Asean morning news for November 7

Asean morning news for November 7

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Vietnam mulls legal action over South China Sea dispute
Vietnam could explore legal action among various options in its territorial dispute with powerful neighbor China in the South China Sea, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Bangladesh: Modi says Rohingya return best for region
A speedy, safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh is in the interest of the region, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Nov. 3 when he met Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
— The Japan News

Trump doing Asean – and his own country – a grave disservice
DIPLOMATIC feathers were ruffled a bit at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Bangkok this week, when US President Donald Trump snubbed the key regional meeting, saying he was “busy with campaign events back home.”
— The Manila Times

ASEAN MPs term Kashmir a global dispute
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar yesterday asked ASEAN parliamentarians to raise Kashmir issue in their respective parliamentarians, as innocent Kashmiris are being deprived of their human rights and identity.
— The Nation Pakistan

Asean and Rohingyas
Beyond the international grandstanding in Bangkok, quite the most robust statement to emanate from the Asean summit was the UN Secretary-General’s appeal to the Myanmar government to take responsibility for the plight of 730,000 Rohingya refugees from Rakhine state.
— Inquirer.net

Prayut bars Sam Rainsy as Asean spat spreads
Thailand would not allow entry to Cambodian opposition founder Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday, after the self-exiled dissident said he planned to return to Cambodia via Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Human Rights Talks Absent from ASEAN Summit
Much of the recent ASEAN summit was focused on political snubbing between Donald Trump and the region, an Asian trade agreement, and the South China Sea dispute, but one topic was not a priority: human rights.
— VOA

Troubling developments at ASEAN summit
This year’s annual summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations involving its member states and their dialogue partners will be remembered as potentially historic failures.
The Japan Times

Asean may soon conclude review of FTA with India
The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) may soon conclude FTA (free-trade agreement) review with India.
— The Economic Times

Medvedev’s hi-tech ASEAN initiatives
The ASEAN summit and East Asia Summit held in Bangkok allowed Russia to once again establish its position in the region, Izvestia wrote.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen calls on Asean, China to combat cross-border crimes
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday during the 12th Asean-China Prosecutors-General Conference in Siem Reap province called on Asean and China to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking and other cross-border crimes.
— Khmer Times

Promoting public-private partnerships in asean
The little voice we have can be a conduit of change.
— The Philippine Star

Trade, tech issues seen to shape Asean’s future
FIFTY-TWO years ago, the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fought the embers of communism across Asia. Today, Asean is confronting another “FIRe,” the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.
— Business Mirror

FinTech Association of Hong Kong signs MOU with Asean Financial Innovation Network
The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) to facilitate greater collaboration and integration between FinTech hubs across Asia.
— Finextra

East Asia leaders craft action plan to combat plastic waste pollution in oceans
A regional action plan is being crafted to boost efforts to combat plastic waste pollution in the oceans and prevent the illegal transport of hazardous wastes.
— Manila Bulletin

NA speaker asks ASEAN parliamentarians to raise Kashmir dispute
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) parliamentarians Tuesday termed Kashmir dispute as a global issue and assured to raise the sufferings of Kashmiris at international and regional forums till its resolution.
— Kashmir Media Service

Will ASEAN be the next EU?
The 35th ASEAN Summit came to a close in Bangkok with great success. We are now one step closer toward realizing the ASEAN dream of economic integration with Japan as a development partner.
— The Philippine Star

DOF studying carbon tax as IMF urges Asean shift to ‘green’ economy
The Department of Finance (DOF) is looking into imposing a carbon tax or levy on the carbon content of fossil fuels as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Asean economies to shift from “brown” to “green” to decelerate climate change.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Mekong River Commission Says Dams Are Causing of Sharp Shifts in Water Levels
The Mekong River Commission Tuesday acknowledged that climate change played a role in this year’s widely varying water levels on the Mekong, but said that dam construction was the main culprit in sharp water level increases and decreases, emphasizing a need for data-sharing between countries.
— RFA

Interview: Upgraded protocol of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area brings “visible and tangible” benefits: Chinese ambassador
The upgraded protocol, which was fully implemented among all its members on Oct. 22, would further bring dividends in the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), benefiting the enterprises and people in an all-around way, Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Huang Xilian said.
— Xinhuanet

Group tells Asean: Uphold human rights
Leaders of member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should stop sweeping the region’s “human rights disaster” under the rug, especially during its annual summit, an international human rights group said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Asean members must act as unified bloc to achieve Sustainable Development Goals’
Asean members must increase resilience and act as an unified bloc in economic and geopolitical matters to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
— News Straits Times

How Not to Win Friends and Influence the Indo-Pacific
The Trump administration’s last few days in Indo-Pacific diplomacy have been colossally inelegant, demonstrating the extent to which the often reassuring language that appears in its strategy documents is completely divorced from the reality of its conduct.
— The Diplomat

Global Fund SEA working to eliminate HIV, TB, malaria
The Global Fund South-East Asia (SEA) region constituency conducted its first regional coordination meeting to identify bottlenecks and measures to tackle cross-border migration issues relating to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in the region last week in Thimphu.
— The Japan News

ACB hails leaders’ commitment to environment, climate action in ASEAN Summit
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) commended the renewed commitment of the leaders of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to environmental protection and climate action during the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 3 November 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

DFA chief sends expletive to PDI reporter for Asean tweet
An Inquirer reporter who tweeted on Monday that President Duterte had skipped the last event of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand drew the ire of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who tweeted back a harsh expletive.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

MQDC joins ASEAN Summit’s ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’ with ‘sustainnovation’ concept
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, focused on creating well-being for all living beings and committed to sustainable development
— Bangkok Post

Chongqing takes ASEAN connectivity lead in western China
As the operating center of the China-Singapore demonstration initiative on strategic connectivity, southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality is taking the regional lead in contributing to connectivity with ASEAN and promoting cooperation along the Belt and Road routes.
— China.org

Employers should hire new workers based on their potential: report
Hiring employees based on their potential will be important in the new economy, according to an annual whitepaper report published by Robert Walters, an international recruiting firm.
— Vietnamplus

Catenon expands to Singapore, bets on ASEAN tech talent opportunity
Recruitment services provider Catenon has announced it will set up operations in Singapore to further strengthen its APAC presence and cater to the rising need for global tech talent.
— The Economic Times

Football: Asean Club C’ship dangles $1 million prize purse, slot in Fifa Club World Cup as carrots
Singapore’s leading football club will get the chance to test their mettle at another level when the Asean Club Championship (ACC), organised and santioned by the Asean Football Federation (AFF), kicks off in the second half of next year.
— The Straits Times

China’s Canton Fair Attracts More ASEAN Buyers
Fewer buyers came and the volume of deals declined at this year’s fall Canton Fair, China’s biggest twice-yearly trade event, but things started looking up as China and the U.S. moved closer to ending their 18-month trade war. The fall event concluded Monday.
— Caixin

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Prayut bars Sam Rainsy as Asean spat spreads
Thailand would not allow entry to Cambodian opposition founder Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday, after the self-exiled dissident said he planned to return to Cambodia via Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Cyprus plans to strip citizenships after uproar over passports
Cyprus on Wednesday (Nov 6) said it had started a process to strip 26 individuals of citizenship they received under a secretive passports for investment scheme.
— CNA

Cambodian Ambassador to Indonesia Interrupts CNRP Press Conference
Cambodia’s ambassador to Indonesia on Wednesday interrupted a Jakarta press conference held by opposition vice-president Mu Sochua, who said the ambassador called her a “fugitive” and warned that Cambodian authorities would arrest her.
— VOD

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Indonesian Businesses Among World’s Most Optimistic on Medium-Term Prospects: Survey
Indonesian companies are among the world’s most optimistic when it comes to their business prospects next year and the medium term, and they have strong confidence in the government’s macroeconomic policy, particularly in boosting investment and domestic consumption, according to the latest survey by multinational bank HSBC.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia swine fever outbreak kills more than 4,000 pigs
More than 4,000 pigs have died after an outbreak of swine fever in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, the head of the area’s food security and livestock agency said on Wednesday.
— Euronews

Jokowi Deems Issuing Presidential Regulation on KPK Law ‘Unethical’ During Constitutional Court Review
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo deems it inappropriate to issue a presidential regulation in lieu of law on the Corruption Eradication Committee, or KPK, while a judicial review of a revised law on the national antigraft agency is still ongoing.
— Jakarta Globe

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MRC forum tackles hydropower dam proposed by Laos
The Mekong River Commission, member countries and relevant partners yesterday discussed procedures for a technical review of Laos’ planned Luang Prabang hydropower project.
— Khmer Times

Laos promotes environmentally-friendly hydro projects
“The government is highly encouraged to promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable hydropower projects,” Deputy Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, Ms Bounkham Vorachit, said on November 5.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Mekong River Commission Says Dams Are Causing of Sharp Shifts in Water Levels
The Mekong River Commission Tuesday acknowledged that climate change played a role in this year’s widely varying water levels on the Mekong, but said that dam construction was the main culprit in sharp water level increases and decreases, emphasizing a need for data-sharing between countries.
— RFA

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Muhyiddin: Immigration policy to be reviewed after calls to tighten visa-free entry
The government will review and tighten its immigration policy on foreigners after Bukit Aman counter-terrorism chief DCP Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay cited Malaysia’s visa-free policy as one of the main reasons it remains a transit point for terrorists.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak-Sabah Link Road ‘good proposal’ but get SPA approval first, Masing tells Baru
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has urged federal Works Minister Baru Bian to work with the Sarawak Planning Authority (SPA) for the development of the Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR).
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia detains two Cambodian dissidents headed for Thailand
The two detainees are members of the Cambodian National Rescue Party outlawed by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
— Aljazeera

 

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar State Firm Signs Deal to Buy Electricity From Strategic Chinese Project in Rakhine
Myanmar’s state-owned Electric Power Generation signs purchase agreement with power plant being developed by Myanmar-China joint venture in Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu.
— Irrawaddy

CMP businesses import raw materials worth over $160m in one month
CMP businesses have imported raw materials worth over US$160 million over a month this fiscal year that started in October 1, exceeding over US$12 million compared to the same period of last fiscal year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Tensions High in Eastern Shan After Myanmar Military Pushes Stricter Security Checks
Attempts by the military to tighten security in Shan State have strained relations among the military, the United Wa State Army and the National Democratic Alliance Army.
— Irrawaddy

 

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Philippines to resume stamping Chinese ‘Nine-Dash Line’ passports
The Philippines immigration bureau on Wednesday said it has resumed stamping Chinese passports, whose pages bear a faint map showing Beijing’s expansive claim over the disputed South China Sea.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam mulls legal action over South China Sea dispute
Vietnam could explore legal action among various options in its territorial dispute with powerful neighbor China in the South China Sea, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

NEDA approves revised list of infra flagship projects
The Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CC) and the Committee on Infrastructure (INFRACOM) Cabinet Level approved Wednesday the revised list of 100 infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs).
— Philippine News Agency

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Study names Singapore in the top 5 list of cities for launching digital, tech ventures
Singapore has been named in the top five list of best cities to launch a digital or tech ventures in the world, according to a recent study by Movinga, a Europe-based full-service provider in the moving industry.
— e27

New SIA pact with Malaysia Airlines may get off the ground within a year
THE “wide-ranging” commercial pact between the national carriers of Singapore and Malaysia to share revenue on flights between the two countries and expand codeshare routes could take off the ground within a year, said Singapore Airlines (SIA) chief executive Goh Choon Phong on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Singapore imports 17 million bottles of water from Malaysia monthly: Masagos
Singapore imports about 17 million bottles of water per month from Malaysia alone, Mr Masagos Zulkifli said on Monday (Nov 4), citing latest figures compiled by the Singapore Food Agency.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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PM refuses ex-Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy entry into Thailand
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be refused entry to Thailand on his way to the Cambodian border town of Poipet to celebrate Cambodia’s Independence Day on November 9th.
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand cuts interest rate to record low
The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Wednesday voted to cut the policy interest rate to a record low of 1.25% in a bid to boost Thailand’s economic growth impetus and support a targeted increase in headline inflation.
— Bangkok Post

American Who Fled Pattaya Court Kills Himself, 2 Accomplices Arrested
A manhunt for drug suspects who staged a dramatic breakout from a Pattaya court came to an end Wednesday with one of the fugitives committing suicide and police arresting the other two.
— Khaosod English

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

VN has 2nd lowest number of mobile malware threats in Southeast Asia
Việt Nam had the second lowest number of Android threats detected in Southeast Asia in the period from January to September this year, according to cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam: more imported scrap offers from Japan & US
SteelMint learnt from market participants that imported scrap offers to Vietnam have seen a sharp rise in the last couple of weeks, in line with the uptrend at global levels.
–MySteel

Vietnam’s catfish safety procedures for export approved by the US
Vietnam has finally perfected its food safety procedure for exported catfish which the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced was on par with that of the U.S. on November 4, opening new doors for Vietnam’s catfish export.
— Sggp News

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