Jun Mai

Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist covering China's political and social news. He writes about China's elite politics, general policies and social activism. He is currently based in Beijing.
Jun Mai
Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist covering China's political and social news. He writes about China's elite politics, general policies and social activism. He is currently based in Beijing.

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Existing Hong Kong law can put end to crisis, Beijing’s legal advisers say

The city’s leaders have the legal tools at their disposal to resolve the ‘unrest and restore law and order’.

16 Aug 2019 - 1:13AM

The city’s leaders have the legal tools at their disposal to resolve the ‘unrest and restore law and order’.

Existing Hong Kong law can put end to crisis, Beijing’s legal advisers say
‘Risks still too big’ for China to send in troops to quell Hong Kong unrest

Chinese government advisers say Beijing has not reached direct intervention point but that could change if the violence continues.

15 Aug 2019 - 9:45AM

Chinese government advisers say Beijing has not reached direct intervention point but that could change if the violence continues.

‘Risks still too big’ for China to send in troops to quell Hong Kong unrest
Defend your home against radical protesters, Beijing urges Hongkongers amid ongoing extradition bill unrest

China’s top agency overseeing city affairs warns against angry youth going too far, but also appeals for peace.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:28AM

China’s top agency overseeing city affairs warns against angry youth going too far, but also appeals for peace.

Defend your home against radical protesters, Beijing urges Hongkongers amid ongoing extradition bill unrest
China calls India’s move to scrap Kashmir’s special status ‘not acceptable’ and not binding

Beijing urges New Delhi to abide by bilateral agreements and avoid acts that further complicate border issues.

7 Aug 2019 - 4:39AM

Beijing urges New Delhi to abide by bilateral agreements and avoid acts that further complicate border issues.

China calls India’s move to scrap Kashmir’s special status ‘not acceptable’ and not binding
Beijing again gives ‘unflagging support’ to Carrie Lam, warns Hong Kong is entering ‘most dangerous phase’

Communist Party mouthpiece calls on city to put a stop to violent and continued social unrest as ‘no place can survive such turmoil’.

6 Aug 2019 - 1:51AM

Communist Party mouthpiece calls on city to put a stop to violent and continued social unrest as ‘no place can survive such turmoil’.

Beijing again gives ‘unflagging support’ to Carrie Lam, warns Hong Kong is entering ‘most dangerous phase’
China ‘won’t give an inch’ after Donald Trump threatens more tariffs for failing to make sufficient concessions to US

Defiant Beijing warns Washington it must ‘bear the consequences’ after series of tweets from president announce plan to impose 10 per cent levy on US$300 billion of Chinese goods.

3 Aug 2019 - 9:43AM

Defiant Beijing warns Washington it must ‘bear the consequences’ after series of tweets from president announce plan to impose 10 per cent levy on US$300 billion of Chinese goods.

China ‘won’t give an inch’ after Donald Trump threatens more tariffs for failing to make sufficient concessions to US
Silence broken, Beijing looks for ways to take message direct to the Hong Kong public

The central government is exploring ways to make its position known to the city’s people, sources say.

2 Aug 2019 - 6:23PM

The central government is exploring ways to make its position known to the city’s people, sources say.

Silence broken, Beijing looks for ways to take message direct to the Hong Kong public
US President Donald Trump calls protests ‘riots’ and an issue between Hong Kong and Beijing

It comes after top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi accuses US and other Western nations of ‘fanning the fires’ of unrest in the city.

3 Aug 2019 - 9:45AM

It comes after top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi accuses US and other Western nations of ‘fanning the fires’ of unrest in the city.

US President Donald Trump calls protests ‘riots’ and an issue between Hong Kong and Beijing
China claims most Muslim detainees have been released from Xinjiang camps

‘Most of them have completed their study and found new jobs,’ official says – but researcher says detainees have been sent to do compulsory work.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:44PM

‘Most of them have completed their study and found new jobs,’ official says – but researcher says detainees have been sent to do compulsory work.

China claims most Muslim detainees have been released from Xinjiang camps
Beijing tells Hong Kong return to normality ‘the most pressing priority’ in response to unrest and protests that followed extradition bill controversy

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office also heaps praise on city’s police force, which is under fire over its handling of anti-government protests.

30 Jul 2019 - 7:25AM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office also heaps praise on city’s police force, which is under fire over its handling of anti-government protests.

Beijing tells Hong Kong return to normality ‘the most pressing priority’ in response to unrest and protests that followed extradition bill controversy
Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin joins Communist Party chiefs at funeral of Tiananmen premier Li Peng

Xi Jinping and other senior leaders lead the mourning for Li, a controversial figure who was accused of playing a key role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

30 Jul 2019 - 5:16PM

Xi Jinping and other senior leaders lead the mourning for Li, a controversial figure who was accused of playing a key role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin joins Communist Party chiefs at funeral of Tiananmen premier Li Peng
Beijing says People’s Liberation Army is a ‘pillar of stability’ for Hong Kong

Troops will continue to serve city in accordance with the law, foreign ministry spokeswoman says.

27 Jul 2019 - 8:58AM

Troops will continue to serve city in accordance with the law, foreign ministry spokeswoman says.

Beijing says People’s Liberation Army is a ‘pillar of stability’ for Hong Kong
Former Chinese premier Li Peng dies, aged 90

Known in China as a ‘loyal communist warrior’, Li is also remembered abroad as the ‘Tiananmen Butcher’ for his hardline backing of the crackdown on student-led protests in 1989.

24 Jul 2019 - 9:38AM

Known in China as a ‘loyal communist warrior’, Li is also remembered abroad as the ‘Tiananmen Butcher’ for his hardline backing of the crackdown on student-led protests in 1989.

Former Chinese premier Li Peng dies, aged 90
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘happy Xinjiang’ comments ‘mistranslated’ in China

Turkish diplomats claim Beijing refused to correct the record when error spotted in statement of meeting with Xi Jinping.

23 Jul 2019 - 2:18PM

Turkish diplomats claim Beijing refused to correct the record when error spotted in statement of meeting with Xi Jinping.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘happy Xinjiang’ comments ‘mistranslated’ in China
China retailers plan to buy more imported goods to meet consumer demand, survey shows

Nearly a quarter of shoppers surveyed expect to buy more imported consumer products in the next year.

22 Jul 2019 - 9:49AM

Nearly a quarter of shoppers surveyed expect to buy more imported consumer products in the next year.

China retailers plan to buy more imported goods to meet consumer demand, survey shows
Chinese firms ask for tariff exemptions to buy US agricultural products, state media says

Application for waivers a result of agreement reached by Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Osaka.

22 Jul 2019 - 10:09AM

Application for waivers a result of agreement reached by Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Osaka.

Chinese firms ask for tariff exemptions to buy US agricultural products, state media says
Uygurs in Xinjiang didn’t choose to be Muslims, China says in white paper

Islam was forced on ethnic group ‘by religious wars and the ruling class’, Beijing says in latest report defending its actions in far western region.

22 Jul 2019 - 12:01AM

Islam was forced on ethnic group ‘by religious wars and the ruling class’, Beijing says in latest report defending its actions in far western region.

Uygurs in Xinjiang didn’t choose to be Muslims, China says in white paper
China scrambles to deliver new Hong Kong strategy –but military response not an option

Sources say Hong Kong police critical to maintaining stability as short and longer term plans to be submitted to Beijing ‘soon’.

18 Jul 2019 - 12:12PM

Sources say Hong Kong police critical to maintaining stability as short and longer term plans to be submitted to Beijing ‘soon’.

China scrambles to deliver new Hong Kong strategy –but military response not an option
China’s hawkish new face in US talks Zhong Shan ‘shows Beijing is not close to a trade deal’

Commerce minister’s interview with People’s Daily suggests Beijing is in no hurry to reach a deal, analyst says: ‘It looks like China is waiting to see what happens after the 2020 election.’

17 Jul 2019 - 9:11AM

Commerce minister’s interview with People’s Daily suggests Beijing is in no hurry to reach a deal, analyst says: ‘It looks like China is waiting to see what happens after the 2020 election.’

China’s hawkish new face in US talks Zhong Shan ‘shows Beijing is not close to a trade deal’
China brings in commerce ministry officials to boost trade talks team

Minister Zhong Shan joined discussion this week in a move observers say shows need to involve more experts as negotiations with US get tougher.

13 Jul 2019 - 2:45AM

Minister Zhong Shan joined discussion this week in a move observers say shows need to involve more experts as negotiations with US get tougher.

China brings in commerce ministry officials to boost trade talks team
China should try to keep talking and stop looking for fights in US trade war, says leading professor

Peking University’s dean of international relations warns that country should be ‘more proactive’ about promoting its cause and goals.

10 Jul 2019 - 2:27AM

Peking University’s dean of international relations warns that country should be ‘more proactive’ about promoting its cause and goals.

China should try to keep talking and stop looking for fights in US trade war, says leading professor
Hong Kong protest crisis being watched closely by Beijing task force in Shenzhen for nearly a month, with bottom line being ‘no bloodshed’

Source reveals task force sent to neighbouring special economic zone on June 9, when an estimated 1 million people took to streets.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:57AM

Source reveals task force sent to neighbouring special economic zone on June 9, when an estimated 1 million people took to streets.

Hong Kong protest crisis being watched closely by Beijing task force in Shenzhen for nearly a month, with bottom line being ‘no bloodshed’
China protests over British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s warning on Hong Kong agreement

Chinese foreign ministry accuses Hunt of interfering in the city’s affairs and of harbouring ‘colonial illusions’.

4 Jul 2019 - 9:33AM

Chinese foreign ministry accuses Hunt of interfering in the city’s affairs and of harbouring ‘colonial illusions’.

China protests over British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s warning on Hong Kong agreement
Is ‘firefighter’ Wang Qishan working behind the scenes on trade talks?

Chinese vice-president tells visiting Mexican foreign affairs secretary that his main task now is helping Xi Jinping with ‘ceremonial diplomacy’.

2 Jul 2019 - 11:10PM

Chinese vice-president tells visiting Mexican foreign affairs secretary that his main task now is helping Xi Jinping with ‘ceremonial diplomacy’.

Is ‘firefighter’ Wang Qishan working behind the scenes on trade talks?
US-China trade war deal ‘90 per cent complete’, US Treasury chief says

Steven Mnuchin says this week’s meeting of the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies will be ‘very important’

27 Jun 2019 - 6:01AM

Steven Mnuchin says this week’s meeting of the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies will be ‘very important’

US-China trade war deal ‘90 per cent complete’, US Treasury chief says
Swedish court’s decision to free Chinese suspect ‘a major setback’ for global fugitive hunt

Former head of grain storage facility Qiao Jianjun is wanted on suspicion of having embezzled millions of dollars.

24 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM

Former head of grain storage facility Qiao Jianjun is wanted on suspicion of having embezzled millions of dollars.

Swedish court’s decision to free Chinese suspect ‘a major setback’ for global fugitive hunt
China confirms President Xi Jinping’s three-day trip to Japan this week

President will arrive on Thursday, ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, where his also expected to hold talks with Donald Trump.

25 Jun 2019 - 1:14PM

President will arrive on Thursday, ahead of G20 summit in Osaka, where his also expected to hold talks with Donald Trump.

China confirms President Xi Jinping’s three-day trip to Japan this week
Be on alert for external ‘hostile forces’, Chinese security chief warns cadres

China’s officials and cadres should be vigilant of the increased risk of infiltration by external ‘hostile forces’, a top internal security official wrote this week amid Hong Kong’s extradition bill debacle.

21 Jun 2019 - 6:23AM

China’s officials and cadres should be vigilant of the increased risk of infiltration by external ‘hostile forces’, a top internal security official wrote this week amid Hong Kong’s extradition bill debacle.

Be on alert for external ‘hostile forces’, Chinese security chief warns cadres
Roads around Legco reopen as last remaining Hong Kong protesters voluntarily leave

Hundreds of demonstrators had continued to block roads around legislature and government buildings before leaving on Monday morning.

17 Jun 2019 - 6:53PM

Hundreds of demonstrators had continued to block roads around legislature and government buildings before leaving on Monday morning.

Roads around Legco reopen as last remaining Hong Kong protesters voluntarily leave
Can friendship between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin really be pillar of China-Russia relations?

Chinese leader says he is ‘honoured’ by visit to St Petersburg, hometown of his counterpart, while commentator says mutual appreciation may not be basis for power relationship.

7 Jun 2019 - 11:22PM

Chinese leader says he is ‘honoured’ by visit to St Petersburg, hometown of his counterpart, while commentator says mutual appreciation may not be basis for power relationship.

Can friendship between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin really be pillar of China-Russia relations?