China news round-up: Beijing vows to eliminate shanty towns, Japan summit speculation | South China Morning Post
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China news round-up: Beijing vows to eliminate shanty towns, Japan summit speculation

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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
 

Politics
Asahi Shimbun
At secretive Zhongnanhai, decisions are made that can change the world.
Financial Times
China plans government debt audit.
Wall Street Journal
Industrialisation has turned much of the countryside into an environmental disaster zone, threatening not only food supplies but the legitimacy of the regime itself.
People's Daily*
The Beijing municipal government plans to spend 500 billion yuan (HK$632 billion) over the next five years in a major urban renewal programme.

Civil society
The Economist
A soul-searching debate rages about apathy towards those in need.
Quartz
In China, 93% of dementia cases go undetected.
The Guardian
Vineyard growth plan for "Bordeaux of China" in Sichuan raises concerns for animal habitats and livelihoods of villagers who switch to grapes.
Beijing News*
Qigong Wang Lin is set to be investigated for illegal practice of medicine.

Economy
Reuters
China leaders play safe on reforms as growth sags.
Businessweek
China's official urban unemployment rate is near-worthless.
China Dialogue
No timetable for carbon tax say Chinese officials.
Beijing Times*
Myanmar pipeline has begun delivering natural gas to Yunnan.

Foreign affairs
Japan Times
Japan and China might hold summit talks soon, an adviser to PM Shinzo Abe has said.
The Hindu
A flotilla of nuclear submarines and a three carrier air group in the Indian Ocean can economically cripple China, writes retired Indian Rear Admiral Raja Menon.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
This week’s arrival of the Philippines' second secondhand Hamilton-class cutter from the US is just another "balisong" (fan knife) to China’s "machine gun".
Global Times*
Editorial: The Shwe oil and gas pipelines are a litmus test for Sino-Myanmese relations.

* denotes articles in Chinese language.

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