Jun Mai

Beijing

Jun Mai

Correspondent, Beijing

Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist and has covered Chinese politics, diplomacy, legal affairs, social activism and general breaking news for a decade. Before his current posting in Beijing, he was based in Hong Kong and has also completed a stint in Washington D.C.

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Xi Jinping says China has a legal problem: finding the lawyers to defend its interests abroad

President has raised concerns about a lack of legal talent, calling it ‘a security risk’, and observers say there is a growing awareness that Beijing is at a disadvantage in international disputes.

1 Mar 2021 - 11:49AM

President has raised concerns about a lack of legal talent, calling it ‘a security risk’, and observers say there is a growing awareness that Beijing is at a disadvantage in international disputes.

Xi Jinping says China has a legal problem: finding the lawyers to defend its interests abroad
Canada hypocritical to label Xinjiang genocide, Chinese state newspaper says

Beijing says Canada is ‘notorious for its human rights record’, citing past residential schools for indigenous people, as it hits back at Canadian parliament.

28 Feb 2021 - 8:41PM

Beijing says Canada is ‘notorious for its human rights record’, citing past residential schools for indigenous people, as it hits back at Canadian parliament.

Canada hypocritical to label Xinjiang genocide, Chinese state newspaper says
China's historic 2021 Two Sessions: what will happen
China’s Communist Party revisits the past to regroup for future

Xi Jinping launches national campaign to ‘learn lessons’ from history as party’s centenary approaches.

23 Feb 2021 - 6:13AM

Xi Jinping launches national campaign to ‘learn lessons’ from history as party’s centenary approaches.

China’s Communist Party revisits the past to regroup for future
China’s ‘two sessions’: why this year’s event is so important for Xi Jinping’s vision for the future

Next month’s major political set piece will take on special significance this year as it coincides with the Communist Party’s centenary.

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Next month’s major political set piece will take on special significance this year as it coincides with the Communist Party’s centenary.

China’s ‘two sessions’: why this year’s event is so important for Xi Jinping’s vision for the future
Chinese artist’s painting of nationalistic scholars causes upset online

Work by Zhang Chenchu features four Chinese scholars on a red background with a yellow five-pointed star in their faces.

29 Jan 2021 - 4:31PM

Work by Zhang Chenchu features four Chinese scholars on a red background with a yellow five-pointed star in their faces.

Chinese artist’s painting of nationalistic scholars causes upset online
Merkel backs Xi on need to avoid new cold war, but presses China on human rights, transparency

‘I’d very much wish to avoid the building of blocs,’ German leader tells World Economic Forum amid calls for US-Europe alliance to counter China.

27 Jan 2021 - 11:31PM

‘I’d very much wish to avoid the building of blocs,’ German leader tells World Economic Forum amid calls for US-Europe alliance to counter China.

Merkel backs Xi on need to avoid new cold war, but presses China on human rights, transparency
Britain’s G7 ‘democracy summit’ not an anti-China coalition with Joe Biden, says EU diplomat

Expansion of Group of 7 meeting in Britain to include other democracies is not aimed at Beijing, European Union’s ambassador to China Nicholas Chapuis insists.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:25AM

Expansion of Group of 7 meeting in Britain to include other democracies is not aimed at Beijing, European Union’s ambassador to China Nicholas Chapuis insists.

Britain’s G7 ‘democracy summit’ not an anti-China coalition with Joe Biden, says EU diplomat
Xi Jinping urges world leaders to put aside divisions in virtual Davos speech

Chinese president’s video address to World Economic Forum says history shows that antagonism and confrontation will hurt everybody.

26 Jan 2021 - 3:02AM

Chinese president’s video address to World Economic Forum says history shows that antagonism and confrontation will hurt everybody.

Xi Jinping urges world leaders to put aside divisions in virtual Davos speech
US-China relations: Washington urges Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan after reports of airspace incursion

US ‘notes with concern the pattern of [Beijing’s] ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, including Taiwan’, State Department says.

24 Jan 2021 - 11:22PM

US ‘notes with concern the pattern of [Beijing’s] ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, including Taiwan’, State Department says.

US-China relations: Washington urges Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan after reports of airspace incursion
Biden recruits Obama adviser to take US policy lead on China

Laura Rosenberger has been a vocal critic of Beijing’s domestic censorship about the coronavirus pandemic.

15 Jan 2021 - 11:44PM

Laura Rosenberger has been a vocal critic of Beijing’s domestic censorship about the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden recruits Obama adviser to take US policy lead on China
China and European ‘17+1’ nations ‘revive summit plans, aiming for February’

Long-delayed meeting could happen early next month, with European diplomat saying Beijing wants to signal its ties with Europe to the new US administration.

15 Jan 2021 - 1:54AM

Long-delayed meeting could happen early next month, with European diplomat saying Beijing wants to signal its ties with Europe to the new US administration.

China and European ‘17+1’ nations ‘revive summit plans, aiming for February’
Coronavirus: how China can really win over sceptical hearts and minds abroad

The country has sought to present itself as a model of confidence in a crisis but it might be better off taking a more modest course to improve its international standing, observers say.

15 Jan 2021 - 7:07AM

The country has sought to present itself as a model of confidence in a crisis but it might be better off taking a more modest course to improve its international standing, observers say.

Coronavirus: how China can really win over sceptical hearts and minds abroad
China mocks US ‘double standards’ over Capitol chaos vs Hong Kong

From officials to online commenters, Chinese critics accuse Washington of hypocrisy in its response to the storming of the Hill by Trump supporters.

8 Jan 2021 - 12:50PM

From officials to online commenters, Chinese critics accuse Washington of hypocrisy in its response to the storming of the Hill by Trump supporters.

China mocks US ‘double standards’ over Capitol chaos vs Hong Kong
China’s Communist Party targets Chinese abroad to rally support

New regulations for ‘united front’ work says more must be done to contain ‘Taiwan-independence forces’.

7 Jan 2021 - 7:22AM

New regulations for ‘united front’ work says more must be done to contain ‘Taiwan-independence forces’.

China’s Communist Party targets Chinese abroad to rally support
China ‘in close communication’ with WHO on Covid-19 origins mission

Foreign ministry says arrangements are still being discussed for team of international scientists to visit the country.

6 Jan 2021 - 11:25PM

Foreign ministry says arrangements are still being discussed for team of international scientists to visit the country.

China ‘in close communication’ with WHO on Covid-19 origins mission
Chinese Communist Party introduces new rules on what members can say as it ‘boosts internal democracy’

The revised rule book says cadres are banned from expressing opinions that are ‘not consistent’ with the decisions of the central leadership

6 Jan 2021 - 12:55PM

The revised rule book says cadres are banned from expressing opinions that are ‘not consistent’ with the decisions of the central leadership

Chinese Communist Party introduces new rules on what members can say as it ‘boosts internal democracy’
Coronavirus: Chinese web users mark anniversary of ‘wrong’ done to Li Wenliang, the doctor who raised alarm over outbreak

Tributes left on medic’s Weibo page a year to the day after police reprimanded him for warning colleagues about outbreak that claimed his life.

3 Jan 2021 - 10:36PM

Tributes left on medic’s Weibo page a year to the day after police reprimanded him for warning colleagues about outbreak that claimed his life.

Coronavirus: Chinese web users mark anniversary of ‘wrong’ done to Li Wenliang, the doctor who raised alarm over outbreak
Xi Jinping lauds China’s post-coronavirus economic growth in New Year’s message

President highlights Communist Party’s centenary on July 1, calling the organisation the hope of the nation.

1 Jan 2021 - 9:46AM

President highlights Communist Party’s centenary on July 1, calling the organisation the hope of the nation.

Xi Jinping lauds China’s post-coronavirus economic growth in New Year’s message
China set to ratify extradition treaty with Turkey, Chinese legislator says

Deal signed in 2017 but yet to receive parliamentary approval is seen by Beijing as central to its counterterrorism efforts, expert says.

26 Dec 2020 - 11:11PM

Deal signed in 2017 but yet to receive parliamentary approval is seen by Beijing as central to its counterterrorism efforts, expert says.

China set to ratify extradition treaty with Turkey, Chinese legislator says
China insists investment deal talks with EU going smoothly, dismisses nuclear energy report

Foreign ministry spokesman says it is ‘fake news’ to suggest Beijing has made a late demand for access to European energy market.

29 Dec 2020 - 10:22AM

Foreign ministry spokesman says it is ‘fake news’ to suggest Beijing has made a late demand for access to European energy market.

China insists investment deal talks with EU going smoothly, dismisses nuclear energy report
Ezra Vogel, China watcher lauded for urging Sino-US understanding, dies aged 90

Chinese commentators praise moderate Harvard academic and biographer of Deng Xiaoping, who had warned US was pushing Beijing towards anti-American nationalism.

21 Dec 2020 - 11:51PM

Chinese commentators praise moderate Harvard academic and biographer of Deng Xiaoping, who had warned US was pushing Beijing towards anti-American nationalism.

Ezra Vogel, China watcher lauded for urging Sino-US understanding, dies aged 90
Professor’s claim China’s friends ‘at the top’ influence US policy goes viral after Donald Trump and Fox News seize on it

Di Dongsheng’s comments that Beijing could ‘settle issues’ through ‘people at the top’ are seized on by the president and his supporters.

9 Dec 2020 - 11:22PM

Di Dongsheng’s comments that Beijing could ‘settle issues’ through ‘people at the top’ are seized on by the president and his supporters.

Professor’s claim China’s friends ‘at the top’ influence US policy goes viral after Donald Trump and Fox News seize on it
Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say

The new US administration under Joe Biden will have much work to do to restore America’s reputation globally, one China Conference panellist says.

2 Dec 2020 - 10:48AM

The new US administration under Joe Biden will have much work to do to restore America’s reputation globally, one China Conference panellist says.

Joe Biden should repair US alliances before meeting with Xi Jinping, China analysts say
Meet the man fighting the Chinese internet’s fake news epidemic

The founder of China Fact Check says misinformation about foreign affairs is rife on Chinese social media as people cannot access international media.

30 Nov 2020 - 2:22PM

The founder of China Fact Check says misinformation about foreign affairs is rife on Chinese social media as people cannot access international media.

Meet the man fighting the Chinese internet’s fake news epidemic
US-China relations: Biden’s pick for secretary of state seen as ‘someone Beijing can work with’

President-elect has nominated long-time adviser Antony Blinken to be top diplomat. Chinese analysts say he’s ‘pragmatic’ and it would be a positive move for Beijing.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:43PM

President-elect has nominated long-time adviser Antony Blinken to be top diplomat. Chinese analysts say he’s ‘pragmatic’ and it would be a positive move for Beijing.

US-China relations: Biden’s pick for secretary of state seen as ‘someone Beijing can work with’
Xi Jinping calls for coordinated approach on ‘rule of law’ to safeguard China’s interests

Chinese president tells top Communist Party leaders that it must be promoted ‘at home and in matters involving foreign parties’.

19 Nov 2020 - 9:00AM

Chinese president tells top Communist Party leaders that it must be promoted ‘at home and in matters involving foreign parties’.

Xi Jinping calls for coordinated approach on ‘rule of law’ to safeguard China’s interests
Our tense rivalry with US will foster political volatility in China, warns domestic security chief

Politburo member Guo Shengkun says China ‘must defend against and strike hard on sabotage, subversion and splittism by hostile forces’.

13 Nov 2020 - 11:33PM

Politburo member Guo Shengkun says China ‘must defend against and strike hard on sabotage, subversion and splittism by hostile forces’.

Our tense rivalry with US will foster political volatility in China, warns domestic security chief
Operation Reset? US and China revive backchannel talks; Beijing congratulates Biden

Thaw in semi-official exchanges after the deep freeze in relations between the two countries, academic says.

14 Nov 2020 - 12:36AM

Thaw in semi-official exchanges after the deep freeze in relations between the two countries, academic says.

Operation Reset? US and China revive backchannel talks; Beijing congratulates Biden
China must strike a balance between opening up and protecting its markets, EU diplomat says

The ‘big question China is asking itself is how to strike the right balance between autonomy, resilience of our economies and open and free trade’, EU ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis says.

13 Nov 2020 - 6:39AM

The ‘big question China is asking itself is how to strike the right balance between autonomy, resilience of our economies and open and free trade’, EU ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis says.

China must strike a balance between opening up and protecting its markets, EU diplomat says