North Korea, Shijian Satellite, Fake News: Eye on Chinese Media

With China’s help, North Korea shouldn’t fear abandoning its nuclear ambitions and opening up, the state-run Global Times wrote in an editorial. Beijing won’t tolerate nuclear activities in the Korean peninsula, but it insists on a peaceful resolution and won’t threaten the North Korean regime, the paper said. Pyongyang should listen to China about giving up nuclear development and rely on its neighbor for defense, which is the best option, the paper said.

Elsewhere:

  • China launched the Shijian-13 communications satellite, which should provide better internet access on planes and high-speed trains, as well as in less-developed regions, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It has a greater capacity than all of the country’s previous satellites combined and was designed to last 15 years, Xinhua said. China plans to launch six communications satellites this year.
  • Chengdu introduced tougher property curbs Wednesday, the Beijing Times reported. The capital of Sichuan province joins about a dozen others cities, including Beijing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen, in imposing tighter restrictions on home purchases. Policy makers are working to deflate a property bubble and avoid spurring financial risks.
  • The Xiongan New Area announced seven cases of illegal farmland seizures and fake-news dissemination, the Hebei News reported. Some property developers were punished for improperly taking farmland and selling homes, and three citizens received warnings after disseminating false information through social media, the paper said. The special economic zone announced April 1 is attracting a stampede of dealmakers.

— With assistance by Miao Han

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