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China news round-up: Local government debt surges, Huawei founder speaks out

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 6:52am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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Politics
Tea Leaf Nation
on Xi Jinping's refusal to repudiate Mao Zedong's legacy.
Xinhua
Villagers can campaign in local elections with TV ads, says the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Xinhua
An end to the houkou-system is “part of the Chinese Dream”.

Civil Society
The Atlantic
Capital punishment remains entrenched in the country's justice system, despite growing opposition.
Beijing Morning News*
Jingwen protest: Police arrest a 28-year-old woman for "spreading rumour" that the dead Anhui migrant worker had been raped. 
Caixin*
China's richest are getting more interested in politics, according to a survey.

Economy
Reuters
China's central bank is facing a dilemma as it balances support for the economy against the threat of rising prices.
Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
It would seem Chinese local governments didn’t get the memo about reining in credit risks.
Economic Observer
Many Chinese have taken a speculative interest in Bitcoin.

Huawei
People's Daily Overseas Edition*
US reports against Huawei, ZTE lack evidence of espionage.
Hindustan Times via Tech in Asia
India investigates Huawei, ZTE.
Fairfax NZ News
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei gives his first-ever interview in New Zealand.

Health
Beijing Times*
Police cracks down on Chinese traditional medicine websites providing false information.
Beijing News*
Soil pollution data is rightfully a state secret, says the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
NPR - The Salt
Rat 'mutton' and bird flu: These are strange days for meat eaters in Shanghai.

Foreign affairs
People's Daily*
China has never been just an observer in the Middle East.
Jamestown China Brief
New Sino-Mongolian oil deal undercuts Russia’s role.
Shan Herald
Myanmar's army clashes with ethnic militia at the Chinese border in Yunnan.

Taiwan
Jiji Press
Japan, Taiwan fail to set fishing rules.
China Post
Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party holds its first  China Affairs Committee meeting.
AFP
Taiwan protests to Philippines over fisherman’s death.

Japan
Asahi Shimbun
Chinese academics question Japan’s rights to Okinawa.
Yomiuri Shimbun
"Japan once caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly those of Asian nations," says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
People's Liberation Army Daily*
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making "absurd" comments.

Europe
The Guardian
London Mayor Boris Johnson is set to travel to China this year after PM David Cameron's visit was cancelled.
Le Figaro
France, prime destination for Chinese tourists in Europe, is resting on its laurels.

* denotes articles in Chinese language