Asean morning news for July 31

Asean morning news for July 31

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

South China Sea turmoil charges ASEAN summit
Rising tensions in the South China Sea and fallout from US-China trade tensions are set to dominate talks this week as top diplomats converge in Bangkok for a key ASEAN summit.
— Spratly Islands

Pompeo Urged to Block Beijing ‘Aggression’ in South China Sea – Democratic Senators
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must frame a new strategy with the nations of Southeast Asia to block China’s alleged aggression in the region, four Democratic senators wrote in a letter on Tuesday.
— Sputnik International

3 yrs. to finish South China Sea code? Thai exec says it might take longer
The Code of Conduct (COC) to manage maritime and territorial disputes in the South China Sea might take more than three years to finish, longer than the time frame hoped for by China, an advisor to the Thailand Foreign Affairs Minister said.
— GMA News

Migration in Southeast Asia should be an opportunity for workers, communities and economies – not traffickers
The growing and ageing economies in Southeast Asia provide increasing demand for migrant labour.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cambodia’s alleged China military deal risks destabilizing regional order
Concern has again been raised over China’s ambition for greater military clout in Southeast Asia, following reports of a Chinese plan to establish a naval base in Cambodia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN Defense Ministers Call for Peace, Stability in South China Sea
ASEAN defense ministers on Thursday committed to creating a “sea of peace” in the South China Sea, a region marked by tension over competing territorial claims by member nations, Taipei and Beijing, which has built up its military presence there.
— Spratly Islands

‘Asean should have common stand vs bullying
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were prodded to stand up against trade bullying and call for “world economic peace,” as the ongoing trade war between China and the United States affects the region.
— The Manila Times

Spotlight: Outsiders should not try to interfere in South China Sea issue: Cambodian official, experts
Cambodian government spokesman and experts have said that outsiders should not try to interfere in the South China Sea issue, saying that their interference is “harmful, not helpful.”
— Xinhuanet

Britain searches for post-Brexit trading opportunities in South East Asia
British foreign minister Dominic Raab will travel to Thailand on Wednesday to attend a meeting of 10 South East Asian countries, searching for new trading opportunities and stronger diplomatic ties ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
— Yahoo Finance

ASEAN’s Lim optimistic about Single Window and RCEP in 2019
ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi is optimistic that that mechanisms to further improve trade relations among the 10-member states and neighboring countries would be finalized before the year ends.
— GMA News

Beijing wants COC done while PH sits as Asean-China coordinator
The Chinese government wants to finish the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea (COC) as early as possible while the Philippines is sitting as the country coordinator to the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) dialogue until 2021, China’s top diplomat to Manila said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Thai police ensure security for ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Thai police have prepared security measures and traffic management for the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-52), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) and related meetings scheduled for July 29 – August 3 in Bangkok.
— Vietnamplus

Dams threaten way of life in Mekong countries
The operation of dams along the Mekong River is exacerbating conditions in a particularly dry year and choking off a lifeline for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Droughts, hydroelectric dams deplete Mekong River despite arrival of rainy season
Water levels in the Mekong River have reached critical lows due to a lack of rain and too many dams upstream.
— South China Morning Post

Chinese equity investments in energy reshape South and Southeast Asia – Greenpeace analysis
A five-year 1,370% surge in Chinese equity investments in solar, wind, and coal projects around South and Southeast Asia means stronger financing options for wind and solar projects, while the equity model spells financial risk for coal investors who now forge long-term financial ties to projects in peril of becoming stranded assets.
— WebWire (media release)

ASEAN-China: New stage of development
Among the upcoming annual post-ministerial conferences of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will be one of the most important events.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Russia opposed to dividing Southeast Asia into blocs, says top diplomat
Moscow is opposed to dividing Southeast Asia into blocs, which is envisaged by the Indo-Pacific Strategy promoted by the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday.
— TASS

How innovative is your country?
Creating new products, processes and ideas, innovators are at the forefront of development and progress.
— The Asean Post

Journalists join food safety training
A group of reporters from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam are being trained on reporting on food safety issues as part of a programme funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme.
— Khmer Times

How insurtech is changing the game in Southeast Asia
While Singapore, China, and India all have a growing insurtech industry, as noted in the recently published e27 article “Asian insurtech on the rise” by Brad Smith, the integration of technology into insurance is also creating waves in Southeast Asia.
— e27

Taxing Southeast Asia’s e-commerce sector
Prior to the internet, the success of a retail store hinged on its geographical location and accessibility.
— KrAsia

Southeast Asian beauty buyers turning to influencers over celebrities for guidance
Southeast Asian shoppers are increasingly turning to social media influencers, especially those on Instagram, for their beauty tips.
— The Business Times


Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Firm behind S’ville plastic waste fined $250K
Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture Co Ltd has been ordered to return the 83 containers filled with plastic waste that was found at Sihanoukville port to their countries of origin.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More effort to combat human trafficking needed in Cambodia say NGOs (video)
A loose coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has called on the Cambodia government to step up efforts against human trafficking and in the provision of rehabilitation services to victims.
— AEC News Today

Supreme Court hears journalist killers’ cases
The Supreme Court on Monday heard the appeal of two men who have been sentenced to 13 years behind bars for beating a reporter to death in Kampong Chhnang province’s Cholkiri district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia sends 7 containers of plastic waste back to France, Hong Kong
The Batam Customs Office in Riau Islands has sent seven containers containing hazardous and toxic waste owned by importing company PT Arya Wiraraja Plastinindo on their way back to France and Hong Kong.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Will Make $734m Available for Its Unemployed Next Year
Indonesia plans to start paying a monthly allowance for its two million unemployed next year and provide training to teach them new skills.
— Jakarta Globe

Environmentalists Call Pertamina Out on Karawang Oil Spill, Prepare Lawsuit
State energy company Pertamina has come under fire for allegedly failing to take proper action to clean up a large oil spill off the coast of Karawang in West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Officials Exchange Counter-Human Trafficking Practices
Irregular migration is a common challenge faced by Southeast Asian countries,especially the Greater Mekong Sub-region, where legal migration channels can be costly, time-consuming and complicated.
— Relief Web

Ministry pursues efforts to curb the spread of dengue fever
Families in every community, together with health officials, are joining forces to clear potential mosquito breeding sites to help contain the oubreak of dengue fever.
— Vientiane Times

Cambodia and Laos casinos targeted for drug-trade money laundering
Anti-narcotic investigators are searching for signs of money laundering in the casinos that have spread across Sihanoukville, a Cambodian coastal city that has become a magnet for Chinese high-rollers, amid the booming methamphetamine market in Southeast Asia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

Malaysia could replace Indonesia as top palm oil supplier to India
Malaysia is set to replace Indonesia as the top palm oil supplier to India in 2019 as New Delhi has been charging lower import tax on refined palm oil shipments from Malaysia, giving Kuala Lumpur an edge over Jakarta, trade officials said.
— New Straits times

Plastic waste disposal firms deny tech will worsen pollution
Plastic waste disposal companies whose technologies are being considered by Putrajaya have rejected Sahabat Alam Malaysia’s (SAM) claims that these will contribute to pollution.
— Malay Mail

106,437 individuals detained, drugs worth RM264.78m seized
The Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) detained 106,437 people and seized over 5,000 kg of various drugs worth about RM264.78 million from January to July 25 this year.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar NGO worker shot in restive Rakhine
A Plan International aid worker was shot by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, the army said Tuesday, the first time an NGO employee has been swept up in violence plaguing the area.
— Newagebd

Tatmadaw withdraws from discussions on constitutional amendment
NLD party MP and member of joint committee for constitutional amendment, Aung Kyi Nyunt, confirmed to Mizzima that Tatmadaw (military) MPs would not take part in discussions on the report submitted by joint committee for constitutional amendment to parliament.
— Mizzima

Chinese Tourism in Myanmar Growing, While Industry Still Adapts
YANGON—Chinese arrivals in Myanmar have increased by nearly 200,000 over the last year thanks to Myanmar’s relaxed visa stipulations, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Irrawaddy

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Burst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, Negros, and Some See Duterte’s Hand
A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents.
— The New York Times

Philippines ‘deadliest’ country for environmental, land activists
The Philippines was the deadliest country in the world for environmental and land activists in 2018 with at least 30 recorded deaths, according to a watchdog group.
— Aljazeera

Dengue cases keep surging across PH
Dengue cases across the country continue to increase as the Department of Health (DOH) recorded more than 8,000 new cases in a span of a week.
— Inquirer.net

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ

 

Rates softening, but firms not biting
THE widely-expected quarter-point cut in US Federal Reserve interest rates – which is likely to come at the Fed’s end-July meeting – should filter into the Singapore capital market as well, watchers believe.
— The Business Times

Workplace fatalities fall to lowest since 2006
Seventeen workers died from workplace accidents in the first half of this year, the fewest since 2006, when the National Workplace Safety and Health numbers were first made available to the public.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New pilot scheme to help high-growth tech firms bring in EP talent
UNDER a new pilot, qualifying technology firms will have the Employment Pass applications of core team members facilitated, to help them get the talent needed to set up new teams here, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre          @photo_journ

 

Thai June factory output falls 5.54% y/y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in June fell 5.54% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, rubber products and petroleum, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks
Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
— Pattaya Mail

Human traffickers leave 6 Rohingya starving in abandoned building in Hat Yai
Six Rohingya were left to die in an abandoned building located in Hat Yai, Songkhla. Members of the group eventaully left the building in search of food and officials are now searching for more hiding in the area.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

Vietnamese firms invest over US$277 million abroad in seven months
Vietnamese enterprises received investment licences for 90 projects worth US$180.1 million in 30 countries and territories in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
— NDO

Vietnam’s top 10 brands worth nearly $7 bln
Vietnam’s ten most valuable brands are worth a total of $6.9 billion this year, a year-on-year increase of over $900 million.
— VnExpress

Dengue fever infections surge in Vietnam in 7 months
Between Jan. 1 and July 29, Vietnam spotted over 105,000 dengue fever patients, more than trebling the cases in the same period last year, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

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