Asean morning news for October 28

Asean morning news for October 28

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

East Asia Summit draft statement skips over Rohingya crisis
A draft of the statement to be issued after the East Asia Summit in Bangkok early next month makes no mention of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, according to a copy of the communique seen by Kyodo News on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

China-ASEAN FTA sets model for mutually beneficial cooperation among developing countries
On Feb. 21, 2019, after the Chinese New Year holiday, dozens of container trucks parked side by side in an open space in West Java’s Sukabumi Regency, with big banners writing “mangosteen” “for China”, hanging in front of the truck.
— Global Times

EAS leaders to focus on South China Sea situation in November Summit
South China Sea (SCS) situation in the backdrop of China’s aggression in Vanguard Bank — the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratlys — within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf will be in spotlight at the next East Asia Summit (EAS) that Bangkok is hosting early November.
— The Economic Times

Asean opting out of Rakhine efforts
When Asean foreign ministers last met in Bangkok on July 31 and discussed the Rakhine crisis, their conclusions reflected the lowest common denominator of the bloc’s membership.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN information ministers pledge to build smart connectivity for digital transformation among member states
The 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) and related meetings have been held here on Thursday and Friday.
— Xinhuanet

Launch of ASEAN plus Three Culture Cities Network
The launch ceremony for the ASEAN plus China, Japan and ROK Culture Cities Network was held on Oct.25 in Yangzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province.
— Eleven

S. Korea, ASEAN agree to expand cooperation in 5G, AI
South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to expand cooperation in 5G communication networks and artificial intelligence (AI) areas so as to maximize the benefits from the emerging technologies, the government said Sunday.
— Yonhap News Agency

Prime Minister orders preparations to honorably host ASEAN Summit
Summit and related meetings in November. The prime minister followed up on the preparations being made by various agencies and ordered that road traffic be orderly and not disruptive.
— Pattaya Mail

Great power rivalries push South Korea and ASEAN closer
South Korea has spent much of its history caught in the middle of external power struggles.
— East Asia Forum

Asean-Russia cooperation ‘ongoing sans fanfare’: Briones
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said engagement between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), particularly the Philippines, has been “ongoing without fanfare” and is growing with the opening of more platforms for cooperation, including education.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Avnet, Infineon to support Asean startups
Avnet Asia Pte. Ltd. recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific to jointly support startups and incubators from technology-related sectors in Southeast Asia. Startups and incubators would now be able to access Avnet and Infineon’s expertise, ecosystem and technological facilities to accelerate the process of bringing their products to market.
— The Manila Times

ASEAN makes major achievements in integration, community building in last four years: Philippine official
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made major achievements in regional integration and community building in the past four years, a Philippine high-level official said on Saturday, stressing the importance of China’s role in helping build the ASEAN community.
— Xinhuanet

Making Asean matter
Days before the 2019 Asean Summit and Related Summits in Thailand, it is fitting to reflect on the relevance and responsiveness of Asean to its more than 650 million people in Southeast Asia.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

E-commerce records explosive growth in Asean
E-COMMERCE performance in Southeast Asia is hitting record highs in terms of spending among consumers and is estimated to keep growing, according to a recent study and other reports.
— NST

Exhibit for a cause buoys campaign vs. marine pollution
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) recently brought its campaign against plastic pollution, “Oceans are Fitter without Our Litter,” to the art exhibit for biodiversity and autism awareness in Taguig City, Philippines.
— Business Mirror

19th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting wraps up in Laos
The 19th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN 19) and related meetings wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on October 25, after two working days.
— Nhan Dan Online

Two air routes launched linking northeast China city, southeast Asia
China’s Xiamen Airlines launched two air routes linking two Chinese cities and southeast Asian cities Sunday.
— Xinhuanet

Paving way to ASEAN energy sovereignty
Energy demand in ASEAN member states (AMS) has increased twice as fast as in other countries since the 2000s.
— The Jakarta Post

The growing specter in ASEAN
In a few days the 35th ASEAN Summit will again gather the top representatives of member nations to discuss economic, socio-cultural, and most certainly political-security issues of the region.
— Manilastandard.net

Online gambling and property prices in ASEAN
Will the end of Chinese involvement in ASEAN’s online gambling sector see a spiral in property prices?
— The Asean Post

Cleaning up a dirty industry: ASEAN is becoming more dependent on coal but it has an obligation to mitigate its environmental impact
Universal electricity access is a key pillar of ASEAN’s development goals.
— Asean Today

Tech complicates war against child porn
The world has embarked on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and technology continues to evolve and improve almost on a daily basis.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN-China Centre Secretary-General and media group visits Mizzima
ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) Secretary-General Mr. Chen Dehai led a Chinese media delegation to visit Myanmar, visiting Mizzima Media Office on October 24.
— Mizzima

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

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Family of missing British backpacker join search in Cambodia
The family of a missing 21-year-old British woman who disappeared after a beach party on a Cambodian island are traveling there to assist in the search for her.
— CNN

Cambodia’s GDP to Grow to $29.3B; and GDP Per Capita $1,816
Cambodia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow to USD 29.3 billion, according to executive summary of Ministry of Economy and Finance’s draft budget law 2020, which Fresh News received on Friday.
— Fresh News

Cambodia Faces Possible Food Crisis: ‘Water But No Fish’
For centuries, Cambodians have looked to Tonle Sap, both a river and a lake, for dinner. But a repast of grilled river fish, sprinkled with salt and stuffed with lemongrass, may soon be a very special event.
— VOA

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX Crash; Indonesia Recommends Redesign
Indonesia has recommended closer scrutiny of automated control systems, better design of flight deck alerts and accounting for a more diverse pilot population in the wake of a Boeing 737 MAX crash, the Seattle Times reported.
— Tempo.co

‘We want concrete answers’: Victims’ families cry in disappointment over KNKT’s Lion Air JT610 crash report
Anton Sahadi, 30, sat in confusion as he heard the explanation from the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) from the final investigation report into Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the Java Sea almost a year ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Plastic waste from big brands still polluting Indonesia: Report
Large national and multinational corporations are being called on to take responsibility for the amount of plastic waste polluting the country with a recent audit finding that plastics produced by such companies continue to contaminate the country’s environment.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR morning news

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Vientiane Hit by Water Shortage amid Drought
Vientiane’s water utility company, Nampapa Nakhone Luang, is currently installing a new pump to draw water up from the Nam Ngum river as some areas of the capital are facing water shortages.
— The Laotian Times

Relief Aid Extended For Flood Victims
Thursday, Oct 24, witnessed companies making donations worth over 80 million kip to be used as aid for relief and recovery efforts in flood-hit central and southern Laos.
— KPL

NST Region: Greater cooperation needed among Mekong nations
CHANGES have been taking place along the Mekong River, which have brought about worrying challenges to the countries through which it flows.
— News Straits Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Expert calls for reform of Malaysia’s civil, general aviation sector
The ambition to see a car flying in Malaysia’s airspace may not materialise any time soon due to exclusive, unfriendly and rigid laws and regulatory bodies overseeing the industry.
— New Straits Times

Govt wants private firms to invest in large scale vegetable farming: Mahathir
The government is encouraging private firms and government-owned companies such as Khazanah Nasional Bhd to invest in large scale fruit and vegetable farming to reduce the nation’s food import bill, which has almost touched RM60 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Pharmaceutical companies given till Nov 7 to test gastric pill over cancer fears
Pharmaceutical companies in Malaysia have until Nov 7 to test whether the gastric pills ranitidine contains the impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar army sinks boats with kidnapped troops, many feared dead
Myanmar’s army sunk several boats carrying dozens of soldiers and police officers taken hostage by rebels in the restive western Rakhine state, the Arakan Army said on Sunday, adding that many had died.
— FMT

Rights group casts doubt on island relocation plan for refugees
A global rights group has cast doubt on Bangladesh’s claims that thousands of Rohingya refugees are ready to move to a new island site that critics say is prone to natural disasters.
— Mizzima

Ayeyawaddy Region minister urges business people to do investment in the region
Ayeyawaddy Region Chief Minister Hla Moe Aung urges invites local and foreign business people to do business in the region which is one of the important regions in Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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AMLC has frozen P1 billion worth of assets as of July
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said it has frozen over P1 billion worth of assets and seized a further P600 million between January 2018 and July 2019, in the course of investigations into money laundering and terrorist financing.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH expects to exit 12-month watch for money laundering black list
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno expressed optimism that the Philippines will successfully exit the 12-month observation for high-risk and non-cooperative jurisdictions in terms of international anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing.
— Manilastandard.net

Planned Putin Manila visit to further boost PH-Russia ties, says Malacañang
The planned visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Manila is seen to further boost ties between the Philippines and Russia, Malacañang said on Sunday, October 27.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Measles cases in Singapore hit 149 amid global increase
The number of measles cases in Singapore has hit the highest level since an outbreak in 1997, figures from the Ministry of Health on Thursday (Oct 24) showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF officer charged for CFC Liu Kai’s death in Bionix accident; 5 others face charges for spreading photos of incident
An officer from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) was charged in court on Friday (25 October) for causing the death of full-time national serviceman (NSF) Liu Kai last year.
— The Online Citizen

Modest recovery in factory output for September
SINGAPORE’S factory output made a modest recovery in September with a year-on-year expansion of 0.1 per cent boosted by biomedical manufacturing, much to the surprise of economists who had largely expected a further contraction.
— The Business Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Trump’s GSP seafood cut gives Thailand 2020 GDP an early whack (video)
The struggling Thailand economy received an unexpected whack for the year ahead with US President Donald Trump suspending $1.3 billion worth of duty-free trade for Thai items, including seafood, under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme.
— AEC News Today

U.S. duty-free loss could cost Thai products $60 million: minister
Thai exporters facing the loss of duty-free status for certain goods sold to the United States could incur losses of up to 1.8 billion baht ($59.68 million) per year, Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit told reporters on Sunday.
— Reuters

US Government continues to call for another review on Thai chemical ban, says can affect imports from the US.
The United States Department of Agriculture has called on the Thai government to review the ban on three hazardous chemicals used in the agricultural sector.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Majority of 39 UK truck victims likely from Vietnam: Priest
Most of the 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London were likely from Vietnam, a community leader from the rural, rice-growing community where many of the victims are believed to have come from told Reuters on Saturday (Oct 26).
— Channel NewsAsia

Ho Chi Minh City needs over USD 3.57 billion to develop transport infrastructure
Ho Chi Minh City will need over 3.57 billion USD (over 83 trillion VND) of investment capital to develop transport infrastructure in the city during 2021-2025, the city’s authorities said.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam police take DNA from relatives of suspected UK truck victims
Vietnamese officials collected DNA samples on Sunday (Oct 27) from relatives of those feared among 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, a security source and a family member told AFP, as villagers held emotional prayers for the victims.
— Channel NewsAsia

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