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Issue #1696      August 5, 2015

Region Briefs

Vietnam’s President Sang Tan Truong called on the nation to accelerate development and become an industrialised nation through pushing comprehensive reform and innovation. He expressed the view in an article prepared for the 12th National Party Congress. The president said that the 30 year on-going reform had successfully converted the country from a central-planned and subsidy-based economy to a socialist-orientated market one. He continued, the reform had gradually industrialised and modernised Vietnam, making its people more wealthy and society more just. The Communist Party of Vietnam’s upcoming 12th Congress would be significant, pushing reforms, promoting national defence, and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment for national development.

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) recently celebrated its 93rd founding anniversary at the JCP headquarters. JCP Chair Shii Kazuo delivered a speech at the celebration, calling for abolishing Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s unconstitutional war bills and getting rid of the Abe government. JCP delegates crowded the main hall and a sub-hall to attend the celebration. It was broadcast online and was viewed 22,722 times on the day; 674 local JCP committees across Japan also gathered members to watch the event.

The 4th National Conference of War Veterans was held in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The conference was held two days ahead the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement that shattered the US’s invasion in the DPRK. The country’s leader Kim Jong Un said that “ I extend noble respect to the martyrs of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) and the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (CPVA)” who sacrificed their lives for “the freedom and independence of the Korean people and peace in East Asia”. Tens of thousands CPVA soldiers died with their KPA comrades in the fighting against the US and its allies, including Australia.

China’s vice Premier Wang Yang urged strong measures to be taken for alleviating poverty, ensuring no area and no people were left behind. He said that the central government would evaluate local governments’ work on poverty relief. He also said that the country would increase investment in infrastructure building and public services in impoverished areas and help poor people to find jobs or start a business. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, there were 70.17 million impoverished people in the countryside in 2014, which was a decrease of 12.32 million compared to 2013.

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