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China news round-up: PLA detains 5 Indians, columnist Friedman's letter to Xi Jinping

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 December, 2013, 8:33am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 December, 2013, 8:45am

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New York Times
"Beijing ought to be concerned about what the general public will do if the secretive, back-room dealing that has enriched some elites - which every day more Chinese can see and discuss among themselves - remains a forbidden topic for public discussion and reform, and therefore mass protest becomes the only option to address it," writes Thomas Friedman.
Wall Street Journal
The government intends to channel China's urbanization drive to smaller cities, rather than hubs.
New York Times
Zhou Yongkang graft investigation: “It’s not like in the past few months, when he was being secretly investigated and more softly restricted,” a lawyer said. “Now it’s official.”
Taipei Times
The first official meeting between the heads of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council and the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office is to take place sometime after the Lunar New Year.

Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
Yutu moon landing: “I expect that they will discover, as we have, that space spectacular—especially manned spectaculars—are expensive, risky and hollow,” says former US National Aeronautics and Space Administration historian Alex Roland.
China Labour Bulletin
"There is a workers’ movement that uses theatre as a source of empowerment," writes New Common Theatre's Benjamin Teare.
GlobalData’s research counts more than 20,000 hospitals - a figure that is rapidly increasing as a result of the 2009 reform and doesn’t include clinics or smaller imaging facilities.
China Dialogue
China needs openness of information and public participation to tackle its environmental problems says Li Dun, executive director of the Public Policy Institute at Tsinghua University.

China will begin to supervise pricing in certain industries and punish companies that break antitrust rules, according to the NDRC.
Southern Metropolis Daily*
No more government approval required for investments abroad below US$1 billion.
Sydney Morning Herald
Australia is the fastest-growing Western tourism market for China.
Want China Times
"Everyone's saying the FTZ is great and is developing, but what can we do once we move in there?," asks a Taiwanese banker.

Foreign affairs
Press Trust of India
Chinese troops apprehended five Indian nationals in Ladakh in disputed territory in Ladakh and took them to their side of the border.
Foreign Policy
"Amid Jang's purge and the coming crackdown of Jang's followers, the Rason collaboration could be difficult for Beijing to maintain - until Pyongyang can apologize," writes Shen Dingli.
Financial Times
Western governments have agreed to enact harsher export controls on sensitive cyber technologies as part of additions to the Wassenaar Arrangement. China is not a signatory.
Yomiuri Shimbun
Asked which countries will become a military threat to Japan, the largest number of respondents, 78 per cent, cited China.

* denotes articles in Chinese language.