing gave the United States 72 hours to close the consulate.

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U.S. sanctions finally hit China

China | American officials strike back at China’s human rights abuses and growing territorial claims
by June Cheng
Posted 7/17/20, 03:43 pm

For years activists and lawmakers have called on the Trump administration to punish Beijing over its gross human rights violations, yet the government seemed slow to act. But this week the United States announced a flurry of new sanctions against Chinese officials addressing policies in several places: Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong. The week also included the United States’ strongest condemnation of China’s claims in the South China Sea.

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Hong Kong: A city on the brink

China | Residents see their freedoms diminish rapidly as the Beijing government implements a draconian national security law it forced on the city
by June Cheng
Posted 7/16/20, 02:35 pm

Daniel Cheung first heard of Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong in late May, while he was stuck inside a Causeway Bay hotel for his mandatory 14-day quarantine. He had just returned to Hong Kong from the United States, where he is getting his Ph.D. in theology, and he remembers feeling angry and frustrated as he read the news on social media. He had known one day mainland China would clamp down on the city’s autonomy, but he had no idea it would be so soon.

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