June Cheng

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


Sea no evil

China | Chinese civilians support their government’s claims in the South China Sea—some even more aggressively than the government would like
by June Cheng
Posted 7/22/16, 01:00 am

A meme spread across Chinese social media on July 12 after a U.N. tribunal rejected Chinese claims to the South China Sea: An illustration of China in the pattern of its red flag with a U-shaped dashed line protruding underneath it to delineate its territory. “China: We can’t lose even one dot” it read in stylized brushstrokes, rallying the nationalistic fervor of the Chinese people.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo

Tribunal rejects China’s claims to South China Sea

China | Beijing calls the ruling ‘null’ and ‘void,’ with ‘no binding force’
by June Cheng
Posted 7/12/16, 08:51 am

In a blow to China’s maritime ambitions, a United Nations tribunal ruled today the communist country has “no legal basis” for its claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich water through which a third of the world’s trade passes. China, which has refused to participate in the arbitration process from the beginning, claimed it “does not accept or acknowledge” the tribunal or its ruling.

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Associated Press/Li Wenzu

One year later, Chinese lawyers still imprisoned

China | Twenty people who defended human rights in China remain jailed
by June Cheng
Posted 7/08/16, 11:00 am

On July 4, six women arrived at the top prosecutor’s office in Beijing with the names of their detained husbands pasted onto their summer dresses. “I support you, Xie Yang,” read one. “Waiting for you, Quanzhang,” read another. The wives, joined by lawyers and several Western diplomats, came to raise their frustrations that authorities in the neighboring city of Tianjing had barred them from contacting their husbands, whom authorities arrested last year in a nationwide roundup of human rights lawyers and activists.

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