June Cheng

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

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Report: China continues oppressive downward spiral

China | Chairman of committee says economic engagement strategy has failed
by June Cheng
Posted 10/07/16, 12:29 pm

Human rights and the rule of law continue to deteriorate in China, according to an annual congressional report released Thursday. The Congressional–Executive Commission on China (CECC) lamented the detention of human rights lawyers, the demise of the independent press, and the demolition of church crosses in Zhejiang this past year.

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Hong Kong marks Umbrella Movement anniversary

International | Christian groups urge civic engagement as pro-democracy activists fight for more autonomy from China
by June Cheng
Posted 9/30/16, 11:06 am

HONG KONG—Two years ago, tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Hong Kong to protest an undemocratic proposal to choose the former British colony’s top leader, only to find Beijing would not budge. Two and a half months later, the last encampment left the streets and the world wondered if the so-called Umbrella Movement had failed.

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Market for love

China | In China, a nationwide gender imbalance means single women face enormous pressure to marry—even Christian women with non-Christian suitors
by June Cheng
Posted 9/16/16, 01:00 am

Along the cobbled sidewalks surrounding Zhongshan Park in Beijing, vendors hawk their wares: hand-squeezed orange juice, ice-cold water bottles, umbrellas to block the sun. Inside the park, which stretches along the moat of the Forbidden City, elderly men and women also set up shop. What do they proudly offer? On laminated pieces of paper, their children or grandchildren.

“Female, never married, born in 1976, 163 cm tall, college graduate, good-natured,” reads one. “Looking for a responsible man who is 172 cm or taller.” At the bottom: a phone number.

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