Asean morning news for August 1

Asean morning news for August 1

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asia a Hub of Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trade: UN
Despite a continued crackdown on perpetrators, Southeast Asia is becoming an even more prominent hub of illegal wildlife and timber trade, a UN report released earlier this month revealed.
— Khaosod English

Asean foreign ministers discuss S. China Sea, Rohingya
Foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations began their annual series of meetings in Bangkok on Wednesday, with South China Sea tensions, the Rohingya refugee crisis and Korean Peninsula issues on the agenda.
— Bangkok Post

China stakes claim to ASEAN ‘neighborhood’ as Pompeo jets in for Bangkok talks
China urged non-Asian nations to avoid sowing “distrust” and division over contested seas Wednesday, July 31, in a swipe at the US shortly before its top diplomat was due to arrive at a Bangkok summit bearing a message of reinvigorated American trade and security engagement in the region.
— Rappler

Ministers ink pact to defuse S China Sea tensions
Asean defence ministers have agreed to work together to turn the South China Sea into a “sea of peace and stability”, said Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
— Spratly Islands

Thailand Seeks Deeper Cooperation as ASEAN Ministers Meet
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have opened their annual meeting with a call from host Thailand for deeper cooperation to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.
— Khaosod English

US set to push security strategy as Chinese manoeuvres rattle region
Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed US push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness.

ASEAN FMs welcome efforts, progress on COC negotiations
The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday welcomed the efforts and progress made by the bloc members and China in negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.
— Xinhuanet

China: Differences to be ‘properly’ resolved at SE Asia meet
Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration amid rising global challenges and a pledge from China that differences will be “properly” resolved amid growing tensions in the South China Sea.
— The Washington Post (paywall)

China’s overreach provokes backlash across Southeast Asia
The world has been transfixed by the massive anti-China protests which have shaken Hong Kong in recent months.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN urged to intensify cooperation in ensuring nuclear safety, security
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh urged ASEAN member states to bolster their partnership in regional nuclear safety and security during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 30.
— Viet Nam News

Mekong river countries urged to reconsider hydropower dams
Activists representing Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam yesterday urged their respective governments to consider the lives of people living around the Mekong River when building infrastructure projects.
— Khmer Times

ASEAN+3 to caution against protectionism
Foreign ministers from the so-called ASEAN Plus Three countries are expected to express their concerns over protectionism in a chairman’s statement for their meeting in Bangkok on Friday, Jiji Press learned on Wednesday.
— The Japan News

China warns outsiders not to ‘sow distrust’ in South China Sea
China’s top diplomat on Wednesday warned outside countries not to amplify disputes in the South China Sea, where recent Chinese maneuvering in the energy-rich waters has rattled regional states and drawn condemnation from the United States.
— Reuters

China-ASEAN economic, trade cooperation on fast lane
The economic and trade cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries has been in the fast lane with increasing trade volume and progress in regional economic integration, a commerce ministry official said Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Negotiating an effective China–ASEAN South China Sea Code of Conduct
In August 2018 a single draft negotiating text for a South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) was first put forward with an agreement reached by China and ASEAN to finalise the COC within three years, starting from 2019.
— East Asia Forum

Russia, ASEAN to outline measures to boost cooperation — top diplomat
Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will outline additional measures to boost political and economic cooperation since dialogue has reached the strategic partnership level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, addressing a Russia-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Obesity on the rise in ASEAN
There is a growing trend in ASEAN that is not so welcomed – obesity. The prevalence of obesity and being overweight among ASEAN’s citizens is increasing due to rising incomes, and urbanisation.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN, Korean youth cooperate on smart cities
More efficient waste and traffic management systems are among the best practices that ASEAN can adopt from Korea.
— The Asean Post

Arbitration centre focused on China, ASEAN to launch in SG
A new international arbitration centre focused on disputes between parties in China and the ASEAN region will be launched in Singapore on Aug. 8.
— Legal Business

ASEAN – a global model of multilateralism: UN Secretary-General
Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres described the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a global model of multilateralism while attending the 2019 ASEAN Day reception in New York on July 30.
— Vietnamplus

BIMST seeks to expand role in promoting ASEAN’s public health goals
The Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore-Thailand Public Health (BIMST) Conference will undergo a review in order to revamp its role in supporting public health goals in the ASEAN region.
— The Scoop

Southeast Asia a hub of illegal wildlife and timber trade: UN
Despite a continued crackdown on perpetrators, Southeast Asia is becoming an even more prominent hub of illegal wildlife and timber trade, a UN report released earlier this month revealed.
— Khaosod English

These 5 fintech startups cater to the bottom of the income pyramid in Southeast Asia
The kind of social impact that startups around the world have created is massive.
— e27

Taiwan, US mount air pollution control initiative for SE Asia
The annual meeting for “South and Southeast Asia – Air Improvements in the Region (SSEA-AIR)” is being held at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport between July 29 and Aug. 2.
— Taiwan News

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Cambodia Arrests CNRP Activist Mai Hongsreang for Criticizing Government
Cambodian authorities Tuesday arrested Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist Mai Hongsreang, marking the 14th such arrest of activists associated with the banned political party.

Journalists Appointed as Information Ministry Advisers
Nearly 200 people have been made advisers to the Information Ministry over the past two months, including several working journalists and editors.

CDC Endorses US$100 Million Investment Projects in Last Two Weeks of July
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has approved 17 investment projects worth about US$100 million within the last two weeks of July.

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‘Indonesia is not ready’: Millions of domestic workers have no protection
Every day, working mother Loecia Nhadilah and her husband get help from two domestic workers who live with them in East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

1 million civil servants to move from Jakarta to new capital city in Kalimantan: minister
Jakarta may lose around one-tenth of its citizens — all of them government workers — in the coming years as the government moves forward with its plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital city to the island of Kalimantan.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Home of journalist who covered corruption in Aceh burns down, arson suspected
The house in southeastern Aceh, belonging to Asnawi Liwi, a reporter for Aceh-based newspaper Serambi Indonesia, burned down early yesterday morning at around 2am.
— Coconuts

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Ministry stresses importance of Health Insurance Law
Health authorities have vowed to spread the word about the importance of health insurance, hoping to improve the overall health of the population.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Luang Prabang flood victims in need of basic supplies
After being driven out of their homes following flooding on Tuesday, hundreds of people in Nan district, Luang Prabang province, now need essentials like food, drinking water and clothing.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Private sector investment goes off the boil
Investment by domestic and foreign enterprises has not grown as planned despite the government’s augmented measures to boost private sector growth and sustain the economy.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia’s PPI declined by 1.8% in June 2019
Malaysia’s Production Price Index (PPI) declined by 1.8% year-on-year (yoy) in June 2019, led by agriculture, forestry & fishing (-9.2%), mining (-6.4%), water supply (- 1.8%) and manufacturing (-0.8%).
— The Sun Daily

Selangor eyeing new law to unleash state enforcers against illegal foreign traders
A new Selangor enactment is being drawn up to empower local authorities to deal with foreigners illegally using local business licences, a state exco said today.
— Malay Mail

SRC Trial: Ex-AmBank manager used her RM55k to prevent Najib’s cheque from being rejected
The AmBank relationship manager in charge of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal current accounts had deposited RM55,000 of her own money into one of his accounts to avoid a cheque from bouncing back in 2014, the High Court.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar Govt to Launch Satellite, Improve Communications
Myanmar is planning to launch its own satellite system, Myanmar Sat 2, next week; the satellite is expected to provide a better communication system across the country, according to a communications ministry engineer.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar to open arbitration centre for resolving commercial disputes
The Myanmar Arbitration Centre (MAC) will be opened on 3 August at the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry to resolve commercial disputes among Myanmar entrepreneurs, according to the UMFCCI.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ultranationalist Myanmar Monk Group Declared Illegal by Top Buddhist Organization
Myanmar’s highest Buddhist body on Monday declared a hardline monk organization an illegal association and ordered the nationwide removal of all its signage, two weeks after its members blasted the civilian-led government at the group’s annual meeting, the country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture said.
— Radio Free Asia

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Over 130k cases of dengue reported as of mid-July — DOH exec
The Department of Health on Wednesday said that as of mid-July, they have already recorded more than 130,000 cases of dengue nationwide, almost double the number from that of last year.
— GMA News

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of more than 100 Chinese vessels
The Philippines has “fired off” a diplomatic protest against China, following reports that more than 100 Chinese fishing vessels were spotted in recent days about a Philippine-administered island in the South China Sea.
— Aljazeera

Domestic liquidity expanded 6.4% in June–BSP
THE overall growth of cash circulating in the economy remained tame in June, as bank lending slowed during the period, according to data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Business Mirror

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Subsidies helpful, but public education also needed to improve adult vaccination rates: Experts
Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) kills one in every four to five senior adults who catch the disease, said Associate Professor Helen Oh, senior consultant for infectious diseases at Changi General Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sentiment tanks, services firms less upbeat in H2: surveys
BUSINESS sentiment for the second half of 2019 sank among manufacturers and services firms in Singapore on the back of global trade tensions, according to two surveys released on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

SIA posts 21% lower Q1 net profit of S$111m
NATIONAL carrier Singapore Airlines’ net profit for the first quarter slipped 21 per cent to S$111 million on the back of higher share of losses from associated companies, net finance charges and expenditure.
— The Business Times

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Si Sa Ket province declares dengue emergency
The northeastern province of Si Sa Ket, on the Cambodian border, has declared that the prevention and control of dengue fever required urgent attention throughout its area.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s currency keeps getting stronger and that’s sparking concerns
The Thai baht has soared against the U.S. dollar this year, significantly more than many other emerging market currencies.

Cabinet to endorse Bt3.2 trillion budget for 2020
Thailand’s Cabinet is set to endorse the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 next week. The proposed budget is expected to call for expenditure of Bt3.2 trillion with a budget deficit of Bt450 billion.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam will face severe power shortages from 2021 – ministry
Vietnam will contend with severe power shortages from 2021 as electricity demand outpaces the construction of new power plants in the Southeast Asian country, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade told Reuters on Wednesday.
— Macau Business

Foreign interest in Việt Nam’s LNG sector remains high
Foreign investors are diving into developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-fired power projects in Việt Nam, in part due to country’s growing demand for electricity.
— Viet Nam News

Cambodia, Vietnam to collaborate in smart cities
The Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the issue was among the major topics discussed during a meeting between Pa Socheatevong, Phnom Penh Municipal Council president, and a visiting delegation from Vietnam headed by Nguyen Thi Le, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee.
— Khmer Times

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