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Issue #1683      May 6, 2015

Region Briefs

Celebrations were held across Vietnam to mark the April 30 victory in 1975 that liberated and reunified South Vietnam. The Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, and National Assembly Chairman, Nguyen Sinh Hung, led a delegation to attended a ceremony, laying wreaths to former leader Ho Chi Minh and heroes that lost their lives for the revolutionary cause. Vietnamese President, Truong Tan Sang, also attended another ceremony in Long An province. He praised the province’s rapid development and confirmed its contribution to the victory. Similar ceremonies were held in Vietnamese embassies across the world.

The Voice of Vietnam’s (VOV) General Director Nguyen Dang Tien’s recently visited China. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the VOV and China National Radio (CNR), promoting friendly bilateral exchange. Both sides agreed to freely exchange news with common concerns, including using one another’s news sources. Both sides also vowed to foster cooperation in sharing management experience and co-producing broadcasting programs.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo started his week-long visit to the US on April 26. During the visit, a joint statement of guidelines for US-Japan Defence Cooperation was renewed and released. According to the statement, “the US welcomes and supports the ongoing efforts to develop the legislation (Japan’s collective self-defence right)”. The statement would increase Japan and the US’s military cooperation, clearly aiming to contain China’s peaceful growth. Japan’s collective self-defence right passed through parliament a year ago. It allows the Japanese military to fight wars on allies’ territory. Abe’s visit faced numerous protests because of Japan’s ongoing militarisation and Abe’s ambiguous attitude that refuses to apologise for Japan’s invasion and crimes in the past. At Harvard University, protesters held signs saying “History can be rewritten, the Truth cannot”, demanding Abe apologise for his revisionism of history. Hundreds of protesters also gathered in front of Abe’s office in Tokyo, opposing the new guidelines.

All seven members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China attended a ceremony marking International Workers Day. Chinese President Xi Jinping said “we shall all carry forward the spirit of model workers … all of society should be proud of working hard … no one at any time should look down on ordinary workers”. He called for workers’ interests to be further guaranteed.

A 62-strong China’s International Rescue Team, with 20 tonnes of medical aid and goods, arrived in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, to carry out a humanitarian mission after a recent devastating earthquake that hit the country. The team included 40 rescuers, 10 medical workers and 12 seismic experts. China also offered more than A$10 million worth of aid to Nepal.

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