China media: Strong Moscow-Beijing ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wants "long-term" ties with Russia, reports say Image copyright EPA
Image caption Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wants "long-term" ties with Russia, reports say

Media welcome closer China-Russia ties as Li Keqiang visits, while criticism of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters continues.

According to China Daily, Mr Li is set to sign up to 50 deals on energy, investment and infrastructure amid talks of "long-term, stable and sustainable" ties between China and Russia.

And several media outlets are backing closer bilateral ties with Moscow.

Describing the relationship as "at its highest level in history", a Xinhua News Agency commentary points out that both countries have "no political differences" and are "now focused more on practical co-operation".

"Both sides have vowed to make substantial efforts to improve investment environment, deepen co-operation in various spheres and search for new growth points. Besides, co-operation in such areas as security, culture and people-to-people exchanges has also yielded fruitful results," the news agency notes.

The article, however, states that the "win-win relationship" between the two countries has been "labelled by some as a coalition against the West".

"Proponents of this misconception are apparently stuck in the Cold War mentality… In fact, China and Russia are just natural partners. Among many other reasons, they hold similar standpoints on international issues," argues the article, stressing that the partnership is "peace and development-oriented".

Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at Renmin University, tells the China Daily that "new projects will improve trade and investment co-operation between the countries".

"The swap between the renminbi and ruble can benefit businesspeople in the two countries, whose profits were affected because they had to make settlements in dollars due to the monetary easing policy of the US," he says.

Elsewhere, some state-run media outlets voice support for an unconfirmed ban on books by writers who allegedly support Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement.

According to a notice posted on several online news portals, books by several authors, including Taiwanese novelist Giddens Ko and Hong Kong critic Leung Man-tao, have reportedly been banned and removed from the shelves by the authorities.

The authorities, however, have not confirmed the ban. The Global Times says it could not verify the ban, but adds that "the signal" from the authorities puts "limits" on some writers and it is "not unusual for the Chinese society".

"If these advocators of political dissident culture define themselves as reformers, they should take responsibility for maintaining mainstream politics, not jeopardising the country's solidarity. If they insist on prioritising opposing political ideas, they must prepare themselves for pushback from the society," says the article.

Hong Kong 'unrest'

Meanwhile, state-run media outlets have labelled the ongoing street protests in Hong Kong as "unrest" and warn of serious economic repercussions.

The People's Daily overseas edition continues to publish reports about what it sees as growing unhappiness in Hong Kong over the protests.

Mei Xinyu, a researcher with the Ministry of Commerce, writes that the movement is a "provocation for the central and Hong Kong governments which have been pushed to an unprecedented high level".

The article points out that Hong Kong will need to pay the price for the economic losses caused by the "unrest".

"The unrest in Hong Kong will not affect the mainland's overall economic situation… Even Hong Kong's status as a free port will be replaced by Shanghai Free Trade Zone. There are many other cities (in China) vying to transform themselves into similar zones," it says.

The writer adds that employment opportunities for Hong Kong residents will be lost if the "unrest" persists.

A commentary in the Xinhua News Agency cautions against "colour revolutions" that are "vicious", "hypocritical", "cruel" and "dirty".

The article points out that the US and the West will "directly or indirectly start a revolution" and "mobilise international opinion to smear the government of the country".

"The western media have classified the Occupy Central movement as a colour revolution and they are trying hard to intensify the issue," it notes.

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