China morning round-up: Shifang protest
- 4 July 2012
- From the section China
Newspapers cover the mass protest in the city of Shifang and the promise by local officials that the controversial plant construction will be permanently abandoned.
Li Jincheng, Communist Party secretary for the city in Sichuan province, said in a statement that the project would be scrapped in response to public concern.
Assessing the impact, China Daily's editorial says: "Residents' lack of scientific knowledge and excessive concern for the environment may prevent some worthwhile projects from being launched."
"But their growing awareness about environmental protection and the protection of their rights and interests is good for the country and the long-term healthy development of the economy. "
The Global Times' Chinese editorial says the lesson in Shifang should be the last of its kind for local government officials.
"Only a faulty choice of location, substandard environmental protection benchmarks and unsuccessful communication between officials and the public would make such projects go against people's benefits," said the editorial.
But the protest in Shifang is not yet over, according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News . Residents were demanding the release of students detained by the police, with local restaurants refusing to serve police.
Guo Jinlong, the capital's incumbent mayor and newly-elected party secretary, promised the new party leadership would make every effort to serve its people, said the reports.
Spokesman Liu Weimin made this comment in response to a remark by President Benigno Aquino that he may ask the US to deploy spy planes over the South China Sea.
China Daily , The Global Times and Shanghai Daily also cover the filing of a lawsuit by a group of fishermen in eastern Shandong province against US oil firm Conoco Phillips, seeking compensation for losses resulting from the Bohai Bay oil spill in June 2011.
Conoco Phillips and its partner China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) had agreed to pay $1bn yuan in January for the oil spill.