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China news round-up: Navy starts West Pacific drill, Vietnam's President Sang to visit Japan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 February, 2014, 8:13am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 February, 2014, 8:13am
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The Telegraph
New forecasts show China's defence spending will outstrip Britain, Germany and France combined by 2015.
Wall Street Journal - China Real Time Report
The new secrecy edict leaves readers to guess at exactly what kind of information might be appropriate to disclose, or to keep secret. It also gives officials plenty of room to move the goalposts at their discretion.
Washington Post 
Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo were censoring searches for "Xi put on a show" after the president's appearance at a steamed bun restaurant.
China Dialogue
Nature reserves have ended up being an important source of revenue for local governments, but local residents typically receive less than 3 per cent of park revenues.
Le Monde
Only 35 per cent of China's urban population holds urban hukou, household registration.
Tech in Asia
On the eve of Chinese New Year, WeChat processed 10 million messages in one minute.
Radio Free Asia
Dozens of petitioners clashed with officials and security personnel at the unofficial Majialou detention center in Beijing in a bid to stop a woman from being detained by "interceptors" from her hometown.
CAFA Art Info
Artist Zeng Fanzhi has been deploying since the 1990s a distinctive language marked by his kinship with both Asian art and the many Western influences he has been subjected to.
Financial Times
Even at 30 per cent of bank assets, the Chinese shadow banking system is small compared to those of other countries.
Wall Street Journal
US investors betting that a loosening of China's one-child policy will boost demand for milk have won access to directly trade dairy futures in New Zealand, the world's biggest milk exporter.
East by Southeast
Yunnan's total debt was greater than GDP in 2013. Investment growth was double consumption and real estate investment grew by 40 per cent.
Washington Post
Since January 1, the central government has required 15,000 factories to publicly report details on their air emissions and water discharges in real time, an unprecedented degree of disclosure that is shedding light on the who, what, when and where of China’s devastating environmental problems.
Foreign affairs
Press Trust of India
After conducting rare exercises in the Indian Ocean, a flotilla of three Chinese warships has entered the West Pacific Ocean to start a drill there
Jiji Press
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will continue explaining to neighboring countries and the United States patiently about his recent visit to Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead.
Al Jazeera
To fend off China, Abe has sought to win over the Taiwanese by suddenly allowing its fishermen access to the disputed waters.
Japan plans to invite Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to visit Japan in mid-March as a state guest.