Asean morning news for December 3

Asean morning news for December 3

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

RIMCHN a success, but Rimpac 2020 could be Beijing’s worst nightmare
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and navies from 10 Asean member states carried out a field-training exercise in the South China Sea (SCS) between October 22 and 28 2018.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN goods expand China market reach via rail-sea routes
Rail-sea intermodal transportation has brought Southeast Asian commodities to more Chinese cities and regions over the past year, rail and port authorities in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a gateway to Southeast Asia, said yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan adopted
IMO technical assistance and institutional support has been instrumental in the recent adoption of the ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Microsoft pledges to transform communities with digital skills
Microsoft has pledged to provide 15,000 university students with internship opportunities, deliver digital skills training to 2.2 million small and medium enterprise (SME) employees, and to hire 8,500 digital workers by 2020 across Asean.
— The Borneo Post

Megabanks bolstering services in Southeast Asia
Japan’s three megabanks — MUFG Bank, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC) — are ramping up services for local companies and Japan-affiliated firms in Southeast Asia amid expectations economic activity in the region will get a shot in the arm from the abolition, in principle, of tariffs among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year.
— The Japan News

Asean defence cooperation to go online
In the face of increasing cyber threats and attacks in some Southeast Asian states, Asean formally initiated a cyber security working group in 2016.
— Khmer Times

SEC releases rules for ASEAN advisor pass
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released the proposed guidelines to implement the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) Pass, which seeks to allow the free movement of investment advisers within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— BusinessWorld Online

Asean members agree to intensify integration of biodiversity conservation in development
The heads of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states agreed to accelerate, intensify and enhance new and continuing efforts, and partnerships in integrating biodiversity conservation in key development areas.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN urged to promote self-reliance to progress
Over the past five decades since its foundation, ASEAN has made contributions to shaping peace, stability for development and promoting cooperation in the region.
— Borneo Bulletin

Asean experts to meet on military medicine in Lucknow
A four-day meeting of a experts in military medicine from Asean countries, being co-chaired by India and Myanmar, will be held here from Sunday, an official spokesman of the Central Command said on Saturday.
— Business Standard

Jakarta, KL, Bangkok seen as export markets for fashion items
Southeast Asian cities like Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok present opportunities for Philippine exporters and retailers as consumers in these markets are willing to spend for fashion items, the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) said.
— The Philippine Star

Asean Heritage status sought for two Trang sites
Conservationists have voiced their support behind efforts to list Chao Mai National Park and the Mo Koh Libong No-Hunting Zone in Trang province as Asean Heritage sites, as this would help strengthen conservation work in the area.
— The Nation

ASEAN parliamentarians seek dismissal of fabricated cases vs Castro, Ocampo
A group of parliamentarians from Southeast Asian has urged local authorities to immediately drop the criminal charges filed against embattled ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo following their arrest last Wednesday.
— Politiko

Port mores by summit
Tensions between the U.S. and China escalated on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, forcing the 21 members to wrap up without a joint declaration for the first time since meetings began in 1993.
— The Nation

Street food and Sailor Moon: 5 unique Miss Universe 2018 costumes from Asia
The Internet was abuzz when Miss Universe Singapore Zahra Khanum unveiled on Thursday (Nov 29) her national costume, which she said embodied world peace.
— Channel NewsAsia

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Government: Military cooperation with the US remains strong
Cambodia still has military cooperation with the US, despite the former “temporarily postponing” the annual Angkor Sentinel joint exercises last year, Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chhum Socheat said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Germany set to launch first loan to Cambodia
The German Embassy on Thursday announced its first loan to the Kingdom of Cambodia of €30 million ($34.06 million), which will be used to upgrade its rural energy grid.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PP court to hear the cases of six union leaders
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is slated to hear the long-standing court cases of six union leaders on Friday, according a court’s statement.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Hardliners pull out Islam card on Jokowi
The radical Indonesian cleric behind the push to jail former Jakarta governor Ahok for blasphemy has declared it unIslamic to vote for any parties who supported him — a thinly veiled attack on President Joko Widodo — at a mass rally yesterday, setting the stage for another bitterly divisive election influenced by political Islam.
— The Australian

Indonesian island clean-up nets 40 tonnes of rubbish daily
Residents on a string of coral-fringed islands off Jakarta’s coast are battling a tidal wave of trash, with more than 40 tonnes of rubbish collected daily over the past week, an official said. Indonesian authorities have deployed an army of staff and a fleet of boats to help clear rubbish-infested shorelines and surrounding waters
— Intellasia

President Jokowi Urges Using Rubber for Asphalt Mixture
Indonesia President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has instructed to buy rubber from farmers. For this reason, the Indonesia Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing is set to use rubber as a mixture of rubber asphalt. The instruction was conveyed by President Jokowi when meeting with rubber farmers in Palembang, South Sumatra, some time ago.
— Netral News

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

Laos ‘might need a push’ to take full advantage of border crossing
Despite the upgrading of Ban Huak crossing in Phu Sang district to a permanent border checkpoint, only local residents are currently allowed to travel across the border to Laos.
— Bangkok Post

Energy, mining projects flouting rules
Licences issued by authorities for some investment projects are not in line with the official plan and the appropriate steps are not always followed, the sector’s leading official said on Monday.
— Vientiane Times

Gov’t Earmarks 2.54 Trillion Kip For Poverty Reduction
The government has earmarked 2,548 billion kip for poverty reduction efforts in coming year.
— KPL

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Foreign Direct Investment Into Malaysia Increased 350% In Past Three Quarters
Malaysia’s foreign direct investments (FDI) volume increased to 49 billion ringgit ($11.72 billion) for the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year.
— Investvine

StixFresh: amazing little sticker from Malaysia that keeps mangos fresher longer (video)
Here’s an idea that might just stick: a smart label that helps prolong the shelf life of certain fruits and vegetables.
— AEC News Today

Durian: the foul-smelling fruit that could make Malaysia millions
High up in the lush green mountains of Raub, you can smell them before you see them. The pungent waft in the morning breeze comes as quickly as it goes, but there is no mistaking: this part of Malaysia is the land of the durian.
— The Guardian

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

ASEAN may hold key to Rakhine crisis
At the end of the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore on November 15, Singapore formally handed over the symbolic gavel of ASEAN chairmanship to Thailand, which it last held in 2009. The one-year rotating term will officially begin on January 1.
— The Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s tourism slump
Faced with dwindling tourist numbers from the West, Myanmar is pulling out all stops to woo visitors closer to home. It has relaxed visa rules to visitors from China, South Korea and Japan and aims to bring about half a million of them over to Mandalay this year.
— The Asean Post

Watch the Mon artisans of Bilu Kyun make rubber bands and other handicrafts (video)
Ever wondered how rubber bands are made? Quite likely not, but by now (hopefully) we’ve sparked your curiosity.
— AEC News Today

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

MCIA-T2: $330 bln terminal boosts visitor arrivals and airport experience (video)
A spectacular second terminal at Cebu airport not only raises Philippines’ airport infrastructure to world-class standards, but is also driving international and domestic tourism to Cebu City, one of the nation’s most significant historical and cultural centres.
— AEC News Today (video)

Hot money inflows hit $267M since Jan 2018, spike in Nov
THE sentiment of foreign short-term investors to the Philippines turned positive in mid-November this year, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.
— Business Mirror

Senate OKs wider powers, P200-B capitalization for BSP
he Senate has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on a bill raising the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) capitalization to P200 billion from P50 billion, and expanding its regulatory powers.
— ABS-CBN News

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Mark Roy         @electricnerve

 

Regional markets braced for busy week
Singapore and other regional markets head into December with a busy week, as investors shift their focus to key events – Brexit, US and China economic data releases, an Opec meeting – beyond the G-20 summit.
— Straits Times

Goldman Sachs’ 1MDB cover-up is bigger than the scandal
For nearly five years now, the unfolding 1 Malaysian Development Bhd or 1MDB scandal has had little or no impact on Wall Street even though US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs was at the core of the shenanigans and a key enabler.
— The Edge Singapore

Public feedback sought ahead of Budget 2019
December 03, 2018 5:00 AMThe views and suggestions of Singaporeans are being sought in preparation for Budget 2019, by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and government feedback unit Reach.
— Straits Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ

 

Chinese Producers Fleeing Trade War Buoy Leading Thai Developer
The upheaval in global supply chains triggered by the trade dispute between the U.S. and China is benefiting the largest developer of industrial estates in Thailand.
— Bloomberg

Thailand detains Taiwanese citizen over anti-China broadcasts
A Taiwanese businessman has been detained in Thailand for allegedly helping an underground online radio broadcast aimed at Chinese listeners.
— The Thaiger

Release policies, parties told
The business community is urging political parties to spell out their economic policies ahead of the general election, asking for the chance to plan for challenges post-poll.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men          @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam Airlines eyes listing to fund growth as tourism booms
Vietnam Airlines plans to list its shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange in the first quarter of 2019, raising the state-owned carrier’s profile and positioning it to fund development of its fleet as it faces growing competition from low-cost carriers.
— Financial Times

VN needs to simplify property laws for foreigners
Viet Nam’s real estate market must solve many difficulties to increase the number of foreigners buying property in Viet Nam, experts said.
— Bizhub

Vietnam To Advise North Korea On Economic Development
Vietnam is set to teach secluded North Korea lessons of how to open its economy during a visit of North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho which started on November 30.
— Investvine

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