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Issue #1703      September 23, 2015

Region Briefs

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai, noted the importance of raising public awareness of green growth – sustainable growth – and he called on all domestic sectors to make green growth even more attractive to people. Two-hundred participants discussed the relationship between sustainable economic development and environmental protection. Sixteen provinces and cities had launched plans to promote green growth. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2012 approved a national strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emission, increasing the use of renewable energy, and practising environmental friendly lifestyle and consumption.

A Vietnamese government delegation to China last week was received by Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang. The delegation proposed the implementation of common understandings and agreements that the two countries have signed, increasing fishery and forest products imported from Vietnam. Also that China increase investment in Vietnam in infrastructure building and high-technology production. The Chinese Premier affirmed that China would continue to build friendly, peaceful and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, and that such a relationship would contribute to stability, prosperity and peace in the region. The two countries also exchanged their experience in fighting against corruption and maintaining party discipline.

Workers in weapons factories across Japan have expressed their opposition to the country’s war-related bills that were launched by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Workers at the Mitsubishi Company, for example, criticised their company for increasing weapons production at Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works. The workers were angered by the reinforced cooperative relationship between the company and the Abe government, as many of the weapons will be exported to the US.

Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, recently held a meeting in Beijing, asking local branches of the Communist Party of China to better support the development of the People’s Congress at town and country levels. He also committed to allocate more resources to congress regions.

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