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CHINA

Parade to show new weapons

President Xi Jinping (習近平) will use a World War II victory parade to showcase new weapons systems, a general said, amid growing regional concern about the country’s military reach. The Tiananmen Square pageant on Sept. 3 marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender will feature domestically made military hardware, Major General Qu Rui said on Tuesday at a briefing in Beijing. Much of the equipment will make its public debut at the event to be presided over by Xi, Qu said without elaborating.

AUSTRALIA

Terrorists to lose citizenship

The government yesterday said it would introduce new laws this week to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship, but backed away from putting the power in the hands of a single minister. The legislation will see the Citizenship Act — which currently stipulates a person ceases to be a national if they serve in the armed forces of a country at war with Australia — expanded to include people who “fight against us in a terrorist group.” There are currently 20 such groups on Canberra’s list of terrorist organizations.

NEW ZEALAND

Radar failure grounds flights

All of the country’s international and domestic flights were temporarily grounded yesterday afternoon after authorities reported that the nationwide radar system had failed. Airways New Zealand, which provides navigational services, wrote on Twitter that it experienced a radar failure at 2:48pm. It said in a later statement that it had identified the issue, tested the system and resumed full service about two hours after the flights stopped. The agency did not say what caused the problem. It said that “at no point was the safety of any airport operations compromised.” Minister of Transport Simon Bridges said that after the failure, aircraft that were aloft were able to land in a staggered fashion, with air traffic control able to communicate with the planes via radio contact. National carrier Air New Zealand said about 160 of its international and domestic flights had been affected. It said it had resumed flights yesterday afternoon, but the backlog would take some time to clear.

VIETNAM

Social insurance amended

Vietnam’s National Assembly has back-tracked on a controversial social insurance law that sparked massive protests earlier this year. The lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a resolution allowing workers to receive a one-time payment when they resigned instead of getting a monthly allowance when they retire, the government said on its Web site late on Monday. Last year, the Communist Party-dominated assembly passed a social insurance law that requires workers to wait until their retirement age — 60 for men and 55 for women — to get the allowance, saying the government wants the workers to have a stable life after their retirement. That law would have taken effect on Jan. 1 next year. In March, tens of thousands of workers at a major Taiwanese-owned footwear factory in Ho Chi Minh City went on a week-long strike to protest the law. They said they preferred the lump sum to help pay for their daily needs while seeking new jobs. The stoppage at the factory producing shoes for Nike and Adidas was a rare challenge to communist authorities over policy issues, although strikes over low pay and poor working conditions are common.

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