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China morning round-up: 'upbeat' on UN climate talks

December 7, 2011

5 December 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16026722 Xie Zhenhua has expressed optimism on the latest talks As the UN climate talks in South Africa enter the second week, Chinese media report on the Beijing delegation's sense of confidence of reaching a deal. Xie Zhenhua, head of the Chinese government delegation, said he is upbeat about the possibility of progress, reports the China Daily, despite differences among countries on issues such as the extension of the Kyoto Protocol and the creation of a Green Climate Fund. The main task for negotiations from nearly 200 nations at the Durban talks is to find agreement on a 143-page draft text covering issues such as speeding up emission cuts, safeguarding forests and helping the poorest countries protect themselves against climate impacts. Shanghai Morning Post says China has been taking a positive approach towards the talks in contrast to the other countries tough stance, while Hong Kong's South China Morning Post suggests that Mr Xie's statement on Sunday looks set to be a key talking point this week. A central bank report released last week has also attracted discussions on a few papers. Beijing News reports that the People's Bank of China report hints on a price peak in China's housing market, and some banks are now worrying about possible panic sales. The Global Times reports that China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has ordered local governments to continue the current restrictions on the property market, as home purchase restrictions in 11 cities are about to expire at the end of this month. Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily appeals for such purchase restrictions to be extended in its editorial. Various newspapers across China have been mentioning the journey of Tian Tian and Yang Guang the pandas to Edinburgh Zoo from China's Sichuan province, while People's Daily has also begun a series on China's 10th anniversary of joining the WTO with an article on the country's flourishing motor industry. Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reports on the Chinese city of Nanjing's plan to run an unusually packed programmes in memory of the 1937 Nanking Massacre ahead of a state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Mr Noda will be in China between 12 and 13 December, which is the exact date of the 74th anniversary of the Massacre. A Beijing academics interviewed by the newspaper comments that civic disgust between China and Japan is "beyond repair". Most newspapers in Hong Kong have their front page occupied with news on the first arrests for the vote rigging scandal in last month's local elections. South China Morning Post reports that the 22 suspects were arrested last Friday by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The ICAC said the suspects had allegedly provided false information to election officers. Six of them have been charged. At King's Park - the constituency in concern - an independent candidate has beaten another from the pan-democratic camp by just two votes. The Democratic Party claims further that they have referred nearly 800 piece of "questionable voter registry entries" to the corruption buster, reports the Ming Pao Daily News.
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