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Issue #1690      June 24, 2015

Region Briefs

Standing Committee members of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee held a meeting recently in Beijing, discussing the country’s 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-2020). Thirteen members spoke at the meeting, covering the topics from progressive and stable economic growth, higher education promotion, better protection of environment and ethnic minorities, to the further improvement of living standards of people who live in China’s western regions. China started to implement its Five-Year-Plans in 1953, making strategies and plans for social-economic development, setting growth targets and defining polices.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a 2016-2020 poverty relief symposium in an impoverished area which used to be an important revolutionary base. The leader stressed that the key for economic development nationwide was poverty relief in underdeveloped rural areas. He said that “the heaviest and most arduous task for building a well-off society in an all-round way lies in rural areas, especially the impoverished ones.” He called on the Party and governments at all levels to strive for a scientific poverty relief plan. China plans to build an “all-round well-off society” by 2020; specific requirements include GDP, college enrolment rate, income per capita, number of doctors per 1,000 people and so on.

The Osaka High Court of Japan ruled that it was illegal to kick worker unions’ offices out of the municipal government office building. Soon after the city’s Mayor was elected in 2011, he notified the unions that he would not allow them to use offices in the city hall from 2012. However, the unions launched a lawsuit, claiming the notification was an unfair labour practice. The court judged the notification illegal and asked the government to pay A$26,250 to the unions.

Vietnam’s Hanoi Confederation of Labour (HCL) and the Tokyo Trade Union Council recently organised a seminar in Hanoi, sharing experiences in activities and planning. The President of HCL explained how the organisation improved workers’ mental and physical wellbeing to the 13 Japanese delegates, while the delegates hoped to foster trade union cooperation between the two countries and two cities.

Vietnam’s Politburo member and secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee, Pham Quang Nghi, recently led a delegation to Cuba and received a warm welcome from the First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba, Raul Castro, and Vice President of the Cuban State Council, Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea. The President expressed his wish to increase experience sharing of building socialism and socio-economic cooperation between the two countries, while Secretary Pham confirmed the friendship between the two countries and stressed that Vietnam was keen to further elevate economic and political cooperation with Cuba.

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