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Issue #1687      June 3, 2015

Region Briefs

Three thousand Japanese delegates visited Beijing recently, promoting Japan and China’s people-to-people exchange and deepening mutual understanding and trust between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the delegation, and said that the exchange was the root for the two countries’ friendship. This friendship would not only benefit the two peoples and countries, but also peace in the region and the world. He stressed that the Japanese people were also the victim of Japanese militarism, and they should not allow Japanese militarists to distort the history of Japanese invasion. The delegation agreed to work harder to improve friendly relations between the two countries.

The Chinese city of Tianjin recently increased pollution fines nine fold in order to reduce emissions from industrial enterprises. Dust and smoke were the core components of air pollution. The fines for dust from construction sites increased 10 times, urging enterprises to take measures in reducing pollution. The country will reduce by 15 million tonnes outdated steel production capacity in 2015. Hebei province has already closed nearly 10,000 polluting factories. The city closed three coal-burning power stations and plans to shut down another 180 coal burners by October, eliminating the use of five million tonnes of coal.

According to a ministry report, Vietnam’s socio-economic situation and macro-economy in 2015 were stable and on the right track. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, said that a prolonged drought affected agricultural exports from the Central Highlands. He continued that the ministry would keep promoting the use of technology in order to raise agricultural production and would push hard on restructuring drought-hit areas. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called for cooperation among ministries to speed up agricultural reform.

The Communist Party of Vietnam’s (CPV) Politburo held a national meeting in Hanoi recently, introducing guidelines for nominating candidates of the CPV’s Central Committee. Head of the Party’s Central Committee’s Organisation Commission, To Huy Rua, said that the Central Committee must be united, transparent and strong. The Central Committee members should also hold a strategic vision, leading the country to a new phase of development. He stressed that the Central Committee cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, ensuring continuity of leadership. The Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong concluded that “the nomination process should be done carefully right from the start and be strictly based on criteria and regulations to ensure the best outcomes”.

Hundreds of government employees in Indian-controlled Kashmir of Srinagar marched to the Office of the Chief Minister, demanding the government increase salaries and regulate workers’ temporary jobs. The peaceful protest was confronted by the police who used batons and water cannon against the protesters.

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