China media: Cultural Revolution cemetery

Reformist media in China are revisiting the memories of the Cultural Revolution
Image caption Reports a Cultural Revolution-era cemetery may be opened to the public generates comment

Media in China discuss further court troubles encountered by US electronics giant Apple, North Korea's combat readiness, another milk scandal, dead bodies in rivers as well as the painful memories of the Cultural Revolution.

Authorities say US electronics giant Apple's after-sales service policies in China "violate" regulations and must be rectified, Global Times reports.

A state-owned Shanghai animation film studio has sued Apple in a Beijing court accusing the US company of selling its films without approval, adds South China Morning Post.

However, The Beijing News and China Youth Daily say CCTV and People's Daily's ongoing "moral" crusade accusing Apple of "double standards" and "arrogance" is hardly convincing.

They say that legal procedures rather than "moral" denunciations should determine whether Apple has breached any violations.

Cultural Revolution scars

Media also revisit the painful memories of the Cultural Revolution amid hopes that a resting place for its victims will finally be opened to the public.

China Youth Daily and other media report that China's only Cultural Revolution-era cemetery in Shaping Park in Chongqing will be open to the public during the upcoming Tomb-Sweeping Festival.

The park's management office, however, say the reports are untrue and the cemetery will not open to the public because of "security risks in many areas", Southern Metropolis Daily and other media report.

The cemetery is the only one in China to have tombstones inscribed with "Cultural Revolution". It was also the first Cultural Revolution relic to be formally recognised for its cultural heritage in 2009.

Over 100 "red guards" and persecuted school pupils and factory workers killed during the violence of the early stages of the Cultural Revolution in 1966-68 are buried in the cemetery, which is normally only open to families of the deceased.

China Youth Daily commentator Wang Xuejin says the opening of the cemetery to the public would allow people to learn the truth about the mass killings and persecutions during the period that are still treated as taboo by the authorities and follow South Africa's example.

"Without truth, there will be no forgiveness; without forgiveness, reconciliation is unattainable; without reconciliation, there will be no better future... In dealing with the legacy of the 'Cultural Revolution', we should also follow this path [of South Africa's]: Truth-forgiveness-reconciliation," the commentator says.

In Southern Weekend, Chongqing resident Xi Qisheng tells of how his mother was laid to rest in the cemetery after she was killed by red guards.

North Korea debate

In international news, a huge public debate on Sina news portal has been triggered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's order of preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases in the Pacific and South Korea.

Many internet users criticise China's policy of supporting Pyongyang, while others are voicing support for the Kim regime.

China's defence ministry has dismissed foreign media "hype" that a Chinese-funded Tanzanian port will be used for military purposes and says the US is making "groundless accusations" about foreign cyber-attacks while developing its own offensive cyber-army, Xinhua reports.

Xinhua says the Chinese partner of Hero Group, a Swiss baby formula manufacturer, is under investigation and milk powder removed from shop shelves.

China Central Television yesterday exposed the firm for allegedly "adulterating" its product by mixing out-of-date formula with supplies imported under its partnership agreement with Hero.

People's Daily reports on celebrations for "serf emancipation day" in Lhasa, while featuring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurances that Delhi will "not allow Tibetans to conduct political activities against China in India" on its front page.

Kung fu battles

People's Daily calls for an end to sensationalistic anti-Japanese wartime television dramas with "dumbfounding" plots of kung fu battles and risque sex scenes.

South China Morning Post earlier featured a video of one Chinese heroine delivering kung fu kicks and firing arrows as she killed an entire Japanese platoon that tried to rape her.

Land and water resources of a village near Nanjing have been heavily polluted by secretly discharged waste water from seven nearby companies, but authorities say the waste has not affected the water quality of the Yangtze River, Global Times reports.

Henan Business Daily says the government in Shenqiu County has dismissed concerns over "cancer villages" and chronic pollution deforming fish in the Shaying River as "speculation".

Elsewhere, authorities in Lanzhou say that an annual average of 100 corpses floating downstream in the Yellow River, totalling more than 10,000 corpses over 50 years, have not affected water quality, China News Service reports.

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