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The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

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1. China and Japan are heading for a clash (Financial Times)

It is hard to believe either side wants war – but posturing could spark accidental conflict, writes Gideon Rachman.

2. The Eds feud, but their party has moved on (Times)

Despite tensions at the top, shadow cabinet 'clean skins' have put Labour’s old factions behind them, says Rachel Sylvester.

3. Police are cracking down on students – but what threat to law and order is an over-articulate history graduate? (Guardian)

For most of my life student politics has been little more than a joke, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. Suddenly it's become both serious and admirable.

4. The baffling recovery of Teflon Labour and Unpopular Ed (Daily Telegraph)

Despite Falkirk and all its other failings, the party could still be heading back to No. 10, writes Benedict Brogan.

5. If you want a lesson in how to solve social mobility, try reading Harry Redknapp’s autobiography (Independent)

John Major’s solution to the problem of social mobility– a grammar school in every town – made matters worse, says Steve Richards.

6. If Obamacare fails, Obama’s vision dies too (Times)

American confidence in government will suffer if the President’s signature idea sinks, writes Justin Webb.

7. Whoever the 'middle class' are, they're about to be bribed with tax cuts (Guardian)

It's the autumn statement, so coalition factions are exchanging fire across the fiscal divide, writes Polly Toynbee. But their real target is the wealthy vote.

8. The British have met crisis with understatement (Financial Times)

The debate over austerity and stimulus was an elite dialogue that never got going among voters, writes Janan Ganesh.

9. For Pope Francis the liberal, this promises to be a very bloody Sunday (Guardian)

Francis is the poster pope for progressives, writes George Monbiot. But canonising a genocidal missionary like Junípero Serra epitomises the Catholic history problem.

10. The business rates burden must be eased (Daily Telegraph)

The Treasury has imposed onerous financial demands on a vulnerable yet crucial part of the economy, says a Telegraph editorial. 

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