China media: Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan has destroyed many communities in the Philippines
Image caption Super Typhoon Haiyan has destroyed many communities in the Philippines

China's media offer sympathy and support for the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, but insist that ongoing disputes between the two countries must not be forgotten.

In the wake of the deadly destruction caused by the super typhoon, China has pledged $100,000 in cash and "humanitarian emergency relief assistance" to the Philippines.

The Global Times insists that Beijing should keep aid efforts separate from the long-running disagreements with Manila over islands in the South China Sea.

"Chinese society should be able to accommodate these different things at the same time," the daily says.

Over in Hong Kong, newspapers are debating whether the local government should still go ahead and penalise the Philippines for not issuing a formal apology and compensation after an armed policeman hijacked a Hong Kong tour bus in Manila in 2010.

Eight Hong Kong citizens died and seven more were seriously injured in the attack.

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung earlier said he would slap sanctions on Manila unless "substantial progress" was made in talks on the incident by the end of this month.

The city's legislature also passed a non-binding motion last week calling for economic sanctions against Manila over the hostage tragedy, including calls for an end to visa-free access for Filipinos.

The Wen Wei Po, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper, insists that the Hong Kong government's disaster aid for the Philippines should be kept separate from demands for compensation and apology for the hostage incident.

"The government can adjust the deadline for talks with the Philippines on the hostage incident as well as sanctions measures, but the principle of demanding justice from the Philippines cannot be changed," it stresses.

The Ta Kung Pao, another paper with close ties to Beijing, also says the Hong Kong government should persist in "seeking justice" for the families of the victims and those injured in the shooting.

"The hostage incident has dragged on for three years. If the hostage incident is shelved because of natural disasters, one may have to wait a lifetime for compensation and an apology for the hostage incident," it adds.

Striking a more sympathetic chord, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post says Hongkongers should show compassion towards disaster victims and immediately delay the one-month ultimatum to Manila for compensation and an apology.

'Single's Day'

In other news, the official Xinhua news agency is calling on the US media not to repeat American Broadcasting Co's (ABC) "senseless and foolish farce" after the US broadcaster aired a "racist" talk show segment which "enraged the Chinese people in the US and worldwide".

Hosted by US comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the programme showed a child saying that "everyone in China" should be killed as a way to stop the US from paying its $1.3-trillion debt to the country.

ABC and Jimmy Kimmel have already apologised for the skit.

And finally, mainlanders broke shopping records by splashing out during an online sales bonanza on Monday's Singles' Day.

November 11, known as "double 11" in China, is a day for singletons to find romance or celebrate being single. Single's Day has also become a massive shopping spree with many retailers offering discounts.

The Alibaba Group, which owns China's largest online shopping platforms and, made 1bn yuan (£10m; $16m) in just one hour of online transactions. The e-commerce giant announced that it had achieved total record sales of 35bn yuan (£3.60bn; $5.75bn) in one day.

"This is a well-deserved single-day sales record for global e-commerce, and it is several times higher than the top single-day sales volume of US e-commerce firms," says the Global Times.

The most popular items sold on Singles' Day included underwear, nappies, baby milk formula, mobile phones and home appliances.

The China Youth Daily, however, says the online shopping frenzy and record sales reflect a general lack of consumer demand because of soaring property prices.

"Young people who are suffocated by the pressure of home mortgages do not dare to have dreams. High property prices have even hijacked and overdrawn China's economy," says the newspaper's commentator Cao Lin.

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