Morning Clicks
PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 December, 2013, 8:10am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 December, 2013, 5:41pm

China news round-up: Media hushed on cash crunch; Apple, China Mobile sign iPhone deal


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

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Wall Street Journal
President Xi Jinping weakens Premier Li Keqiang's role.
Global Times
Editorial on Mao Zedong's legacy: "It is difficult to evaluate China's historical revolution from a humanitarian perspective."
Bejing Business Today*
Topics at the Central Rural Work Conference held this week in Beijing: food security, land reform.
Supreme People's Court Monitor
The court misses an opportunity to consult the public.

Translation: Indictment of Xu Zhiyong by the Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate.
China File
New indications that community corrections will play a role in the elimination of laojiao could point to a promising direction for reform of China’s system of administrative detention.
Survey: Three out of four restaurants queried said shark fin soup remains available.
Radio Free Asia
Jiangsu to evict ten villages polluted by steel plant.

Financial Times
Chinese propaganda officials have ordered financial journalists and some media outlets to tone down their coverage of a liquidity crunch in the interbank market.
Apple struck a deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile, giving both companies a means to fight declining share in the world’s largest wireless market.
McKinsey Insights
"US investors are still forced to take on faith the content of audit reports, and neither they nor regulators have timely mechanisms to take action against frauds."
Dahe Daily*
Zhengzhou Coal Industry Group chairman Meng Zhongze is being investigated on graft charges.

Foreign affairs
China Economic Watch
The US wants China to specify exactly which industries are closed to foreign investment before signing a Bilateral Investment Treaty.
China overtook the United Kingdom last year as the country that received the most scrutiny of its US investments.
Chosun Ilbo
Qiu Guohong, a diplomat with a mixed track record, is set to be appointed the new Chinese ambassador to South Korea.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi continues his tour of the Middle East in Algeria.

* denotes articles in Chinese language.