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Issue #1698      August 19, 2015

Region Briefs

According to a statement from Vietnam’s National Committee for Major Events, the country will hold a major parade in Hanoi on September 2, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day. Thirty-thousand war veterans, workers, ethnic minorities, farmers and entrepreneurs will join the parade. The theme of the parade is “promoting the strength of the entire nation and being determined to build and firmly defend the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. The parade will be broadcast on TV in order to “affirm the great historical values of the August Revolution and the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the history of the nation’s construction and defence”. Art performances, fireworks and exhibitions will also be held during the celebration season.

The Russian State Movie Fund will hold a Soviet-era World War Two movie festival in the cities of Beijing and Suzhou from August 26 to September 12, showing seven unscreened (in China) Soviet movies to celebrate the two countries’ joint victory over Japanese and German invasion in the war. The festival was initiated jointly by the countries’ state and commercial organisations, aimed at increasing cultural connections and cooperation, and they believe the festival will raise interest in their shared history. A similar Chinese movies festival will be held in Moscow and St Petersburg (Leningrad) in September.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended an opening ceremony of the country’s 10th Ethnic Games. In the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos, 6,240 athletes from China’s 56 ethnic groups will perform and compete 200 traditional sports in eight days. Ethnic groups (including groups from Taiwan) demonstrated their traditional songs, dances and dress, introducing their culture and traditions. The first games were held in 1953, bringing all China’s 56 ethnic groups together and playing an important role in keeping traditional sports alive. The games offer an opportunity for people who live in remote and border regions to demonstrate their skills and culture. The games also prioritise mutual understanding, cultural-difference recognition, cultural exchange and ethnic interaction rather than competition.

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chair Shii Kazuo recently had meetings at the JCP head office with a 10-member delegation from the French Communist Party (FCP), led by the FCP National Secretary Pierre Laurent. The two parties agreed to increase cooperation and deepen solidarity in common global tasks, such as global warming and abolition of military alliances. Laurent introduced the party’s achievements in fighting financial capital and protecting people’s social welfare, and the FCP called for France to withdraw from NATO and dissolve the US military alliance. Shii introduced the JCP’s history and recent activities, and he added that the JCP fought for building a democratic society in Japan and against US and corporate rule.

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