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Issue #1699      August 26, 2015

Region Briefs

A Vietnamese delegation, headed by Vu Xuan Hong, President of the Vietnam Friendship Organisation (VUFO), visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), celebrating the DPRK’s 70th Liberation Day and attending the 50th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relationships between the two countries’ Friendship Associations. Vu’s Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Suk, praised the contribution that the VUFO had made to the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two peoples. Both countries agreed to deepen their relations. The delegation also visited a number of cultural and educational facilities in the DPRK.

Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng, and the country’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong, attended a meeting on helping ethnic minorities. Yu called on the government to improve educational and environmental qualities for ethnic minorities. Some ethnic minority regions are still facing difficulties in providing better education, despite rapid developments in recent years. He believed that ethnic unity and socialist core values would ensure the continuity of traditional cultures. He added that “attention must be paid to compulsory, bilingual and vocational education in ethnic regions, and talented professionals from all ethnic minority groups should be encouraged to champion regional development”. Liu said that communication among all ethnic groups should be increased. She called for teachers’ training to be better provided for. She also called for the building of more boarding schools for inland ethnic students, thus improving their educational environment.

A Japanese trade union recently sued Himeji City government for forcibly stopping a union event that was held to fight against the Japanese government’s war legislation. The event was held in front of Himeji station, a solidarity event supporting a larger protest at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo. Soon after the event started, the city government revoked the permit that allowed for union use of the station square and stopped the protest with the excuse that it was disturbing public order. Participants said that “the city authorities are just like the old imperial government that repressed people who are against war aggression”.

According to Chinese ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang, Chinese state-owned enterprises have created more than 6,000 jobs for local people, while China’s Machinery Engineering Corporation has built the Ruacana-Omakange Road for the country. Namibian President Hage Geingob thanked China for building the road and improving the Namibian people’s living standards during the country’s current struggle for economic development. He stated that China was one of many countries that assisted Namibia during the country’s struggle for independence, and he considered China as an all-weather friend. The 85-kilometre road provided a network, connecting with Angola in southern Africa. It also offered an easy access to Etosha National Park, boosting local tourism.

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