Asean morning news for November 22

Asean morning news for November 22

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Hong Kong mulls South East Asia pig imports as pork prices jump on China swine fever outbreak
Hong Kong is looking into importing live pigs from countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, to supplement a dwindling supply from mainland China that has caused pork prices to surge, Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

South China Sea not a place for super powers’ tussle
The South China Sea should be turned into an area to strengthen cooperation, boost connectivity and firm up ties among regional communities, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (picture).
— The Malaysian Reserve

North Korea says ‘pointless’ for Kim to attend South Korea ASEAN summit
North Korea rejected an invitation for leader Kim Jong Un to attend a planned summit in Seoul with Southeast Asian nations next week, saying now is not the time due to strained ties, North Korean state media reported on Thursday.

ASEAN should prioritize tackling instability in region
Senior researcher of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jusuf Wanandi expressed firm belief that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would prioritize addressing regional instability arising from the China-US dispute sentiment.
— Antara News

Pentagon leads and drives Trump’s SE Asia diplomacy
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper exchanged bromides and handshakes across Southeast Asia this week, including stops in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, in a tour that underscored the Pentagon’s lead role in President Donald Trump’s regional diplomacy.
— Asia Times

India’s ‘Act East’ policy falls flat
When 16 nations met early this month at a trade summit in Bangkok, hoping to iron out the terms of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) through extensive negotiations, India became the only exception with its surprising withdrawal from the regional trade deal.
— Asia Times

Trade War Incentive Schemes in ASEAN
Governments across ASEAN have been unveiling an array of incentive packages to entice businesses affected by the US-China trade war.
— Asean Briefing

Việt Nam highlights ASEAN’s efforts to observe child rights
Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, Head of the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, has affirmed ASEAN’s strong commitments in promoting and ensuring the rights of children in both regional and global scales through dialogue, partnership and cooperation, helping to build a future of peace, stability and prosperity.
— Viet Nam News

‘New Southern Policy will enhance ties with ASEAN’
Former Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva has shown strong support for President Moon Jae-in’s New Southern Policy to strengthen ties with ASEAN.
— The Korea Times

China, ASEAN boosting ties in counterterror drill
The counterterrorism practices generated through exchanges and exercises among elite fighting forces of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue partners will boost the People’s Liberation Army’s combat capability during multinational counterterrorism missions in response to regional terror threats, military officers said.

Southeast Asian tourism is benefitting from the ongoing geopolitical tensions in Northeast Asia: ANZ
Southeast Asia has benefited from a growing tourism sector, as tourists prefer Southeast Asia over Northeast Asia due to the latter’s ongoing geopolitical tensions, according to ANZ.
— The Business Times

Most of SEAG funds loaned out from Malaysian firm—Drilon
Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday said that P11 billion of the P16-billion funds for the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) was a loan from a Malaysian firm.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Expert Concerns Over Rising Fake News and Hate Speech in Southeast Asia
Expert says fake news is a worrying trend in Southeast Asia, especially when it generates hates against members of a community.
— VOA Khmer (video)

Asean climate crises loom after decades of abuse
Asean’s governments continue to abuse the environment but the regional body’s shared ecological efforts to tackle the issues are pitiful.
— Asean Economist

BBL thriving after Asean pivot
Despite fading foreign direct investment in China amid the Sino-US trade war, Bangkok Bank (BBL) says its international banking business is thriving from a shift towards Asean.
— Bangkok Post

S. Korea, ASEAN To Hold Ministerial Forum, Exhibition On Public Service Innovation
South Korea’s interior ministry said Thursday it will host a ministerial forum and exhibition on government innovation with 10 Southeast Asian countries in the southeastern port city of Busan early next week.
— Urdupoint

Quotas for sugar imports from ASEAN removed
There will be no limits on the amounts of sugar imports into Vietnam from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), beginning next year.
— Vietnamplus

Infusing the Taiwanese tech landscape with ASEAN startup innovation
Taiwan has long been known for its quality tech hardware, made famous the world over via easily-recognisable names such as Asus, MSI, and Foxconn.
— e27

TIJ hosts the 4th Bangkok Rules Training for Senior Correctional Officers from ASEAN
The number of women imprisoned around the world has spiked, while prisons were built by men and for men.
— Bangkok Post

Why Christian expansionism is a quiet storm in Southeast Asia
Christian expansionism in Southeast Asia has generally flown under the radar for several reasons.
— South China Morning Post

Private Equity: Looking at Southeast Asia’s promising tech businesses
The last few years have seen Southeast Asia become a major focal point for private investment dollars.
— The Edge Markets

China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand hold new Mekong River joint patrol
Military vessels from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand are jointly patrolling the Mekong River today, with the aim of fighting drug trafficking and stepping up security in that region.
— Prensa Latina

ADMM Plus countries conclude joint anti-terrorism actual-troop drill
A joint anti-terrorism actual-troop drill of member countries of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM ) concluded in Guilin, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on November 21.
— Vietnamplus

Ghost movie ‘The Clock’ to haunt ASEAN
CAMBODIAN ghost movie ‘The Clock’ will premiere across ASEAN theatres as well in local cinemas from Nov 21, with high hopes of penetrating the international market.
— Khmer Times

16 ‘Southeast Asian men’ are found alive in a sealed trailer on a Stena Line ferry after crew ‘heard knocking’ during crossing from France to Ireland
Sixteen men have been found alive inside a sealed lorry trailer heading to Ireland from France on board a ferry.
— Daily Mail

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Cambodian Leader Willing to Lose EU Trade Privileges
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says it is more important for his country to maintain its independence and sovereignty than to retain special trading privileges that the European Union has threatened to withdraw.
— The New York Times 

Cambodia seeks Japan’s help to develop more mega projects
THE Cambodian government is seeking Japan’s assistance to develop more mega projects in the public works and transport sectors in the country.
— New Straits Times

PM Hun Sen: We Must Take Fullest Potential of Cambodia-China FTA
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the Royal Government and development partners should take the fullest potential of Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement, addressing Thursday at the inauguration of a new building at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

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Poverty remains major problem in Indonesia: ACT chief
Poverty remains a major problem in Indonesia and concrete efforts to solve it is by being generous, according to Ahyuddin, chairman of the advisory board of ACT (Swift Response and Action).
— Antara News

Australian plastic among waste ‘contaminating’ Indonesian food chains, report finds
Exported Australian plastic waste may be “poisoning” villages in Indonesia, according to a new report which found eggs near dumping grounds had some of the highest levels of dioxins recorded in Asia.
— ABC News

Javanese eagle population in Mt Ijen drops drastically
The population of Javanese eagles inhabiting around Mount Ijen on the eastern tip of Java Island is believed to have dropped drastically in the past few years due to the conversion of forest to plantations.
— Antara News

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Rice losses causing harvest shortfall, minister tells NA
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo reported the information to lawmakers at the 8th session of the National Assembly (NA)’s 8th legislature last week.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Construction of China-Laos railway not affected by shallow quake
The Laos-China Railway Co. Ltd., which is in charge of the construction of the China-Laos railway running through northern Laos, said on Thursday that the railway construction was not affected by a shallow earthquake.
— Xinhua

Posse of pachyderms planned for upcoming elephant festival in Xayaboury
The festival will take place from February 22-28, the Deputy Governor of Xayaboury province, Mr Yanyong Sipaserth, told a press conference held in the province on Tuesday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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How Islamic finance can work with fintech to promote financial inclusion in Malaysia
Islamic finance has recently gained popularity in the Southeast Asian market due to its advantages. Apart from being a promising instrument to build wealth, it is also being touted for its ability to ensure justice in society and promote financial inclusion.
— e27

1,000 Chinese nationals suspected in massive online scam syndicate arrested by Immigration
It was a busy Wednesday for Malaysian Immigration Department officials after they raided and arrested 1,000 Chinese nationals believed to be part of the largest online scam syndicate operating in the country.
— Coconuts

PM: Economic growth and social protection should be in parallel
Economic growth and social protection should be in parallel to ensure sustainable progress, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
— Malay Mail

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Construction Ministry continues implementing low-cost, staff rental housing projects
The Ministry of Construction will continue implementing low-cost housing projects near Thilawa Industrial Zone in Thanlyin Township, Hlinethaya Township (Kyansitmin) and Dagon Seikkan Township (Yoma) and staff rental housing projects in Nay Pyi Taw within the current fiscal year (2019-2020).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar town offers glimmer of hope for Muslims enduring ‘apartheid’
Htoo Maung sits down to lunch, sharing a bowl of traditional noodle soup with old friends, an ordinary act that has become extraordinary in Myanmar’s Rakhine state — because he is Muslim, and they are Buddhist.
— The Sun Daily

More has to be done to formalise business sector in Kachin: officials
There are only 19 large companies and just 1707 registered small and medium-sized businesses in Kachin State observing the stipulations of the Myanmar Investment Law 2016 , a government official said.
— Myanmar Times

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Customs orders ports to block entry of vape products after Duterte ban
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it has ordered its enforcement team on all ports to block the importation of vape products in the country following the ban order of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— GMA Network

Lacson finds P17-B pork barrel funds in DPWH 2020 budget
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday confirmed finding some P17 billion of alleged “pork barrel” funds in the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) budget for next year.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippine Court to Decide Next Month on 2009 Massacre, Lawyer Says
A Philippine court is expected to rule next month on the country’s worst political massacre that also killed dozens of journalists 10 years ago, a lawyer and survivors said Thursday, as media groups expressed hopes for convictions.
— Benar News

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Dengue infections on the rise; outbreak has close to 3,000 people hospitalised and 20 dead
Another two people have died from dengue in the past fortnight, bringing the total deaths for the year to 20, even as infections continue to rise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Worst may be over for Singapore economy but recovery will be sluggish, say experts
Amid early signs that the slump in the crucial manufacturing sector is easing, some economists are saying the worst may be over for the Singapore economy.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s exports down 9.6% in Q3
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 9.6 per cent in the third quarter of this year after the 14.7 per cent drop in the previous quarter, official data by Enterprise Singapore showed on Thursday (Nov 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Future Forward sails into heavier storms
As many analysts, detractors, opponents and insiders say, the Constitution Court’s Wednesday verdict against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, stripping him of his MP status, is just the beginning.
— Thai PBS News

Exports down 4.5% in October
Exports dropped by 4.5% year-on-year in October to US$20.8 billion, bringing the contraction in first 10 months of 2019 to 2.35% with a negative outlook, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Somkid urges 5G roll-out by mid-2020
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak says the 5G network must be rolled out by mid-2020 to ensure the country’s competitiveness in the region as peers aim to deploy their ultra-fast internet networks next year.
— Bangkok Post

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The Customs Bureau of HCM City proposes to collect infrastructure fees at seaports
The Customs Bureau of HCM City has proposed that city authorities collect infrastructure fees at seaports to increase revenue for the city.
— Vietnam Insider

VN aviation industry should focus on infrastructure, innovation: experts
Innovation and investment in infrastructure are required for Vi?t Nam’s aviation industry to develop, experts have told conferences at the Vi?t Nam International Aviation Expo that opened yesterday (November 20) in HCM City.
— Viet Nam News

Decree sets age limit for imported used aircraft
The age of second-hand aircraft imported into Vietnam is among new regulations in a new Government’s decree which amends and supplements some articles of a former one.
— VietnamPlus

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