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Issue #1707      October 21, 2015

Region Briefs

According to a statement issued by the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the party plans to recruit more members in trade unions, social groups and NGOs, establishing more party groups in these organisations to “guide them in the right political direction”. The statement asks organisations that have more than three party members to form a local party group, “mobilising and educating workers to stand against negative influences and illegal activities”.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) Embassy in Vietnam celebrated the 70th founding anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The DPRK ambassador, Kim Myong Gil, reviewed the country’s achievements in national development and defence in the past 70 years. He also praised the ongoing traditional ties between the two parties, two countries and two peoples. Deputy Head of the Vietnamese Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, Tran Dac Loi, congratulated the WPK and the achievements that the country had made under WPK leadership, and he said Vietnam would continue fostering a bilateral relationship for prosperity, peace, cooperation and development.

The Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam, Hong Xiaoyong, led a delegation to the Dao My Cemetery in Vietnam’s northern province of Bac Giang, paying respect to Chinese martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnamese war against US invasion in the 1960s. Bac Giang Provincial People’s Committee Chairman, students, reporters and local residents also joined the delegation and visited the cemetery. One local cemetery staff member said that he hoped the traditional relationship between the two countries would last forever, continuing to strengthen solidarity and cooperation in all areas including people to people exchanges. The chairman said that the Chinese martyrs buried in Vietnam sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence, and they had been taken good care of as their Vietnamese comrades. The cemetery buried 217 Chinese martyrs who died in 1967 and 1968, and there are 40 more similar cemeteries across 22 Vietnamese provinces. Three-hundred and twenty thousand Chinese troops joined the Vietnamese army, fighting against US invasion in the 1960s upon the request of Vietnam.

According to the Japanese Defence Ministry, 13,041 workers in the private sector were forced into paramilitary training at the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF) in 2014. NTT Corporation, the largest telecommunications company in Japan, for example, compelled 18 workers into paramilitary training at SDF camps in 2014. The company claimed the training increases a sense of discipline and friendship, benefiting both the workers and the company. But in fact, the company had agreements with the government, supporting the new war bills and militarism. Many big private companies in Japan did the same as NTT in exchange for government protection.

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