China news round-up: Murdoch sells China stake, detained Tibetan abbot urges calm
Trending topics on weibo
New season of TV series Sherlock
Debate about child rape
A talented corgi pet dog
Death of Taiwanese musician Lee Tai Hsiang
Divorce of actress Zhao Xinyu, princeling Ye Xuanlian
Southern Metropolis Daily*
New Year's editorial: "“As a newspaper that strives for the truth, we are sometimes powerful as well as powerless."
Infographic: A decree issued by the Communist Party's Organization Department aims to end the development-centered system used to evaluate officials.
Making a municipal default more manageable, and therefore thinkable, is one of the many tasks facing China’s leaders.
Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
"Mr. Xi’s desk is much like his hair—not a piece is out of place."
Tech in Asia
The first minute of 2014 brought with it a surge of posts on Sina Weibo: 808,298 posts surpassed last year’s record of 729,521.
Radio Free Asia
Popular Tibetan abbot Khenpo Kartse, detained by police nearly a month ago, has urged his followers in a letter to remain calm.
New York Times
The murky penal system for prostitutes, “custody and education,” is strikingly similar to re-education through labour.
The capital suffered from severe pollution one day every week on average last year.
Shanghai Chengtou sold the first onshore dollar-denominated bond by a local-government financing vehicle in China as yuan borrowing costs surge.
21st Century Fox Group, the vehicle housing Rupert Murdoch’s fast-growing film studios and television businesses, left China.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Based on numerous conversations we’ve had with casino operators over the past few weeks, we find no reason to alter our bullish stance on Macau as we head into 2014,” says Union Gaming Group principal Grant Govertsen.
Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi enters Singapore.
South Korea and China are preparing high-level talks, including a summit, this year while leaving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe largely out of the picture.
China News Agency (Taiwan)
Six Apache attack helicopters arrived in Taiwan, the second batch in a 30-helicopter deal with the United States.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong co-chaired the first intergovernmental coordination committee in Beijing.
Thanh Nien News
Vietnam's overland exports of rice to China shot up fourfold to 1.4-1.6 million tons in 2013.
* denotes articles in Chinese language.