China news round-up: Dandong denies halt to North Korea tourism, cargo traffic reported normal
Cross-border cargo traffic is reported to be normal.
Southern Metropolis Daily*
Border-town Dandong's tourism bureau denies official suspension of tour groups to North Korea, says April is "low season."
Editorial: North Korea is going too far.
The stand-off at the 38th parallel is "about oil and gas for China, the prelude to an energy grab that will safeguard the expansion of the Chinese economy for decades to come."
‘Daily Show’ clip mocking Kim Jong Un racks up 2.8 million views in China.
Railways Minister Liu Zhijun's graft trial
Liu's former lawyer suggests that reports of the extent of his embezzlement are exaggerated.
Beijing Morning News*
Liu has pleaded to evade the death penalty.
Editorial: "We hope that the relevant judicial organs will openly and according to the law process Liu Zhijun's case."
China Business News*
Former ministry official says the investigation against Liu Zhijun came as a surprise.
China News Service*
Construction of Beijing's new airport is set to begin next year and be completed by 2018.
says after Peng Liyuan's trip to Africa that "it’s time for China's designers to grab a prominent position in the fashion world."
looks at the employees losing out in the restructuring of the tobacco industry.
Politics and civil society
Radio Free Asia
Uyghur boy hacked to death in Xinjiang exacerbates racial tensions.
China Development Brief
Opinion: the rise of social media activism does not signal the decline of NGOs.
quotes scholars saying the government should be more centralised.
China Development Bank chairman praises Jiang Zemin.
Intellectual property rights
US Department of State
"The level of [...] trade secrets piracy in China remains puzzling to me for a country that has more and more intellectual property of its own that needs to be protected," says Under Secretary of State Hormats.
Indonesian delegation in Beijing to learn from China's experience in handling intellectual property rights.
Nieman Journalism Lab
Jonathan Stray on lessons to learn from Taiwan in the open access to government information.
Taiwan says a visit by First Lady Peng Liyuan to the island is only feasible after a visit by China's Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhang Zhijun.
China is left angered as Japan, Taiwan sign fishing agreement.
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