News roundup: Will China’s expanding global role make it change its policy of non-interference in other nations’ domestic affairs? Plus top headlines

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Analysis: As China expands its global economic influence, its policy of political non-interference may need to change

China’s offers of economic aid have traditionally come with a promise to remain uninvolved in recipient nations’ domestic affairs, but a spate of attacks may require Chinese leaders to alter their approach and “step into the messy realm” of local politics, writes Alice Su. / The Atlantic


  • As China goes from exporting oil to importing it, the industry’s fortunes plummet and new generations of workers look for opportunities elsewhere / The New York Times
  • Australia’s Crown Resorts, which had 18 of its employees detained in China, was warned about marketing to wealthy Chinese gamblers, a source says / Bloomberg
  • Analysis: Facebook’s launch in China ‘looks probable’ despite the nation’s censorship regulations and risk of criticism / MIT Technology Review
  • China’s richest man says his media company will offer a 40 percent rebate to any film or TV show that shoots at his new ‘movie metropolis’ studio in Qingdao / LA Times
  • Netflix backs away from idea of a near-term China expansion, citing licensing concerns and increasing regulatory burdens / Quartz
  • Strength of U.S. alliances in Asia may change after this week’s talks between China and Philippine president / The New York Times
  • China may give the Philippines fishing access in disputed area of South China Sea as part of more than 10 agreements being discussed in Beijing, sources say / Reuters
  • Ahead of the Communist Party’s sixth plenum, Chinese state TV airs a documentary about Xi’s anti-corruption campaign / Bloomberg
  • Officials’ criticism of teachers who celebrated with alcohol while on vacation sets off widespread condemnation of overzealous ‘nitpicking’ / WSJ
  • Choice of a white man to direct live action ‘Mulan’ film provokes anger among fans and sparks accusations of Hollywood ‘whitewash’ of Asian stories / Guardian
  • The documentary ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ tells of the sexual assault of six Chinese schoolgirls and the activist who fought to get justice for them / NPR
  • For London whisky stores, five-figure sales to Chinese millionaires and billionaires are a ‘common occurrence’ / The Independent