China media: Washington ties

A Chinese fighter jet that the Obama administration on Friday said conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace (19 August 2014) Image copyright AP
Image caption The US released images of the Chinese Su-27 aircraft it says carried out dangerous manoeuvres

Media criticise the US for what they call "spying activities" against China after a recent "dangerously close encounter" between the planes of the two countries.

Washington has protested to the Chinese military, saying that a Chinese fighter jet intercepted a US military patrol plane in mid-air over international waters east of China's Hainan Island.

According to the Pentagon, the incident happened last Tuesday when an armed Chinese Su-27 fighter intercepted a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft that was on a routine mission.

China's Defence Ministry denied the accusation on Saturday and urged the US to stop "close-in surveillance of China".

"Unless the US gives up its reconnaissance missions against China, it will be very difficult for the two countries to build the mutual trust needed for healthy bilateral relations," warns the China Daily, adding that China is "far behind the United States when it comes to military power".

"There is no need for the US to worry that China will become a threat to its world leader status unless it has the psychological need to create an enemy to make up for its sense of loss after the end of the Cold War," says the daily.

The Xinhua News agency publishes photos of the P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon jets that "the US are using for spying on China".

Noting that the US military has "constructed a surveillance network" to closely monitor China, military expert Zhang Junshe urges Washington to "provide an explanation" for its actions.

"The US president and the defence minister have all assured that they do not see China as their enemy and that their 'rebalancing Asia' policy is not targeting China. But why are they frequently spying on us?" asks the pundit in the overseas edition of the People's Daily.

Anti-corruption drive

Moving on to other news, China's anti-graft campaign is back in the media spotlight after the questioning of two senior officials from Shanxi Province over suspected "violation of discipline and law".

According to local media reports, the two officials are the members of the standing committee of the party in the province.

This is the latest probe after former security chief Zhou Yongkang's questioning over corruption in July.

And finally, netizens and media in China comment that Hong Kong protestors have "over-reacted" over the death of a stray dog.

Animal activists in Hong Kong held protests over the weekend protesting against the Mass Transit Railway Corp for allowing a train to run over a stray dog.

Mourners have laid flowers, petitions and performed traditional Chinese ceremonies at the station to remember the dog's life.

But papers and netizens in China are largely unsupportive of the outrage in Hong Kong.

Recalling that hundreds of Hong Kong netizens showed no sympathy towards a mainland Chinese student who died in a traffic accident in the territory last October, several netizens describe the protestors as "hypocritical".

"The Hong Kong netizens even called the student a locust… Are these Hong Kongers telling us that the value of a human being is even lesser than that of a dog?" asks one of the bloggers commenting on the protests.

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