June Cheng

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

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Pregnant Chinese pro-life activist safe in U.S.

China | Facing pressure to abort her second child, Sarah Huang flees to America to save the baby’s life
by June Cheng
Posted 12/02/15, 10:45 am

The day before Thanksgiving, Chinese pro-life leader Sarah Huang, her husband, and their 5-year-old son landed in Texas, the answer to months of tearful prayer: Finally the baby in Huang’s womb was safe from the reaches of China’s family planning officials. Crying, she called China Life Alliance (CLA) founder Matthew Li (not his real name).

“We made it out,” she told him. “As soon as the wheels were up in Beijing, I knew my baby was safe.”

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Dire strait

China | Dissidents from China can find physical safety in Taiwan but often little else
by June Cheng
Posted 11/25/15, 01:00 am

When Chinese democracy activist Yan Peng felt the ship under him turning away from the Taiwan-owned island of Dadan, he knew his attempt to flee China on a tourist boat had been discovered and that his chance for freedom was slipping away. So he took the only logical course of action. He jumped overboard and started swimming to shore.

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Pregnancy crisis

China | A new two-child policy won’t stop forced abortions or rescue China’s economy
by June Cheng
Posted 11/13/15, 01:00 am

After forcing the abortion of hundreds of millions of babies, the Chinese government abolished in late October its notorious one-child policy. The change is an answer to prayer for urban Chinese families yearning for a second child, and yet the new two-child policy will still lead to forced abortions and sterilizations.

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