Asean morning news for November 18

Asean morning news for November 18

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Asean, don’t look away from the Rohingya crisis
November 17, 2019 5:00 AMRecently, we had the opportunity to visit the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ASEAN defense ministers meet in Bangkok
The defense ministers of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met in Bangkok to discuss regional security issues. The meeting took place in the Thai capital on Sunday.
— Spratly Islands

South China Sea, Rohingya on agenda in Asean defence meeting
Ten defence ministers from Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday held an informal meeting in Bangkok with regional issues, including the South China Sea and Rohingya crisis on their agenda.
— Bangkok Post

Asean, China agree to another maritime exercise, says Mohamad Sabu
Asean and China have agreed to conduct another maritime exercise to promote peace in the region.
— Malay Mail

India must keep RCEP option open
In the meantime, New Delhi must enter into FTAs with New Zealand and Australia, and persuade China to invest in the country
— Business Line

China targets one of Asia’s biggest meth cartels
Chinese drug police are working with Mekong countries to strike at the heart of a mega-rich meth syndicate, a senior Beijing drugs tsar said, as the region targets top-level drug traffickers instead of street dealers.
— The Asean Post

Moon to seek ‘clearer blueprint’ for partnerships with ASEAN members in Seoul, Busan talks
President Moon Jae-in will hold a series of one-on-one summits with the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries gathering in South Korea later this month for a special summit Seoul is hosting for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday.
— Yonhap News Agency

Govt cautioned: car tariff hike to impair Asean free trade
THE government has to rethink its move to raise the tariff rates on vehicle imports, as this might breach the region’s deal on free flow of goods and services, a business leader has warned.
— Business Mirror

Defence ministers discuss Asean security
Defence ministers from the region, including Singapore’s Dr Ng Eng Hen, met representatives from China, Japan and the United States in a series of informal meetings in Bangkok yesterday.
— The Straits Times (very annoying popups)

Asean effort to form single aviation market makes steep ascent
ASEAN nations are a step closer towards the ambitious goal of a single aviation market with its transport ministers adopting two protocols to integrate air transport in the region.
— New Straits Times

Asean M&A appetite stable despite uncertainty
THE merger and acquisition (M&A) appetite in South-east Asia remains stable despite global uncertainty, according to the latest EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer released on Nov 12.
— The Business Times

China, ASEAN pledge to further strengthen defense cooperation to safeguard regional stability
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged on Sunday to further strengthen defense cooperation to safeguard regional stability.
— Xinhuanet

CM: Best for Asean to have common mobile health platform
Medical professionals across Asean are called upon to find a common mobile health platform through their respective medical associations.
— The Borneo Post

Should Asean bid for the World Cup?
AMID heavy political discussions, there was at least one moment of levity during the recent Asean Summit.
— The Star online

Celebrating Korea’s ties with Asean
Next week, Nov. 25 to 27, the 2019 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and the 1st Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit will be held in Korea.

Construction sector addressing climate change
The construction sector is complicit in the threat of climate crisis, emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) gas through greenfield development, material production and the use of fossil fuels.
— The Asean Post

Reflections on RCEP and FTAs
India has decided not to join the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership because of concerns regarding sensitive sectors, the liberalisation of the services sector, mode 4 relating to movements of professionals, in particular, and the large trade deficit with China as well as with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
— Business Standard

Regional defence ministers meet counterparts from China, Japan and US
Defence ministers from the region, including Singapore’s Ng Eng Hen, met with representatives from China, Japan and the United States in a series of informal meetings on Sunday (Nov 17) in Bangkok.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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RFA fake EBA news claim ends an extraordinary seven days in Cambodia politics
The Cambodian government has labelled claims by Radio Free Asia (RFA) that it has a leaked copy of a just-completed European Commission (EC) assessment on the country’s future to qualify for lucrative tariff exemptions under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme as fake news.
— AEC News Today

Investigation Into Kem Sokha’s Treason Case Closed
A Phnom Penh judge has closed the investigation into opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason case more than two years after his arrest, with the court still left to decide whether and when to send the case to trial.

Exports of footwear and travel goods buoyed by tariff privileges
Cambodia’s footwear and travel goods exports dramatically increased in the first nine months of this year, thanks to tariff privileges they received from the US under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Indonesia ‘fulfilling’ and ‘welcoming’ for expats, but doesn’t offer much: HSBC survey
Indonesia’s rank has fallen in the 2019 Expat Explorer to 31st out of 33 countries, whereas it ranked 13th out of 31 countries last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Q3 external debt rises 10.2 percent: BI
Indonesia’s external debt in the third quarter of 2019 rose 10.2 percent year-on-year to US$395.6 billion (or Rp5.607 trillion at an exchange rate of Rp14.174 against the US dollar), Bank Indonesia announced here on Friday.
— Antara News

Improving Indonesia’s rice production through improved data collection
In rural Indonesia rice accounts for almost one-quarter of the total expenditures of the poor.
— AEC News Today

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Laos reiterates commitments to human-centered development at Nairobi Summit
The delegation from the Lao PDR announced a package of national commitments to the acceleration of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (PoA, ICPD) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 this week.

Laos’ central bank to focus on currency management amid challenges
Responding to questions about currency management from National Assembly members on Wednesday, the Governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR, Mr Sonexay Sithphaxay, said Laos will continue to face challenges in foreign currency management because it is a net importer.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos belajar ke Indonesia kembangkan ekonomi digital
Pemerintah Republik Rakyat Demokratik Laos (Lao PDR) tertarik dengan cara Indonesia mengembangkan ekonomi digital.
— Indo Telko

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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RMAF doing due diligence on procurement of maritime patrol aircraft, UAVS
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) has already started the due diligence process to procure maritime patrol aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), said its chief Tan Sri Affendi Buang.
— The Sun Daily

Global uncertainties major threat to M’sia economy
As much as Malaysia’s own domestic drivers can help buffer the impact, the global situation is still the biggest swing factor, with unavoidable impact on investment and trade.
— The Borneo Post

EU has no right to impose values
THE Malaysian Alliance of Civil Society Organisations (Macsa) in the Universal Periodic Review Process denounces the statement by the European Union (EU) spokesman on Nov 11, in response to the sentencing of five Muslim men in the Syariah High Court of Selangor for engaging in unnatural same sex conduct.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas
Myanmar’s government rejected the International Criminal Court’s decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
— AP

Myanmar approves 8 more investment projects
Myanmar has approved eight more projects in five sectors in a latest scrutiny of submitted foreign investment projects, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission on Sunday.
— Xinhua

11,732t onions imported from Myanmar in 16 days
The import remained suspended for a single day only due to cyclone Bulbul, which lashed the country’s coastal districts, including Cox’s Bazar, on 10 November, Jasim said.
— Prothomalo

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Energy dep’t releases draft rules for law that will slash electricity rates
THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT has released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Murang Kuryente Act, the law that allowed the use of the existing and future government share in the Malampaya gas-to-power project as payment for government debt now shouldered by consumers.
— BusinessWorld

Malaysian firm eyes waste-to-energy PHL projects
A MALAYSIAN company has pledged to invest up to $2 billion to put up 12 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the Philippines in partnership with Filipino company Integrated Green Technology, Inc. (IGT) and a French technology provider.
— BusinessWorld

Signal Nos. 1, 2 in more areas as Tropical Storm Ramon approaches
What’s the weather like in your area? Tweet us at @rapplerdotcom .
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Singaporeans advised to defer travel to Bolivia due to ‘volatile and unpredictable’ political situation
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday (Nov 15) issued a travel advisory for Bolivia, citing reports of widespread protests in major cities following the resignation of the Bolivian president.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Highway Code to include guidelines on emergency vehicles, PMDs and pedestrian use of mobile phones
Amendments to the Highway Code, which include guidelines on the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs), giving way to emergency vehicles and pedestrians’ usage of mobile communication devices, will take effect from Dec 1, police announced on Friday (Nov 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF to carry out on-site disposal of WWII bomb along Jiak Kim Street
An on-site controlled disposal of a World War II bomb found in a construction site along Jiak Kim Street will be carried out next week, police said in an advisory on Saturday (Nov 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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THAI boss insists big losses ‘normal’
Thai Airways International plc (THAI) and subsidiaries reported a net loss of 4.68 billion baht in the third quarter of this year and a 10.91-billion-baht net loss for the first nine months, THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Most people expect PM to address economic problems
Most respondents to an opinion poll have high expectations that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will take relief measures to address the high cost of living, which ranks top of the five economic problems of most concern to Thai people, according to a Suan Dusit Poll by Suan Dusit University.
— Thai PBS News

More rare animals found in sanctuary
More protected and rare animals have been found in the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Research Station in Ban Ta Khun district of this southern province.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam encourages US investments in energy sector
US-based Gen X Energy is considering a US$6-billion liquified natural gas (LNG) project in Vietnam.
— The Hanoitimes

HCMC third most promising real estate market in Asia-Pacific: report
Ho Chi Minh City ranks third best out of 22 cities in the Asia-Pacific for property investment in 2020, according to a report.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam Ranked 70th for Ease of Doing Business: World Bank
Vietnam ranked 70 among 190 economies in this year’s Doing Business 2020 report released by the World Bank. The country fell one spot from its position last year. Nevertheless, Vietnam’s overall score improved by 1.44 points, scoring a total of 69.8 points.
— Vietnam Briefing

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