United Backlash Lights Up Weibo, Airports: Eye on Chinese Media

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Carrie Lam, the newly appointed Hong Kong chief executive, in Beijing on Tuesday, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Xi congratulated Lam on her election victory, saying it is well deserved and she meets all the standards required for the role. Lam was Beijing’s preferred choice to lead the fractious financial hub.

Elsewhere:

  • United Continental Holdings Inc. provoked Chinese media and public reactions over a passenger’s forcible removal from a flight. Recordings of officers pulling an Asian passenger from a flight Sunday evening after he refused to give up his seat went viral on social media. He was initially taken as a Chinese-American, but later proved to be Vietnamese. China’s state-controlled Global Times questioned in an editorial whether the passenger’s Asian ethnicity potentially made a difference.
  • China is expected to build its first airfield in Antarctica as early as the year-end, China Daily reported. The airfield will be able to handle fixed-wing aircraft. A group of Chinese scientists recently surveyed a 3-square-kilometer area selected for the project, the paper said.
  • Shanghai is considering building a new business aviation airport to meet the rising demand for business jets in the city, China Daily reported. The financial hub’s business aviation sector has seen more than 20 percent year-on-year growth during the past few years, the paper said.

— With assistance by Miao Han

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