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Issue #1684      May 13, 2015

Region Briefs

Disadvantaged people in Vietnam’s Dong Nai province will receive 625 housing units (worth more than A$24 million) from the Provincial Department of Construction by the end of this year. The construction head, Nguyen Thanh Lan, said that 50 housing projects were half completed. Among them eight projects offering 4,000 students accommodation have already been finished. In the past two years the province built and upgraded 960 houses. The province’s People’s Committee Vice Chairman, Tran Van Vinh, called on the department to speed up the building process and distribute more land for public housing.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Binh Minh, attended a ceremony hosted by the Russian embassy to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Great Patriotic War. The minister said the Soviet Union played a decisive role winning the war against fascism, and the global community should ensure similar wars do not happen again. He added that the victory encouraged Vietnam’s independence movement and he also thanked the Soviet’s assistance in the past. Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders went to Moscow on Russian President Putin’s invitation, attending another larger ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary.

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chair, Shii Kazuo, criticised the recently renewed Japan-US Defence Cooperation Guidelines. He said that the guidelines strengthened the military alliance between Japan and the US, it encouraged Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to further turn Japan into a military nation, including the building of more military bases for the US in Okinawa and the possibility of enabling Japan to further support the US’s global military actions. Shii argued those actions and policies were against Japan’s national interest. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) Foreign Ministry spokesman also condemned the guidelines, saying the guidelines fabricated the DPRK as a threat, but the real purpose was to turn Japan into a bridgehead for invasion. He added that the new guidelines would no doubt destabilise the region.

Three hundred thousand people in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region were affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. Chinese President, Xi Jinping, called for all-out efforts to be taken for working on disaster relief and rebuilding damaged houses and infrastructure. The earthquake (in Tibet) left 26 dead, 856 injured, 2,700 collapsed and 40,000 damaged buildings. The good news was 63,989 people were evacuated and accommodated with clean food and water, medical treatment, power supply and telecommunication services.

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