China news round-up: Xiamen protest ends, Hunan sets up H7N9 isolation wards
Sydney Morning Herald
China's provocations against Japan were 'evidence of profound domestic insecurity rather than rational policy', says a Beijing-based diplomat.
Turkey, a member of NATO, joins the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a 'dialogue partner'.
Beijing's media blockade in Xinjiang and Tibet leaves observes in the dark.
At least 138 counties, most of them in under-developed central or western provinces, have outlined plans to be upgraded to cities.
Being a Chinese official is "not all it's cracked up to be".
Law reform is announced after the Red Cross scandal.
115 domestic charities have donated 1.05 billion yuan (HK$1.32 billion) to Ya'an earthquake rescue, shelter and reconstruction efforts.
China Digital Times
A month-long sit-in protest against land sales in Xiamen, Fujian province, has ended.
Southern Metropolis Daily*
On the 5th anniversary of the Shandong train crash (72 dead, 416 injured), the daily reviewed disgraced Railways Minister Liu Zhijun's career.
Netizens commemorate the 45th anniversary of Lin Zhao's execution.
President Xi Jinping still holds hope for Chinese football.
Tech in Asia
China takes down two major movie piracy websites, makes arrests.
China’s executives are being criticised over high (but comparatively low) pay.
Wall Street Journal
Hollywood refuses to accept heavier taxation in China.
Speculation about a graft investigation against Xu Caihou, one of the highest retired military officers, continues.
Beijing Morning News*
Cadillac, Bentley, Jaguar, Porsche and other luxury cars are not being issued new military number plates.
India border stand-off
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the border dispute is a “localised problem”.
Times of India
India, China finalise plans to hold joint anti-terrorism drills.
Times of India
India's opposition calls on Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid to cancel a visit to China scheduled for May 9.
"Our patience is running out", says BJP politician Arun Jaitley.
South China Sea
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will leave for a tour of South East Asia on Tuesday.
Minister of Defence Chang Wanquan meets Philippine Vice-Minister of Defence in Beijing.
Taiwan considers opening the Dongsha (Pratas) Islands in the South China Sea to tourism.
Survey: 3 in 10 Chinese support military action, 5 in 10 support economic sanctions against North Korea.
North Korean Economy Watch
China’s exports of crude oil to North Korea rose 8.2 percent last month from a year earlier.
Ministry of Transport website*
In a rare move, the ministry publishes a circular ordering the strict enforcement of UN sanctions against North Korea.
H7N9 avian flu
China News Service*
Premier Li Keqiang calls on hospitals not to delay treatment for poor patients.
Xiaoxiang Morning News*
Hunan province requires every county to set up a H7N9-bird flu isolation ward.
* denotes articles in Chinese language