June Cheng

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

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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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A forgotten people?

Persecution | China is holding hundreds of thousands of minority Uighurs in re-education camps, and Chinese financial muscle is keeping much of the world silent about it
by June Cheng
Posted 8/22/18, 04:44 pm

When exiled Uighur activist Dolkun Isa first got word of his 78-year-old mother’s death, nearly a month had already passed. A friend broke the news to him, yet questions lingered in Isa’s mind of what happened to his mother back in his homeland of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in western China. Chinese authorities have cut off communication between Xinjiang and the rest of the world, leaving Isa in the dark about details surrounding her death: Did she die at home? At a hospital?

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