China morning round-up: Island row rumbles
Extensive coverage continues in mainland Chinese and Hong Kong newspapers of the China-Japan islands row.
A group who travelled from Hong Kong were arrested by Japanese authorities after some of them landed on one of the islands, which are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
Shanghai's China Business News suggests Japan will opt for a quick release of the detainees as it is "besieged on all sides" with territorial disputes. A speedy resolution to this diplomatic stand-off could reduce the pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, it said.
Guangzhou's 21st Century Business Herald says since China and Japan are marking the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, Tokyo does not want to see any crisis between the two countries.
China Daily's editorial says: "Unless it is determined to start a full-blown confrontation Japan, which initiated it, should put an end to the crisis."
But the Global Times' bilingual editorial says: "It's no longer the time for major powers to resort to war to settle territorial disputes. It is unrealistic for China and Japan to solve the Diaoyu issue through an all-out war. "
A Beijing News commentary says the China-Japan dispute cannot be solved simply by resorting to demonstrations and legal studies. China needs to form an effective mechanism to deal with future clashes.
Meanwhile, Ming Pao Daily News and the AM730 newspaper report mainland Chinese newspapers dealt with the picture showing the activists waving both Chinese and Taiwanese flags in several different ways.
A newspaper in southern Xiamen city that removed the Taiwanese flag - deemed politically sensitive in China - apologised after its move attracted widespread criticism on the internet, said the reports.
Others published the photo with the Taiwanese flag painted red, said the reports, some overlayed text on the flag and some cropped the picture to show only the Chinese flag.
Also on Friday, People's Daily reports on its front page President Hu Jintao met visiting Costa Rican counterpart Laura Chinchilla in Beijing on Thursday.
China Daily reports Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met visiting Syrian envoy Bouthaina Shaaban. Mr Yang said China was "deeply concerned" about the situation in Syria.
The Global Times and Beijing Times say rescuers are looking for 12 missing passengers after their ferry capsized in a section of the Yangtze River in Anhui province. The accident occurred late at night after the ferry left the city of Maanshan with 21 people on board, reports said.
The Global Times also reports a group of Beijing residents sent letters of complaint to municipal and national government agencies urging a thorough investigation into alleged dereliction of duty by officials during the deadly 21 July rainstorm.