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China media: Border trafficking

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Image caption Authorities say they want to crack down on trafficking

Papers praise the authorities' efforts to end human trafficking after a police crackdown on "smugglers and terrorists" in south-western China.

According to the China Daily, police killed two "stowaways" who reportedly attacked them with knives on Sunday in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, which borders Vietnam.

The local police have identified the suspects as "Xinjiang ethnic", or Uighurs, who were trying to leave the country illegally, the report says.

According to Xinhua News Agency, "gangs" helping the "extremists" to leave the country are "no ordinary human smuggling criminals, as they have obvious characteristics of terrorism".

"The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) based externally is the mastermind behind such crimes. They are trying to spread religious extremism and lure people to join jihadists' activities overseas," the state-run news agency says.

Hong Kong cadet force

Elsewhere, some papers in Hong Kong are worried about young people getting "brainwashed" after the formation of a new voluntary group.

The new group, which mainly involves students, was inaugurated on Sunday, Xinhua reports.

The news agency quotes Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, the city's first lady, as saying that the group was formed to help nurture "responsible young people" in Hong Kong.

Mrs Leung, the wife of Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung, has been named the "commander-in-chief" of the group, the report adds.

Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po highlights the fact that new cadet force is the "first voluntary uniform group in Hong Kong that will train its members in Chinese-style military foot drills".

"Besides foot drills, there will also be military training to strengthen the young people's determination and physical strength… and to nurture talent and leaders for Hong Kong," it adds.

The establishment of the group, however, has created suspicion in various media outlets in Hong Kong.

Describing the group as "mysterious", the South China Morning Post says it has come under fire over its "secretive handling of the inauguration ceremony".

It notes that only a few state-run media outlets were allowed to cover the event. "The group, which does not have a website or a phone number, could not be reached for comment," it observes.

While noting that most Hong Kong media outlets were also excluded from the event, the pro-democracy Apple Daily worries that the group is a tool to "brainwash" the younger generation.

"The new uniform group has a strong military and political background. This shows that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) based here has gone back on its promise of not interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs. It is also likely that Beijing is using it to control the young people here," the paper worries.

This comes after more than two months of pro-democracy protests. The activists had demanded Beijing allow free elections for the territory's next leader in 2017.

Faking news

And finally, police arrested a 26-year old man on Saturday for "spreading fake news", according to the Beijing Times.

"Shocking! A family of 34 members brutally murdered last night!" said one of his recent posts uploaded on WeChat, China's popular messaging app. A photo of 34 dead rats was attached to the post.

The man now faces 10-day detention as punishment for misleading many to "believe in the rumour" and causing "negative impact" on society.

The man has explained that he uploaded the posts merely as a "joke" for readers.

While noting that some netizens feel the police had over-reacted, the Beijing News defends the authorities, and points out that "joking is not a reason to avoid punishment".

It also warns net users against exaggerating news just to receive attention and gain online followers.

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