British retailer Tesco suspends operations at a factory in China after the "Sunday Times" newspaper reports that a six-year-old in London found a message from Shanghai prisoners calling for help and urging whoever finds the message to alert a human rights organisation, with a link to the author of the story, hidden inside a pack of charity Christmas cards. Tesco says that it has a policy against using prison labour.
The Stethem visits Shanghai, signaling that relations between the two countries continue despite tensions over the recent Lassen 6 cruise near artificial islands constructed by China. The navies of the two nations plan combined maritime exercise as well.
China is dealing with two typhoons in a week. Typhoon Linfa lost power after making landfall in southern China's Guangdong province Thursday. Typhoon Chan-hom (Falcon) is headed for landfall in eastern China near Shanghai this weekend.