China morning round-up: Household registration reform

Students playing at a migrant school on the northwestern edge of Beijing, 23 August 2011
Image caption Many students whose parents came from the country are denied free education in host cities

Friday's newspapers focus on Beijing's announcement on household registration reform.

According to the notice issued by the General Office of the State Council, says the People's Daily, rural authorities cannot force people who have migrated to cities to give up their rural land and property.

No future regulations and policies regarding employment, mandatory education and skills training can be associated with the Household Registry System, says the Shanghai Morning Post.

Beijing Times points out that the GOSC's notice was actually issued one year ago and the timing of its release now has raised some interest.

Under the current household registration policy in China, known as "Hukou", many migrant workers are denied social security rights by their host cities and struggle to get their children into local schools.

Citing comments from sociologists, Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily says the fundamental solution would be to let migrant workers to obtain social security in cities by giving up their allocated land in rural villages.

The iPad trademark battle takes a twist as a court in Shanghai ruled against Shenzhen Proview's request to pull Apple's hot-selling tablet computers off the shelves.

Shanghai Daily and Shanghai Morning Post report that Apple can for now continue with its business of selling iPads in Shanghai, as the Pudong court waits for the verdict of a related appeal case to be delivered by the High Court of Guangdong.

China Daily and the Southern Metropolis Daily point out, however, that this is just a temporary victory for Apple.

The appeal trial by the High Court of Guangdong focuses on whether Apple or Proview has the exclusive rights to use the iPad trademark. The hearing will resume on 29 February.

On the other hand, the Global Times and others report on yet another trademark lawsuit launched by retired US basketball legend Michael Jordan over China's Qiaodan Sports Company.

Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News suggests that this could be a battle as point being argued lies in his surname "Jordan", while Shanghai's China Business News says Qiaodan's planned stock market listing could be affected.

Some papers also report on Beijing's decision not to attend the Tunisia "Friends of Syria" conference, organised by the Arab League.

Shanghai Morning Post says Beijing is still examining the meeting's aims, while the Global Times says the meeting lacks "broad representation" and China should maintain its position.

"The Syria situation is at a standstill now. China should be confident in its unique attitude over the issue," says the bilingual editorial of the Global Times.

Newspapers including China Daily and Beijing News also report on comments made by the Defence Ministry denying reports from Taiwan saying the mainland's navy has been sailing frequently in the Pacific to plan possible routes to attack Taiwan.

Also featured in China Daily and the Global Times is the battle over the EU's airline "green tax", after 32 countries including China signed a declaration at a conference in Moscow earlier this week to boycott the levy.

And in Hong Kong, The Standard and its sister paper Sing Tao Daily report on the news that Leung Chun-ying has finally registered and qualified as a candidate for the Chief Executive election to be held in March.

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