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Issue #1682      April 29, 2015

Region Briefs

On April 22, delegates from the Party Committee of Vietnam, the People’s Council, the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee and the People’s Committee of Hanoi payed a visit to Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Chi Lang Park. The delegates showed deep gratitude to the great revolutionary leader and teacher, celebrating Lenin’s 145th birthday and commemorating his achievement of leading revolutionary activities.

Vietnam’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently held a workshop in Hanoi, discussing investment opportunities in Cuba. The workshop recalled cooperation between the two countries for the past 55 years, and the two governments agreed to foster comprehensive relations in economic development, biotechnology, agriculture, transport, construction, education and much more. Trade between the two countries reached more than A$210 million in 2014, a 45 percent increase compared to 2013.

The Japanese Defence Ministry has been discussing a plan providing financial support for countries that preferentially buy Japanese-made weapons as the government had removed an arms-export ban in April last year. The Minister admitted that the government had received pleas from countries inquiring about possible financial support for purchasing Japanese-made weapons. The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) member of the upper house, Inoue Satoshi, opposed the plan, demanding the government not provide financial support for arms sales. He added that “using military aid as a diplomatic bargaining chip could fuel international disputes”. Moreover, the JCP recently secured 111 seats in the first half of the years’ prefectural assembly elections, a 41 seat increase. The JCP also achieved 136 seats in 17 major city assembly elections. The JCP believes that its policies reflect public demand.

According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection’s monthly report, the number of air pollution days in March dropped in 74 Chinese cities, from 37.7 percent last year to 28.9 percent this year. Beijing and its surrounding cities are still facing more pollution than the rest. Beijing’s neighbouring province, Hebei, for example, has already starting to tighten up environmental protection control, hoping to cut by half coal-related emissions within this year.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un said that a revolutionary spirit was far more powerful than nuclear weapons. He added that the Workers’ Party of Korea defended revolutionary traditions. South Korea and the US recently reached an agreement on nuclear energy cooperation. There are currently 23 nuclear power plants operating in South Korea.

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