Asean morning news for December 5

Asean morning news for December 5

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


China Has A Surveillance Blimp In South China Sea To Track Ships, Missiles
Images taken by a satellite in November indicate that China is using an unmanned airship, called an aerostat, presumably to gather information via a sensor system built within the aircraft.
— International Business Times (video)

ADB stumps up $50 mln to help Kacific-1 bring internet to billions in AP
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $50 million loan agreement with Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide up to two billion people across the Asia-Pacific region with affordable satellite-based, high-speed broadband internet services.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN fights to stay neutral in the US–China contest
Rising US–China tensions go beyond trade and involve a broad range of issues including strategy, security and values.
— East Asia Forum

Migrant children need education, legal status – Mahidol researcher
A Mahidol University researcher urged the government to improve education and legal migration measures for almost a half-million Southeast Asian children in Thailand illegally.
— Pattaya Mail

Fund targeting Asia’s plastic waste crisis launched
An investment fund targeted at waste management and recycling projects in Asia was launched Wednesday by a Singapore-based capital fund management firm, backed by some of the world’s biggest consumer products and chemical makers.
— Bangkok Post

Insight: RCEP is about ASEAN’s initiative, not China’s
Negotiating countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) recently agreed on a framework for an agreement, aiming for a final signing early next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Typhoon halts nearly half of SEA Games events, but not PH gold rush
Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) not only pounded a huge part of central Philippines on Tuesday but also forced organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games to suspend almost half of the events scheduled for the day.

ASEAN’s response to Industry 4.0
As the world moves into the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, governance at regional and global levels will become a key issue.
— The Asean Post

Watch: Various citizens of ASEAN countries commend “magnificent” SEAGames opener at PHL Arena
Several citizens of Southeast Asian countries express their positive views about the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, including the opening ceremonies at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena.
— Eagle News

AICHR: Government must keep momentum to pass IPCMC Bill
The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) is disappointed with the postponement of the further reading of the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
— New Straits Times

Vietnam to champion ‘cohesive’ ASEAN despite testy ties with China
Vietnam is likely to devote its full attention to ASEAN when it takes up the chairmanship of the bloc in 2020, in what international relations experts believe will be a challenging year for ASEAN unity in the face of global economic headwinds and a more assertive China.
— The Jakarta Post

South China Sea Dialogue 2019
Centre for Security Studies, O P Jindal Global University organized (November 29) an international conference on the topic ‘The South China Sea: Current Challenges and Future Perspective’ at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi.
— Modern Diplomacy

Social affairs – a focus of Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020
Social affairs will be an important issue of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as its socio-cultural community in 2020 when Vietnam serves as Chair of the ASEAN, a Vietnamese official has said.
— Nhan Dan Online

ASEAN-UN relations becomes role model of cooperation
Over the last four decades, ASEAN-United Nations relations have become a role model for co-operation between the UN and regional organisations, said Nguyễn Quốc Dũng Vice Foreign Minister of Việt Nam.
— Viet Nam News

Here’s how AI is powering Grab’s ambitions for Southeast Asia
AI has long ceased to be a subject discussed only by deep tech experts. It’s now a part of our everyday lives, affecting not only how we work and do business, but also how we shop, bank, and get around.
— Tech in Asia

Philippines recognized as best SEA Games organizer by Sports Industry Awards Asia
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHIGSOC) has been recognized as the best SEA Games organizers by the Sports Industry Awards Asia.
— FOX Sports

Seminar popularises ASEAN in Czech Republic
A seminar, themed “ASEAN’s Economic Powerhouse amid Strategic Power Balance and Diversity”, took place at the University of Economics in Prague on December 3.
— Vietnamplus

Indonesia and all Southeast Asia should heed the music of connection
When acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma takes the stage on Friday at the Jakarta International Expo Theater, the power of his music and his message will be clear.
— The Jakarta Post

Pictet’s Growth to Come From Greater China, Southeast Asia: Collardi
Boris Collardi, co-head of wealth management at Banque Pictet & Cie, talks about the company’s expansion strategy for Asia, and the risks he sees in global markets.
— Bloomberg (video)

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Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews


Can Hun Sen’s government plug the gap left by the EBA?
The EU says Cambodia must improve its human rights record or face a suspension of trade privileges. What will that mean for the nation’s financial health and the lives of ordinary Cambodians?
— Asean Today 

Cambodia Grasps at Diplomatic Lifeline from Trump Administration
In August 1969, the United States reopened its embassy in Phnom Penh, restoring bilateral ties between the two countries, four years after a diplomatic cut-off initiated by the Cambodian government led by the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
— VOA 

Workplace violence in Cambodia
21 Cambodian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have renewed a call for the government to resolve 11 concerns regarding gender-based violence at work and the protection of workers’ fundamental freedoms and rights. In a joint statement released last Sunday, the local civil society organisations called on various government ministries and institutions to act in response to women’s needs.
— The Asean Today 

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Indonesia’s GDP growth to further decline in 2020: Moody’s
Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by only 4.9 percent this year and further decline to 4.7 percent in 2020 — the slowest pace since 2016’s fourth quarter — as weak commodity prices continue to hit the economy hard, Moody’s Investor Service says.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta sinks at slower pace, but more areas affected
For 25 years, Sari, a 35-year-old woman living in a kampung (small hamlet) in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, has had to put up with flooding from heavy rainfall and the rising tides of Jakarta Bay.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia dangles cheaper energy to lure billions in investment
Indonesia is touting an abundance of low-cost renewable energy to lure billions of dollars in investment Southeast Asia’s largest economy needs to build processing plants for commodities such as nickel, copper and aluminium.
— Bangkok Post

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Weathermen predict ongoing cold snap
Meteorologists are warning the country of an ongoing dip in temperatures as well as heavy fogs and winds in northern regions from December 4-8.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Chinese-Owned Factory in Laos Causes Health Scare, Foul Smells in Nearby Villages
A Chinese-owned factory in Laos that recently started operations is causing noise and air pollution that affect the health of nearby residents in the country’s Bolikhamxay province.
— RFA  

Lao PDR: Additional World Bank Funding Approved for Poverty Reduction Fund
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved on Dec 2 US$22.5 million in additional funding for the Poverty Reduction Fund, one of the Lao PDR’s main vehicles to address rural poverty.

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia’s trade surplus rises 2.8% in October 2019 at RM17.33b
Malaysia’s trade surplus in October 2019 rose 2.8% to RM17.33 billion, compared with RM16.85 billion registered in October 2018, the 264th consecutive months of trade surplus since November 1997.
— The Sun Daily

Penang posts highest manufacturing investments in a decade
Penang has recorded its highest number of total approved manufacturing investments in a decade when the state brought in RM13.3 billion worth of capital in the first nine months of this year.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians on receiving end of world’s biggest percentage of scam calls, new data claims
Truecaller, the mobile app that helps to block unwanted calls has revealed some interesting stats on the spam calls and SMS situation in Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Kayin govt accuses business conglomerate of developing land without permission
The Kayin State government has called on the Myanmar government to take action against a major business conglomerate for developing land for a project in Thandaunggyi township without permission.
— Myanmar Times

Singapore Airlines jet undergoing repairs after ‘suspected tail strike’ in Myanmar: SIA
A Singapore Airlines jet that suffered a “suspected tail strike” on landing in Yangon on Nov 25 is undergoing repairs, the national carrier has confirmed.
— The Straits times

Chinese-Backed Banana Plantations in Myanmar’s Kachin State Prompt Fear of Environmental Damage, Land Loss
Kachin farmers say they were too quick to take easy cash to rent land to Chinese-run banana plantations.
— Irrawaddy

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‘Tisoy’ kills 17, blows out
TYPHOON “Tisoy” (international name: “Kammuri”) left 17 people dead as it lost steam and weakened into a severe tropical storm on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Q4 GDP seen hitting 6.6%
THE Philippine economy likely grew faster in the fourth quarter of the year on the back of the latest positive developments, an ING Bank economist said.
— Manila Times

Greenpeace urges Duterte to declare climate emergency after Tisoy
Environmental group Greenpeace Philippines urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to declare a climate emergency after several Filipinos were forced to flee from their homes due to Typhoon Tisoy.
— GMA Network

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Clear immigration without passport? Some Singaporeans now can at Changi Airport T4 arrival
Clearing immigration on arrival at Changi Terminal 4 could be a “contactless” and potentially quicker process for some Singaporeans.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ADB stumps up $50 mln to help Kacific-1 bring internet to billions in AP
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $50 million loan agreement with Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide up to two billion people across the Asia-Pacific region with affordable satellite-based, high-speed broadband internet services.
— AEC News Today

Govt to mandate theory test for e-scooter users, urge mandatory insurance for all riders
E-scooter and power-assisted bicycle (PAB) users will soon be required to pass a theory test prior to riding their devices on cycling paths, according to the Ministry of Transport (MOT).
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


MP facing arrest on sight is seen in House chamber today as part of the quorum
Palang Pracharat MP Waipote Arpornrat appears to have won a game of hide and seek with parliament police, for now. He managed to enter the House chamber unnoticed this afternoon, to help the Government secure a quorum for a vote recount in an attempt to stall an Opposition motion calling for an investigation of orders issued under the controversial “blank check” Section 44 of the interim constitution.
— Thai PBS News

Baht likely to weaken, says BoT deputy governor
The baht is likely to weaken on more foreign selling, a lower current account surplus and reduced dollar-related gold trading flows, a deputy governor of the Bank of Thailand (BoT) said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn says “a storm might be coming”
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward Party, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Bangkok – Khaosod English Thailand might again see street protests again, according to Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward Party and former MP.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam gas-fired plants offer long-term value to investors
VIETNAM’S power sector – especially gas-fired plants – offers long-term value to investors, given the expected surge in demand for electricity, even though tariffs are low for now.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam’s biggest coconut milk producer to offer 30% stake to foreign investors
Vietnam’s biggest coconut milk producer plans to sell shares to the public in the next few years as sales soar thanks to a groundswell for plant-based diets in the West. Mai Ngoc Chau reports on Bloomberg.
— Vietnam Insider

Bamboo Airways expects profits to take off in 2020
Private budget airline Bamboo Airways says it expects profits in the first quarter next year as its fleet expands to 30 aircraft.
— VnExpress

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