June Cheng

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

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Chinese police raid prominent house church

China | Officials have taken into custody more than 100 members and leaders of Early Rain Covenant Church in a crackdown that began Sunday night
by June Cheng
Posted 12/10/18, 10:30 am

On Sunday evening, Chinese officials launched a crackdown on Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church and its outspoken pastor, Wang Yi. Since then, police have broken down doors, swarmed apartment complexes, and ransacked homes to detain more than 100 leaders and members of the well-known house church, including Wang and all but one of the church’s elders.

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Busting drugs with China

Drug Abuse | China promises to combat opioid drug sales to the United States
by June Cheng
Posted 12/06/18, 11:19 am

During President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit last Saturday, the two leaders agreed to curb the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl to the United States. 

A White House announcement said Xi agreed to label fentanyl a controlled substance so that sellers of the drug would be “subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” which is the death penalty. The Trump administration called the move a “wonderful humanitarian gesture”: Opioid overdoses, often involving fentanyl, led to more than 70,000 American deaths in 2017.

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Outsmarting the censors

Free Speech | Web users in China often manage to maneuver around Communist censors, at least temporarily
by June Cheng
Posted 11/28/18, 05:27 pm

Inside China’s heavily censored internet network, it’s often a game of cat and mouse as creative netizens think up new ways to bypass censors. Web users have recently employed a variety of creative tactics—including word plays and digital technology—to keep a step ahead of government officials, but censors are often quick to catch on.

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