Asean morning news for October 23

Asean morning news for October 23

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

The unexpected impact of Japan’s free trade leadership on China’s domestic reform
While the threat of protectionism is looming thanks to the trade war between the United States and China, trade-dependent middle power Japan has stepped up as a free trade champion.
— East Asia Forum

Malaysia to enhance Asean rapport to cushion trade war impact
Malaysia is looking to enhance its collaboration with Asean neighbours to cushion the impact of the US-China trade war, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— Daily Express

ASEAN becomes Chongqing’s largest trading partner
The foreign trade volume of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality rose by 12.3 percent during the first three quarters of 2019, with ASEAN becoming its largest trading partner.
— Xinhuanet

South China Sea tensions hit crisis point as furious Beijing surrounds US vessel in region
The waters have become a hotbed of activity after Beijing’s institution of the nine-dash line which sees its territorial claims invade areas controlled by neighbouring countries such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.
— Spratly Islands

E-commerce spending expected to triple in ASEAN
Digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025 according to a new study from Facebook and Bain & Company.
— The Asean Post

Thai Airways announces cancellation of six routes to four ASEAN destinations
The President of Thai Airways International says the airline is set to cancel six flight routes to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
— The Thaiger

Prawit orders security review ahead of Asean summit
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered a comprehensive review of all security procedures in preparation for the upcoming 35th Asean summit, says Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich.
— Bangkok Post

RCEP: Govt under pressure to abort the pact if not delay it
As the deadline to reach consensus on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is fast approaching, pressure is mounting on government to abort the accord, if not delay it.
— Business Today

Asean can benefit from a prosperous China, says former minister George Yeo
If precedents are anything to go by, China’s meteoric rise as an economic and political superpower can be a boon to Southeast Asia, according to former foreign minister George Yeo.
— Yahoo News

Is Japan’s Rail Diplomacy in Southeast Asia Moving Away From Shinkansen?
The recent development of Japan’s high-speed rail (HSR) projects in Southeast Asia may suggest Shinkansen leaving the center of its railway diplomacy.
— The Diplomat

Coal-Fired Power Plant Construction Stalls in Southeast Asia, Report Says
Construction of coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia has slowed significantly since 2016, with only Indonesia starting any new stations in the first half of this year, according to a report by Global Energy Monitor.
— Bloomberg

Mahathir notes Asean’s success in keeping region stable
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said Asean has done a good job in maintaining the region’s stability despite coming up against “big powers”.
— The Straits Times

South China Sea: The Disputes and Southeast Asia’s Culture of International Law
Most observers usually look at the South China Sea disputes with pessimistic eyes.
— The Diplomat

One decade on, ASEAN rights body struggles to find relevance
In Hua Hin, a seaside resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, a landmark regional human rights body for ASEAN was born on Oct. 23, 2009, amid concerns that its birth was a result of countless compromises in a region with diverse political systems.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

As ASEAN Enters an Infrastructure Boom, Geopolitical and Economic Risks Abound
Southeast Asia is witnessing an infrastructure boom, with major projects approved in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
— Brink

EAS member nations’ ambassadors meet in Indonesia
Ambassadors from member nations of the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Indonesia have gathered at a meeting in Jakarta to review cooperation within the framework of the forum and discuss preparations for the upcoming 14th EAS in Thailand.
— Vietnamplus

China, ASEAN experts share experience on maritime security, rescue
Nearly 40 officials and experts from China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are exchanging views on maritime security and rescue at a week-long seminar that opened Monday in the city of Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province.
— Xinhuanet

Promoting and upholding responsible business in Asean
RECOGNISING the growing importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the region, the ASEAN Responsible and Inclusive Business Alliance (ARIBA) was set up to establish a network of businesses to promote responsible, inclusive and sustainable enterprises.
— The Business Times

6th ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference starts with EU-ASEAN policy dialogue
The Sixth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference (AHP6) kicked off on Monday, gathering about 300 officials, protected area managers, top experts, stakeholders, and partners in stewardship from ASEAN Member States and across the globe.
— Philippine Information Agency

96% of companies in South East Asia agree that social commerce will become increasingly important in the next five years – new Econsultancy research
A report by global research firm Econsultancy said 96% of marketers in South East Asia agree that social commerce will become increasingly important in the next five years while 90% agree that social media drives online sales.
— Yahoo Finance

The road to green freight in Southeast Asia
Asia’s freight industry is at a tipping point. Between 2018 and 2025, the e-commerce market in Southeast Asia alone is expected to grow fourfold, from US$23.2 billion to US$102 billion, requiring an attendant rise in logistics and delivery services.
— Eco-business

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PM focuses on Phnom Penh’s mounting trash woes – Cintri to lose monopoly
One of the lasting impressions many visitors to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, are left with is mounds of stinking, decaying, garbage piled on the sides of streets, free range rats chirping and scurrying backwards and forwards across the mounds in search of nourishing morsels. That might all be set to end.
— AEC News Today

Thailand Denies Cambodian Opposition VP Mu Sochua Entry Citing ‘Security Concerns’
Authorities in Thailand have refused entry to opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Mu Sochua citing “security concerns,” she said Tuesday, after she flew to Bangkok to assist in preparations for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy to Cambodia next month.
— RFA

Police Confirms Arrest, Extradition to Turkey of Ex-School Director
Former Zaman International School director Osman Karaca has been arrested and sent to Turkey out of “cooperation” with Ankara, National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said on Sunday.
— VOD

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ADB Disburses Rp1.4tn Loan to Fund Indonesia’s Infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million, equal to Rp1.4 trillion, financial intermediary loan to the Government of Indonesia to help catalyze private sector investments in infrastructure projects.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia Plans 2020 Minimum Wage Increase of 8.51%
Indonesia’s national government has ordered the governors of the country’s 34 provinces to increase the provincial minimum wages by more than 8% for 2020, roughly in line with the 2019 raise.
— Bloomberg Tax

Tito Karnavian Resigns as National Police Chief to Take Up Ministerial Post
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has requested early retirement after he was seen among several ministerial candidates interviewed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, an aide said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

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Govt, EU, Unicef join forces to improve nutrition in Savannakhet
The government, the European Union (EU) and UNICEF are increasing their efforts under the Partnership for Improved Nutrition, with the aim of improving the nutritional status of children.
– Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos, Thailand extend cooperation on education
This was the message delivered during a meeting between a delegation from the Thai Embassy to Laos, led by the Thai Ambassador Mr Kietikul Charpasith, and Laos’ Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Nutrition, Water, Sanitation Efforts Scaled Up As EU – LAOS Project Reviews On SDGs
Access to sufficient nutrition, clean water resources and adequate sanitation are keys to the health and livelihood of the populations around the world, particularly in developing nations such as South-East Asia’s Lao PDR.
— KPL

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Malaysia shortlists 4 potential strategic partners for flag carrier Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia has shortlisted four potential investors for strategic partnership with its national carrier Malaysia Airlines, Economic Affairs minister Azmin Ali said on Tuesday (Oct 22).
— The Straits Times

Miti to ensure Malaysia steers clear of US sanctions
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) will take the necessary action against any companies, including improper certificate issuers, that are using Malaysia as a transhipment point to get a certificate of origin for their manufactured goods for export to the US.
— The Sun Daily

58 pct of electrical products in Malaysian market are substandard — Miti
About 58 per cent of electrical products in the Malaysian market last year were of substandard quality, said Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dr Ong Kian Meng.
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar’s fifth emergency power tender goes to Energy China
A consortium led by China Energy Engineering Group (CEEC) has won the fifth emergency power project put out to tender by the Myanmar government, The Myanmar Times can reveal.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand, Myanmar agree to use baht, kyat for cross-border payments
Veerathai Santiprabhob, governor of the Bank of Thailand, and his Myanmar counterpart U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on October 18 during the IMF-World Bank meeting in the US.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya refuges to relocate to flood-prone island next month
Authorities here have said that thousands of Rohingya living in the refugee camps in southern coastal regions of Bangladesh will be relocated to an island in the Bay of Bengal that is prone to flooding.
— Newkerala

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‘Unbearable pain’ cuts short Philippine leader Duterte’s Japan trip
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to cut short his attendance of the enthronement of Japan’s emperor on Tuesday, due to what his office said was unbearable pain in his lower back after a motorcycle mishap last week.
— CNA

Big September spending pushed deficit to P178.6b
The budget deficit swelled 85.5 percent in September to P178.6 billion from P96.2 billion a year ago on the back of a 39-percent increase in government expenditures, the Bureau of Treasury said Tuesday.
— Manilastandard.net

Locsin rejects bid to bring arbitral ruling to U.N.
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. has rejected the notion of having the Philippines go back to the United Nations to relitigate the Hague arbitral award, saying those making the suggestion may be on the payroll of Chinese intelligence, “but paid peanuts.”
— Business Mirror

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Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to Lebanon amid protests: MFA
Singaporeans are advised to defer non-essential travel to Lebanon amid large-scale demonstrations across the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Oct 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New drug developed in S’pore could provide full relief to eczema symptoms like redness & itching of skin
The drug known as Aslan004 can inhibit proteins that are key to triggering eczema symptoms such as redness and itchiness.
— Mothership

PAP two-thirds majority in Parliament needs to be denied: SDP chairman Paul Tambyah
Singaporeans need to elect “independent and diverse voices in Parliament” and deny the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) a two-thirds majority, said Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah.
— The Online Citizen

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TG president warns airline on brink of collapse, staff must work harder
Thai Airways International president Sumeth Damronchaitham has admitted, for the first time, that the national flag carrier is in deep financial crisis, to the extent that it may have to fold unless all staff members unite to work harder.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to ban glyphosate and other high-profile pesticides
Thailand edged closer on Tuesday (Oct 22) to banning glyphosate and two other controversial pesticides despite protests from farmers in a multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry aiming to be the kitchen of the world.
— CNA

Water shortage warnings in 22 provinces
People living in 22 Thai provinces are being warned to prepare for shortages of drinking water during the upcoming dry season, due to start on November 1st.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam government to mobilize efforts for mega transportation projects in 2020
The government continues to support private investors participate in major transportation projects under the form of public-private partnership (PPP).
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam targets to raise contribution of digital economy to 20% of GDP by 2025
Vietnam is aiming to raise the contribution of the digital economy to 20% of GDP by 2025 and 30% of GDP by 2030. Such targets are rather challenging given Vietnam’s low starting point, but they are not unattainable.
— Vietnam Insider

Obesity Among Vietnamese Rises Even as They Search for Healthful Food
There’s a familiar trend of fast food chains like KFC and Burger King entering developing countries, where citizens start to see obesity rates increase amid all the new junk food options.
— VOA

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