Asean morning news for December 11

Asean morning news for December 11

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Around the region: ASEAN, UN talk conflict resolution
The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR) and the United Nations held a workshop in Jakarta last week that looks at the ASEAN perspective on conflict management and resolution.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

South China Sea disputes: Makings of a new Cold War?
Despite protests from China to the 2016 international arbitral ruling against its territorial claim, tensions in the South China Sea have been somewhat abating.
— Khmer Times

What the CPTPP and RCEP Mean for China and Asia Pacific Trade
On October 31, Australia ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), triggering the agreement to come into force by the end of this year.
— China Briefing

ASEAN connectivity projects offer lucrative partnerships
Despite being a giant economic bloc with high growth prospects, Southeast Asia has not fully reaped the benefits of its potential due to a shortage of advanced and efficient infrastructure.
— The Korea Herald

US-China trade war continues to weigh on Asian manufacturers
Manufacturers in Asia received fewer export orders in November, as U.S.-China trade tensions continued to sap industrial demand in the region, according to the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers’ Index survey.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Policymakers pledge to strengthen tobacco control & prevention of NCDs
Subnational leaders, mayors, government officials and civil society members gathered at the 3rd Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NonCommunicable Diseases Prevention Summit pledged to redouble their efforts at enforcing tobacco control and prevent related noncommunicable diseases.
— Bio Spectrum Asia

Asean and EU to allow unlimited cargo flight rights
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the EU have agreed to unlimited cargo flights between the two blocs, as they come close to finalising a comprehensive air transport agreement (CATA).
— The Load Star

University of Montana faculty bucks administration on eliminating Southeast Asia minor
The University of Montana Faculty Senate officially bucked a recommendation from Main Hall to terminate the university’s minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies.
— Missoulian

ASEAN Countries Swap ICO for STO as Fraud-Free Regulated IPO
Thailand and ASEAN countries get rid of ICOs to support STOs, which they call a next-gen IPO, because of its decentralised and democratic nature and ability to be legally regulated by the government to protect investors from fraud and make the market transparent and legal.
— Coin

Getting a piece of the e-commerce pie
A recent report revealed that the government of Thailand has passed a bill that it hopes will ensure more effective tax collection, especially from e-commerce businesses.
— The Asean Post

The ASEAN Single Aviation Market
Freedom means mobility and more mobility means more freedom.
— BusinessWorld Online

ASEAN has ‘gone nowhere’ on human rights protection
A decade on from installing necessary safeguards, the attitude toward human rights protection in Southeast Asia has barely changed, a former top Indonesian diplomat has said in a scathing review of the human rights discourse in the region.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Salary increases rebound for first time in four years
Salary increases in Asia-Pacific recorded a modest rebound this year for the first time since 2014, according to Willis Towers Watson, a global risk management, brokerage and advisory company.
— Bangkok Post

Low carbon electricity generation, carbon pricing could reduce emissions in Asean: MIT report
The ongoing United Nations (UN) climate change talks in Poland have emphasised the need for the world to drastically reduce its emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, with many nations arguing that both developing and developed countries should bear the responsibility of doing so.
— The Straits Times

Blockchain gaining ground in Southeast Asia
20 years ago, no one could have accurately predicted the huge impact that inventions like the smartphone and the World Wide Web would have on humankind.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia has highest CAPEX on crude and natural gas projects
Indonesia has the highest capital expenditure (CAPEX) on planned and announced crude and natural gas projects in Southeast Asia over the period 2018 – 2025, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
— World Pipelines

1st ASEAN Rover Moot begins tomorrow
THE 1st ASEAN Rover Moot 2018, hosted by Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD), will be held from December 12-17.
— Borneo Bulletin

Three Southeast Asian Cities Among Most Visited In 2018
Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur made it once again into the top-ten list of most visited cities 2018 issued by business intelligence firm Euromonitor International. The ranking is based on both the numbers of total arrivals in 2017 and Euromonitor’s projections for 2018.
— Investvine

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Rights activists demand more freedom
During the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day at Freedom Park yesterday, activists urged all governing bodies to pay closer attention to human rights in order to address challenges still being faced.
— The Khmer Times

China naval base a CNRP myth?
Speculation that Cambodia had ceded military control of a port in Koh Kong province reached a fever pitch in the weeks following Prime Minister Hun Sen’s attendance of the Asean Summit in Singapore earlier this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post (opinion)

News fixer for RT to be deported from Thailand
A news fixer detained in Thailand at the request of Cambodian authorities will soon be deported over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary produced by Russia Today.
— The Khmer Times

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Indonesia’s e-commerce sales set to hit $65 bn in 2022
GLOBAL management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has forecast fast growth for e-commerce in Indonesia, predicting sales to reach US$65 billion (Bt2.13 trillion) annually by 2022, eight times the $8 billion recorded in 2017.
— The Nation

Lion Air’s Nov passenger numbers down less than 5% after Oct crash
LION Air said on Monday that passenger numbers dropped by less than 5 per cent in November compared to a year earlier, after one of its Boeing Co 737 MAX jets crashed in late October killing all 189 people on board.
— The Business Times

Indonesia’s October retail sales up 2.9pc y/y
Retail sales in Indonesia grew at a much slower pace at 2.9 percent in October from a year earlier, compared with an annual growth rate of 4.8 percent in September, a central bank survey showed on Monday.
— Business Recorder

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Laos, APO members look forward to product standards improvement
Laos and Asian countries look forward to increased opportunities in quality standards improvement for agricultural production and enhanced access to overseas markets.
— Vientiane Times

Costs of Cable: Laos Ranks Low, Has High-Price Broadband Connections
Mobile connections keep us moving, but the fastest speeds are still to be found via fiber optic cable.
— Laotian Times

Beer Lao Marks 45th Anniversary
The Lao Brewery Company, mostly known as Beer Lao, hosted last Friday a reception to celebrate its 45th anniversary (1973-2018).

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Airlines and airports can collaborate to share retail profits
New ways of using digital technology and better air passenger intelligence is spawning new income streams for airport retail, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) general manager of commercial business Hani Ezra Hussin.
— New Straits Times

East M’sia’s mobile internet usage highest in the country
Mobile internet usage in Sarawak and Sabah are among the highest in the country, Maxis Bhd (Maxis) says, with data consumption having more than doubled last year in the East Malaysian region.
— The Borneo Post

Hopes of a speedy resolution to Malaysia and Singapore’s dispute over air and sea boundaries dissipated on Monday as Kuala Lumpur dug in its heels even as it agreed to a dialogue.
— South China Morning Post

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Myanmar seizes heroin haul worth $4.7 million: police
Myanmar has seized 370 kilogrammes (815 pounds) of heroin worth $4.7 million during a raid in the northeast, police said, the latest big bust in the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan
— Frontier Myanmar

More Kachin youths charged under peaceful assembly law
Three more Kachin youths have been charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act for holding a protest without permission from the authorities, in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, according to local sources.
— The Irrawaddy

Suu Kyi’s calls for more FDI in Burma may have worked
After touring Asia in recent months to drum up support for her country’s economy, several parties have reportedly begun showing interest in pouring more funds in Southeast Asia’s “Final Frontier”, as Suu Kyi puts it.
— Asian Correspondent

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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ADB agrees to lend $7.5 billions in loans to Philippines over 3 years
Multilateral lender Asian Development Bank said Monday it will extend loans of up to $2.5 billion annually to the Philippines, or a total of $7.4 billion from 2019 to 2021, to support the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program.

Office space sector hit record sales of 1.5 million sqm this year
Demand for office space hit a record 1.5 million square meters this year, as the strong take-up by the online gaming industry offset the slowdown in demand from the business process outsourcing sector, real estate services firm Leechiu Property Consultants said Monday.

MAP proposes lower gratuitous tax on transfer of real property
The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) has recommended lower tax level for gratuitous tax of real property.
— Manila Bulletin

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Maritime dispute: Singapore ‘disappointed’ at Malaysia’s position but welcomes de-escalation
Singapore is disappointed that Malaysia has refused to return to the status quo before it extended the Johor Bahru port limits but welcomed its neighbour’s pledge to de-escalate the situation on the ground, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday (Dec 10) in response to .
— Channel News Asia

Work to complete collapsed TPE-PIE viaduct to begin next year
Works to complete a road viaduct linking the Tampines Expressway (TPE) to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) – which collapsed last year, killing one worker – will begin in the first quarter of next year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Dec 10).
— The Straits Times

Appeal in scammer’s case leads to new sentencing structure
A Taiwanese man convicted over his role as a runner in a cash laundering scam was sentenced to 51/2 years in jail on appeal, in a case that produced a sentencing framework for such offences in future.
— Straits Times

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Parties call for constitution to be ripped up
Representatives from political parties slammed the coup-sponsored 2017 charter on Monday, branded “Section 44” of being another form of coup and suggested the constitution should be amended after the House of Representatives is in place.
— Bangkok Post

Court to hear AlAraibi extradition case
The Criminal Court has scheduled an extradition hearing on Tuesday for a former member of the Bahrain national football team, now wanted political crimes.
— Bangkok Post

EC warned new ballots could lead to possibility of election being nullified
As resentments among political parties and politicians grow against the new poll ballot design, a former election commissioner has warned the Election Commission that the forthcoming election could end up being declared null and void.
— Thai PBS World

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Pragmatic & risk-averse: little change expected under Nguyen Phu Trong (video)
Vietnam’s top leadership positions, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the president, are traditionally held by two different people.
— AEC News Today (video)

Hanoi grows 7.28% in 2016 – 2018
This would result in an expansion of the scale of the capital city’s economy, which is now 1.34 times larger than that of 2015.
— Hanoi Times

Top 500 largest enterprises in Việt Nam announced
Việt Nam’s private sector continued to show strong growth with the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) among private firms rising significantly, reaching 21.8 per cent in the 2014-17 period.
— Viet Nam News

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