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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China urged to avoid retaliation over US sanctions on officials behind Hong Kong security law

Government advisers say Beijing should expect to be targeted in the run up to the presidential election and should avoid a tit-for-tat response.

9 Aug 2020 - 9:07AM

Government advisers say Beijing should expect to be targeted in the run up to the presidential election and should avoid a tit-for-tat response.

China urged to avoid retaliation over US sanctions on officials behind Hong Kong security law
US-China relations: Trump administration’s Chinese advisers could create more uncertainty, observers say

People like Miles Yu, an adviser to Mike Pompeo, and Mung Chiang, who works with the US foreign office, are known for their anti-Beijing feelings.

7 Aug 2020 - 10:23AM

People like Miles Yu, an adviser to Mike Pompeo, and Mung Chiang, who works with the US foreign office, are known for their anti-Beijing feelings.

US-China relations: Trump administration’s Chinese advisers could create more uncertainty, observers say
Beijing won’t rule out targeting US journalists in Hong Kong over visa curbs on Chinese reporters

American reporters have already been forced to leave mainland and some based in city fear they are next in the firing line.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:34PM

American reporters have already been forced to leave mainland and some based in city fear they are next in the firing line.

Beijing won’t rule out targeting US journalists in Hong Kong over visa curbs on Chinese reporters
Ramp up China-US defence talks to stabilise rocky relations, expert urges

Nanjing University’s Zhu Feng says trade can no longer be a foundation for a strong relationship.

4 Aug 2020 - 12:08AM

Nanjing University’s Zhu Feng says trade can no longer be a foundation for a strong relationship.

Ramp up China-US defence talks to stabilise rocky relations, expert urges
Chinese provincial chief given suspended death sentence for role in major corruption scandal

Former Shaanxi party boss Zhao Zhengyong was found guilty of accepting more than US$100m in bribes.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:35PM

Former Shaanxi party boss Zhao Zhengyong was found guilty of accepting more than US$100m in bribes.

Chinese provincial chief given suspended death sentence for role in major corruption scandal
‘A toddler could write this’: Chinese policeman’s book, praised by authorities, is ridiculed

Investigation and apologies over ‘intellectual’ officer’s book after its repetitive content leads to online debate about unthinking praise for officials.

31 Jul 2020 - 4:46PM

Investigation and apologies over ‘intellectual’ officer’s book after its repetitive content leads to online debate about unthinking praise for officials.

‘A toddler could write this’: Chinese policeman’s book, praised by authorities, is ridiculed
Beijing tries to balance nationalism with pragmatism in US relations

China feels a need to appear strong in front of its domestic audience, but it works hard to avoid irrevocably damaging the relationship with America.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:53AM

China feels a need to appear strong in front of its domestic audience, but it works hard to avoid irrevocably damaging the relationship with America.

Beijing tries to balance nationalism with pragmatism in US relations
Hong Kong to suspend deals on extradition and criminal justice cooperation with Australia, Britain and Canada

Beijing announces tit-for-tat moves against the three Western nations, accusing them of ‘gross interference’ in China’s domestic affairs. Foreign ministry also warns New Zealand of retaliation after it puts legal pact with Hong Kong on hold.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:41AM

Beijing announces tit-for-tat moves against the three Western nations, accusing them of ‘gross interference’ in China’s domestic affairs. Foreign ministry also warns New Zealand of retaliation after it puts legal pact with Hong Kong on hold.

Hong Kong to suspend deals on extradition and criminal justice cooperation with Australia, Britain and Canada
Tycoon Ren Zhiqiang who criticised Chinese leadership facing prosecution

Influential business chief was nicknamed ‘Ren the big cannon’ for outspoken attacks on the Communist Party and handling of coronavirus outbreak.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:20PM

Influential business chief was nicknamed ‘Ren the big cannon’ for outspoken attacks on the Communist Party and handling of coronavirus outbreak.

Tycoon Ren Zhiqiang who criticised Chinese leadership facing prosecution
US-China relations: forced closure of Houston consulate could cause lasting damage, observers say

Washington fails to give a reason for the unprecedented move, saying only it ‘will not tolerate [China]’s violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people’.

23 Jul 2020 - 9:01AM

Washington fails to give a reason for the unprecedented move, saying only it ‘will not tolerate [China]’s violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people’.

US-China relations: forced closure of Houston consulate could cause lasting damage, observers say
If Nokia and Ericsson can operate in China, our firms should be treated fairly in Europe, Beijing says

China’s foreign ministry spokesman calls ‘fake news’ on report that Beijing is considering export reprisal against European telecoms if EU bans Huawei.

21 Jul 2020 - 11:28PM

China’s foreign ministry spokesman calls ‘fake news’ on report that Beijing is considering export reprisal against European telecoms if EU bans Huawei.

If Nokia and Ericsson can operate in China, our firms should be treated fairly in Europe, Beijing says
Coronavirus in China: Hong Kong may pay higher price than mainland cities in long term, expert says

City’s strategy has been ‘to keep the pandemic at a low level rather than trying to achieve zero cases’, Zhang Wenhong, head of Shanghai’s Covid-19 clinical expert team, says.

20 Jul 2020 - 12:26PM

City’s strategy has been ‘to keep the pandemic at a low level rather than trying to achieve zero cases’, Zhang Wenhong, head of Shanghai’s Covid-19 clinical expert team, says.

Coronavirus in China: Hong Kong may pay higher price than mainland cities in long term, expert says
US-China relations: Washington’s plan to ban Chinese Communist Party members would be ‘self-defeating’, experts say

Move reportedly being considered by US president would further strain ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

19 Jul 2020 - 11:27AM

Move reportedly being considered by US president would further strain ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

US-China relations: Washington’s plan to ban Chinese Communist Party members would be ‘self-defeating’, experts say
National security law: double criminality should apply, China law expert says

The principle is not specified in the new legislation but it does exist in mainland Chinese law, professor says.

17 Jul 2020 - 11:21PM

The principle is not specified in the new legislation but it does exist in mainland Chinese law, professor says.

National security law: double criminality should apply, China law expert says
China vows ‘reciprocal action’ against critics of Xinjiang policies after US sanctions move

Beijing says it will target ‘institutions and individuals who have acted egregiously on Xinjiang affairs’.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:28PM

Beijing says it will target ‘institutions and individuals who have acted egregiously on Xinjiang affairs’.

China vows ‘reciprocal action’ against critics of Xinjiang policies after US sanctions move
China sets up task force to boost political policing amid threats to stability

Working group is part of high-level enforcement body established in April to ‘strike hard on activities that could undermine political security’.

7 Jul 2020 - 5:53AM

Working group is part of high-level enforcement body established in April to ‘strike hard on activities that could undermine political security’.

China sets up task force to boost political policing amid threats to stability
China Ministry of Public Security backs Hong Kong police in rolling out national security law

In its first comments since the law came into effect, ministry urges Hong Kong police to end violence and disorder in the city but offers few clues on implementation.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:22AM

In its first comments since the law came into effect, ministry urges Hong Kong police to end violence and disorder in the city but offers few clues on implementation.

China Ministry of Public Security backs Hong Kong police in rolling out national security law
Hong Kong national security law’s long-arm jurisdiction ‘extraordinary and chilling’

They say it goes further than mainland Chinese legislation and could affect Hong Kong’s status as an international financial centre, but pursuing offences committed outside the city may be difficult.

9 Jul 2020 - 2:32PM

They say it goes further than mainland Chinese legislation and could affect Hong Kong’s status as an international financial centre, but pursuing offences committed outside the city may be difficult.

Hong Kong national security law’s long-arm jurisdiction ‘extraordinary and chilling’
National security law will uphold ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong, top Beijing official says

The new law ‘effectively stops the loopholes’ that existed in Hong Kong and undermined national security, senior Beijing official says.

1 Jul 2020 - 4:57PM

The new law ‘effectively stops the loopholes’ that existed in Hong Kong and undermined national security, senior Beijing official says.

National security law will uphold ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong, top Beijing official says
China-US tensions could be worse than the Cold War, academic says

Situation facing Beijing and Washington is ‘sensationally more distressing’ than anything seen during the US-Russia freeze, Peking University professor Wang Jisi tells World Peace Forum.

20 Jun 2020 - 4:53AM

Situation facing Beijing and Washington is ‘sensationally more distressing’ than anything seen during the US-Russia freeze, Peking University professor Wang Jisi tells World Peace Forum.

China-US tensions could be worse than the Cold War, academic says
China should ‘lay down its cards’ and push for more talks with US, former top Chinese diplomat says

Fu Ying, who was the deputy foreign minister, also said the country needed to be more transparent on its defence policy, in an opinion piece ahead of a meeting between the two sides in Hawaii.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:26PM

Fu Ying, who was the deputy foreign minister, also said the country needed to be more transparent on its defence policy, in an opinion piece ahead of a meeting between the two sides in Hawaii.

China should ‘lay down its cards’ and push for more talks with US, former top Chinese diplomat says
China needs more experts in international law to beat US coronavirus lawsuits, academic says

Even though plaintiffs will never get any money out of Beijing, the action damages the national image, Peking University professor Liang Yunxiang says.

14 Jun 2020 - 10:30PM

Even though plaintiffs will never get any money out of Beijing, the action damages the national image, Peking University professor Liang Yunxiang says.

China needs more experts in international law to beat US coronavirus lawsuits, academic says
Hainan free-trade plan will help Hong Kong, not rival it, top official says

Turning the island into China’s freest place to trade will target different industries and complement Greater Bay Area, according to planning agency deputy.

8 Jun 2020 - 11:04PM

Turning the island into China’s freest place to trade will target different industries and complement Greater Bay Area, according to planning agency deputy.

Hainan free-trade plan will help Hong Kong, not rival it, top official says
Beijing has heard opinion of Hong Kong people and remains ‘very firm’ on national security law for city, Carrie Lam says after visit

The central government is looking to safeguard national security as well as the city’s stability through the new law, according to Lam.

4 Jun 2020 - 1:16PM

The central government is looking to safeguard national security as well as the city’s stability through the new law, according to Lam.

Beijing has heard opinion of Hong Kong people and remains ‘very firm’ on national security law for city, Carrie Lam says after visit
China plays it cool despite ‘alarm over India border stand-off’

Confrontation comes as Beijing grapples with challenges on all fronts, including US.

29 Jun 2020 - 3:28PM

Confrontation comes as Beijing grapples with challenges on all fronts, including US.

China plays it cool despite ‘alarm over India border stand-off’
China may play waiting game before responding to Trump’s Hong Kong pledge

US President said he will start removing the city’s special status because it is no longer autonomous.

30 May 2020 - 5:26PM

US President said he will start removing the city’s special status because it is no longer autonomous.

China may play waiting game before responding to Trump’s Hong Kong pledge
China pledges largest-ever economic rescue package to save jobs and livelihoods amid coronavirus

Premier Li Keqiang confirmed China’s 4 trillion yuan (US$559 billion) worth of cost cuts on the final day of the National People’s Congress on Thursday.

29 May 2020 - 9:22AM

Premier Li Keqiang confirmed China’s 4 trillion yuan (US$559 billion) worth of cost cuts on the final day of the National People’s Congress on Thursday.

China pledges largest-ever economic rescue package to save jobs and livelihoods amid coronavirus
Two Sessions 2020: China-US rivalry in ‘high-risk period’, Chinese defence minister says

US has intensified its ‘suppression and containment’ of China since start of Covid-19 pandemic, top defence official and PLA general Wei Fenghe says.

27 May 2020 - 11:09PM

US has intensified its ‘suppression and containment’ of China since start of Covid-19 pandemic, top defence official and PLA general Wei Fenghe says.

Two Sessions 2020: China-US rivalry in ‘high-risk period’, Chinese defence minister says
Chinese diplomats defend Beijing’s move to introduce national security law for Hong Kong

Chinese embassy in Berlin says ‘separatists were exploiting the legal loophole’ in national security and it needs to be fixed.

23 May 2020 - 12:08AM

Chinese embassy in Berlin says ‘separatists were exploiting the legal loophole’ in national security and it needs to be fixed.

Chinese diplomats defend Beijing’s move to introduce national security law for Hong Kong
China urged to diversify soybean sources to curb reliance on US

Call for new suppliers and increase in domestic production to minimise inflation and maintain social stability.

23 May 2020 - 11:22AM

Call for new suppliers and increase in domestic production to minimise inflation and maintain social stability.

China urged to diversify soybean sources to curb reliance on US