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China news round-up: Xu Zhiyong to face trial, leak exposes elite's secret offshore accounts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 9:31am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 4:37pm
Trending topics on weibo
Internet outage on Tuesday
Dolphin fishing in Japan
Fang Zhouzi's legal controversies
Tennis player Li Na at the Australia Open 
Execution of Luoyang's 'dungeon keeper'
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Files shed light on nearly 22,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.
China Law and Policy
Articles about Xu Zhiyong's trial today have failed to explain why his case is being heard by the Intermediate Court and not, like the other defendants accused of the same crimes, by the Haidian Basic Court.
Radio Free Asia*
Southern Street Movement activist Liu Yuandong to face trial on Friday.
People's Daily*
Commentary: Jurisprudence is fundamentally a competence of the central government, not local governments. 
Financial Times
Ordinary bureaucrats are suffering because of the current austerity campaign by losing perks that they counted on to boost their meagre civil servant salaries by 10, 20 or even 30 per cent a year.
New York Times
"I couldn’t help but notice not only the lack of access to several Western news sources, but also the cynicism about the news in general," writes Stephen L. Sass
Tea Leaf Nation
China Bystander
China is a big player in the global black market for football gaming.
Wall Street Journal
In the latest sign of trouble in the shadow-banking sector, angry bank and insurance customers who bought an investment product that they say has since failed appealed to authorities to help them recoup about one billion yuan.
China Post
Foxconn senior executives have been accused of taking bribes from suppliers in China.
Nu Skin to review practices in China after pyramid scheme claims in the People's Daily.
Tech Node
Group buying, niche markets: Types of start-ups that failed in China last year.
Foreign affairs
"If North Korean decision makers believe that China’s suggestions will not solidify the power of the regime and the position of the leaders within it, naturally, they won’t listen to these suggestions," said scholar Zhang Guozuo.
Global Voices
Iranian authorities in the Ministry of Information said they welcome China's experience to launch Iran's national internet.
Asahi Shimbun
Washington gets in the way of Israel's high-tech exports to China.
* denotes articles in Chinese language