Asean morning news for November 5

Asean morning news for November 5

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Most ASEAN Leaders No-Shows in Meeting with Trump’s Proxy
Seven Southeast Asian leaders skipped an important meeting with the United States on Monday after President Donald Trump decided not to attend their regional summit in Thailand.
— Voice of America

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit
The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navigation in the region’s seas.
— AP

15 nations complete ‘text-based’ negotiations for RCEP, signing expected in 2020
Fifteen out of 16 nations have concluded “text-based” negotiations for what could be the world’s largest trade deal, with formal signing now expected in 2020, said a joint statement by leaders issued on Monday (Nov 4).

Thai PM cites “significant progress” on RCEP talks
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday cited “significant progress” on negotiations for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that will cover 16 economies in the Asia Pacific.
— Philippine News Agency

White House invites ASEAN chiefs
Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders to a “special summit” in the US early next year after skipping their annual summit in Thailand.
— The Australian

Chinese official says breakthroughs made in Asia trade talks
A Chinese official on Monday said breakthroughs have been made in negotiations for an Asia-wide trade pact that would be the world’s biggest trade deal, though he said consultations with India are still going on.
— Reuters

Chinese premier calls for more solidarity, coordination within framework of ASEAN+3
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang here on Monday attended the 22nd ASEAN-China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) leaders’ meeting, calling on the participating countries to strengthen solidarity and coordination.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN bucks record 155 billion USD FDI in 2018
Last year inflows to the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) were up 11.5%, from US$147 billion in 2017 to $155 billion in 2018, according to new UNCTAD research.
— Thailand Business News

India rejects Asia-wide trade deal, as others move ahead
Fifteen Asian countries agreed terms on Monday for what could be the world’s biggest trade pact, they said in a statement, but India delayed its decision on joining because of significant differences over tariffs and other issues.
— Reuters

U.S. envoy says Beijing’s South China Sea actions like ‘conquest’
A U.S. envoy to a leaders’ summit in Southeast Asia criticized China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea as akin to “conquest”.
— Reuters

ASEAN wants COC concluded within 3 years or earlier
As the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit comes to an end, the unified, prevailing, pressing desire of the ASEAN-member countries strongly manifests–the resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
— PTV News (video)

Vietnam takes over ASEAN chairmanship from Thailand
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc represented Vietnam as the nation took over the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2020 at a ceremony in Bangkok Monday.
— VnExpress International

China says U.S. should not ‘gesticulate’ about South China Sea issue
China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the United States should not “gesticulate” about the South China Sea issue.
— The Jerusalem Post

US says it is ‘extremely engaged’ in Asia after Trump skips ASEAN meet
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross insisted Monday that his country remained “extremely engaged” with Asia despite Donald Trump skipping a regional leaders summit.
— Eagle News

Meddling in East Asian affairs has become some countries’ “routine”: senior Chinese diplomat
Meddling in cooperations of East Asian countries has become “a routine” of some countries and what they did is neither constructive nor responsible, and will not win popularity, a senior Chinese diplomat told reporters on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Video: Know what PM Modi said on RCEP deal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India will not join the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s “outstanding issues and concerns”.
— News24

Multilateral trading system must be updated to ‘reflect current realities’: PM Lee
The global trading system must be updated to “reflect current realities” so that it can continue to work well, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4).

India will not join RCEP trade deal in blow to sprawling Asian pact
India said Monday, November 4, it would not join a sprawling Asian trade pact , raising fears over how domestic producers would be hit, in a major blow to the Beijing-backed deal.
— Rappler

Talks on regional trade pact conclusive — ASEAN chair
Asian countries held conclusive talks on what could be the world’s biggest trade pact and there will be an announcement of success at a summit in Bangkok, despite doubts raised by India, the Thai hosts said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Negotiation outcome a major step forward for RCEP, India’s position respected and understood: PM Lee
The conclusion of text-based negotiations among 15 out of 16 nations marks a very major step forward for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4) evening.

Asean leaders bat for removal of uncertainties in South China Sea
Removal of uncertainties in the South China Sea was among the topics discussed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-China Summit here Sunday.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Duterte to UN, Asean: Enhance security cooperation
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the United Nations (UN) to enhance their cooperation in fighting security threats in the region.
— Manila Times

Asean-China ink deals on media sector cooperation
Three media sector deals were signed between Asean member-states and China expected to benefit journalists and media professionals in their respective states, a Palace official bared on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

US envoy decries Chinese ‘intimidation’ in South China Sea
A US envoy has denounced Chinese “intimidation” in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders, as he conveyed an invitation from President Donald Trump for the leaders to attend a special summit in the United States.
— Aljazeera

ASEAN forms new team to monitor Rohingya repatriation
ASEAN leaders have agreed to form an ad hoc task force to be in charge of monitoring the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, after previous efforts made this year ended in failure when no refugees were willing to return to Rakhine state.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s seeks US cooperation in Indo-Pacific context
Indonesia has invited the United States to establish concrete cooperation in implementing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific that encompasses the four main sectors of maritime, economy, Sustainable Development Goals, and connectivity.
— Antara News

RCEP effectively gives up year-end goal for free trade deal
Leaders from 16 Asia-Pacific nations including Japan, China and India have effectively given up on achieving the goal of finalizing their free trade deal by the end of this year, according to a joint statement issued Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

WION Exclusively speaks over ASEAN-India summit to Brahma Chellaney, An analyst
WION Exclusively speaks to Brahma Chellaney, Professor for Strategic studies at Centre for Policy Research over ASEAN-India summit.
— Wion (video)

President Jokowi raises issues of toxic waste
President Joko Widodo raised the issues of hazardous and toxic waste in the 14th East Asian Summit, held in the IMPACT Arena, Nonthaburi, Thailand Monday.
— Antara News

ASEAN leaders hope for trade deal
Southeast Asian leaders met for a second day in Thailand on Sunday, hoping for a breakthrough in talks over the world’s largest trade deal to help throw off the torpor which has gripped the global economy since the United States (US)-China tariff war began.
— The Asean Post

Cambodian parliament ratifies ASEAN e-commerce pact
The National Assembly of Cambodia on Monday ratified the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on e-commerce.
— Xinhuanet

Germany strengthens ties with ASEAN by signing Treaty of Amity and Cooperation
At this year’s ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Germany formally accedes to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. For Germany, this is an important step towards strengthening our relations with ASEAN, a dynamic community with growing regional and global significance.
— Khmer Times

Dr Mahathir: Asean most stable regional organisation in the world
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has grown tremendously over the years to become the most stable regional organisation in the world, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— New Straits Times

Asean countries seek free trade deals with EAEU: Russian PM
The Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand have expressed interest in signing free trade agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

China Wins The South China Sea Map War Against The Philippines
Manila is giving in to Beijing’s ambitions to redraw the map of the South China Sea — by agreeing to once again place a visa sticker and stamp on Chinese passports printed with a nine-dash line in the South China Sea.
— Forbes

Russia favors creation of Greater Eurasian Partnership: Medvedev
Russia advocates the establishment of the Greater Eurasian Partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the Business and Investment Summit of the Association of Asean.
— Philippine News Agency

Hun Sen lauds progress in Asean-China partnership
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that the Kingdom attached great significance to the vision for an Asean-China partnership that all parties have outlined and are set to achieve by 2030.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tardy Duterte misses Asean Plus Three Summit photo session
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday did not make it to the family photo session at the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Plus Three Summit.

Manila urges closer tie-up against China
The Secretary of the Philippines’ Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar, urged Asean to increase its cooperation against China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and ramp up counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group within the region.
— Bangkok Post

Duterte calls on Western countries to cease from dumping trash in Asia
Western countries should stop making developing countries as dumping ground for their garbage, including those labeled for recycling, President Duterte declared Monday.
— Manila Bulletin

At ASEAN-related summit, Abe condemns North Korea’s missile launches
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday strongly condemned North Korea’s missile launches at an ASEAN-related meeting, saying they are in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
— The Japan News

Chinese investment could boost SE Asia’s steel capacity by 50 mln T -industry head
Surging investments by Chinese steelmakers in Southeast Asia could add more than 50 million tonnes a year to the region’s crude steel capacity, an industry leader said on Monday.
— Yahoo News

ASEAN Plus Three countries pledge to enhance regional connectivity
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN Plus Three countries or 10+3) pledged here Monday to enhance regional connectivity to realize their collective efforts for regional integration and promote sustainable development.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN Plus Three nations need to improve region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis: PM Lee
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and three regional partners – China, South Korea and Japan – need to “deepen” their cooperation and improve the region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4).

Leaders of East Asia Summit vow to work together to combat illegal drugs
Asia Pacific leaders have vowed to implement “concerted and sustained actions,” including intensified border patrol, to combat the spread of illegal drugs amid concerns about the “alarming” growth of the illicit trade.
— Manila Bulletin

ASEAN vows to focus on continuity, complementarity and creativity
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded its 35th summit here on Monday, vowing to put its priorities on continuity, complementarity and creativity in the cause of the bloc’s development.
— Xinhuanet

PM requests Asean environment effort
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday requested that the Asean and Asean Plus Three bloc share their experiences on environmental protection and sustainable development at the Asean Summit in Bangkok, his official Facebook page said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ASEAN wildlife under threat from illegal hunting
Illegal hunting poses a greater threat to ASEAN’s wildlife than earlier thought according to a study published in the Communications Biology journal last week.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN to work with the UN on promotion, protection of human rights
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will continue to work closely with the United Nations (UN) on the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.
— Manila Bulletin

Modi eyes closer ties with Asean
India has set its sights on forging closer trade ties with Asean via an overland route through Myanmar and Thailand, says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN commits to intensified cooperation with China, Japan, Korea
Southeast Asian nations have committed to intensify cooperation with China, Japan and Korea to enhance regional connectivity in the areas of infrastructure, digital innovation, and people mobility, among others.
— Manila Bulletin

Women’s jobs under threat from AI
Technological advancements and artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionising manufacturing for industries around the world.
— The Asean Post

Asean-Fifa accord sparks optimism
Asean hopes its collaboration with Fifa will help fulfil the Southeast Asian organisation’s ambition to bring the 2034 World Cup to the region.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN leaders’ spouses view exhibition on Thailand’s garbage management changes
Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, today welcomed the spouses of the ASEAN leaders to an exhibition on the management of garbage organized by the Ministry, SCG Plc. and PTT Global Chemical Plc.
— Pattaya Mail

City of culture Yogyakarta hosts 7th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium
Yogyakarta, the ASEAN City of Culture, is hosting the seventh ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium (ATTS) and Expo, a biennial event that aims to introduce traditional textiles from the regional grouping member states, which is set to run from Monday to Friday at the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta hotel.
— The Jakarta Post

Kor-Asia forum to discuss co-prosperity of Korea, ASEAN
The Korea Times and its sister paper the Hankook Ilbo will hold the 2019 Kor-Asia Forum on Nov. 22 at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul.
— The Korea Times

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Could EU tariff threat on Cambodia lead to exploitation of women?
Tens of thousands of garment workers in Cambodia could be exploited if proposed European Union (EU) trade sanctions cause major fashion brands to downsize their operations in the Southeast Asian nation, labour rights activists are warning.
— Aljazeera

Cambodian PM: It’s Time to End Negotiations on RCEP
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has emphasised that it is now time to end the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— AKP 

Cambodia deploys troops ahead of opposition leaders’ planned return
Cambodia has deployed troops along its borders and held live fire exercises ahead of the planned return of leaders of the banned main opposition party in a move Prime Minister Hun Sen has labeled as a coup attempt.
— Reuters

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Rising sea levels threaten 23 million in Indonesia’s coastal cities by 2050: Study
Around 23 million people living in several of Indonesia’s coastal cities, including the capital Jakarta, risk having their homes inundated in coastal flooding by 2050 as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change, a new report has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.9% in Q3: LPEM UI
Indonesia’s economic growth is expected to slow to 4.9 percent in the third quarter of this year as weak global demand affects trade and weakens manufacturing industry, while commodity prices continue to decline, according to a local research house.
— The Jakarta Post

Former PLN Chief Sofyan Basir Acquitted of All Charges in Riau-1 Graft Case
The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Monday acquitted Sofyan Basir, former president director of state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, of all charges related to his alleged involvement in bribery in the Riau-1 coal-fired power plant project.
— Jakarta Globe

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Laos to clamp down on imports in bid to curb rising exchange rate
A surge in both legally and illegal imported goods from neighbouring countries means Lao producers are struggling to compete in terms of price and production, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr Somchith Inthamith, told media during an interview last week.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Group of Four Lao Young Women Trafficked to China Rescued, Separate Group of Four Remain Missing after Three Years
Authorities in Laos’ southwestern Champassak province have rescued four young Lao women and girls who were trafficked to China, while another group of four females from another part of the country remain missing, sources told RFA’s Lao Service recently.

Lao gov’t endorses new decree to centralize administration of Official Development Assistance
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has endorsed a new decree to centralize the administration of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
— Xinhua

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CM: Petros to evaluate all oil and gas mining, prospecting licence applicants in Sarawak
The state government will award licences for oil and gas prospecting and production in the onshore areas to Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

State govt proposes 3 projects worth RM78.5 million to improve port development
The state government is proposing to undertake three major projects worth RM78.5 million to improve the state’s port development.
— The Borneo Post

Another Bank Sucked Into 1MDB Laundromat Scandal (Along With US Commerce Secretary)
Yet another major bank willing to accept Jho Low’s tainted 1MDB cash has now been unmasked, the Bank of Cyprus. The present US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was Vice Chairman at the time.
— Sarawak Report

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Warning of blackouts next summer, govt regulates hydropower plant operations
Authorities are closely watching the operations of hydropower plants across the country due to low rainfall and low water levels in dams during the recently ended rainy season, which they warn could trigger massive blackouts next summer.
— Myanmar Times

Over K100 m earned from sale of applications for 500 plots in Yangon to go to State fund
Yangon Region government has earned over K100 million from sale of application forms for more than 500 land plots in the region, and the money will go to the State budget through a municipal bank account.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar ethnic rebels release Indians held in Rakhine after one dies
Ethnic rebels in Myanmar have detained and interrogated a lawmaker and several Indian nationals, one of whom died, the rebels said on Monday, in the latest escalation of violence in the restive western state of Rakhine.
— Reuters

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Duterte, other leaders skip summit with US; Trump no-show
Southeast Asian leaders including President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-United States Summit on Monday after American President Donald Trump was a no-show.

Duterte administration revisits PPP to boost BBB infrastructure program
The national government is now fine-tuning the framework of cooperation between the state- and-private sector entities for infrastructure projects to ensure the continuity of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.
— Business Mirror

Tardy Duterte misses Asean Plus Three Summit photo session
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday did not make it to the family photo session at the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Plus Three Summit.

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Singapore factory slump extends for 6th straight month despite slight uptick in key gauge
Manufacturing sentiment remained in negative territory for a sixth consecutive month in October, as the uncertain global trade environment continues to cast a shadow over factory activity in Singapore and the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cottage Delight All Butter Lemon Curd products recalled after incorrect egg and milk labelling
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has ordered a recall for Cottage Delight All Butter Lemon Curd products after an alert that the products display inaccurate egg and milk allergen labels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ASEAN Plus Three nations need to improve region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis: PM Lee
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and three regional partners – China, South Korea and Japan – need to “deepen” their cooperation and improve the region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand’s industry minister confirms no review of glyphosate ban
Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced today (Monday) that his ministry is fully committed to the decision of the National Hazardous Substances Committee to ban paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.
— Thai PBS News

India will not join RCEP trade deal in blow to sprawling Asian pact
BANGKOK – India said Monday it would not join a sprawling Asian trade pact, dealing a blow to the China-backed deal at the end of a Bangkok summit held against a backdrop of global growth fears.
— Bangkok Post

3 inmates, one of them American, shoot policeman and flee
Three drug inmates, one of them an American, shot and stabbed a police officer at the Provincial Court in Pattaya before fleeing in what appeared to be a getaway pickup truck on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

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Thailand hands over Asean chair to Vietnam
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) holding the symbolic chairman’s gavel after receiving it from Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during the closing ceremony of the 35th Asean Summit and related summits.
— Straits Times (extremely annoying popups)

Vietnam to officially announce 25.4% upward GDP revision this month
Vietnam will officially announce the revision of the size of its gross domestic product (GDP) for the 2011-2017 period later this month, the head of the General Statistics Office said on Monday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

World’s biggest trade deal RCEP set to be signed in Vietnam in 2020
The 16-nation trade deal, which includes major economies such as India and China, would make up nearly 50% of the world’s population, about 30% of global GDP and 28% of total trade turnover.
— The Hanoitimes

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