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Issue #1718      February 10, 2016

Region Briefs

China has accelerated the construction of more wind power farms. According to China’s National Energy Administration, wind power generated 32.97 gigawatt of electricity in 2015, 60 percent more than in 2014. The country has been promoting the use of cleaner and sustainable energy sources, and wind power is considered as one of the sources to replace fossil fuel energy. Twenty percent of China’s total energy consumption will be generated by non-fossil energy by 2030.

China will donate 10,000 tonnes of food to Syrian refugees, helping to ease the food shortage. China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference, stressed that the international community should seek a political solution to resolve the Syrian conflict, giving priority to the overall interest of the Syrian people and their country. He also called on different international parties to implement UN resolutions on Syria and provide humanitarian assistance. China donated A$140 million to refugees in 2015 and another A$84 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria earlier this year.

Celebrations were held across Vietnam and overseas to mark the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on February 3. A delegation of the country’s top leaders paid tribute to former leader Ho Chi Minh at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs. Vietnam’s Embassies in Algeria, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany and many more also held celebrations. Fraternal parties and neighbouring countries sent congratulatory greetings. The CPV was founded in 1930. Under its leadership, the Vietnamese people successfully carried through its August Revolution in 1945 and the 1975 Spring Offensive, leading the country to liberation, independence and socialism.

Bangladesh garment workers continue to work in dangerous conditions. A fire broke out recently at the factory of Matrix Sweaters. The factory supplies goods to H&M and JC Penney. The fire injured 15 people. There had been another fire in the same factory five days earlier. General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, Jyrki Raina, said the union would continue its campaign to ensure garment workers’ safety. In 2012, one building of a Bangladeshi garment factory caught fire and collapsed, killing 112 workers.

South Korean military and the ruling party (Saenuri Party) plan to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in the country. The plan has already gained support from the US. South Korea claimed that the deployment was a response to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s recent hydrogen bomb test, but it was nothing more than a move escalating tensions in the region. The South Korean military plans to finish building a multi-layer missile defence system with both medium and long range surface-to-air missiles by the 2020s.

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