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The Chinese military's peace offensive this week throughout parts of Southeast Asia has brought calls for stability both to the country's west and south as well as an agreement on military cooperation with India and stronger ties forged with a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Now Hu Jintao is in Vladivostok for the Apec summit to charm the region with good economic news. Japanese lawmakers will visit Beijing later this month in a further bid to reduce tensions. Meanwhile, CCTV reported yesterday that PLA soldiers have been using an uninhabited island in the Yellow Sea to conduct drills involving a simulated island capture and control mission. Also, a PLA naval destroyer held a live-fire drill yesterday in the East China Sea.
-- Yue Yue: A Modern Tragedy In Four Acts On Wednesday, the Nanhai District People’s Court in Foshan, Guangdong province convicted Hu Jun of involuntary homicide and sentenced him to three and a half years in jail.
-- Is China "buying" Egypt from the US? Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, charting a fresh course for the country both at home and abroad, chose Beijing for his first official visit outside the Middle East and Africa last week.
Human Rights Watch
-- China: Stop Expelling Refugees The Chinese government carried out the forced returns without having provided the Kachin refugees a process for determining their claims to refugee status. Instead, the government summarily declared that the Kachin were not refugees, continued to deny them access to the United Nations refugee agency, and asserted without basis that the conflict between the Burmese government and the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State had “subsided.”
-- Android Shirts and Samsung Sales at a Store in Shenzhen The biggest nugget in it all was that their best seller was Samsung smartphones running Android. Given what I had recently seen elsewhere in China and reports of Samsung's current strength in China, this did not come as a surprise.
-- Luxury Shopping in Shenzhen at the MixC A visit to the MixC provides a different perspective from what is often found in reports of China's failed malls, in particular the world's largest but mostly empty mall in nearby Dongguan.
Law and Border
-- What Does China’s Slowdown Mean for Expats and Companies That Employ Them? The outlook for foreigners may parallel that of China’s internal migrants. Beijing government statistics show that the city’s migrant population decreased by 600,000 to 8.3 million during 2011, according to the Economic Observer.
Murphy on Piracy
-- Deep-Water Oil Rigs as Strategic Weapons Wang Yilin, Chairman of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)...reportedly told an audience at CNOOC’s headquarters in Beijing in May that ‘large-scale deep-water rigs are our mobile national territory and a strategic weapon’.
-- Sony Confirms Customer Data Hacked in China The group responsible for the breach, NullCrew, has also hit other targets recently, including government and commercial sites in Cambodia.
Tanzania Daily News
-- Greedy Chinese traders have it coming The Chinese government is bitter that unscrupulous Chinese manufacturers collude with greedy business people from Tanzania or other parts of the world, to flood foreign markets with sub-standard Chinese goods that are badly fashioned or are dangerous to health.
The Chosun Ilbo
-- Korea, China to Open Consular Hotline Seoul also urged Beijing to take "responsible" steps over torture allegations by South Korean activist Kim Young-hwan, who was held in China for 114 days.
-- The Neverending Story: Drama in the South China Sea Step 4: Neutralize the contested areas. If the disputants really want to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea – and they all say that they do – then they obviously need to draw up a set of rules governing what is and is not allowed in disputed zones.
-- Boeing, Airbus forecast huge long-term demand for airliners in China
-- Beijing 'regrets' EU solar decision
-- ASEAN 'must not take sides in disputes'
-- Reshoring to have 'limited' effect
-- Certainty of justice shown in Wang Lijun
-- China slams imminent Diaoyu sale
-- Hu to make proposals on boosting world economy at APEC summit
-- APEC summits serve as political cushion
-- Time to upgrade China’s nuclear capabilities
-- Newsroom's idealism draws Chinese cheers
-- Chinese naval destroyer detachment holds live-fire drill
The Voice of Russia
-- Russia-China fund picks first investment project
-- Chinese president arrives in Vladivostok for APEC meeting
-- China, India to boost military cooperation
-- China to strengthen cooperation with Central, Eastern Europe
-- China urges U.S. to respect its sovereignty, territorial integrity, key interests
-- Iran says West's wargame in Persian Gulf not to dent Iran' s power in region
-- Chinese premier calls for further cooperation with Singapore
-- Chinese courts told to manage civilian-government cases well
-- Syria's deputy FM says Morsi's speech "irrational"
-- Syria slams Erdogan's remarks as "rude"