Xinhua: Hong Kong SAR Government Working on Talks With Federation of Students
― In a piece that remained at the top of the front page news feed at Xinhua Online on October 16, China's official news agency reported on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, that the government of the Hong Kong SAR was seeking to re-open dialogue with student leaders of ongoing protests in the territory. The Xinhua report quoted remarks made by Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam (谭志源) that day, in which he said he hoped the government and student leaders could meet soon . But Xinhua emphasized that, in Tam's words, that discussions of political reform had to move forward on "a legal basis, namely in line with the Basic Law and relevant decisions from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress."
CY Leung: "Occupy Central" Cannot Resolve the Question of Universal Suffrage
― According to China's official Xinhua News Agency, CY Leung, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said late Wednesday that Hong Kong should "handle the question of universal suffrage in a practical, rational, peaceful and legal manner." Xinhua also reported Leung as saying that the Occupy Central movement had "impacted Hong Kong's international reputation, its economic activities, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, and the normal lives of citizens." Xinhua made no mention of allegations of financial impropriety recently made against Leung, a topic that has lately dominated Hong Kong coverage in the territory and overseas.
Xi Jinping Addresses Forum on Literature and the Arts
― The official Xinhua News Agency reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave an address on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to a forum on literature and the arts (文艺工作座谈会). At the meeting, which was attended by Chinese representatives from diverse creative enterprises, including literature, drama, music, dance and film, Xi Jinping stressed that "a flourishing culture" was an integral part of "realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people."
SARFT Cuts Down on Singing Competition Programs for Summer Satellite TV
― Xinhua News Agency reports that China's State Administration of Radio Film and Television has imposed new regulations on song competition programs on satellite television, citing the need to promote more efficient use of resources. There are currently nine song competition programs being aired on satellite television in China for the summer season. This will now be reduced to seven, with only three programs airing during primetime.