Asean morning news for November 11

Asean morning news for November 11

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

RCEP nears completion
Notoriously labelled a ceremonial “talk shop” without any tangible outcomes, the latest Asean Summit in Bangkok finally proved critics wrong as regional leaders made progress in settling a mammoth trade pact despite India’s departure.
— Bangkok Post

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes the chair
Territorial disputes over the resource-rich South China Sea are expected to feature prominently in engagements between China and Asean next year as Vietnam prepares to take over as chairman of the regional body.
— South China Morning Post

Is Donald Trump’s administration ceding Southeast Asia to an ever-aggressive China?
In the recently concluded 7th Asean-US Summit in Bangkok, it was widely reported that only the Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese heads of state showed up.
— South China Morning Post

Why India opted out of the RCEP agreement: Explained in six charts
India decided to walk out of the biggest regional trade partnership the world could have seen.
— Business Standard

Indonesia and Malaysia test Asean unity
The decision by the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to allow fugitive Cambodian politicians to use their countries as political platforms against the Cambodian government is a clear violation of the non-interference principle of Asean.
— Khmer Times

North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to Southeast Asia: KCNA
A delegation of officials from North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) departed Pyongyang on Sunday for several Southeast Asian countries, the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
— NK News

Majority view Asean Summit as beneficial to Thailand: Poll
A large majority of people are of the opinion that Thailand has benefited from the 35th Asean Summit held in Bangkok on Nov 1-4, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Key challenges for ASEAN’s next chair
It is a tradition for ASEAN’s 10 members to take turns chairing the regional bloc in alphabetical order, and come 1 January, 2020, Vietnam will formally take over from Thailand fully aware of the responsibilities it will have to shoulder.
— The Asean Post

Four nations seek solutions to low water level of Mekong River
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has held a meeting with the Mekong River Commission in Laos’s Vientiane, with officials from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to address the issue of the receding river and the eight affected provinces.
— Newsline (video)

Economists, companies eye opportunities from RCEP
THE EMERGING 15-country Asia-Pacific mega-trade deal can be expected to boost Philippine trade and investment prospects amid global trade tensions, economists and business leaders said last week.
— BusinessWorld Online

Asean helps Korea keep balance between giants
South Korea and Asean need to work together to build an “inclusive regional cooperation system” to maintain regional stability and peace amid an intensifying power struggle between the United States and China in the region, said Choe Won-gi, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA).
— Korea Joongang Daily

East Asia and the world would benefit if China, Japan and South Korea work as one
A flurry of high-level diplomacy between China, Japan and South Korea has created a positive atmosphere for an easing of tensions in East Asia.
— South China Morning Post

SE Asian banks slowly giving way to e-payments and payment apps
That cold, hard cash in your pocket, and the traditional shop-front banks that give it to you, are slowly being phased out and replaced with e-payments.
— The Thaiger

ASEAN gets ready for Singles’ Day shopping event
The annual 11.11 Singles’ Day Sale has become an event for both shoppers and e-commerce merchants across Southeast Asia, recording online sales that exceed all expectations.
— The Asean Post

Placemaking: Creating better cities for all
Be it the neighbourhood wet market that sells fresh food and produce, street festivals that deliver a dose of art or music, or parks which provide fresh air and a chance to reconnect with nature – public spaces are the cornerstones of thriving communities.
— The Asean Post

Payments in South-east Asia: A new frontier
WITH its high mobile penetration rates and a large underbanked population, South-east Asia is an attractive region for new entrants in the payments space to tackle.
— The Business Times

Philippines to host AFF Women’s Championship in 2020
Big-time football is coming to the Philippines as the country prepares to host the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship in 2020.
— The Philippine Star

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Khmer gather to eat ork ambok as disruption attempt foiled (photo gallery)
Hundreds of thousands of Khmer yesterday (Nov 9) participated in mass ork ambok eating events organised by the Cambodian government to demonstrate support for the nation, religion, and King on the 66th anniversary of Independence from French colonial rule.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia lifts opposition leader’s house arrest before EU trade decision
Cambodia lifted house arrest restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha on Sunday, more than two years after he was charged with treason, but the charges remain and he is banned from politics and from leaving the country.
— Reuters

Increased Expectations in Phnom Penh, Concerns about Potential Political Violence, as Politics in Cambodia Churn
Political tensions are simmering in Cambodia. While most people are going about their everyday lives, there is an undercurrent of apprehension. Saturday is the day longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy pegged as he planned date to return to Cambodia, potentially ending nearly four years of exile.
— VOA 

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia suspects outbreak of African swine fever
An outbreak of African swine fever in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province has been detected by laboratory tests carried out after the deaths of thousands of pigs in the area this week, an agriculture ministry official said on Friday (Nov 8).
— CNA

Indonesia ends temporary ban, allows nickel ore exports until January 2020
A week after announcing a temporary ban on nickel ore exports, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has announced exports will be permitted until January 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian palm oil exec arrested over journalist killings
An Indonesian palm oil executive has been arrested for allegedly ordering the killing two activist journalists who were mediating a land dispute between his company and local residents, police said Saturday.
— Coconuts

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Lao PM optimistic about sustainable economic growth
“The slower growth of the economy is necessary because the economic base is being transformed to a more realistic position. This is intended to create a strong and sustainable economic foundation as well as build a productivity base and diversify income into local areas,” the premier said.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Bolivian woman nabbed in Laos with 3.5kg cocaine on Thai tip
Acting on information from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board of Thailand, Lao officials on Friday arrested a Bolivian woman with 3.52 kilogrammes of cocaine in her possession at Wattay international airport in Vientiane, ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Australia provides 1.5 billion kip for flood recovery
The funding has been granted to UNICEF to focus on education and nutrition in Attapeu, Champassak, Khammuan, Saravan, Savannakhet and Xekong provinces, according a press release from UNICEF.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia to create a new economic corridor in Johor, says Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali
As next weekend’s by-election in Johor’s Tanjung Piai draws closer, Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali on Sunday (Nov 10) said the government has plans to create another new economic corridor in the state.
— The Straits Times

Malaysia needs quality firms to become major hubs
The government needs to focus on building a few quality companies instead of a mass of sluggish companies that can compete at the regional level and achieve its aspiration of becoming an Asean hub for various industries.
— The Borneo Post

Indonesia and Malaysia test Asean unity
The decision by the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to allow fugitive Cambodian politicians to use their countries as political platforms against the Cambodian government is a clear violation of the non-interference principle of Asean.
— Khmer Times

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar Expects Factory Investment to Jump on U.S.-China Tension
Myanmar expects to attract more investment as manufacturers seeking to relocate production from China to skirt U.S. tariffs encounter capacity constraints in Vietnam.
— Bloomberg

CBM to issue two types of licenses for foreign banks
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will issue two types of licenses—foreign bank branch license and subsidiary license– in the upcoming round of licensing, as from January 1, 2020, according to a statement.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar says it has no obligation to respect and follow ICC
Myat Win Kyaw – Since Myanmar isn’t a signatory to the Rome Statute, it doesn’t have an obligation to respect and follow the rules of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said U Hau Do Suan, the Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations in New York.
— BNI Online

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Senate set to tackle 2020 budget in plenary
The Senate is set to begin plenary debates Monday on the proposed ₱4.1-trillion 2020 budget.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte to certify as urgent bill banning single-use plastics
President Duterte is likely to certify as urgent a bill imposing a ban on single-use plastic products in the country to ensure its swift passage in Congress.
— Manila Bulletin

Phl wage growth slowest in ASEAN
The Philippines has the slowest real wage growth among the major countries in ASEAN.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

EU-Singapore trade deal set to take effect on Nov 21, after approval from EU Council
The landmark trade deal between Singapore and the European Union (EU) is set to enter into force in less than two weeks, after getting the green light from the EU Council on Friday (Nov 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt to give details of GST support package in Budget 2020, ahead of tax hike in next term: DPM Heng
Raising the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate is an unpopular move, and the Government could have waited for the upcoming General Elections to be over before announcing it.
— The Straits Times

About 1,000 homeless people live on Singapore’s streets: Study
About 1,000 people live on the streets of Singapore, according to the first study done here to measure the scale of homelessness.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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From January 1, 46 shopping centres and convenience chains stop giving out single-use plastic bags
It’s slowly happening, but the out-cry over single-use plastics is gathering pace and some of the ‘big names’ are now changing their policies.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s ‘economic condition index’ expected to decline in Q3
Thailand’s household economic condition index is likely to drop further due to the ongoing global economic slowdown.
— The Thaiger

RCEP nears completion
Notoriously labelled a ceremonial “talk shop” without any tangible outcomes, the latest Asean Summit in Bangkok finally proved critics wrong as regional leaders made progress in settling a mammoth trade pact despite India’s departure.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam, US ink $2.7 bln deals
Vietnam and the U.S. signed memorandums of understanding on major business deals worth $2.7 billion on Friday as the two countries seek to reduce the latter’s climbing trade deficit.
— VnExpress

Finnish engineering company to build wind farm in Vietnam
Finland’s Poyry Plc announced to join forces with an owner’s engineer contract awarded by a unit of Thai company Banpu Power, for a 90-MW wind farm project in the town of Vinh Chau, Vietnam.
— ScandAsia

Terrorist claim against Australian man in Vietnam ‘absolutely false’, his wife says
Allegations of terrorism made against a 70-year-old Australian man in Vietnam are “absolutely false and groundless”, his wife says, pleading with the prime minister to publicly advocate for his release.
— The Guardian

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