China media: Nuclear summit

President Xi met Dutch PM Mark Rutte ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption President Xi met Dutch PM Mark Rutte ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit

State media urge China to play its "characteristic role" in nuclear safety as a global summit opens in The Hague.

World leaders - including Chinese President Xi Jinping - have gathered in The Hague for the latest summit in a series devoted to improving the security of nuclear stockpiles around the world.

"China is weaker than the US and Russia in terms of nuclear capability, the international community have doubts over the transparency level too, so such a multilateral occasion is good for China to further explain its nuclear policies and the understanding on nuclear safety," says the Southern Metropolis Daily.

A commentary in the Economic Daily says that China has been abiding by international regulations on nuclear safety.

"China has shown the world that it is a responsible big nation, winning praise from the international community," it comments.

Chen Kai, a military expert, tells the Beijing News that there is a lack of nuclear safety mechanisms around the world and Beijing needs to play its role in strengthening international co-operation.

Guo Xia, chief of China Economic Research Institute, adds that Mr Xi's attendance at the summit shows that China is serious about nuclear safety.

"China will be concerned about how to prevent terrorists from using nuclear material to carry out terrorist acts," he says.

Papers are also discussing the absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Nuclear Security Summit.

The China Youth Daily notes that Mr Putin is not attending the summit, while Ukraine's interim Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be present.

The paper predicts that the Ukraine crisis and Mr Putin's absence may overshadow the real issues of the summit.

'Charming Chinese leader'

Meanwhile, media are analysing China-Europe relations as Mr Xi begins his first trip to the continent as leader.

The Oriental Morning Post says the trip is "delicately designed" to include the "big and small countries, bilateral and multilateral talks", showing that China's new leadership understands the need to "rediscover Europe and strengthen strategic partnership" with the continent.

"The EU is undergoing a difficult transformative period, China is facing a more complex and sensitive Europe. This is a new challenge for the China-Europe relationship," it says.

On a more optimistic tone, an article in the China Information Internet Centre website says that "China's dreams and Europe's dreams will turn the dreams of the world into reality".

"As two major forces, China-Europe co-operation will make the world a safer place… As two major markets, China-Europe co-operation will make the world more prosperous… As two major civilisation, China-Europe co-operation will make the world more diverse," it adds.

The Dahe Net, a government news portal, concludes that Mr Xi has presented himself as a "charming Chinese leader" who is "confident, frank, flexible and pragmatic".

"The trip… has also presented a big emerging market which is vibrant, open and inclusive as well as one with international influence".

However, the Chinese edition of the Global Times points out that it is essential to have a better understanding of Europe "to see clearly if it is a cat or a tiger".

Media are also commenting on Mr and Mrs Xi's traditional costumes which they put on to attend dinner with the Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima.

"Wearing Chinese-style costume in such an important diplomatic occasion is not only a boost to ethnic fashion, but it will also showcase the traditional arts and culture of China to the world," Qu Tingnan, a fashion designer tells the Southern Metropolis Daily.

Cross-strait ties

And finally, Taiwanese police used water cannon and dragged out students who had been occupying the government headquarters to protest against a trade deal with China.

The protesters say the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, which would allow the two sides to invest more freely in each other's services markets, would hurt Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to pressure from Beijing.

Describing the students as "lacking ambition in regional economic integration", the Global Times Chinese edition says that the student movement "will not hurt the interest of mainland China".

"Public opinion in the mainland is not concerned about the final fate of the pact, most are more interested in knowing if the political mechanism in Taiwan has become problematic, that is why a trade agreement could turn into a 'colour revolution'," it says.

Colour revolution is a term used to describe various resistance movements that developed in several societies in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans.

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