Jun Mai

Beijing

Jun Mai

News Editor, China

Jun Mai has covered Chinese politics, diplomacy and general breaking news for over a decade. Before his current posting in Beijing, he was based in Hong Kong. He has also completed a stint in Washington.

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Russia’s war on Ukraine based on flawed logic, Chinese military scholar wrote in article scrubbed from the web

Russia has chosen a path ‘long forsaken by human civilisation’, Gong Fangbin wrote in article no longer available online.

Russia has chosen a path ‘long forsaken by human civilisation’, Gong Fangbin wrote in article no longer available online.

21 May 2022 - 7:22PM
China’s Communist Party congress: all praise Xi Jinping but draw the line at Mao

Promotion of a Mao-like personality cult by over-eager officials ahead of Xi’s third term may not always work to their advantage.

Promotion of a Mao-like personality cult by over-eager officials ahead of Xi’s third term may not always work to their advantage.

16 May 2022 - 11:00AM
Xi Jinping tells youth league to ‘dare to struggle’ and unify around the Communist Party

President urges officials to step up education and guidance for young Chinese, saying they ‘could be confused between ideals and reality’.

President urges officials to step up education and guidance for young Chinese, saying they ‘could be confused between ideals and reality’.

10 May 2022 - 7:30PM
The cloud of anti-Western nationalism hanging over China’s Communist Party congress

From Ukraine to Covid-19, nationalist takes are dominating public debate online.

From Ukraine to Covid-19, nationalist takes are dominating public debate online.

3 May 2022 - 9:43AM
Chinese security official orders risk elimination drive ahead of key Communist Party congress

Chen Yixin lists 10 topics for research to identify and remove potential social and political risks.

Chen Yixin lists 10 topics for research to identify and remove potential social and political risks.

18 Apr 2022 - 9:34PM
Xi Jinping puts Communist Party on podium as he hails Beijing Winter Olympics

China ‘can overcome any difficulty’ if the party’s leadership is firmly upheld, president says at ceremony to award medals to those involved in the Games.

China ‘can overcome any difficulty’ if the party’s leadership is firmly upheld, president says at ceremony to award medals to those involved in the Games.

8 Apr 2022 - 9:00PM
China hints at recognising Taliban as legitimate Afghanistan government ‘when conditions are ripe’

After two-day meeting, China’s foreign minister says ‘Afghanistan should not be excluded from the international community and should not become a failed country’.

After two-day meeting, China’s foreign minister says ‘Afghanistan should not be excluded from the international community and should not become a failed country’.

1 Apr 2022 - 4:00PM
China hammers home its message of US blame for Ukraine war to domestic audience

State media publishes multiple commentaries accusing Washington’s Nato ambitions of sparking the conflict.

State media publishes multiple commentaries accusing Washington’s Nato ambitions of sparking the conflict.

29 Mar 2022 - 6:16PM
Under pressure from the West on Ukraine, China looks to developing nations

Chinese foreign minister has been trying to rally support from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Zambia.

Chinese foreign minister has been trying to rally support from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Zambia.

26 Mar 2022 - 12:00PM
Ukraine war: US-China talks focus on Beijing’s support of Russia

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tells Chinese foreign policy head Yang Jiechi that China will face ‘significant consequences’ if it gives Russia military or other help.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan tells Chinese foreign policy head Yang Jiechi that China will face ‘significant consequences’ if it gives Russia military or other help.

15 Mar 2022 - 12:00PM
The more things change, the more China’s Xi Jinping focuses on stability

China’s president projects stability in a ‘turbulent era’ as he is about to start a third term as the Communist Party’s head.

China’s president projects stability in a ‘turbulent era’ as he is about to start a third term as the Communist Party’s head.

13 Mar 2022 - 4:00PM
Chinese premier appeals to US to lift export bans on China

There is great potential for cooperation between the two countries, Li Keqiang says, striking a milder note than the Chinese foreign minister earlier in the week.

There is great potential for cooperation between the two countries, Li Keqiang says, striking a milder note than the Chinese foreign minister earlier in the week.

11 Mar 2022 - 8:30PM
China lawmakers have West’s decline on their minds at ‘two sessions’

Minutes released from the weekend’s group discussions reveal several mentions of the US and its allies.

Minutes released from the weekend’s group discussions reveal several mentions of the US and its allies.

9 Mar 2022 - 3:21PM
Chinese foreign minister says Taiwan and Ukraine situations are fundamentally different

Chinese foreign minister makes the remarks at his yearly briefing on the sidelines of the annual legislative session.

Chinese foreign minister makes the remarks at his yearly briefing on the sidelines of the annual legislative session.

9 Mar 2022 - 12:41PM
How China’s dilemma over Ukraine may loom large at key political gathering

Beijing is in a difficult position, caught between Russia and the West, but experts say it’s unlikely to condemn the invasion or give full support to Moscow.

Beijing is in a difficult position, caught between Russia and the West, but experts say it’s unlikely to condemn the invasion or give full support to Moscow.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:08PM
2 Mar 2022 - 7:18PM
‘US signals resolve on Indo-Pacific, Taiwan’ despite Ukraine war

Russian invasion likely to ‘intensify US pressure on China’, Chinese analyst says

Russian invasion likely to ‘intensify US pressure on China’, Chinese analyst says

9 Mar 2022 - 1:14PM
25 Feb 2022 - 2:44PM
Russian forces enter Ukraine capital Kyiv after morning missile strikes

The first Russian military units have entered Kyiv, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Friday, on the second day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The first Russian military units have entered Kyiv, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Friday, on the second day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
China must ‘think of strategic bottom line’ in relations with US, expert says

International relations scholar also calls for Beijing to ‘make effective preparations to firmly take the initiative in times of major crisis and challenge’.

International relations scholar also calls for Beijing to ‘make effective preparations to firmly take the initiative in times of major crisis and challenge’.

24 Feb 2022 - 9:31PM
Beijing may look for positives over US stance on Taiwan

Chinese diplomatic analysts say there may be a subtle shift in the US position, which would be seen favourably by Beijing.

Chinese diplomatic analysts say there may be a subtle shift in the US position, which would be seen favourably by Beijing.

23 Feb 2022 - 8:55PM
China ‘concerned’ about Ukraine crisis, resists taking sides despite US pressure

White House confirms US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday about Russia’s aggression.

White House confirms US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday about Russia’s aggression.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:40PM
Coronavirus: why Xi Jinping’s message to Hong Kong wasn’t relayed to mainland China

President told local government it should ‘take all necessary measures’ to protect residents – but unusually his remarks did not appear in mainland state media.

President told local government it should ‘take all necessary measures’ to protect residents – but unusually his remarks did not appear in mainland state media.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:53PM
Xi Jinping urges China to arm itself with stronger laws and better lawyers for ‘international struggle’

President says country should move faster on legislation relating to foreign matters, particularly around sanctions and interference.

President says country should move faster on legislation relating to foreign matters, particularly around sanctions and interference.

16 Feb 2022 - 8:00PM
Xi-Putin summit yields united stand on Taiwan and Nato

China and Russia voice opposition to expansion of US-led security alliance in Europe and Taiwanese independence in any form.

China and Russia voice opposition to expansion of US-led security alliance in Europe and Taiwanese independence in any form.

4 Feb 2022 - 10:03PM
Coronavirus: US diplomats wanting out of China risk ‘leaving safest country in the world’ in a pandemic, Beijing says

Beijing lodges formal protest with Washington as US consular staff and families seek to avoid zero-Covid control measures in China.

Beijing lodges formal protest with Washington as US consular staff and families seek to avoid zero-Covid control measures in China.

26 Jan 2022 - 7:24PM
Russia keeping China in the loop on US talks, Moscow’s envoy says

Putin’s Winter Olympics trip could also yield a ‘surprise’ for ties between the two countries, Andrey Denisov says.

Putin’s Winter Olympics trip could also yield a ‘surprise’ for ties between the two countries, Andrey Denisov says.

26 Jan 2022 - 12:37AM
China’s Communist Party expels Bo Xilai protégé in corruption probe aftermath

Retired food official Xu Ming to face graft charges but it is not known if his case is related to disgraced former mentor.

Retired food official Xu Ming to face graft charges but it is not known if his case is related to disgraced former mentor.

15 Apr 2022 - 5:32PM
Remember the Soviet Union, top Chinese policy adviser says in warning against blind pursuit of absolute security

Recent article by Jia Qingguo, key CPPCC member and US affairs specialist, is full of thinly veiled criticisms against hawkish outlooks.

Recent article by Jia Qingguo, key CPPCC member and US affairs specialist, is full of thinly veiled criticisms against hawkish outlooks.

15 Apr 2022 - 5:32PM
China’s Gen Z overconfident and thinks West is ‘evil’, top academic says

Lecturers should help students recognise diversity and hone critical thinking, Yan Xuetong says, cautioning against nationalism driven by key opinion leaders.

Lecturers should help students recognise diversity and hone critical thinking, Yan Xuetong says, cautioning against nationalism driven by key opinion leaders.

14 Jan 2022 - 11:02PM