China news round-up: Beijing raises minimum wage; cigarette sales, ads banned in schools
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Leading cadres must be able to not flaunt wealth and talk about shame, President Xi Jinping said during an inspection tour in Inner Mongolia.
The capital raises its minimum wage to 1,560 yuan per month. In 2009, the minimum wage was 800 yuan.
China Copyright and Media
"To foster and practice the Socialist core value view, we must absolutely derive spiritual and moral nourishment from China’s excellent traditional culture," said Liu Yunshan in a speech earlier this month.
New York Times
"China needs better domestic violence laws," writes Kim Lee. "Only a smattering of local courts are able to issue protection orders against abusive husbands"
Beijing confirmed for the first time that the H7N9 bird flu has spread from person to person.
Schools will have to stop posting tobacco ads and selling cigarettes on campus.
Los Angeles Times
The NGO Green Zhejiang is promoting “e-fireworks” - electronic devices that go bang like a real pyrotechnic and emit a flash of light, but don’t produce any smoke.
China Digital Times
The government's soft power efforts behind state-sponsored pop star Ru Jiahan.
Editorial: The securities regulator has vowed to revamp its role in capital markets, but a recent IPO saw it once again interfere in the pricing of new shares.
Wall Street Journal
Israel-backed Chinese car maker Qoros, which has ambitions to enter the European auto market, says it's "a few years away" from profit.
Asia’s second-richest man Lui Che-woo plans to expand his business empire beyond Macau and said he’s open to acquiring US casinos.
Tech in Asia
Beijing snubs Tesla, announces subsidies for electric cars are for Chinese firms only.
The Star (Malaysia)
Chinese ships patrolling an area contested by Malaysia are likely to risk the ire of a country that has long sought to downplay strategic concerns generated by China's rising power.
South Korean and Chinese detailed explanations about disputed territories in their textbooks have prompted the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to decide to revise teaching manuals.
Over a third of cyber-attacks come from China, according to US-based content delivery network Akamai Technologies.
The Economic Times (India)
India and China are scheduled to begin the 17th round of border talks on February 10.
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