China morning round-up: South Korea stabbing coverage

A Chinese fisherman (centre) is led by a South Korean police officer as he arrives at Incheon Coast Guard office in South Korea, 13 December 2011
Image caption Beijing has promised to cooperate with Seoul in handling the stabbing incident

News on the alleged fatal stabbing of South Korean coast guards by Chinese fishermen has been covered by many newspapers across China.

The Global Times has put its focus on how South Korean media are responding to the incident, saying some of them have been putting out "extreme" comments.

China Daily, quoting a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, says simply that the government "is verifying media reports".

Regional newspapers such as the Beijing News recall the background of frequent clashes between Chinese skippers and South Korean coast guards, while Wen Wei Po - a pro-Beijing newspaper in Hong Kong - claims that the rudeness of South Korean coast guards is one of the many causes of such incident.

However, neither domestic nor overseas versions of People's Daily carry the story.

People's Daily runs an article on the front page of its domestic edition discussing how should the public react to the ups and downs of the property market, and another piece on how President Hu Jintao's speech marking the 10th anniversary since China joins the World Trade Organization was "highly commended" by international media.

The overseas version runs a commentary appealing for developed countries to "make no more excuse" and take actions to fulfil their emission-cutting responsibilities laid out in the Kyoto Protocol.

A fresh school bus accident in the eastern Jiangsu province has attracted much attention.

At least 12 pupils have been killed, as China Daily and China Youth Daily report, while in the latest update from Xinhua news agency the death toll had risen to 15.

An editorial on Beijing News appeals for immediate regulations on school buses under current law codes available, not to wait until the new School Bus Safety Bill will eventually become law.

The power of internet is also among the topics covered in China Daily and People's Daily, as one of the leading internet firms in China releases a report on how Chinese government agencies have been using weibo - China's equivalent of Twitter - to communicate with the public.

Foreign diplomats based in China have also noticed the power of weibo, reports the People's Daily.

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