China media: G20 summit

Papers say China's economy has helped several developing countries Image copyright AFP
Image caption Papers say China's economy has helped several developing countries

Papers back China to play a bigger role in the global economy as world leaders arrive in Australia for the G20 summit.

The two-day summit, attended by the US, Chinese and Russian leaders among others, will focus on promoting growth.

State-run People's Daily says China has made important contributions to the world economy as a responsible member of the G20 group.

"The excellent performance of the Chinese economy has helped developing countries to gain more voice on the international stage... China's achievement has also allowed more countries to share the fruits of development," says the daily.

Echoing similar views, a commentary in the paper describes China as a "firm supporter and contributor in the G20".

"China is the fastest growing economy in the G20… Its economic transformation experience has set an example for other countries to follow… The Chinese economy is still an important engine for global economic growth and it will play a bigger role in the G20 in the future," it says.

Agreeing that China's role has expanded, Chen Fengying, an economist with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, expects Beijing to state its position on global economic issues during the meeting.

"China will provide its point of view on the reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the [China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank]… It will also provide suggestions on global economic development," the pundit tells the Beijing News.

Territorial dispute

Meanwhile, state media warn Asean countries that China "would not hesitate" to react "if its sovereignty is breached".

The comments come against the backdrop of a meeting of the leaders of the Asean (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries in Myanmar (also known as Burma).

During the meeting, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged further co-operation within East Asia but restated China's desire to negotiate directly - rather than at a multilateral level - with the countries involved in the South China Sea territorial disputes, according to a Xinhua report.

The Philippines and Vietnam are two of several nations currently engaged in territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea.

Pointing out that the "Asean meetings and its gatherings with partner countries are never appropriate places for discussing such problems", a commentary by the news agency warns that such occasions "should never be hijacked by any Asean member or outside force to serve their selfish interests at the expense of China-Asean friendship and co-operation".

"It is worth noticing that the disputes have never been a problem between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). They are the separate disputes between China and certain members of the bloc," says the news agency.

The commentary sternly points out that though China is "a staunch supporter and ardent keeper of regional peace and stability", it "would not hesitate to react to any act of provocation if its sovereignty is breached".

Asean was set up in 1967 by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Brunei joined in 1984, followed by Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Burma in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999.

Hong Kong protest

And finally, some media outlets urge protesters in Hong Kong to end their street campaign.

The demonstrators are demanding greater democratic reforms, which they say have been promised by Beijing decades before and started occupying parts of the central district last month.

The Chinese government says it has followed Hong Kong's law and has characterised the civil disobedience movement as an illegal occupation

According to the Global Times, police in Hong Kong are on standby to clear obstructions from the streets occupied by protesters for weeks.

It notes that the "political influence on Hong Kong from the illegal movement has almost dissipated… and its slogans have proven to be unrealistic".

"US President Barack Obama said nothing to encourage the protesters when he attended the Apec meeting in Beijing. Instead, he stressed that his country had no involvement in fostering the Occupy protest. This perhaps serves as a heavy blow to the protesters," notes the paper.

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