Asean morning news for June 5

Asean morning news for June 5

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US to provide Boeing drones to ASEAN allies to help monitor S. China Sea
The United States is preparing to sell 34 advanced unmanned drones to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region, in order to boost their surveillance capabilities as they work to safeguard their territory from encroachment by China.
— Taiwan News

ASEAN Nikkei PMI tuns more positive in May as orders pick up
MANUFACTURING activity expanded in May in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), driven by expansions in output and new orders, according to the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) prepared by IHS Markit.
— BusinessWorld Online

China’s Southeast Asian Neighbors Mixed on Huawei For 5G Networks Amid Security Concerns
China’s Southeast Asian neighbors have expressed mixed interest in offers by telecom giant Huawei to roll out mobile wireless 5G networks and other products in their countries, amid concerns over the firm’s links to Beijing and how its technology could compromise national security.
— Radio Free Asia

Asean should seize opportunities to work on common platforms amid US-China dispute: Chan Chun Sing
As the US and China grapple with their long-term challenges and trade tensions, Asean should continue to forge partnerships, work together to build common platforms and grasp new opportunities in the digital space, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (June 4).
— The Straits Times

Asia’s shot at global leadership through RCEP
The rapid conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is vital for the next stage of regional transformation and reform in the Asia Pacific.
— East Asia Forum

Singapore launches new network to facilitate businesses expansion in ASEAN region
The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) on Tuesday launched the SBF BusinessASEAN Network at the ASEAN Conference 2019 as part of its efforts to help businesses based in the city-state expand into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN should weigh in on trade dispute
ASEAN Summit 2019 is special because it will be held in June, much later than in previous years.
— Asia Times

Symposium seeks to strengthen ASEAN-Japan strategic partnership
Officials, experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from ASEAN countries and Japan gathered at a symposium in Hanoi on June 4 to discuss measures to lift the two sides’ strategic partnership to a new level.
— Nhan Dan Online

African Swine Fever hurts small farmers in ASEAN as governments try to stop its spread
African Swine Fever threatens to cripple the pork industry in Vietnam and Cambodia, as smallholder farmers struggle to prevent outbreaks.
— Asean Today

India and CLMV countries: Investments, development cooperation and sustainable development
Since the adoption of the ‘Look East Policy’ in 1992, India has sought to intensify its economic relations with the countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

Cross-border opportunities and pitfalls in Southeast Asia with Shopee
Cross-border sales, from one country into another, are the new frontier in Southeast Asian e-commerce.
— krAsia

Are you an aspiring young journalist? Join this contest to win a place in 4-day ASEAN journalism workshop
Scoop Media, publisher of The Scoop, is partnering with the ASEAN Foundation to host the 2019 ASEAN Youth Social Journalism competition.
— The Scoop

Lao, Thai specialists join forces to treat bile duct cancer
Mahosot Hospital is partnering with experts from Asean countries including Thailand to improve treatment for patients with bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma).
–Vientiane Times (paywall)

Allianz: Asia Pacific remains top shipping loss region despite lowest loss figures globally this century
Asia Pacific waters remain the top shipping loss region, accounting for 45% of losses globally in 2018, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019.
— Business Insider

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Thousands of invalid documents revoked from immigrants
The General Immigration Department yesterday reported that it has revoked about 90 percent of invalid documents used by foreigners living in the Kingdom as the June 30 deadline approaches to rescind 100 percent.
— Khmer Times

PM asks Japan for help to build power lines
Prime Minister Hun Sen last week asked his Japanese counterpart for assistance to finance a high-voltage transmission network to carry electricity from Laos to Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

400MW Power Generators to Install in Kandal Province
The 400 megawatt power generators running on diesel will be installed in Lovea Em district of Kandal province – an investment that will mitigate possible energy crisis particularly during dry season.

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US to sell 34 surveillance drones to Indonesia, allies in South China Sea region
The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Widodo bemoans lack of competition in Indonesia
Indonesian president Joko Widodo perceives a lack of competition in Indonesia’s airline market, and hopes to find ways to make the industry more efficient.
— Flight Global

Government owes Rp 82.94t to energy companies because of fuel program: BPK
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) finds that the government fuel program, through which Premium-branded gasoline and Solar-branded diesel fuel were sold below their economic prices, cost two energy companies a total of Rp 82.94 trillion (US$5.83 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao, Vietnamese PMs push for mega infrastructure projects
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc have called for the fulfilment of cooperation projects, notably mega infrastructure projects, during talks in Vietnam on Saturday.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, Korea agree to build state-of-the-art hospital
The governments of Laos and the Republic of Korea are teaming up to build a modern hospital in Vientiane to provide advanced healthcare services and reduce the number of people seeking treatment in neighbouring countries.
— Vientiane Times

Lao gov’t aims to lower electricity prices
The Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines is trying to cut electricity prices so that power is affordable for local residents and businesses.
— Xinhuanet

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Sarawak CM says working on essential infrastructure
The state government is giving priority to providing basic amenities such as water and electricity supply as well as upgrading road networks in the rural and coastal areas, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
— Malay Mail

Urgent inter-government action needed to save Sumatran rhinoceros (video)
One of the world’s leading conservation biologists has warned that without greater cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia the Sumatran rhinoceros will become extinct.
— AEC News Today

US to sell 34 surveillance drones to Malaysia and other allies in South China Sea region
The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behaviour in Asia.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar grants endorsement to 12 investment projects for Yangon region
The Yangon Region Investment Committee granted endorsement to 12 investment projects from both home and abroad for the region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Yangon to get Skytrain by 2027
Myanmar’s Yangon regional government is planning to implement a sky train project in Yangon, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

CMP garment sector sees a three-fold increase in export earnings
Till May 10 of 2018-2019 Fiscal year, the total export earnings from the CMP garment sector hit over 2.56 billion US dollars. The export earnings has increased threefold, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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SC sets oral arguments on writ of kalikasan in West Philippine Sea on June 25
THE Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered oral arguments on the Writ of Kalikasan case seeking to protect protect, preserve, rehabilitate, and to restore the marine environment in the West Philippine Sea.
— The Manila Times

Factory output declines for the fifth straight month in April, worst in almost a decade
Industrial production posted its fifth straight month of decline in April as well as suffering its biggest drop in almost a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning.
— BusinessWorld Online

Immigration cancels work visas of 528 foreigners
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has cancelled the working visas of 528 foreigners following the discovery that their Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)-issued alien employment permits (AEPs) were fake
— The Manila Times

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Singapore GDP growth to slow to 1.9% in 2019: ICAEW
IN LIGHT of renewed US-China trade tensions, South-east Asia is expected to see a greater slowdown in economic growth, with Singapore being most negatively affected and would likely dip into recession in 2020.
— The Business Times

New economic report projects recession may be on the horizon for Singapore
Singapore might have just been named the world’s most competitive economy – but no one can quite get the idea of a coming recession out of their heads.
— Coconuts Singapore

Local filmmaker asks IMDA to take action against Mothership video allegedly containing “biased political matter” about the PAP
Local filmmaker Martyn See has asked the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) to take action against a video produced and published by local website, Mothership.
— The Independent

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Thailand launches blockchain letters of guarantee network for 22 banks
The e-LG on blockchain is expected to go live in June under the BOT’s regulatory sandbox, before introducing additional beneficiaries in the third quarter of 2019 and providing other blockchain-based services in the future.
— Thailand Business News

Thai shippers slash 2019 export growth forecast from 3% to 1%
Thailand’s shipping body said on Tuesday it had cut its 2019 export growth forecast for the second time in a month, from 3% to 1%, as global demand slows amid mounting trade protectionism.
— Bangkok Post

EEC-area residences see sales rates rise
A decrease in new residential supply launched in three key eastern provinces in the second half of last year helped improve the average sales rate in the location to over 70%.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam’s rubber export rises in 5 months
Vietnam gained 673 million U.S. dollars from exporting 495,000 tons of rubber in the first five months of this year, seeing respective year-on-year increases of 4 percent and 11.9 percent.
— Xinhua

Vietnam lawmakers say no to overnight alcohol ban
The parliament has rejected a curfew on the sale of alcoholic drinks proposed by the Ministry of Health.
— VnExpress

Forbes Vietnam announces top 50 listed firms
Forbes Vietnam on June 3 announced Vietnam’s 50 top listed companies for 2019. The firms accounted for 63 percent of total market capitalisation on the Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi stock exchanges in mid-May.
— VietnamPlus

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