China media: Asiana crash

The Asiana Airlines crash killed two Chinese students
Image caption The Asiana Airlines crash on Sunday left two Chinese students dead

The Asiana Airlines crash, the anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, river pollution and Hong Kong press freedom are major stories in today's media.

An Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at the San Francisco International Airport on Sunday - carrying many Chinese nationals - has been dominating headlines on state television, major news portals and newspapers.

The Beijing News mourns the two victims of the crash - Zhejiang natives Ye Mengyuan, 16, and Wang Linjia, 17 - who were were heading to summer school in the US along with over 70 other students on the flight.

In international news, the China Central Television features memorial services around the country to mark the 76th anniversary of the start of Japan's full-scale World War II invasion of China following a battle near the Marco Polo Bridge on 7 July 1937.

Xinhua says the anniversary should be more significant for Japan than for China because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Japanese politicians have attempted to "whitewash Japan's wartime atrocity".

The People's Daily accuses Mr Abe of "smearing the image of China" over territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with South East Asian neighbours in the South China Sea, and having a "wrong view" of Japan's wartime invasion of China.

A Global Times editorial says China should send more warships to the Sea of Japan, but says Japan does not need to be fearful over the largest ever Sino-Russian joint naval exercises being staged in the area.

River pollution

Turning to domestic news, the Southern Metropolis Daily and the Nanfang Daily are questioning why it took authorities over a week to detect heavy metal pollutants cadmium and thallium in a branch of the Hejiang River since dead fish were found rotting in the river from 1 July.

Authorities in Guangxi and neighbouring Guangdong province have assured the public that heavy metal levels in the river meet national standards, the China Daily says.

Around 112 illegal mines operating on a branch of the Hejiang were closed over the weekend for discharging untreated wastewater.

Beijing Times commentator Xu Lifan questions whether local officials in Hezhou colluded with illegal mine operators in blind pursuit of economic development and "GDP worship".

The Global Times says police in Gaozhou, Guangdong, have detained two suspects after more than 40 migrant workers allegedly ransacked a police station and beat and abducted two police officers on Saturday.

According to Hong Kong's Ming Pao, police intervened to stop a fight in nearby Baini village after migrant workers from northern Henan province allegedly hit a local villager with a harvester. Clashes broke out when both sides could not agree who was responsible.

Hong Kong's Oriental Daily News says the workers accused the police of taking the side of the villagers so they surrounded the station with 30 cars.

A lab test commissioned by Hong Kong's South China Morning Post show that unlabelled trans-fat has been found in three popular mainland China milk formula brands.

The levels of trans-fat in the formula falls within mainland and international safety standards, however, local experts warn that excessive intake of trans-fat may affect infants' health.

"Dark Clouds on the Horizon", a press freedom report by The Hong Kong Journalists' Association, says the past year has been the worst for the media since the territory's handover to China in 1997, the South China Morning Post reveals.

In an interview with Radio Television Hong Kong, Mak Yin-ting, a former chairwoman of the association and one of the authors of the report, accuses Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung of failing to implement a freedom of information law and being "apathetic" in protecting the media against a rising number of violent attacks.

The Ta Kung Pao, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper, accuses the association of ulterior motives in "inciting discord" between the Hong Kong and Beijing governments.

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