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China news round-up: Ma Huateng is 2nd richest man, Hamas funds in Guangzhou

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 December, 2013, 8:06am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 December, 2013, 8:08am

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People's Daily*
The National Development and Reform Commission head Xu Shaoshi on macroeconomic challenges: local governments.
Asia Times
"What makes officials who handle the party's Tibet policy nervous are suggestions expressed within the party establishment for China to adopt a more accommodating attitude to the Dalai Lama," writes former negotiator Thubten Samphel.
Wall Street Journal
Shiyan, in Hubei province, shows the lengths to which Chinese cities are going as they increasingly rely on land, and revenue from its development, to keep growth going.
Foreign Affairs
The Third Plenum "has reinvigorated a reform process that will, in time, make the Chinese economy more resilient, dynamic, and sustainable," write Evan A. Feigenbaum and Damien Ma.

China Media Project
"They said in no uncertain terms: There’s no sense in arguing — we fully intend to marginalize you all," New Citizen Movement member Xiao Shu recalls state security officials as saying.
Radio Free Asia
Police have detained two popular Tibetan religious leaders from Qinghai province on unreported charges.
China Dialogue
A project to save South China tigers in South Africa is suffering from financial and logistical problems.
Chocolate sales in China have more than doubled over the past decade, and are slated to be the country’s fastest-growing confectionery sector through at least 2016.

China Economic Watch
The interactions between the marketized and non-marketized parts of the financial system are difficult to predict, and the space for regulatory arbitrage is immense.
Wall Street Journal
The recent resurgence in IPOs that has propelled Hong Kong past Southeast Asia in IPO fundraising this year is expected to carry over into next year.
Ma Huateng, chairman of Asia’s largest Internet company Tencent, overtook property tycoon Wang Jianlin to become China’s second-richest man.
Financial Times
China’s antitrust authorities have threatened to arrest representatives of a US patent licensing company that is embroiled in a legal dispute with telecoms equipment maker Huawei.

Foreign affairs
China's ambassador to North Korea was invited to attend activities to commemorate late leader Kim Jong-il.
Israeli agents investigating Palestinian militant groups have detected a money trail leading from the Damascus headquarters of Islamic Jihad and Hamas to Guangzhou.
China’s virtual monopoly on rare earth elements used in high-technology applications has been loosened, reducing the risk that supplies to US defense contractors could be disrupted, says the Pentagon.
Global Times
Editorial: "It is impractical for China to explain itself clearly to the world."

* denotes articles in Chinese language.