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Issue #1694      July 22, 2015

Region Briefs

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and the Tokushima Prefectural Federation of Trade Unions helped international trainees succeed in receiving all unpaid wages from a textile factory. The trainees arrived and started to work in Japan in 2012, only receiving half of the minimum legal wage. They worked from 7.30am to 11.00pm every day with only two days off a year. One female trainee said that she appreciated the help from the trade union and the JCP, after she received her wages. A large number of Japanese companies exploit foreign workers through operating an international trainee program. The program was set up to develop technical skills of workers from developing countries. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo recently submitted a bill to bring more overseas trainees to the country.

China donated and distributed 700 tonnes of rice to the Palestinians who lately suffered from Israeli offensive actions in Gaza Strip. Three hundred Palestinians attended a ceremony and received the aid on site. Chen Xingzhong, Director of the Chinese Office in Palestine, said that “the aid is to express our respect to the Palestinian people and we hope this support contributes to the ease of their suffering”. He added that “China offered all required aid and support to the Palestinians, not only in development, but also in training, to improve the chances for the establishment of a Palestinian state”. Director of the Gaza Red Crescent Society, Younis al-Khatib, said China “have always supported the Palestinian people, backing their legitimate rights”.

The Vietnam Bank for Social Policy offered more than A$1.1 billion loans to 1.1 million clients in the first six months of 2015. The low debt-rate loans helped 660,000 students to continue their studies, created 162,000 jobs and built 8,000 flood-resistant houses in the Mekong Delta region. The bank’s outstanding loans increased by around A$291 million to around A$6.3 billion in the first half of the year.

The Communist Party of Vietnam’s General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, and Vietnam’s President, Truong Tan Sang, welcomed and had meetings with a Chinese delegation led by China’s Vice Premier and Politburo Standing Committee member, Zhang Gaoli. The General Secretary valued the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, and he proposed to foster exchanges and cooperation in all fields for the interest of the two peoples, regional stability and collaboration.

The Communist Party of Russia’s Vice Chairman, Dmitry Novikov, led a delegation to China and received warm welcome from Liu Qibao, head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China. Liu said that the party-to-party relations were an important part of the bilateral relations between China and Russia. He continued that the Chinese Party would increase cooperation and exchange with the Russian Party, building long-standing good relations.

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