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TMCNet:  Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Jan. 23

[January 23, 2013]

Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Jan. 23

Jan 23, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The following are China news stories moved by Xinhua News Agency as of 16:00 GMT, Jan. 23: TOP STORIES * China urges treatment of Korean Peninsula tensions BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for comprehensive treatment of tensions over the Korean Peninsula as he met Kim Moo-sung, special envoy of Republic of Korea (ROK) president-elect Park Geun-hye.



* 2nd Ld-Writethru-China Focus: CPC disciplinarians vow penalties for excessive spending BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The disciplinary arm of the Communist Party of China (CPC) issued a communique on Wednesday, vowing severe penalties for lavish banquets and tours fueled by public funds amid continued pressure against corruption.

* 1st Ld-Writethru-China Focus: Beijing chokes on smog amid annual legislative sessions BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Air quality in Beijing hit dangerous levels again on Wednesday, with smog blanketing the city.

* 5th LD-Writethru: 5.1-magnitude quake hits northeast China SHENYANG, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- A 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the border region of Liaoyang and Shenyang, in northeast China at 12:18 p.m. Wednesday (Beijing Time), the China Earthquake Networks Center has said.

* Xinhua Insight: Secretive government receptions defy China's central authority BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- A Xinhua investigation has exposed the deep-rooted nature of corruption among China's officialdom, outing double-dealing officials who chant frugality slogans but hold secretive extravagant banquets.

FINANCE & BUSINESS * China to modify plan to open up mobile telecom sector BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The government is considering adjusting a plan that will allow privately-owned companies to enter the mobile telecommunications sector, a government official said on Wednesday.

* China Voice: New measurement may reshape China-U.S. trade ties BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- A new method for calculating global trade flows may not change an overall trade imbalance between the world's two largest economies, but it will likely help reshape the trade relationship between them.

OPINION * Commentary: When power is encaged, so will extravagance BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The popular TV documentary on Chinese cuisine "A Bite of China" whet the appetites of its viewers, but people find "a bite of public spending" not so pleasing.

* China Voice: Can Chinese save face and save money BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's latest call for greater frugality among officials and citizens may be impeded by the nation's entrenched culture of "face." ---------------------------------------------------- YOUR QUERIES: Duty editor: Yuan Ye @ 8610 6307 3665 ----------------------------------------------------

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