China media: Economic reforms

Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games Image copyright AFP
Image caption Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games

President Xi Jinping's recent statement likening the task of reform to "chewing hard bones" has attracted prominent coverage in the Chinese media.

In his interview with Rossiya TV, a Russian TV channel, Mr Xi commented on various issues including bilateral relations with Russia, economic reforms in China and how he spends his time.

Most papers have reprinted the full interview transcript, but highlight Mr Xi's comments on economic reforms, which he said needed the courage to "chew the hard bones" to achieve results.

"The easier part of the reform has been completed, the delicious meat had been eaten, what's left is the bones that are hard to chew," he has been quoted as saying.

Mr Xi added that even though the task was tough, China had to take bold and steady steps to avoid "subversive mistakes".

The president also commented on Beijing-Moscow ties, saying China's relationship with Russia would maintain its excellent momentum.

Sun Zhuangzhi, an expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, tells the China Daily that Mr Xi's attendance at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games "has sent a clear message dispelling rumours about a so-called growing rift between the two rising economies".

Meanwhile, some media outlets have noted that Mr Putin held a lunch meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sochi.

The Global Times' Chinese edition has published a photo of Mr Abe meeting Mr Putin.

The daily describes Tokyo as "showing off" its "intimate relationship" with Moscow by splashing the photo in the Japanese media.

'Uncivilised behaviour'

Moving on to other news, media are criticising nude swimming and sunbathing after several "foreign men" appeared naked on the resort island of Sanya in Hainan province.

Luo Baoming, the province's party chief, described the nudists as "uncivilised" on Sunday and called such behaviour as going against China's culture, reports the China News Service.

Complaints from the public have prompted authorities to take action and police have been instructed to detain those who go nude in public places, the report says.

According to the Beijing Times, the issue has caused wide concern after "foreign men" were spotted naked on the beach during the Spring Festival or China's New Year that was celebrated on 31 January.

Some domestic tourists have also come under fire for their "uncivilised behaviour". Middle-aged Chinese men from northern China have been seen swimming nude in large groups since 2002 for "health reasons", but their actions have been embarrassing other beachgoers, the paper adds.

The Xinhua news agency reprints a People's Daily commentary that says the province does not need to tolerate such "ugliness" in order to pursue "international tourism".

Elsewhere, an investigative report exposing the rampant sex trade in Dongguan, in southern China's Guangdong Province, has gained wide attention.

The official CCTV channel revealed on Sunday that dozens of hotels in the city, also known as the "capital of sex", offered illegal sex services.

Hours after the report, the police raided the area, arresting 67 people and closed 12 entertainment venues.

Sociologist Li Yinhe tells the Global Times that it is hard to take away the sex industry in Dongguan because the "demand is too strong" and "control over it is relatively loose there".

And finally, two men were taken away by the police after they tried to stop a plane from taking off in an airport in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

According to the Beijing Times, a father and son duo were late for the flight and they delayed the plane for 15 minutes by causing a commotion.

The elder man, who stood in front of the plane and refused to leave despite warnings, has been detained for 10 days.

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