China media: Taiyuan blasts

Police are investigating the blasts in Taiyuan
Image caption Police are investigating the blasts in Taiyuan

State media warn against "exaggerating the influence" of a series of blasts outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party in northern China.

The blasts in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, appeared to have been caused by home-made bombs, Xinhua reported. One person was killed and eight others injured.

No indication has been given as to what motivated the incident.

Tensions are high in the wake of last week's incident in Beijing when a car ploughed into a crowd in Tiananmen Square in what the authorities said was a terrorist attack incited by extremists from the western region of Xinjiang.

The Global Times says "terror attacks and extreme violent incidents aim at inflicting the maximum possible impact, which not only depends on the damage caused by the incidents but also on the reactions of society".

"It takes time to carry out further inquiries. [But] no matter what the conclusion is, there is no need to exaggerate the influence of the explosions. We should avoid creating illusions that the bomb-planters carried out an earth-shattering event," it comments.

It further adds that "public opinion shouldn't spread panic and pessimism. The extremists want to see people misperceive that their deeds will shake the whole society and hope the incidents will be politicised".

The paper blames smaller groups for the attacks.

"The real power of those extremists is weak. The stability of our society shouldn't be kidnapped by them… A small group of extremists are learning from external terrorists and extremists, which is a result of China's opening-up," it says.

Meanwhile, The China Daily criticises The Wall Street Journal for publishing an article titled "China's Desperate 'Terrorists'".

"Instead of condemning the deadly act of terror at Tiananmen on 28 October, it (The Wall Street Journal) somehow accused the Chinese government of human right abuses, which it says have created a cycle of violence. Supporting a groundless assumption with lies is at best irresponsible, worse it might be malicious," China Daily says.

The paper adds that the Wall Street Journal article "tried to propagate the lie that Uighurs are maltreated, even oppressed, but this is the last thing the Chinese authorities want as it is detrimental to national unity and therefore to the stability of China".

Some Hong Kong newspapers are linking the attacks to an upcoming economic meeting of Communist Party's top officials in Beijing.

"Since the Third Plenary Session of the eighteenth CCP will be held this Saturday in Beijing, the Shanxi bombings attracted extra attention, especially after the deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square last month," Hong Kong's Oriental Daily says.

Iron shoes

Also in international news, experts say Japan's reported deployment of surface-to-ship missiles on Okinawa's Miyako Island is an unprecedented move and seems to be aimed at blocking the Chinese navy.

Li Jie, a Chinese navy military expert, tells Global Times that "the missile deployment is mainly set against China and it can pose real threats to the Chinese navy".

"The Miyako strait is 250km (155 miles) long and the firing range of the missiles is 150km (93 miles) at the maximum, which makes it easy for Japan to cut off the sea transport if they deploy them at both ends of the strait," Mr Li said.

Another article in the paper says: "Chinese nationalism advocates 'integrity of territory and sovereignty and national prosperity'. But in Japan, other than the above content, nationalism has more to do with trying to amend its peace-time constitution and prevent the rise of a changing world triggered by China's development".

And finally, Xinhua reports that a man from northern China's Hebei Province plans to apply for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for his ability to walk in the heaviest iron shoes.

"Zhang Fuxing, 51, practices daily exercises in a pair of iron shoes, which now weigh 405 kg, equivalent to seven times his own weight. The shoes are each 30 cm long and 20 cm wide, while the sole is made of a 40 cm-layer of welded iron chunks," the report says.

Mr Zhang keeps the shoes in his courtyard because "they are so heavy that he doesn't worry about them being stolen".

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