State media dismiss prospects of a China-Japan summit and cast suspicion on the Philippines' plan to reopen a former US military base.
Chinese media echo the foreign ministry in pouring cold water on Japanese media reports that Japanese and Chinese leaders will hold a summit soon following calls by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for high-level bilateral talks to resolve issues.
"The Abe administration has shown no change toward China in terms of its political mentality. Abe's desire to meet Chinese leaders is nothing but a show aimed at serving his own interests and Japan's politics," says The Global Times.
Territorial claims made by the two countries over a group of islands in East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have been at the centre of recent diplomatic tensions.
State media also cast suspicion on Manila's plan to relocate its major navy and air force camps to Subic Bay, a former US military base, to protect disputed territory in the "West Philippine Sea" (South China Sea).
"The Philippines is taking the opportunity to hold tightly onto the US' thighs and to bring the US into the South China Sea dispute, so as to enhance its strength and challenge China further on the South China Sea issue," writes Meng Xiangqing, deputy director of the National Defence University Institute for Strategic Studies, in the People's Daily.
The Beijing News reports that the families of three teenagers killed in an Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco on 6 July have retained a US law firm to claim compensation from the South Korean airliner.
Following China Central Television's expose on Sunday calling "qigong (ancient healing practice) master" Wang Lin's magic powers a fraud, The Global Times, the China Youth Daily, the Guangzhou Daily and other newspapers are dismayed at Mr Wang's apparent connections with government officials, tycoons and celebrities.
"There is a need to yell loudly at a minority of officials who believe in ghosts and spirits but not Marxism and who consult ghosts and spirits but not the common people, that it is time to wake up," says the People's Daily.
"It doesn't matter if my qigong is real or not, as long as it does not violate laws," Mr Wang earlier told The Beijing News in his rebuttal against fraud allegations.
The Communist Party's discipline watchdog has named and shamed eight local officials or offices that have been sacked or given a warning for misappropriating public funds for wining and dining or illegally accepting cash and gifts.
In one of the eight cases, the China Youth Daily says a party boss of an impoverished county in Hebei province was sacked for holding a lavish wedding banquet for his daughter and illegally receiving 1m yuan ($163,000; £105,000) in cash and wedding gifts.
The Global Times says hundreds of former staff of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and China Construction Bank (CCB) - protested outside the two state-owned banks' separate headquarters in Beijing on Monday over severance pay conditions accepted over a decade ago.
A spate of recent violent attacks that have led to dozens of deaths across the country continues to fuel debates on whether such incidents are caused by mental illness or social injustice. There have been numerous cases of petitioners being locked up in psychiatric homes.
"Similar recent cases of fatal violence have been attributed to the perpetrators suffering from mental health problems. But this is not always the case... If it is indeed an injustice that has led to a violent act, the departments concerned may need to mend their ways," comments the China Daily.
A vice-governor in Guizhou province has triggered mixed reactions from internet users for rebuking "unpatriotic" internet users as "scum" for keeping silent about gun violence in America and only complaining about China.
The Beijing News says Vice-Governor Chen Mingming's outburst was triggered by one online poster highlighting the problem of violent attacks by urban management or chengguan in China when Mr Chen asked why mass shootings kept happening in the US.
Mr Chen later apologised for his online outburst.