Rare Party Conference in N. Korea Raises Succession Questions

A big meeting of North Korea’s only political party could herald the beginning of the succession to a third generation of the Kim family in the reclusive Communist state.

Tokyo-Beijing Forum held to boost ties, strengthen feelings

TOKYO, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — The 6th annual Tokyo-Beijing Forum, under the theme of “Asia’s future: Japan, China’s contribution”, was held Monday in Tokyo to promote understanding and strengthen ties between the two nations.

Present at the forum include Wang Chen, director of China’s State Council Information Office, Li Zhaoxing, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuoda.

South Africa’s Zuma’s push leads to strike talks

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The South African government and unions representing 1.3 million striking state workers plan talks on Monday night following President Jacob Zuma’s order to ministers to negotiate immediately to end the walkout.

Union officials hoped the negotiations will lead to an improved offer to end the labour dispute that has closed schools, prevented treatment at hospitals and harmed investor sentiment towards Africa’s largest economy.