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Issue #1702      September 16, 2015

Region Briefs

Three thousand and eight hundred people recently protested in front of the US military Camp Schwab in Okinawa, demanding that the building of a new US military base in the prefecture cease. The Japanese Communist Party member and parliament representative, Akamine Seiken, said that the protest was set to fight against the Abe government’s war-related bills and to stop the building of new US military bases. Other participants said that they cannot stand by while the government decides building a new military base meant to frighten people under the excuse of protecting national security.

The China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) has built a school (funded by more than AU$1.3 million) for 600 ethnic San people in Namibia. San people are the oldest settlers in the region of Omaheke, although they are an ethnic minority in the country. One in five San people are literate (2011 population census) due to school shortage. The school is composed of 12 classrooms, sports ground, teacher and princ. The CYDF also has funded another 22 schools in Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi.

The Communist Party of China Central Committee Party School placed statues of Marx, Engels, Mao, Deng and other communist role models on its campus. The Party’s school is the highest institute that trains middle-level party members, and in a statement noted the figures guided and reflected the Party’s ideology through different development stages.

China’s top political advisor, Yu Zhengsheng, hosted a ceremony in the Tibetan capital of Larissa, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Tibet Autonomous Region. Thousands of people wearing ethnic clothing joined the ceremony, marching, singing and dancing. Yu said that the top priorities in Tibet were to strengthen ethnic solidarity, safeguard national unity, promote economic development, improve people’s living standards, social stability and harmony. He guaranteed that the government would create more jobs, provide better education, health care, and housing to the local people, as well as protect the natural environment. GDP in Tibet has grown from around AU$60 million in 1965 to over AU$100 billion in 2014.

Two hundred and twenty delegates from 18 countries participated in the 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, sharing experiences and proposing communication initiatives. Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang welcomed the delegation. He affirmed Vietnam’s support and solidarity with Cuba. One of the Cuban Five, Antonio Rodriguez, thanked Vietnam for its efforts in lifting the US blockade on his country and the release of the five patriotic soldiers.

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