Asean morning news for December 31

Asean morning news for December 31

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Vietnam’s Southeast Asia Leadership Post in 2020 to Challenge China
Vietnam’s turn this year as chair of Southeast Asian nations’ bloc gives it a new outlet to resist China in a festering maritime sovereignty dispute that involves three other member countries as well.

South China Sea fury: China dubbed “ridiculous” as Malaysia and Vietnam defy Beijing
Malaysia defied China with a damning statement calling Beijing’s Nine-Dash Line waters claim “ridiculous.”
— (video)

India, Southeast Asian Economies’ Outlook for 2020
Priyanka Kishore, head of India and Southeast Asia economics at Oxford Economics, discusses the outlook for the region’s economies and policies. She speaks with Haslinda Amin and David Ingles on “Bloomberg Markets: China Open.”
— Bloomberg (video)

ASEAN growth slower than forecasted
While growth in Southeast Asia remains robust, data from the first half of 2019 indicates it has been slower than forecasted.
— The Asean Post

Enthronement, Asean and politics mark an eventful 2019 for Thailand
The year 2019 has been a remarkable one for Thailand, with the jewel in the crown being the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
— Daily Express

Divorce in Malaysia, Thai consort no more and new emperor in Japan: 2019 for Asia’s royals
For royal houses across Asia, 2019 has been a series of highs and lows.
— South China Morning Post

China’s sea claims to face stiff test in 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to end a trying year with a military flex, commissioning with fanfare the nation’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier for deployment in the South China Sea.
— Asia Times

2020 look ahead: Chinese influence a concern as ASEAN elections arrive
Almost no Asian nation wants to pick sides in an extended tussle between China and the U.S. Yet as China’s sway rises, whether they want to choose or not, they must begin to cope — and that means finding ways to respond to China’s use of so-called influence operations to pull domestic opinion in Beijing’s direction.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Mixed year for Asean chair
Thailand achieved a great deal during its 2019 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”, yet there is still much to be done as the kingdom officially passes the baton to Vietnam tomorrow.
— Bangkok Post

New power plants blamed for turning Mekong River blue
The Mekong River has turned a bright and striking blue, but this eye-catching sight has raised concerns about the environment and the livelihoods of those living in the region.
— The Times

Fintech’s next big inflection point in Southeast Asia may come beyond 2020
The digital economy in Southeast Asia has been one of the region’s economic success stories.
— Asean Today

Brunei to host ASEAN Tourism Forum in January
About 800 tourism officials and exhibitors are expected to gather in Brunei for the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 from January 12 to 16.
— The Scoop

Growing pains: Southeast Asian farmers need cheaper agritech
At Shinnou Farms, a vegetable grower located an hour’s drive from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, rows of eggplants, long beans and cucumbers dot the hilly countryside.
— Aljazeera

7 countries that shook up the world in 2019
As governments all over the world struggled to keep their societies, water resources and forests intact, global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels rose once again—albeit at a slower rate—this year, according to data from the Global Carbon Project.
— Eco-Business

2019: A Year of Lost Opportunities in Countering Militancy
The security picture in Southeast and South Asia concerning violent extremism and insurgency was in flux in 2019.
— Benar News

Eastward Ho: The narrative on South China Sea needs to be framed through the prism of East Asia as the next global growth hub
Last month defence minister Rajnath Singh attended the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus forum in Bangkok and discussed a range of strategic issues with special focus on the Indo-Pacific.
— The Times of India (blog)

Travel trend 2020: Mekong River cruises are booming — here’s why
Mekong River cruises are booming, particularly in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Asean Cross-Border Road Transport Market-Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024)
The ASEAN cross-border road transport market was valued at USD 2023.22 million in 2018. Cross Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) is one of the crucial elements of the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) for the free movement of the goods throughout the region to support the economic cooperation.
— Info Street Wire

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Former consul in Kunming charged with corruption
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged a former Cambodian consul with corruption.
— Thmey Thmey

Cambodian Court Rejects Request to Drop Reinvestigation of Former RFA Reporters
A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Monday rejected an appeal by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into pornography charges against them, while the pair also await a decision on whether authorities will proceed with a further investigation into accusations of espionage.

Workers fighting for compensation after The Great Duke Hotel closes
Vaunting high from Mao Tse Toung Boulevard, The Great Duke Hotel now stands vacant, gutted and exists only as a shadow of its former self.
— Khmer Times

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Manufacturing decline in 2019 raises concerns about deindustrialization, Industry 4.0
Two issues have been central to the Indonesian manufacturing industry throughout 2019; the sector’s growth continuing to stagnate and the digitalization of industries posing both new threats and opportunities.
— The Jakarta Post

Hunted for its meat, 213-kg leatherback turtle slaughtered in North Sumatra
An endangered giant leatherback turtle was found slaughtered in Sosorgadong district, Central Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar Charged with Receiving Rp46bn Bribe
Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) Public Prosecutor charged former CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar with bribery worth Rp46 billion from PT Mukti Rekso Abadi founder Soetikno Soedarjo.

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China-Laos railway power supply project launched in Lao capital
The power supply project for the China-Laos railway was kicked off in the Lao capital on Monday.
— Xinhua

Laos’ Luang Prabang Dam Could Begin Construction in 2020, Ahead of Schedule
A hydropower project that was to be the last of five planned large-scale Mekong river dams in Laos may begin construction ahead of schedule, according to the Lao government.
— RFA 

Hmong New Year Celebrated
The celebration of Hmong New Year, known locally as Nao Pe Chau, was held at Samket village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane Capital.​

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Malaysia to impose 6% tax on overseas-based services purchased online from Jan 1
Consumers in Malaysia could be paying 6 per cent more if they buy or subscribe to overseas-based digital services, with the imposition of the digital tax on Wednesday (Jan 1).
— The Straits Times

Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan Government Undertakes 3 New Defense Plans
The country is planning on following through on its defense white paper launch with a series of additional plans.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

Malaysia’s Mahathir to keep Anwar waiting in 2020
As Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition enters its second full year in office, uncertainty over whether Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will hand power as promised to a chosen successor will shadow and potentially destabilize the nation’s politics in 2020.
— Asia times

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New requirements for import/export companies: Ministry of Commerce
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has warned that it will remove companies that do not apply for new exporter/importer registration numbers by December 31, from the registry list and not allow them to carry out trading.
— Myanmar Times

Measures taken to upgrade Ayeyawady dolphin conservation to regional level
To protect the endangered Ayeyawady dolphin at the regional-level, a dolphin survey report is being compiled and will be submitted for consideration at the Hluttaw, said U Aye Khaing, Chairman of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar falls short of FDI target this year, but outlook is positive
Despite government efforts to hit its foreign direct investment (FDI) estimate of $5.8 billion during fiscal 2018-19, investors channeled just $4.1 billion into Myanmar, 70 percent of the original target, between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
— Myanmar Times

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Duterte asks God for fatal aneurysm after presidency
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he had asked God to take his life shortly after his presidency ends in 2022.
— GMA Network

PH economy still among Asia’s fastest amid easing inflation
The Philippine economy remained one of the best performers in Asia after rebounding from an initial slowdown in the first two quarters of 2019 amid obstacles, reflecting the government’s spending catch-up and easing inflation.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte tells troubled media conglomerate owners to sell out
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told owners of a media conglomerate that has drawn his ire to sell the company ahead of the network’s franchise expiry.

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Electricity tariff to rise 3.5% in January-March to hit 5-year high
Household electricity tariffs will increase by an average of 3.5 per cent for January to March 2020, said utility SP Group on Monday (Dec 30), to hit a five year high.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

What’s new in 2020? 5 laws that kick in on Jan 1
When the clock strikes 12 on Tuesday night (Dec 31), Singapore will usher in 2020 with a flurry of fireworks and raucous celebrations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore white-bellied sea eagle chases pair of Himalayan Griffon vultures away at Bukit Timah
Tis the season to be jolly for bird lovers as migratory birds make their visit to Singapore during this period, to refuel or escape from the cold winter.
— Mothership

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String of tragedies spur green push
This year, environmentalists and people on the streets alike were hit by news about the death of a several rare marine animals.
— Bangkok Post

BoT: 2.5% growth in 2019 likely
Thailand’s economic growth is expected to close at 2.5% in the October-to-December quarter, leading the full-year figure to achieve the central bank’s forecast of 2.5%, though risk remains to the downside, says a senior official.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government says they care for all ethnic minority groups in Thailand
The Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat, has assured members of the public that the government is looking after people of all ethnic groups in the country, and no one will be overlooked.
— The Pattaya News

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The Next China? Vietnam Looks Good Only on Paper
With Vietnam quickly moving up the global supply chain, the Southeast Asian nation has been hailed as the biggest winner out of the current.
— Bloomberg

Vietnam will punish 4 companies for fraudulent labels on products from China
Vietnam will punish 4 firms for Trade Fraud in China-Product Probe that the firms claim were made locally, as authorities expand their crackdown into Chinese manufacturers trying to bypass U.S. tariffs.
— Vietnam Insider

Government revenues hit VND1.41 quadrillion in 2019
Vietnam’s government revenue in 2019 has been estimated at VND1.41 quadrillion (US$60.7 billion), beating the full-year target by a slight 0.2% as of December 15, as per the data released by the General Statistics Office.

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