Asean morning news for April 10

Asean morning news for April 10

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Fake news: Sri Lanka loses port over Chinese BRI debt
Global media and numerous ‘experts’ routinely assert that Sri Lanka was forced to cede a strategically important port to China after being lured into a debt trap by easy Chinese loans.
— AEC News Today

Vietnam wants a South China Sea dispute resolution pact with teeth, not more politics
The Southeast Asian bloc of nations and China are a step closer to forming a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, and for Vietnam it’s a chance to replace a disappointing and toothless diplomatic pact with real dispute management provisions.
— South China Morning Post

Boycott won’t disrupt Brunei’s economy
While it is of course each government’s sovereign right to decree and revise its Penal Code as they see fit, it is equally the travel consumers’ right to avoid destinations with a rule of law that does not follow their perceptions of international human rights laws.
— TTR Weekly

Rome Statute: Was Malaysia hasty?
The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty that helped establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 1 July, 2002.
— The Asean Post

ADB, WB urged to coordinate dev’t efforts in Asia-Pacific
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has underscored the need for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank to closely coordinate efforts and explore their complementarities to more effectively accelerate sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, the Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Easing inflation helps Asian factories improve performance: March PMI
Manufacturers in Asia’s emerging economies experienced better operating conditions in March, thanks to easing inflation, but they still face slowing international demand due to trade uncertainties and a semiconductor slump, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers’ Index survey found.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asean-S Korea ties surging forward
South Korea is catching up with China and Japan in developing all-around relations with Asean.
— Bangkok Post

Regional cooperation a must to combat drug problem
THE importance of regional cooperation in efficiently combatting the drug problem was stressed by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Acting Director Haji Mohd Jaffari bin Haji Mahadi yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

Obstacle course race back as regular sport in 30th SEA Games
Obstacle course race will debut in the Southeast Asian Games as a regular sport.
— PTV News

ASEAN refuses to emulate Western model
China-ASEAN relations have always been on the mind of regional observers. Isra Sunthornvut (Sunthornvut), secretary general of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), shared with Global Times (GT) reporter Wang Wenwen his views on the trajectory of bilateral ties and how AIPA promotes ASEAN objectives.
— Global Times

Call to expedite ASEAN transport facilitation framework agreements
ACTING Director of Land Transport Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon said that he looked forward to hearing productive deliverables during the course of the 37th ASEAN Transport Facilitation Working Group (TFWG) Meeting.
— Borneo Bulletin

RI lags behind Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia on exports: Minister
The head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, has said Indonesia is still lagging behind three other ASEAN members — Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia — when it comes to exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Rise in Cyberlaws Across Southeast Asia Spell Bad News for Human Rights & Democracy
Around the globe, cyberspace has become the new battleground in the fight for the heart and soul of democracy.
— Inter Press Service

Part 1 – 5 countries, 13,000 km, 1 goal: Challenge the everyday use of plastic
I was on a 3-month bike ride across five countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand , Cambodia and Nepal, to challenge the everyday use of plastic through an activity called Plogging – a mix of jogging and picking up trash.
— The Indian Express

Competition can take brakes off Southeast Asia solar market
A lack of competition, on a number of fronts, is preventing Southeast Asia’s solar market from reaching its full potential.
— PV Tech

60% of Greater Southeast Asia gamers are “strongly drawn to esports”
Almost two thirds of the gaming population in Greater Southeast Asia are engaged in esports.

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Piseth Pov          @piseth6666


Cambodia discusses sea transport with neighbours
Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam on Friday discussed an agreement on maritime transportation that seeks to reduce the cost of shipping by sea and link coastal tourism destinations in the three countries.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Government Defends Decision to Hire US Lawmaker to Lobby Congress
Cambodia’s government on Tuesday defended its decision to hire a U.S. state lawmaker to lobby on behalf of its interests in Congress, amid a low point in relations between Washington and Phnom Penh prompted by democratic rollbacks in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Radio Free Asia

15 Cambodian ancient artifacts to be exhibited in Beijing
Fifteen Cambodian ancient artifacts will be on display in Beijing, capital of China, before the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Kong Vireak, director of the National Museum of Cambodia, said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

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Compiled by Piseth Pov          @piseth6666


More Indonesians join cases against Boeing after CEO apology
More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.
— Pattaya Mail

Police uncover networks that trafficked 1,200 domestic workers to Syria, Morocco
The National Police’s criminal investigation body has announced that it has uncovered four human trafficking networks that sent an estimated 1,200 Indonesians to work in Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, Getting Accurate Data Is Like ‘Finding a Pokemon’
Indonesia’s government is set to export rice for the first time in more than a decade — not because the country has turned in a bumper harvest but because it’s been importing the grain based on faulty data collection, resulting in an oversupply of stocks.
— Bloomberg

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Chinese Investors Speed Up SEZ Development
A group of Chinese investors have invested at least 10 billion yuan to speed up developing the infrastructure of the Boten Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Luang Namtha Province, northern Laos.

AIIB approves $320m for Sri Lanka and Laos loans
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has given the green light for loans in Sri Lanka, totalling $280 million, and Laos, which will receive $40 million.
— Funds Global Asia

FEATURE: Luang Prabang luring larger numbers of Chinese tourists
While relatively small, World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang city nestled between the Mekong and Khan rivers is quickly becoming more popular among Chinese tourists.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov


Malaysia to impose levy on those flying out of country soon
Malaysia will impose a levy on anyone flying out the country when the Departure Levy Bill 2019 is passed in Parliament.
— Asia One

Malaysia’s former PM in the dock
A decade after taking the oath as Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak has found himself in the dock on corruption charges.
— Public Financial International

Dr M: Malaysia stands firm over repeal of Anti-Fake News Act
Malaysia will stick by its decision to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act and will not follow its neighbour Singapore in bid to tackle “online falsehoods”.
— The Star Online

See here for more of today’s Malaysia Morning News

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Golden Myanmar Airlines gets permission for jet fuel business
Golden Myanmar Airlines has received Myanmar Investment Commission approval to operate an aviation fuel business, in the first sign of competition for the state-backed monopoly that airlines say has undermined their viability.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar may see strategic deals as banking sector opens up for global players
Myanmar may be in for some strategic deal-making activity in the banking sector as it enters a new phase of growth since the regulations surrounding foreign banks’ participation in the country were relaxed early 2019.
— DealStreetAsia

IRD spends K3 billion on tax stickers annually: official
The Internal Revenue Department (IRD) has been spending K3 billion annually buying tax stickers from other countries, said Daw Swe Swe Khaing, deputy director of that department.
— Myanmar Times

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Govt debt payments hit P99.8B in Feb
Government debt payments rose in February as higher amortizations offset a decrease in interest payments, data from the Bureau of the Treasury showed.
— The Manila Times

IMF expects growth to reach 6.5% in 2019
The International Monetary Fund expects the Philippine economy to grow 6.5 percent in 2019, faster than the 6.2-percent expansion last year, despite the external challenges.

608% congestion rate in metro jails alarms BJMP chief
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) day officer-in-charge, Jail Chief Supt. Allan Iral, said on Tuesday that the congestion rate at jail facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) is 608 percent.

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Piseth Pov          @piseth6666


Singapore unveils innovation lab for self-sailing ships
SELF-SAILING ships are set to join drones and self-driving cars in Singapore’s future transport landscape.
— The Business Times

Bill on online falsehoods a significant step to tackle serious issue: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described the proposed law to fight online falsehoods as a significant step to tackle a serious problem that confronts many countries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Scientists in Singapore have developed a stick-on wrap that can make walls bomb-resistant
A ready-to-stick wrap is not something you’d expect to help buildings and infrastructure withstand extreme loads and bomb blasts.
— Business Insider

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Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ


Thailand’s north still burning and choking despite PM’s vow
Chiang Mai continues to have the world’s worst air pollution today and fires still blaze across the north — far from snuffed out as promised by the prime minister.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Foreign Minister angry at foreign diplomats who attended Thanathorn’s reporting to police
Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai vented his anger today at foreign diplomats who attended the reporting of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to police on Saturday morning in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Pol Lt Gen Surachate transferred to inactive post, blacklisted pending probe
Pol Lt-Gen Surachate Hakpan, who was ousted as immigration commissioner over the weekend, has been dealt another blow today when he was transferred to an inactive post attached to the Prime Minister’s Office in an executive order issued by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).
— Thai PBS World

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Minister asks for efforts to achieve shrimp export targets
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Nguyen Xuan Cuong has asked localities and enterprises to deploy measures to optimise opportunities for the shrimp sector to achieve the goal of 4.1-4.2 billion USD in export in 2019.

Cambodia asks Vietnam to supply more electricity
Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem yesterday requested the Vietnamese government supply more electricity to help address a current shortage in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Multi-dimensional message from Vietnam’s economy in first quarter
NDO – In the context of decline in both trade and growth as well as increase of financial – monetary challenges, oil prices and technical protection barriers in the world in 2019, Vietnam’s economic picture in the first quarter showed remarkable multi-dimensional messages.
— Nhan Dan Online

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