China news round-up: 'Uncharismatic' premier arrives in Switzerland, troops prepare for Mali | South China Morning Post
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China news round-up: 'Uncharismatic' premier arrives in Switzerland, troops prepare for Mali


Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui

Li Keqiang continues first overseas trip as premier in Switzerland
Le Temps
China and Switzerland are expected to sign a free-trade agreement today.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Li "woos for trust".
Tribune de Genève
Li is "not very charismatic".
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Li on why he visits Switzerland: free-trade, finance. 
Chinese premier raises five-point proposal for boosting cooperation with Pakistan.
Pakistan Observer
Pakistan seeks China's support in civil nuclear technology.
China Radio International
Transcript of Li's speech in Islamabad: "If you love China, please also love Pakistan".
The Economist
Flowery rhetoric fails to hide difficulties in India-China relations.
People's Daily Overseas Edition*
China-India relations will "surprise contemptible scoundrels".

North Korean enovy visits China
Diplomatic source expects a meeting with President Xi Jinping.
Economic Observer
What North Korea wants from China: a visit, food aid
Global Times
Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong-hae says North Korea is now willing to resolve tensions through dialogue.
North Korea says willing to take China's advice to start talks.

Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
Return of ideological attacks threatens reform in China.
China Youth Daily*
Editorial: The more the government dares to speak out, the more credibility it gains.
Supreme People's Procuratorate calls for measures to prevent petitioners' suicides, self-harm of petitioners.

Civil society
China Labour Bulletin
China has 61 million left-behind children in the countryside and 35.8 million migrant children in cities, according to a study.
Tea Leaf Nation
Chinese graduates are facing the toughest job market in recent history. 
Foreign Policy
on the strange world of Chinese military fantasy novels.

China's plan to spend $6.5 trillion on urbanization to bolster the economy is running into snags.
New York Times
Markets rattled amid fears of a slowdown in Asia.
Financial Times
Chinese solar industry seeks tariff deals to avoid punitive charges by the US, EU.

Foreign affairs
on "the powerful people" arguing for US-China free trade.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe met visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.
Le Monde
China is ready to send 500 soldiers to Mali.
Global Times*
Op-Ed: Be wary of Japan's online militarism. 

* denotes articles in Chinese language. 


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