China morning round-up: Nanjing-Nagoya row over WWII

A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of the monument commemorating victims who died in the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 (file photo)
Image caption The issue of the Nanking Massacre remains a major obstacle in China-Japan relations

Wednesday's newspapers are dominated by the row between China's Nanjing and Japan's Nagoya over the Nanking Massacre during World War II.

Shanghai Daily, the Global Times and many others lead with Nanjing's announcement that it will suspend inter-governmental contact with Nagoya in response to comments made by Mayor Takashi Kawamura.

The mayor reportedly denied the existence of the Nanking Massacre as he received the Nanjing City delegation.

Meanwhile, the Global Times' English edition reports that Liu Zhiwei - the Nanjing Communist Party official who led the delegation - responded slowly to Mr Kawamura's comment.

The director of Nanjing's Publicity Department defended Mr Liu, saying he "responded to Kawamura's claims during their talks Monday in Nagoya".

The paper also defended the Nanjing official, as it lashed out at foreign officials in its bilingual editorial.

"Foreign officials may increasingly press China's buttons in the wrong way, especially when doing this can cater to local public opinion," says the Global Times.

In other news, People's Daily leads with the Politburo's promise to implement a "more active employment policy", as stressed by President Hu Jintao.

Vice-President Xi Jinping's visit to Turkey continues to feature on the front page of China Daily.

Mr Xi's written interview with a local newspaper was also published in the People's Daily Overseas Edition, in which he said Turkish firms were welcome to increase their investment in Xinjiang.

Pan-Turkic groups in Turkey see Uighurs - the main ethnic group in Xinjiang - as the eastern-most frontier of Turkic ethnicity, and the country has been a major destination for Uighur migrants, some of them fleeing Chinese rule.

The Global Times says Western media saw Mr Xi's visit to Turkey as an important signal on China's stance on Middle East affairs.

China Daily and the People's Daily also cover the meeting between Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Beijing.

Many papers including the Shanghai Daily and Beijing News also report the steel plant blast in Anshan, Liaoning, in which 13 workers were killed. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.

Also featured on the Global Times' English edition is the celebration of the Tibetan New Year "despite a call by exiled Tibetan 'Prime Minister' Lobsang Sangay Tuesday for the celebration to be cancelled".

People's Daily reports on how an English teacher at a military college in Yunnan "poured her love" onto an ethnic Tibetan student and become their "military mother".

The row over China's bear farming industry continues as the Animals Asia Foundation held a press conference in Beijing to show what it called evidence of black bears' suffering when their bile is extracted, reports the Shanghai Morning Post.

Beijing News says the AAF is demanding a public apology from the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has accused the foundation of running "propaganda against China's bear farming and luxury Traditional Chinese Medicine firms" with funding from "interest groups in the West".

Shanghai's China Business News also reports on the media trip organised by Guizhentang Pharmaceuticals - which is at the centre of the row as it seeks stock market listing.

The report says restrictions have been placed on the visiting journalists, while reporters from foreign media were excluded.

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