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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Don’t wait for a friendly White House, Steve Bannon tells China

Former Trump strategist predicts that the relationship between the two countries will be a central issue in the 2020 campaign.

23 May 2019 - 8:54AM

Former Trump strategist predicts that the relationship between the two countries will be a central issue in the 2020 campaign.

Don’t wait for a friendly White House, Steve Bannon tells China
Xi Jinping calls for self-reliance as China grapples with long-term US challenge of trade war and ban on Huawei and other technology manufacturers

Chinese president uses three-day trip to Jiangxi to drive home importance of indigenous technology and resources.

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Chinese president uses three-day trip to Jiangxi to drive home importance of indigenous technology and resources.

Xi Jinping calls for self-reliance as China grapples with long-term US challenge of trade war and ban on Huawei and other technology manufacturers
Steve Bannon says killing Huawei more important than trade deal with China

Trump’s former strategist says he won’t stop there, with plans to exclude all Chinese companies from capital markets.

23 May 2019 - 9:08AM

Trump’s former strategist says he won’t stop there, with plans to exclude all Chinese companies from capital markets.

Steve Bannon says killing Huawei more important than trade deal with China
30 years on from Tiananmen Square crackdown, why Beijing still thinks it got it right

Appeals to China’s Communist leaders to reassess the events of 1989 have fallen on deaf ears.

21 May 2019 - 7:36PM

Appeals to China’s Communist leaders to reassess the events of 1989 have fallen on deaf ears.

30 years on from Tiananmen Square crackdown, why Beijing still thinks it got it right
How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle

Beijing’s tightly controlled propaganda apparatus has been no match for the US president’s information leaks, observers say.

18 May 2019 - 10:50AM

Beijing’s tightly controlled propaganda apparatus has been no match for the US president’s information leaks, observers say.

How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle
China’s doves urge Beijing to find common ground with Washington

While stopping short of direct criticism of current policy, party liberals are calling for review and change.

13 May 2019 - 11:58AM

While stopping short of direct criticism of current policy, party liberals are calling for review and change.

China’s doves urge Beijing to find common ground with Washington
China’s whistle-blower judge in custody of anti-corruption agency and facing accusations of theft and fabrication

Wang Linqing is at the centre of scandal involving missing court papers, while businessman Zhao Faqi is detained for further investigation.

10 May 2019 - 10:19PM

Wang Linqing is at the centre of scandal involving missing court papers, while businessman Zhao Faqi is detained for further investigation.

China’s whistle-blower judge in custody of anti-corruption agency and facing accusations of theft and fabrication
‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’

Friends say formerly low-profile law professor is healthy, calm and positive despite an investigation prompted by his criticism of official policy.

28 Apr 2019 - 11:30PM

Friends say formerly low-profile law professor is healthy, calm and positive despite an investigation prompted by his criticism of official policy.

‘We must carry on’: Chinese government critic and liberal icon Xu Zhangrun vows to keep saying ‘what needs to be said’
Of life and death: Xiao Yang, former head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, dies at 80

Reformer said to have saved hundreds of lives by reintroducing reviews of cases involving capital punishment and bringing an end to secret trials.

28 Apr 2019 - 8:56PM

Reformer said to have saved hundreds of lives by reintroducing reviews of cases involving capital punishment and bringing an end to secret trials.

Of life and death: Xiao Yang, former head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, dies at 80
China’s endless war on red tape leads to … more red tape

Latest attempt to solve a problem which has plagued the Communist Party for decades.

21 Apr 2019 - 11:20PM

Latest attempt to solve a problem which has plagued the Communist Party for decades.

China’s endless war on red tape leads to … more red tape
China takes aim at Swedish activist as it ramps up ‘foreign infiltration’ propaganda

Three years after Peter Dahlin was deported, state newspaper says human rights worker used his NGO to ‘exaggerate and fabricate’ negative news about the country.

21 Apr 2019 - 1:09PM

Three years after Peter Dahlin was deported, state newspaper says human rights worker used his NGO to ‘exaggerate and fabricate’ negative news about the country.

China takes aim at Swedish activist as it ramps up ‘foreign infiltration’ propaganda
Forget about Donald Trump’s trade war – China’s manufacturers face bigger threats, says drafter of ‘Made in China 2025’

Gu Qiang, who helped craft the industrial modernisation plan, says structural issues at firms could hamper China’s pursuit of hi-tech manufacturing dominance.

20 Apr 2019 - 11:51AM

Gu Qiang, who helped craft the industrial modernisation plan, says structural issues at firms could hamper China’s pursuit of hi-tech manufacturing dominance.

Forget about Donald Trump’s trade war – China’s manufacturers face bigger threats, says drafter of ‘Made in China 2025’
Chinese city calls in riot police as angry investors protest outside P2P lender’s headquarters

Collapse of online lending platform Tuandi.com prompts investors from across country to travel to Guangdong province to demand their money back.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

Collapse of online lending platform Tuandi.com prompts investors from across country to travel to Guangdong province to demand their money back.

Chinese city calls in riot police as angry investors protest outside P2P lender’s headquarters
Chinese mortuary uses 3D printing to help rebuild the faces of accident victims

Undertakers in Guangzhou say the technique allows them to more accurately reconstruct the features of people who were badly disfigured in accidents.

7 Apr 2019 - 10:07PM

Undertakers in Guangzhou say the technique allows them to more accurately reconstruct the features of people who were badly disfigured in accidents.

Chinese mortuary uses 3D printing to help rebuild the faces of accident victims
Mao Zedong’s ‘little red book’ gets modern twist with mobile app for studying ‘Xi Jinping Thought’

Launched in January, Xuexi Qiangguo tests Communist Party cadres on their knowledge of their leader, country and history.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Launched in January, Xuexi Qiangguo tests Communist Party cadres on their knowledge of their leader, country and history.

Mao Zedong’s ‘little red book’ gets modern twist with mobile app for studying ‘Xi Jinping Thought’
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