June Cheng

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

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Cross demolitions continue

China | As the Communist Party tightens religious rules yet again, Chinese Christians document ongoing persecution
by June Cheng
Posted 8/31/18, 01:20 pm

Earlier this week, the Chinese Communist Party released new rules for its 90 million party members, tightening religious restrictions and requiring complete loyalty to President Xi Jinping. The rules require party committees to “strengthen the ideological education of religious members,” and those who don’t change should be “persuaded to quit the party.” Members who attend “activities that use religion for incitement” would also be expelled. 

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Persevering churches

Q&A | Assessing the impact of China’s growing religious restrictions
by June Cheng
Posted 8/30/18, 01:19 pm

Ying Fuk-Tsang directs the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I asked him in April how churches were faring 2½ months after Beijing implemented new regulations that restrict religious activities. Here are parts of our interview edited and translated from Mandarin.

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International loans, with strings attached

China | Some poorer nations are growing wary of generous Chinese investments
by June Cheng
Posted 8/23/18, 09:56 am

During a five-day trip to Beijing this week, the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, took a strong stance against further Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation, canceling $22 billion worth of China-backed infrastructure projects. Malaysia is the latest country to adopt a cautious view of generous Chinese investments as poor countries fall into China’s debt trap.

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