China morning round-up: HK chief discusses Li Wangyang
- 15 June 2012
- From the section China
Hong Kong newspapers, including Ming Pao Daily News and AM730 , are once again leading with the aftermath of the death of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, as more comments are made by the city's top officials.
Outgoing chief executive Donald Tsang has publicly said that he has suspicions about Mr Li's death. The incoming chief executive, Chun-ying Leung, for his part said that police in Hunan province will investigate the incident.
Li Gang, deputy director of the liaison office for the Chinese government in Hong Kong, also said that they have relayed the Hong Kong people's reaction to Beijing, says the Metro Daily Hong Kong Edition .
Activists question whether such moves are being made just to relieve pressure on Beijing ahead of a imminent visit by President Hu Jintao to Hong Kong to mark the 15th anniversary of the handover from Britain in a few weeks, say the reports.
Thousands in Hong Kong took part in a rally last Sunday, demanding Beijing investigate the circumstances of Mr Li's death.
Meanwhile, Chinese newspapers report on the forced abortion scandal in northern Shaanxi province, with the local government offering an apology.
The local government in Ankang city has suspended three officials in Zhenping county, where the incident took place, and apologised to the victim, Feng Jiamei, and her family.
The suspension was made after a preliminary investigation by the provincial family planning authority in Shaanxi confirmed the incident.
Authorities in Shaanxi said it would show no tolerance to officials who committed a "serious violation" by performing an abortion on a woman seven months pregnant, reports China Daily .
In their announcement late Thursday, officials in Ankang also guaranteed tough punishment for the suspended officials, says the Shanghai Daily .
The incident has caused "widespread media attention", says Xinhua.
The suspended officials have been named in Xinhua's report. Ankang has also ordered the county government "to write an in-depth review" on the scandal, it said.
On top of the Xinhua report, Guangzhou's Southern Metropolis Daily offers an account how the incident happened.
Most papers focused on the announcement from China's top planning body on the launch of a graduated power tariff mechanism for households.
Under China's current subsidy mechanism for power tariffs, most of the cheap electricity is consumed by wealthier residents, reports say. Under the new scheme, those who use more electricity will have to pay more.
This is the first visit by a Chinese president to a Nordic country since the Communist regime was formed in 1949.