China media: Tiananmen crash

Image caption Chinese media say a car crash at Tiananmen Square has not disturbed public order

Chinese state media give low-key coverage to Monday's deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square, while Hong Kong press speculate on the possible causes of the incident.

Most websites and newspapers are only carrying a brief Xinhua news agency report on the incident, which says a vehicle crashed into a crowd of people at the square and burst into flames, killing five people.

State-run Global Times, however, commented on the crash and praised "the calmness among the masses after the incident".

"It is saddening that the incident caused so many casualties. But Beijing society's overall response is calm. Some people suspect that this is a terrorist act, but such suspicion does not lead to emotional stress among our people.

"Tiananmen Square is the highest symbolism of Chinese politics. The 'minor incident' that happened inevitably attracts attention and discussion, but it is not as serious as some imagine it to be," it adds.

In contrast, Hong Kong newspapers are giving prominent coverage to the incident, with some criticising Chinese officials' response.

The Oriental Daily says "authorities quickly mobilised a large number of armed police to conduct road closures, and transported dozens of boards to block the scene, provoking speculation that this is not a mere accident, but possibly.... a terrorist attack".

Some Hong Kong websites also highlight a stricter control on social media that followed the incident.

"Sina microblogging has banned the search of words like 'crash immolation', while the mainland media were asked to speak with one voice, often simply carrying the official version of the report by Xinhua news agency," the Apple Daily says.

The Ming Pao speculates on the identity of the driver and two passengers of the car.

Navy's strength

Meanwhile, China's state-run media tout the growing power of the navy's nuclear submarine force.

The media's enthusiasm about reporting on China's military "secrets" comes after the country revealed a fleet of its older generation of nuclear submarines, which fires rockets from under the sea, for the first time in over 40 years.

The Global Times observes that "wide coverage has been given to the Chinese nuclear submarine force in Chinese state media recently, considered to be a showcase of China's strategic master card".

"Being confident is important to achieve military transparency. US submarines are open to visitors, so are parts of the Pentagon… It obviously believes that core military power being exposed to the public could generate more positive effects, distracting attention from worrying about the 'leakage of secrets'", it says.

The paper says China will gain from giving more details on some of its military equipment.

"Chinese understanding of 'state secrets' is changing as its military power keeps increasing. On the one hand, China is facing a heavier burden of keeping secrets due to soaring external interests on intelligence information about it. On the other hand, it has more room to win strategic gains through actively releasing some information," it adds.

The China News Service notes that "in the long run, this is a major announcement of China's determination to build a 'strong army'".

And finally, local media reports say seven flights were affected at Changsha Huanghua Airport, Hunan Province, due to a bomb threat.

The Changsha Evening News reports that an anonymous caller told airport staff that explosives have been planted in one of the planes that were about to take off on Monday night.

Passengers were then asked to alight the aircraft and go through security checks again. Two flights that had already taken off were also asked to return to the airport for checks, the report adds.

Later authorities said no explosives were found on any of the planes or with passengers.

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