June Cheng

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

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A ‘No Trespassing’ law Down Under

Australia | Australia’s new foreign influence law was written with China in mind
by June Cheng
Posted 7/04/18, 09:56 am

The Australian Parliament passed strict new legislation last week to prevent interference by foreign entities, a measure responding to rising concerns over Chinese interference in Australia. China sharply criticized the law and claimed a “Cold War mentality” was undermining Sino-Australian relations.

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Courtesy Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Shanghai’s Jewish refugees

China | During World War II, Shanghai became a home for thousands fleeing Nazi violence
by June Cheng
Posted 6/29/18, 05:24 pm

In the Hongkou district of Shanghai stands the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, a European-style red-and-black brick building with archways and wraparound balconies. It’s a piece of Shanghai’s history that is now nearly lost in its race toward modernity: During World War II, Shanghai was home to 20,000 Jewish refugees who had fled Europe and needed a place to take them in. The Ohel Moshe Synagogue, established by Russian Jewish immigrants in 1907, was converted to a psychiatric hospital and an office space under the reign of Mao Zedong.

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Surveillance within, threats without

China | China’s version of Big Brother works to monitor the movement of citizens and control foreign media messaging
by June Cheng
Posted 6/20/18, 12:23 pm

The latest China-related news reveals that Beijing is tightening control over not only China’s citizens, but over its public image overseas—with threats aimed at those who dare criticize the government.

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