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Issue #1711      November 18, 2015

Region Briefs

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the recent US-South Korean naval exercise was an open challenge to the DPRK’s proposal for a peace treaty with the US. With the objective of reducing tensions and building a long-lasting peace in the region, DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong called on the US to sign a peace treaty in September at the UN’s 70th General Assembly. The US turned down the proposal, saying it would not sign a peace treaty with a socialist country that is “pursuing nuclear weapons”.

Myanmarese political party, National League for Democracy (NLD), claimed a major victory in the country’s recent general elections. The NLD had secured 134 seats out of 149 in the House of Representatives and 77 out of 83 in the House of Nationalities (upper house). The Myanmarese president and the military promised to respect the election results and to peacefully hand over political power to the new government. The new government is expected to bring an end to the country’s ruling junta and promote social justice.

A high-level military meeting was conducted by the Laos and Vietnamese military near their shared border areas. They believe that closer friendship, solidarity and cooperation have grown between the two armies, people, states and parties. They agreed to support each other in implementing political tasks, fighting drug crime, smuggling and human trafficking. They will also increase communications and organise more joint-patrols.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City plans to control new HIV+ infection rates within 0.03% by 2020 and the level of HIV+ cases at 0.6%. The city has set up 14 medical facilities, treating over 3,000 drug addicts, and six more will be built by the end of this year. There are 41,841 known HIV+ cases in the city, and it is planned to use advanced therapy and new technology to ensure 90 percent of them have their condition controlled.

According to a statement from China’s State Council, the country will promote the integration of the health care system with the aged care system. The intention is that this will benefit the increasing number of old people as well as create more jobs. The government is encouraging areas with redundant medical resources to transform some public hospitals into aged care centres.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-Jeou in Singapore, opening up a historic page for cross-strait relations. It was the first time that the head of China and the top leader of Taiwan have had a direct and bilateral meeting since 1945. President Xi said “No force can pull us apart, because we are brothers who are still connected by our flesh – even if our bones are broken – and we are one family”. He called for deepening the peaceful development of the relationship, saying that the two sides should prove to the world that both had the wisdom and capabilities to resolve their own problems.

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