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Issue #1680      April 15, 2015

Region Briefs

A Vietnamese delegation arrived in Beijing on April 7 for a three-day high-level Party to Party visit to China. The delegation was headed by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong with one third of the CPV Central Committee members. The delegation received the highest welcoming reception from China, and it had fruitful meetings with the Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary, Chinese Premier, National People’s Congress Chairman, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman, representatives from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and other Party members and State officials. The two countries issued a joint communiqué, stressing socialist achievements in their countries under the lead of the CPV and the CPC, expressing the necessity of continually promoting a friendly, productive, and stable relationship and maintaining a high-level of close contact between the two parties and two states in all areas.

Vietnam invested more than A$134,000 to build another 10 houses (60 square metres for each) this month for a youth friendship camp located in the border of Laos and Vietnam. Twenty Vietnamese medical personnel, from central Ha Tinh province, also gave free medical examinations to 300 local villagers and they offered medical trainings to local young people. The construction of the village started in 2012 with the help of a more than A$1.9 million investment from Vietnam. The village included a community centre, a medical station, accommodation and other facilities. It also offered training courses and long-term settlement for Lao youths.

A Chinese frigate helped evacuate 225 foreign nationals from 10 countries (most from Pakistan) for humanitarian reasons, helping them to flee from Yemen and a civil war. This was the second time that the Chinese navy evacuated civilians since the war had broken out, and evacuees praised China’s humanitarian assistance. The Chinese navy started its regular patrol in the Gulf of Aden (Northwest Indian Ocean) in 2008, countering Somali pirates and maintaining regional maritime security. The US has a strong military presence in the area. However, a US State Department spokesman stated that there was no government-sponsored evacuation for its citizens in Yemen.

One Japanese university medical museum recently admitted that evidence had shown that the prestigious Kyushu University had conducted wartime vivisection on eight captured American bomber pilots in May 1945. Thirty Japanese doctors and university staffers were convicted of war crimes (vivisection and cannibalism) by the Allied War Crimes tribunal in 1948. However, they walked free from prison as US General McArthur dropped the charges in 1950, in order to persuade Japan to become the US’s military ally against the liberation of Korea and the spread of communism.

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