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Issue #1713      December 2, 2015

Region Briefs

Three-hundred Vietnamese students from the University of Foreign Trade, the Law University and the National University of Economics and many more, participated in a meeting called Young National Assembly of Vietnam on November 25 in Hanoi, simulating the country’s plenary meeting of the National Assembly of Vietnam (NA). The meeting was part of a border project that was organised by the NA office. The project started in July this year, helping young people to raise their voices in politics, understand the working mechanism of the NA and exchange views with young NA deputies. Participants in the meeting suggested that universities should help students to gain access to internships and employment at state-owned enterprises and organisations.

The National Assembly of Vietnam recently passed a new law on referenda. The law contains eight chapters with 52 articles and will come into force in 2016. One third of the NA deputies, the NA Standing Committee, President, and the government can propose a referendum, and the NA is the legal body to organise a referendum. A referendum is considered valid if more than half of at least three fourths of voters chose yes: two thirds if it is for a constitutional change. The day of any referendum should be a Sunday and voters do not include Vietnamese who study, live and work overseas.

The Japanese National Confederation of Trade Unions recently held a three-day symposium, exchanging their experience with international participants in labour struggle against the machinations of global corporations. There were 140 people at the joint symposium, including participants from the US, Australia, France, South Korea and Indonesia. Guest speaker, Professor Stephanie Luce, stated that it was necessary for workers to unite in the current globalisation process. The Confederation’s General Secretary, Inoue Hisashi, called for increasing international solidarity, alleviating poverty and social inequality, and securing decent working conditions for workers.

China recently held a ceremony to award 60 medical groups and 280 individuals for their outstanding work in fighting against Ebola in western African countries as well as in China. In his letter, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the “noble spirit” of Chinese medical workers who offered medical aid and helped to control the epidemic. He said “China’s all-out efforts in helping Ebola-inflicted African countries demonstrated China’s image as a responsible country and significantly fortified and developed the Sino-African friendship”. He called on all related factors to prioritise public health and security, disease prevention, and public health emergency responses. The country has sent more than A$125 million worth of aid and hundreds of medical workers to the Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa.

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