China media: US ties
Papers analyse Beijing-Washington ties as a top US official visits China to "pave the way" for a meeting between the two nations' leaders.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a three-day visit and met senior officials on Tuesday.
According to state media reports, Ms Rice is in Beijing "to pave the way for a meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama in November" on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Beijing.
Yuan Peng, an expert on US affairs at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, tells the China Daily that Ms Rice's trip "has created a good atmosphere for the presidential visit".
"Both Beijing and Washington have made known that they are unwilling to see the relationship continue spiralling down," says the pundit.
Gao Zugui, an expert of international politics at the Central Party School, tells Phoenix Satellite TV that the US diplomat's visit will "directly impact the leaders' meeting".
He adds that the meeting of the two presidents is important because it will "set the tone for the China-US ties for the next two years".
Noting comments in some US media outlets that Ms Rice may have discussed Hong Kong's political reform with her Chinese counterparts, a political analyst with the TV network dismisses the suggestion as "over-imaginative".
"Ms Rice has sufficient wisdom to not discuss this issue with Chinese officials," he says.
Meanwhile, state media are dismissive of a referendum that will decide the fate of Scotland in less than two weeks.
A report in the Xinhua News Agency agrees with the thought that if Scotland gains independence, the UK's "status as a big nation" will be "further weakened".
Echoing similar sentiments, the Global Times predicts that "the UK will descend from a first-class country to a second-rate one" if Scotland breaks away.
The same editorial in the paper's Chinese edition notes that many countries face such calls for independence from "some ethnic groups".
"China, a country with complex history and many ethnic groups, cannot afford to play the British game," warns the article.
And finally, several media outlets criticise a student-led political movement in Hong Kong after students threatened to boycott classes.
The Chinese government has ruled out open nomination of candidates for the Hong Kong chief executive election in 2017.
The move has sparked anger among pro-democracy groups and activists who accuse Beijing of breaking its promise of universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Student groups in Hong Kong have planned a week-long boycott of classes beginning on 22 September.
About 8,000 students from a dozen major universities are expected to take part in the boycott.
The China Review News, a pro-Beijing news agency based in Hong Kong, warns of the economic consequences of such protests.
Describing the students' actions as "childish and laughable", the Global Times' Chinese edition adds that the central government will not give in to the demands as the framework of the electoral system has "already been clearly defined".
"The political impact of the strikes by a few radical students will be very minimal," says the paper.