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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China’s Supreme People’s Court stung as congress has its say on legal papers scandal

‘Unanswered questions’ over judge-turned-whistleblower who admitted losing documents for major trial results in lowest approval rating in three years.

15 Mar 2019 - 8:46PM

‘Unanswered questions’ over judge-turned-whistleblower who admitted losing documents for major trial results in lowest approval rating in three years.

China’s Supreme People’s Court stung as congress has its say on legal papers scandal
Huawei and Canada are victims of US-China technology stand-off, founder of telecoms giant says

Ren Zhengfei says US case against his daughter Meng Wanzhou should not damage his company’s relationship with Canada.

15 Mar 2019 - 11:31PM

Ren Zhengfei says US case against his daughter Meng Wanzhou should not damage his company’s relationship with Canada.

Huawei and Canada are victims of US-China technology stand-off, founder of telecoms giant says
Wang Yang, top Chinese adviser, urges faith in Communist Party’s judgment in face of ‘unprecedented’ challenges

China must be ‘prepared to fight tough battles’ this year, the nation’s largest political advisory body is told on the final day of ‘two sessions’.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:58PM

China must be ‘prepared to fight tough battles’ this year, the nation’s largest political advisory body is told on the final day of ‘two sessions’.

Wang Yang, top Chinese adviser, urges faith in Communist Party’s judgment in face of ‘unprecedented’ challenges
Why is there more dissent inside Beijing’s legislative ‘two sessions’ this year?

Some of China’s signature policies are labelled problematic and a waste of money by delegates, while Li Keqiang’s report is questioned, with foreign policy a particular focus of debate.

13 Mar 2019 - 1:17PM

Some of China’s signature policies are labelled problematic and a waste of money by delegates, while Li Keqiang’s report is questioned, with foreign policy a particular focus of debate.

Why is there more dissent inside Beijing’s legislative ‘two sessions’ this year?
China says it may eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’

Camps in far western region where more than 1 million Muslims are said to be held for political re-education have drawn international condemnation.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:29AM

Camps in far western region where more than 1 million Muslims are said to be held for political re-education have drawn international condemnation.

China says it may eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’
US-China trade war suspicions have had chilling effect on Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan

Once a call to return home to thousands of Chinese overseas, scheme is overshadowed by mistrust as conflicts over tariffs and politics poison well of goodwill and opportunity.

7 Mar 2019 - 1:09PM

Once a call to return home to thousands of Chinese overseas, scheme is overshadowed by mistrust as conflicts over tariffs and politics poison well of goodwill and opportunity.

US-China trade war suspicions have had chilling effect on Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan
How tea is served in the Great Hall of the People
China’s GDP target range gives government leeway for economic growth ahead of 2019 uncertainties

Premier Li Keqiang tells National People’s Congress on Tuesday that China will aim to achieve an economic growth this year that falls in a range of 6.0 to 6.5 per cent.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:58PM

Premier Li Keqiang tells National People’s Congress on Tuesday that China will aim to achieve an economic growth this year that falls in a range of 6.0 to 6.5 per cent.

China’s GDP target range gives government leeway for economic growth ahead of 2019 uncertainties
China accuses Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor of stealing state secrets

Accusations come just two days after Canada decided to proceed with an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

5 Mar 2019 - 1:27PM

Accusations come just two days after Canada decided to proceed with an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

China accuses Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor of stealing state secrets
Riding out the storm: will China change course when its elite meet in Beijing?

Once on the rise, China has gone from strength to struggle in the past year – challenges that could mean a shift in policy at the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress.

4 Mar 2019 - 1:58PM

Once on the rise, China has gone from strength to struggle in the past year – challenges that could mean a shift in policy at the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress.

Riding out the storm: will China change course when its elite meet in Beijing?
Chinese police detain 42 suspects over fake prostitutes scam on WeChat

They are accused of creating profiles for young women sex workers to dupe ‘clients’ from across China, asking them to pay money before they could meet.

24 Feb 2019 - 11:20PM

They are accused of creating profiles for young women sex workers to dupe ‘clients’ from across China, asking them to pay money before they could meet.

Chinese police detain 42 suspects over fake prostitutes scam on WeChat
Chinese mother of teenage internet addict who died in boot camp vows to fight on

The owner of the centre where Li Ao died in 2017 after being physically abused was sentenced to 16 years in prison, which the victim’s mother says is too lenient.

24 Feb 2019 - 11:20PM

The owner of the centre where Li Ao died in 2017 after being physically abused was sentenced to 16 years in prison, which the victim’s mother says is too lenient.

Chinese mother of teenage internet addict who died in boot camp vows to fight on
Shock confession of China’s whistle-blower judge Wang Linqing: It was me

Investigation into missing Supreme Court documents finds judge who exposed their disappearance to blame.

1 Mar 2019 - 6:32PM

Investigation into missing Supreme Court documents finds judge who exposed their disappearance to blame.

Shock confession of China’s whistle-blower judge Wang Linqing: It was me
In death as in life, Li Rui, aide to Mao turned critic of China’s Communist Party, makes cadres uncomfortable

Shrouded in flag of the party, one of its most vocal opponents makes last journey at Babaoshan in a stage-managed and censored ceremony his daughter chose to spurn.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:08PM

Shrouded in flag of the party, one of its most vocal opponents makes last journey at Babaoshan in a stage-managed and censored ceremony his daughter chose to spurn.

In death as in life, Li Rui, aide to Mao turned critic of China’s Communist Party, makes cadres uncomfortable
Obituary | Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101

As a lone dissenting voice among China’s ruling elite, Li spoke out against Xi Jinping and the cult of personality.

16 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

As a lone dissenting voice among China’s ruling elite, Li spoke out against Xi Jinping and the cult of personality.

Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101
China considers criminal charges, including jail time, for military rumour-mongers

Legislative changes will be considered at next month’s National People’s Congress to strengthen criminal code to protect People’s Liberation Army from negative chatter online.

16 Feb 2019 - 5:47AM

Legislative changes will be considered at next month’s National People’s Congress to strengthen criminal code to protect People’s Liberation Army from negative chatter online.

China considers criminal charges, including jail time, for military rumour-mongers
Roderick MacFarquhar: the scholar who wrote the leading history of China’s Cultural Revolution as it happened

Academic community bids farewell to British professor with a pragmatic and profound understanding of China’s past and present ties to the rest of the world.

13 Feb 2019 - 3:22PM

Academic community bids farewell to British professor with a pragmatic and profound understanding of China’s past and present ties to the rest of the world.

Roderick MacFarquhar: the scholar who wrote the leading history of China’s Cultural Revolution as it happened
China’s Xi Jinping goes back to Marx and the classics to push a modern green agenda

President invokes Karl Marx and the ancients as the public demands answers to widespread pollution.

11 Feb 2019 - 11:29PM

President invokes Karl Marx and the ancients as the public demands answers to widespread pollution.

China’s Xi Jinping goes back to Marx and the classics to push a modern green agenda
Diplomatic novice picked for top Communist Party job at China’s foreign ministry amid deteriorating relations with US

Qi Yu is parachuted in from the party’s personnel wing as President Xi Jinping continues to shake up his foreign affairs team.

30 Jan 2019 - 11:22PM

Qi Yu is parachuted in from the party’s personnel wing as President Xi Jinping continues to shake up his foreign affairs team.

Diplomatic novice picked for top Communist Party job at China’s foreign ministry amid deteriorating relations with US
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang jailed in 2015 crackdown’s final case

‘Authorities are guilty, not Wang Quanzhang,’ says wife Li Wenzu as he is sentenced for subversion, after December’s trial behind closed doors that was condemned by lawyers and rights groups.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:31PM

‘Authorities are guilty, not Wang Quanzhang,’ says wife Li Wenzu as he is sentenced for subversion, after December’s trial behind closed doors that was condemned by lawyers and rights groups.

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang jailed in 2015 crackdown’s final case
Xi Jinping visits Xiongan New Area in show of impatience at lack of progress on ‘future city’ plan

Week after president’s trip to north China’s Hebei province, Xinhua publishes 13,000-word document extolling virtues of ambitious development project.

28 Jan 2019 - 3:05AM

Week after president’s trip to north China’s Hebei province, Xinhua publishes 13,000-word document extolling virtues of ambitious development project.

Xi Jinping visits Xiongan New Area in show of impatience at lack of progress on ‘future city’ plan
Chinese people relax while Beijing calls on consumers to spend and lead economy out of trouble, survey says

Citizens sleep longer and take more time to eat and work out, but spend less time in front of the television while Beijing tries to rally consumers in trade war with US.

26 Jan 2019 - 6:13AM

Citizens sleep longer and take more time to eat and work out, but spend less time in front of the television while Beijing tries to rally consumers in trade war with US.

Chinese people relax while Beijing calls on consumers to spend and lead economy out of trouble, survey says
Beijing tells cadres to prepare for the worst amid uncertainties of its high-stakes trade war with the US

Top official tells cadres to arm the country for a tough fight against external uncertainty.

25 Jan 2019 - 12:40PM

Top official tells cadres to arm the country for a tough fight against external uncertainty.

Beijing tells cadres to prepare for the worst amid uncertainties of its high-stakes trade war with the US
US warships sail through the closely watched Taiwan Strait, turning up the pressure on Beijing

It is the fourth time the Navy has publicly admitted to sending surface combatants through the strait since the US restarted the practice last summer. The move is likely to draw Beijing’s ire.

25 Jan 2019 - 3:28PM

It is the fourth time the Navy has publicly admitted to sending surface combatants through the strait since the US restarted the practice last summer. The move is likely to draw Beijing’s ire.

US warships sail through the closely watched Taiwan Strait, turning up the pressure on Beijing
Australian spy novelist Yang Hengjun held in China in state security investigation

Former Chinese diplomat, 53, in residential detention in Beijing, Canberra says.

24 Jan 2019 - 11:29PM

Former Chinese diplomat, 53, in residential detention in Beijing, Canberra says.

Australian spy novelist Yang Hengjun held in China in state security investigation
China insists trade war talks with US are continuing after reports Washington turned down meeting
  • Foreign ministry spokeswoman says she is not aware of any changes after reports US rebuffed Beijing’s offer due to lack of progress.
23 Jan 2019 - 8:50PM
  • Foreign ministry spokeswoman says she is not aware of any changes after reports US rebuffed Beijing’s offer due to lack of progress.
China insists trade war talks with US are continuing after reports Washington turned down meeting
Be vigilant about threats to China’s stability and reforms, Xi Jinping tells top cadres

Chinese president tells officials summoned to Beijing for Communist Party study session they must not let their guard down and should be aware of potential turbulence ahead.

22 Jan 2019 - 10:40AM

Chinese president tells officials summoned to Beijing for Communist Party study session they must not let their guard down and should be aware of potential turbulence ahead.

Be vigilant about threats to China’s stability and reforms, Xi Jinping tells top cadres
Court verdict may shed light on why rising Chinese political star Zhao Yong was sidelined

Former deputy party boss of Hebei’s link to corruption case is revealed in court document released online, but it doesn’t say if he is under investigation or accused of any wrongdoing.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:33PM

Former deputy party boss of Hebei’s link to corruption case is revealed in court document released online, but it doesn’t say if he is under investigation or accused of any wrongdoing.

Court verdict may shed light on why rising Chinese political star Zhao Yong was sidelined
China’s leaders must learn from Soviet Union’s fatal mistakes, says heavyweight communist liberal Hu Deping

Hu Deping, son of late party general secretary Hu Yaobang, says country must stick to path of reform right to the end.

17 Jan 2019 - 3:51PM

Hu Deping, son of late party general secretary Hu Yaobang, says country must stick to path of reform right to the end.

China’s leaders must learn from Soviet Union’s fatal mistakes, says heavyweight communist liberal Hu Deping
Beijing mayor calls for belt-tightening amid ‘external uncertainties’, revenue squeeze

Under pressure from slowing economy, big-ticket commitments and dwindling income, city will cut spending by at least 5 per cent this year.

15 Jan 2019 - 6:04AM

Under pressure from slowing economy, big-ticket commitments and dwindling income, city will cut spending by at least 5 per cent this year.

Beijing mayor calls for belt-tightening amid ‘external uncertainties’, revenue squeeze