Asean morning news for August 29

Asean morning news for August 29

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Rohingya row stymies caucus
A regional political meeting has been unable to proceed for the third consecutive year after Indonesia and Myanmar rowed about the inclusion of the Rohingya crisis on the agenda on Tuesday, according to the secretary-general of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (Aipa).
— Bangkok Post

Singapore unveils intellectual property initiatives to support Asean Industry 4.0
THE Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced a series of initiatives to support Asean’s Industry 4.0 development.
— The Business Times

Most ASEAN Members Back Myanmar’s Repatriation, Aid Efforts in Rakhine
The majority of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) backed Myanmar’s efforts in terms of humanitarian relief and repatriation of Rohingya in western Myanmar, during the 40th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Bangkok this week.
— The Irrawaddy

ASEAN needs proper climate change solutions: grouping’s secretary general
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to work closely together to work out proper solutions, the regional grouping’s Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi said here on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Asean-5 countries likely to ease rates more in 2019: Maybank Kim Eng
The Asean-5 economies, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, have all cut rates except Singapore with economists at Maybank Kim Eng forecasting that most of them will have to ease more in 2019.
— The Business Times

Thailand upholds ASEAN’s role in Indo-Pacific
Thai Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said all nations should work together to maintain stability in a sustainable way and strengthen stability in the Indo-Pacific region by adhering to international law, developing mutual trust and promoting closer cooperation.
— Vietnamplus

ADB urges improvement in skills mobility in Asean
The improvement of skills mobility in ASEAN is needed to address the potential shortage or mismatch of skilled workers that may arise due to the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.
— The Philippine Star

China’s Belt and Road paves over rules and rights
The parallels between China’s current $1.1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the United States’ post-World War II foreign assistance are inexact but striking.
— Asia Times

ASEAN can aid in mitigating China-US rivalry in Indo-Pacific: Sukma
The ASEAN can position itself to facilitate integration of different interests between China and the United States in the Indo-Pacific, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma stated. The ambassador made the statement at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) building, Jakarta, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Adoption of Indo-Pacific outlook document reflects ASEAN centrality
The adoption of an ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific has sent a simple message to extra-regional powers, that ASEAN centrality should never be forgotten.
— Antara News

‘Malaysia, Vietnam encroaching on Philippine EEZ too’
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it’s not only China that is encroaching on the 200-mile exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because Malaysia and Vietnam are encroaching too.
— The Philippine Star

Malaysia, Vietnam Voice ‘Serious Concern’ about South China Sea
Malaysia and Vietnam on Wednesday expressed “serious concern over recent developments in the South China Sea” after Chinese vessels challenged their energy assets and sea boundaries in the disputed region.
— Benar News

New US-ASEAN Naval Drills a ‘Balancing Act’ with Beijing
The United States and all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will for the first time conduct joint maritime drills near the disputed South China Sea.
— VOA

Development partner to Asean: Chile’s incorporation
During the 34th ASEAN Summit celebrated in Bangkok last June, Chile was appointed as a new Development Partner of this organization being the second country after Germany to attain this status.
— The Philippine Star

Robb urges deeper ASEAN ties as buffer against US-China tensions
Australia must deepen political ties with Southeast Asian countries to “stop us from being the meat in the sandwich” and bullied by the US and China, former trade minister Andrew Robb has warned amid escalating tensions over the trade war.
— The Australian

Energy and climate talks held between ASEAN China
Academics and experts on energy transition and climate change from China have shared their experiences with ASEAN at the ASEAN – China Cooperation Conference on Energy Transition and Climate-Resilience Development.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand, Singapore resolve to strengthen ASEAN
The Thai Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore have agreed that both Thailand and Singapore must strengthen ASEAN, with Thailand expressing its readiness to learn from Singapore’s expertise.
— NBT World (video)

Southeast Asia Must Confront its Illegal Tiger Problem
There are more tigers living behind bars than in the wild.
— The Diplomat

The Philippines at the helm of ASEAN’s data protection initiative
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took a major step in harmonising regional data protection, privacy regulations and initiatives by launching the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Philippines at the helm.
— OpenGov

Chulalongkorn Business School presents ASEAN and Thailand’s Top Corporate Brands
The Master in Branding and Marketing (MBM) Program of Chulalongkorn Business School (CBS), Chulalongkorn University has announced the corporate brand valuation results and presented ASEAN and Thailand’s Top Corporate Brands 2019 awards at the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

40th General Assembly of AIPA to help ASEAN move in one direction
According to the President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the 40th General Assembly of the organization has gone smoothly so far, while reiterating that the results of the meeting will help members of the bloc to move forward in the same direction.
— NBT World (video)

Grab creates finance and payments revolution in Southeast Asia
While Southeast Asia’s economy shows huge potential for growth, around 73% of the population still doesn’t have a bank account, severely limiting the upward mobility of both individuals and organisations.
— The Thaiger

What’s Behind the Rising US-Southeast Asia Coast Guard Cooperation?
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of engagements between the coast guards of the United States and Southeast Asian states.
— The Diplomat


Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews

 

Slap down for media freedom on the streets of Phnom Penh (video)
The assault of a Cambodian reporter at an early morning motor vehicle crash by a police deputy inspector has seen media freedom and abuse of power in Cambodia thrust into the spotlight at the worst possible time.
— AEC News Today

Water of Mekong River May Hit Alarming Levels
Mekong River passing through some provinces of Cambodia may rise to alarming levels if affected by the happening 12th storm called “Podul” moving to South China Sea.
— AKP

Foreigners Banned from Specific Jobs in the Country
According to the prakas issued by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, people who are not Cambodian citizens will be barred from doing 10 specific jobs including selling any type of product on the street or in any public areas, selling Cambodian souvenirs or Khmer traditional music instruments, working as barbers or driving any vehicle.
— Themy Themy

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Rp865bn ‘Down Payment’ to Build New Capital City, Minister Says
Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the construction of infrastructure buildings in the new capital city will require a “down payment” or initial budget of Rp865 billion.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia to give $352 mln to state bank in bid to boost exports
Indonesia plans to next year double to 5 trillion rupiah ($351.96 million) an injection into a state bank in hopes it can help boost sagging exports and reduce the current account deficit, the finance minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Setya Novanto files case review on e-ID case
Graft convict and former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto has filed a case review petition to challenge the guilty verdict he was handed in a high-profile e-ID corruption case, his lawyer has said.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos, Vietnam urged to increase security participation
The National Assembly’s security commission has requested its Lao and Vietnamese counterparts to increase their participation in curbing transnational crimes such as timber and drug smuggling, and human trafficking.
— Khmer Times

What’s Next After the New Cambodia-Laos Border Tensions?
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Cambodia and Laos had reached agreement for both sides to withdraw troops from an undemarcated border area
— The Diplomat

Tropical storm Podul set to hit Laos today
Tropical storm Podul is on track to lash northern, southern and central areas of the country and everyone should be on the alert for heavy rain and winds due to storm activity from August 29 to September 1.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

National connectivity plan give equal Internet access to urban, rural folk – Gobind
The Cabinet has approved the implementation of an RM21.6-billion national connectivity plan that gives equal access to the Internet for both the urban and rural population in the effort to reduce the digital divide, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced today.
— The Borneo Post

RM53m road project to benefit 3,000
The RM53 million Nanga Menuan-Nanga Setepus road project will benefit nearly 3,000 people, Infrastructure and Ports Development Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said yesterday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia aims to be preferred destination for high-tech investment
Malaysia aims to become the preferred destination for high-tech investment through Industry4WRD, says Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov
 

Myanmar Army Sues Kachin Pastor Over Comments Made to US President Trump
The Myanmar military has filed a lawsuit against an ethnic Kachin religious leader for comments he made about human rights violations by soldiers in the Southeast Asian nation during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in July, in the latest defamation complaint to be lodged by the armed forces against its critics.
— Radio Free Asia

Association proposes plan to set up Tamu economic zone
Tamu Merchants Association has submitted a plan to establish an economic zone in Tamu, Sagaing Region near the Myanmar-India, said its chair Hla Maung.
— Eleven Myanmar

Nearly $14.7 bn earned from export in over 10 months
Myanmar has earned nearly US$14.7 billion from export of goods in over 10 and a half months of this fiscal year, exceeding over US$720 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions
Without the military muscle to match the occasional foreign warship wandering unannounced through its territorial seas, the Philippines is looking for ways to compel trespassers to leave without provoking an armed response.
— Rappler

PH, China to sign ₱14-B loan for Bicol railway during Duterte-Xi meet
The Philippines will sign another loan deal with China, this time to fund the construction of a railway line to the Bicol Region, a Transportation official said.
— CNN Philippines

3 dead, 63 missing after Philippine ferry blaze
Three people were dead, 63 others are missing and over 100 were rescued in the southern Philippines after a fire tore through a crowded ferry, while an uncertain number remained unaccounted for, authorities said Wednesday.
— Gulf News

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Bad debt in Singapore predicted to increase due to Sino-US trade war, part of overall dismal economic trends
On the heels of a dismal economic growth prediction this year and even the prospect of a looming recession, Singapore firms also may accumulate more bad debt as the Republic’s trade-dependent economy experiences ripples from ongoing Sino-US trade tensions, Bloomberg reported yesterday (27 Aug).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore unveils intellectual property initiatives to support Asean Industry 4.0
THE Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced a series of initiatives to support Asean’s Industry 4.0 development.
— The Business Times

Singtel warns about scam calls involving fake technicians, customer service officers
Singtel on Wednesday (Aug 28) warned of a scam targetting the personal details of its customers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ

 

We Believe We Can Achieve Our 3% Growth Target, Says Thailand’s Finance Minister
Thailand Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana discusses Thailand’s economy, reserves, economic growth, their current account surplus, the possibility of another rate cut, his outlook for the Baht, the U.S.-China trade war and his outlook for the government.
— Bloomberg (video)

Thai PM Rejects Torture Allegations in Rebel Suspect’s Death
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Tuesday denied allegations that the Thai military had tortured a suspected rebel who died more than a month after falling into a coma while in army custody in Thailand’s insurgency-hit Deep South.
— Benar News

Thailand Supreme Court’s hands down verdict on Koh Tao murder case appeal
The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Koh Tao murder case appeal by Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo against their death penalty sentence, will be read at 10 at tomorrow at the Nonthaburi Court.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

Google to shift Pixel smartphone production from China to Vietnam as sales soar
Google is moving aggressively to shift production of its Pixel smartphone from China to Vietnam as it seeks to build a low-cost supply chain in Southeast Asia that will serve as a springboard for its growing hardware ambitions.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam Airlines to offer Wi-Fi on certain flights in October
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it would offer Wi-Fi on some of its Airbus A350 aircraft from October 10.
— VnExpress

Vietnam to revise up 2011-2017 GDP size by 25.4%
Vietnam will revise up the size of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 25.4% for the 2011-2017 period, the head of General Statistics Office said on Wednesday, in a move that could impact the Communist-ruled country’s strictly controlled debt ceiling.
— Financial Post

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