China news round-up: Yuan becomes second-most used currency, dissident trial continues
Trending topics on weibo
Foreigner on motorbike hits Chinese woman in Beijing, insults her
TV celebrity child Wang Shilin
Pregnancy of Taiwanese celebrity Barbie Hsu alias "Da S"
Controversy over Hunan TV's series Where are we going Dad?
Jang Song-thaek's reported dismissal in North Korea
Landmark New Citzen Movement trial continues today in Xinyu, Jiangxi province.
Third Plenum reforms require "selfless courage".
A Communist Party investigation into a senior executive at the state-owned insurer Sinosure has links to EXIM Bank, the country's policy lender.
Southern Metropolis Daily*
Chongqing has replaced leading cadres in 26 of its 38 counties over the last year.
Council on Foreign Relations
Beijing has "exaggerated" the threat to "crisis proportions," writes James Millward of the East-West Center, contending that radical Uighur violence has not escalated since early 1998.
Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
Director Ning Hao's widely anticipated movie No Man’s Land finally gets censors's approval.
PRI via China Digital Times
Without Mandarin, migrant workers' children risk being slotted into menial jobs when they grow up, on construction sites or factory lines.
Radio Free Asia
Nine Tibetans have been jailed in Biru county, Tibet, for "anti-state activities".
Wall Street Journal
Yuan passes euro, yen to become second-most used currency after the US dollar.
Macau suggests money is still flowing into China, as year-on-year gambling revenues jumped more than a fifth in November.
If local governments continue with the switch to natural gas, shortages this winter may be inevitable.
Petcoke, virtually unheard of a few years ago, is fast becoming one of China's most pressing environmental concerns.
New York Times - Sinosphere
"Diplomatically, China has miscalculated," says Australian security expert Rory Medcalf on China's air defense zone.
Editorial: "If China encounters a similar situation to that which Thailand is facing today and such a situation continues for years, it would be a catastrophe."
Two US Senate Democrats who head committees overseeing national security are asking the Obama administration to assess the potential threat from a Huaiwei project in South Korea.
"[China] sees Ukraine as the gates to Europe, frankly speaking," says Ukraine's Ambassador to China Oleh Diomin.
* denotes articles in Chinese language.