China news round-up: New Citizen Movement trial in Jiangxi, media flaunt submarine force
Given the patterns of sentencing of other officials convicted of taking similarly large sums of money through bribes and graft, Bo Xilai’s sentence was comparatively light.
Wall Street Journal
Shanghai's Mayor Yang Xiong acknowledged criticism of the long list of restrictions on businesses in the city's free-trade zone but sought to reassure businesses that the "negative list will continue to be shortened."
Nanjing party secretary Yang Weize compared his own city to Boston, where his daughter and grandchildren live, when talking about his vision for the city after the fall of Mayor Ji Jianye.
PLA Daily* (and CCTV, Xinhua and others)
carries a first report on China's nuclear-powered submarine force.
New York Times
Charged with illegal assembly, three members of the New Citizens Movement will be tried today in the first court test of how far the government will go to extinguish the group.
The number of juvenile criminals sentenced by courts each year in China more than doubled from 2000 to 2008, to almost 89,000, at a time when the population of young people was dropping.
New York Review of Books
Jia Zhangke's new film A Touch of Sin is "meant to encompass the geographic sweep of China, and what Jia sees as the epidemic of violence and amorality in modern Chinese life."
Photography of China
Yan Xinfa's Emperor’s Tomb, a series of black and white photographs, reinterprets rural daily life near an imperial mausoleum.
Los Angeles Times
China is poised to surpass US on business travel spending by 2016.
China Post (Taiwan)
Taiwan and China should consider building natural gas pipelines across the Taiwan Strait, the vice chairman of Taiwan's Chinatrust Financial Holding Hsueh Hsiang-chuan said a bilateral forum.
Yue Xiu, a trading arm for the city of Guangzhou, bid HK$11.6 billion for 75 per cent of Chong Hing Bank, seeking a foothold in Hong Kong as the banking hub’s role in cross-border financing expands.
Money market rates in China climbed again last week, prompting more worries of a deja-vu of June’s cash crunch that spooked global markets.
"It would be a severe provocation to China and an act of war," if Japan shot down a Chinese drone, said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals.
North Korea Leadership Watch
Ri Chol, a close aide to Kim Jong-un and member of the Birth Korea's core leadership, departed Pyongyang on Saturday for China as the head of a delegation of the DPRK Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Press Trust of India
India is planning to lay 14 strategic railway lines close to borders with China and Pakistan to help in easier and faster movement of troops.
* denotes articles in Chinese language