China media: President Xi

The BBC's Martin Patience: "Huge expectations" of President Xi Jinping include addressing corruption, the wealth gap and pollution

Media in China are giving wall-to-wall coverage to Xi Jinping's elevation to the presidency.

China Central Television's news channel broadcast live Communist Party secretary Xi Jinping's election as state president as well as Li Yuanchao's election as vice-president at the National People's Congress.

Leading news agency Xinhua, popular portals Sina and Sohu too are giving prominent coverage to Mr Xi's election.

However, most media outlets and newspapers are likely to comment more fully on his confirmation tomorrow.

The news came too late for the mainland Chinese press to publish editorials, but over in Taipei, United Daily News praises the outgoing government under President Hu Jintao for "remarkable achievements". It says Mr Xi's team risks falling behind, however, if it fails to resolve countless reform "bottlenecks" including political liberalisation.

Mr Xi's team must also come up with "fair and reasonable arrangements" for a "balanced political structure" between Beijing and Taipei that replaces the Hong Kong model of "one country, two systems", the newspaper's editorial stresses.

Despite Taiwan's defence ministry warning of the mainland's continued build-up of military deployments against Taiwan, Taipei's Want Daily says Taiwan should aim for a "triple-win" outcome of good relations between Beijing, Washington and Taipei while stepping its own island defences.

Also on the sidelines of annual parliamentary sessions in Beijing, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan says China must be on "high alert" against rising inflation and says the country will shift to a tighter monetary policy this year to stabilise consumer prices, Global Times reports.

Hacking claims

Turning to international news, recent statements by US President Obama and other top government officials on alleged Chinese "state-sponsored" cyber attacks on US companies and infrastructure are rebutted by Chinese experts in Global Times.

"Obama took broad swipes at China without providing specific evidence or naming names," Global Times comments.

In response to US Presidential National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon's call earlier this week for China to investigate and stop hacker attacks on US companies, Jia Xudong, researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, a foreign ministry-affiliated think-tank, tells People's Daily that the US should provide "conclusive evidence" on Chinese hacker attacks and recognise that the US is the "primary source" of cyber-attacks on China.

Global Times says Coca-Cola is under investigation for whether its use of GPS devices to map parts of southwest Yunnan province covered sensitive areas and violated "state secrets". The company told Global Times that it is co-operating with the investigation and that its e-mapping was legal and for logistical purposes.

Global Times also urges Beijing to force Tokyo to the negotiating table. It warns Tokyo that China is ready for low-intensity military conflict if it refuses to accept Chinese survey and mapping teams going to the disputed Diaoyu Islands, which are known as the Senkakus in Japan.

People's Daily accuses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of challenging the international community after stating that the Tokyo World War II war crimes trials were "victors' justice", rather than the view of the Japanese.

Deng Yuwen, deputy editor of Communist Party School newspaper Study Times, warns that North Korea is very likely to align with the US to "betray" China and may even wage "nuclear blackmail" against China in future.

"China should consider giving up North Korea as at least one of her options. The best way to abandon North Korea is to take the initiative to bring about the reunification of North Korea and South Korea. In fact, facilitating the peninsula's reunification will help to shatter the US-Japan-South Korea strategic alliance, ease China's geopolitical pressure in Northeast Asia, and help the resolution of the Taiwan issue," Mr Deng writes in Hong Kong Economic Journal.

In domestic news, Hong Kong's Oriental Daily News flags up findings by China's Geological Survey Bureau showing that more than 90% of glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau are melting rapidly due to global warming, which could pose a risk of flash floods or drought.

Global Times reveals that another 685 dead pigs were fished from the Huangpu River, raising the tally to 6,601. Officials give further assurances that Shanghai's drinking water is safe from contamination.

China Daily says 46 people have been jailed for selling meat from over 1,000 sick pigs in Wenling, a city in Zhejiang province.

Villagers in Wukan in Guangdong province tell Hong Kong's South China Morning Post they have won back only 233 of 446 ha of land that was sold off by officials to property developers without their consent. They accuse local authorities of being reluctant to help them.

After a media row in Hong Kong over the possible screening out of unsuitable candidates in chief executive elections in 2017, Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress Rita Fan tells Ta Kung Pao that she only suggested election "primaries" rather than the exclusion of candidates.

In the wake of Falkland Islanders voting overwhelming to stay a British Overseas Territory, a South China Morning Post English-language poll on whether Hong Kong should return to being a British overseas territory has attracted thousands of yes votes.

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