China news round-up: Activist Hu Jia detained in Beijing, Taiwan and Japan reach fishing deal
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During Xu Zhiyong's trial, "the heads of the Beijing public security bureau, procuratorate, and court — Fu Zhenghua, Chi Qiang, and Mu Ping — were all watching the proceedings in their entirety from the video room."
The central government will no longer use GDP figures as indicators to evaluate the work of officials in poverty-stricken counties.
Xinjiang Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian "acquiesced to the demands of the Han immigrant population, exchanging government benefits for supposed stability - a bargain that already appears to be unsustainable".
Ministry of Public Security*
Police has detained 5,300 suspects in a crackdown on illegal casinos.
Four more participants in the New Citizen Movement - Ding Jiaxi, Li Wei, Yuan Dong, Zhang Baocheng - face trial today in Beijing.
Ugyur scholar Ilham Tohti "colluded with overseas 'East Turkestan Islamic Movement' forces to incite 'independence' of Xinjiang".
East Asia Forum
Public health research has shown that female sex workers who have never been detained are more likely to access sexually-transmitted disease/HIV services and have stronger social networks.
A spokesman for the Taiwan's People First Party, which supports unification, was denied a mainland visa allegedly for his party's opposition to President Ma Ying-jeou.
Hostilities rose with a missive issued by the Ministry of Commerce to the United States over its anti-dumping measures and counter investigations on Chinese solar products.
Wall Street Journal
ICBC is close to taking on a majority stake in Standard Bank's London-based commodities- and foreign-exchange-trading business.
China Central Television claims that Wal-Mart has been allowing products from unlicensed suppliers onto its shelves, and thus bypassing quality and safety checks.
Ministry of Land says it is rolling out national real estate registration.
Jamestown Foundation China Brief
India’s defense modernization and procurements can offer opportunities for Japan to forge a closer partnership, depending on the extent to which Japan liberalizes its defense exports and transfer of technology and joint-production.
Taiwan and Japan struck a compromise in talks in Taipei about allowing fishing boats from both sides to operate in overlapping waters in the East China Sea.
"It would appear that Australia needs to avoid being seen as choosing Japan over China," writes scholar Linda Jakobson.
Chinese ships patrol the James Shoal in the South China Sea, an area contested by Malaysia among other nations.
* denotes articles in Chinese language.