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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Can China be the voice of reason as US, Iran trade missile attacks?

Neither Washington nor Tehran wants Beijing on the opposite side, analyst says.

8 Jan 2020 - 11:38PM

Neither Washington nor Tehran wants Beijing on the opposite side, analyst says.

Can China be the voice of reason as US, Iran trade missile attacks?
China says Wuhan pneumonia not Sars, but virus remains unidentified, more people hospitalised

Although the total number of infections has increased in the mainland city, there are fewer people in serious condition, according to the Wuhan Municipal Commission.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Although the total number of infections has increased in the mainland city, there are fewer people in serious condition, according to the Wuhan Municipal Commission.

China says Wuhan pneumonia not Sars, but virus remains unidentified, more people hospitalised
Xi Jinping says he’s ready to endure fire and boiling water, but the internet is a worry

Communist Party releases book of president’s speeches from the past six years.

5 Jan 2020 - 11:28PM

Communist Party releases book of president’s speeches from the past six years.

Xi Jinping says he’s ready to endure fire and boiling water, but the internet is a worry
Chinese city at centre of mysterious pneumonia outbreak remains calm

Few signs of extra precautions visible in Wuhan city on Saturday despite spike in number of infections the previous day.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Few signs of extra precautions visible in Wuhan city on Saturday despite spike in number of infections the previous day.

Chinese city at centre of mysterious pneumonia outbreak remains calm
External forces targeting Macau as well as Hong Kong, Chinese official says

Comments made by Xi Jinping last month intended to encourage China’s ‘rightful struggle’ against foreign interference, says Beijing official in charge of region’s affairs.

2 Jan 2020 - 7:36AM

Comments made by Xi Jinping last month intended to encourage China’s ‘rightful struggle’ against foreign interference, says Beijing official in charge of region’s affairs.

External forces targeting Macau as well as Hong Kong, Chinese official says
Five Chinese human rights lawyers, activists detained after secret gathering

Round-up started on Boxing Day, after about 20 rights defenders from around the country attended a clandestine meeting in Fujian province, pro-democracy activist says.

1 Jan 2020 - 11:26PM

Round-up started on Boxing Day, after about 20 rights defenders from around the country attended a clandestine meeting in Fujian province, pro-democracy activist says.

Five Chinese human rights lawyers, activists detained after secret gathering
Beijing braced for 2020 of managing risks, with Xi Jinping’s feared ‘swans and rhinos’ yet to disperse

The Chinese president’s prediction of surprises and threats was followed by a year in which the leadership was tested and bolstered, featuring relief measures on some fronts but a toning down on others.

2 Jan 2020 - 1:20AM

The Chinese president’s prediction of surprises and threats was followed by a year in which the leadership was tested and bolstered, featuring relief measures on some fronts but a toning down on others.

Beijing braced for 2020 of managing risks, with Xi Jinping’s feared ‘swans and rhinos’ yet to disperse
Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

17 Dec 2019 - 10:42AM

It was not clear if Guo talked to Lam but his presence spoke volumes about Beijing’s concerns, observers say.

Why was China’s domestic security chief Guo Shengkun at Carrie Lam’s meeting with Xi Jinping?
Chinese ex-vice minister slams US for putting WTO at risk of being ‘irrelevant and non-existent’

Zhu Guangyao says World Trade Organisation is in ‘real danger of being suspended’ after move to block appointment of new judges to Appellate Body

16 Dec 2019 - 11:30PM

Zhu Guangyao says World Trade Organisation is in ‘real danger of being suspended’ after move to block appointment of new judges to Appellate Body

Chinese ex-vice minister slams US for putting WTO at risk of being ‘irrelevant and non-existent’
China faces ‘huge challenge’ in living up to US trade promises as it ‘needs to buy US$300bn worth of goods in next two years’

Beijing’s response to agreement reflects caution about possible missteps ahead while Americans give details of its pledges to boost imports.

16 Dec 2019 - 11:53PM

Beijing’s response to agreement reflects caution about possible missteps ahead while Americans give details of its pledges to boost imports.

China faces ‘huge challenge’ in living up to US trade promises as it ‘needs to buy US$300bn worth of goods in next two years’
From Tibet to Xinjiang, Beijing’s man for restive regions Chen Quanguo is the prime target of US sanctions

Beijing’s man for restive regions is believed to have expanded the police force and network of internment camps where Muslim minorities are held.

17 Dec 2019 - 5:04PM

Beijing’s man for restive regions is believed to have expanded the police force and network of internment camps where Muslim minorities are held.

From Tibet to Xinjiang, Beijing’s man for restive regions Chen Quanguo is the prime target of US sanctions
Beijing’s policies uniting US interest groups – against China, veteran diplomat Christopher Hill warns

Time for a new approach, and shared interest in North Korean denuclearisation a good place to start, former US negotiator suggests.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:43PM

Time for a new approach, and shared interest in North Korean denuclearisation a good place to start, former US negotiator suggests.

Beijing’s policies uniting US interest groups – against China, veteran diplomat Christopher Hill warns
‘Mountain of mistrust’ blocking US-China interim trade war deal

Former US negotiators say lack of credibility is hampering efforts on both sides.

11 Dec 2019 - 1:39AM

Former US negotiators say lack of credibility is hampering efforts on both sides.

‘Mountain of mistrust’ blocking US-China interim trade war deal
Is patience wearing thin for foreign firms in Hong Kong after months of protests?

Business leader warns contingency plans are being made in case violence flares again in troubled city.

11 Dec 2019 - 1:44PM

Business leader warns contingency plans are being made in case violence flares again in troubled city.

Is patience wearing thin for foreign firms in Hong Kong after months of protests?
Chinese state media ‘terrorism’ documentaries seek to justify Xinjiang crackdown after US vote on human rights bill

English-language documentaries produced by CGTN television show graphic images of terrorist attacks in far western region, where a million Muslims have been reportedly detained.

8 Dec 2019 - 11:03PM

English-language documentaries produced by CGTN television show graphic images of terrorist attacks in far western region, where a million Muslims have been reportedly detained.

Chinese state media ‘terrorism’ documentaries seek to justify Xinjiang crackdown after US vote on human rights bill
Former Chinese officials warn tensions with US raise risk of ‘accidental conflict’

Warnings echo comments by former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger who said even a ‘relatively minor crisis’ could spiral out of control.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:38PM

Warnings echo comments by former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger who said even a ‘relatively minor crisis’ could spiral out of control.

Former Chinese officials warn tensions with US raise risk of ‘accidental conflict’
China ‘could target trade talks and US companies’ over Xinjiang human rights bill

Beijing has a range of strong options to retaliate against possible American sanctions on Chinese officials in far western region, advisers say.

4 Dec 2019 - 11:25PM

Beijing has a range of strong options to retaliate against possible American sanctions on Chinese officials in far western region, advisers say.

China ‘could target trade talks and US companies’ over Xinjiang human rights bill
Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong shrugs off doubts over future by thanking ‘reporter friends’ for their concern

Wang Zhimin, head of the liaison office, refused to discuss reports that he would be moved to another post and asked reporters if they thought he was ‘looking great’.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:47PM

Wang Zhimin, head of the liaison office, refused to discuss reports that he would be moved to another post and asked reporters if they thought he was ‘looking great’.

Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong shrugs off doubts over future by thanking ‘reporter friends’ for their concern
Top Chinese official praises Macau, warns Hong Kong to toe state constitutional line

Praising Macau for its application of ‘one country, two systems’, Communist Party’s No 3 leader says Hong Kong must heed the central government’s policies.

4 Dec 2019 - 3:03AM

Praising Macau for its application of ‘one country, two systems’, Communist Party’s No 3 leader says Hong Kong must heed the central government’s policies.

Top Chinese official praises Macau, warns Hong Kong to toe state constitutional line
No room for compromise with Hong Kong protesters, People’s Daily says

Unrest in the city is a struggle between safeguarding ‘one country, two systems’ and destroying it, and any attempts to challenge national sovereignty, security and unity are ‘doomed to fail’, Communist Party mouthpiece says.

18 Nov 2019 - 6:57PM

Unrest in the city is a struggle between safeguarding ‘one country, two systems’ and destroying it, and any attempts to challenge national sovereignty, security and unity are ‘doomed to fail’, Communist Party mouthpiece says.

No room for compromise with Hong Kong protesters, People’s Daily says
Chinese troops that cleaned up Hong Kong were from top counterterrorism brigade

Soldiers in bright basketball jerseys made no effort to hide their colours, but what was the real reason for them being on the streets?

18 Nov 2019 - 9:43AM

Soldiers in bright basketball jerseys made no effort to hide their colours, but what was the real reason for them being on the streets?

Chinese troops that cleaned up Hong Kong were from top counterterrorism brigade
US-China trade negotiators in ‘constructive’ phone call

Sides discuss ‘core issues’ for phase one trade agreement, Xinhua says.

17 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

Sides discuss ‘core issues’ for phase one trade agreement, Xinhua says.

US-China trade negotiators in ‘constructive’ phone call
China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

13 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong
Beijing says site for rescheduled Apec summit should be decided by consensus

Decision should ‘abide by the principle of consultation’, foreign ministry says in response to report US offered to co-host meeting with Chile on American soil.

9 Nov 2019 - 1:22AM

Decision should ‘abide by the principle of consultation’, foreign ministry says in response to report US offered to co-host meeting with Chile on American soil.

Beijing says site for rescheduled Apec summit should be decided by consensus
China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law ‘or the city will face unbearable cost’, says Beijing adviser

‘Costs for Hong Kong will be unbearable’ if it does not act, Wang Zhenmin says amid fears that Beijing could impose the legislation itself after last week’s meeting of Communist Party elite made national security a priority.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:35PM

‘Costs for Hong Kong will be unbearable’ if it does not act, Wang Zhenmin says amid fears that Beijing could impose the legislation itself after last week’s meeting of Communist Party elite made national security a priority.

China still counting on Hong Kong to enact its own national security law ‘or the city will face unbearable cost’, says Beijing adviser
Beijing gives Greater Bay Area fresh push as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reveals 16 new measures including easing of restrictions on buying homes and school enrolment

Chief executive, speaking in Beijing, makes it clear that Hong Kong’s role under the ambitious national development project has not diminished despite ongoing unrest.

7 Nov 2019 - 8:53AM

Chief executive, speaking in Beijing, makes it clear that Hong Kong’s role under the ambitious national development project has not diminished despite ongoing unrest.

Beijing gives Greater Bay Area fresh push as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reveals 16 new measures including easing of restrictions on buying homes and  school enrolment
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet Vice-Premier Han Zheng in Beijing for first official sit-down since protests erupted

Sources say she will be briefed on key policies on protest crisis, as well as enactment of national security law.

3 Nov 2019 - 10:56PM

Sources say she will be briefed on key policies on protest crisis, as well as enactment of national security law.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet Vice-Premier Han Zheng in Beijing for first official sit-down since protests erupted
How Beijing plans to use powers contained in Basic Law to tighten control over Hong Kong

Statements issued after Communist Party gathering stress importance of ‘one country, two systems’ but suggest closer focus on security and national sovereignty.

2 Nov 2019 - 3:44AM

Statements issued after Communist Party gathering stress importance of ‘one country, two systems’ but suggest closer focus on security and national sovereignty.

How Beijing plans to use powers contained in Basic Law to tighten control over Hong Kong
Beijing reiterates call for Hong Kong to prioritise national security, patriotic education

‘One country, two systems’ is key to China’s governance, and national education should be strengthened, especially for civil servants and youth, head of Basic Law committees says after Communist Party plenary.

1 Nov 2019 - 3:47PM

‘One country, two systems’ is key to China’s governance, and national education should be strengthened, especially for civil servants and youth, head of Basic Law committees says after Communist Party plenary.

Beijing reiterates call for Hong Kong to prioritise national security, patriotic education
China’s Communist Party elite wrap up meeting with pledge to safeguard national security in Hong Kong

Communique issued at end of four-day session says party will ‘establish a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security’ in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:49AM

Communique issued at end of four-day session says party will ‘establish a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security’ in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

China’s Communist Party elite wrap up meeting with pledge to safeguard national security in Hong Kong