China morning round-up: More on the Tiananmen crackdown

People attend a candlelight vigil marking Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown at Hong Kong's Victoria Park, 04 June, 2012 Hong Kong hosted the only mass commemoration of the Tiananmen crackdown in China

Newspapers in Hong Kong continue to lead with the 23rd anniversary of Beijing's crackdown on the Tiananmen student protest. In contrast, papers in mainland China remain silent.

The Standard and Ming Pao Daily News begin their coverage with Hong Kong's annual candlelight vigil in memory of those who died, the only mass commemoration on Chinese soil.

Organisers estimate that this year's vigil in the former British colony had a record turnout of 180,000 people. Police, however, estimated 85,000.

Former Tiananmen student protester Fang Zheng told reporters that he was moved by the Hong Kong vigil, reports the Sing Tao Daily.

According to the AM730 newspaper, a pre-taped message of Wang Dan, one of the leaders of the Tiananmen protest, was aired during the vigil. In it he said that the persistence of people in Hong Kong could eventually lead to the rehabilitation of the crackdown's victims - clearing them of being labelled as subversionists and rioters, the paper reported.

Meanwhile, the Macau Daily Times and Jornal Cheng Pou report that the candlelight vigil in the former Portuguese colony of Macau also saw a record turnout of 800 people.

Sing Tao Daily also reports that Beijing was under tight security on Monday during the anniversary, with one district even raising its security monitoring status to "wartime level".

The paper also says that Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has been criticised for not including the term "rehabilitation" in his annual Tiananmen crackdown address, and accused the president of softening his position towards Beijing.

Back in mainland China, national papers lead with the visit of the newly re-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin.

People's Daily has an essay written by Mr Putin. He says that no international issues could be discussed and settled without the participation of Russia and China.

Shanghai Morning Post and Guangzhou's 21st Century Business Herald report that Russia and China will sign various deals in the energy sector as well as so-called "innovative industries" during Mr Putin's visit.

China Daily reports on Mr Putin's request to the European Union to shed "stereotypes" about Russia before he left for Beijing.

Both the domestic and overseas editions of the People's Daily have published commentaries, saying that China and Russia are moving towards "mutual development".

And the Global Times' bilingual editorial says China and Russia should be more than just allies.

"China's rise and Russia's recovery have both been suppressed by the West, resulting in the two nations moving closer to each other," said the editorial.

"Under the current global strategic structure, the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries has reasons to improve even if Beijing and Moscow don't actively seek to do so."

As for regional papers including the Shanghai Daily, they lead with the funeral for the Hangzhou bus driver Wu Bin, who saved the lives of his 24 passengers after being hit by a piece of metal that flew into his coach while he was driving.

Hailed as a "civilian hero", Mr Wu received a send-off from thousands of people during his funeral, reports say. The provincial government of Zhejiang has also given him the title of "revolutionary martyr", which is the top honorary title in China.

Mr Wu's family, while expressing gratitude for the condolences they received, have refused to accept any donations from the public, reports the Shanghai Morning Post.

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