Asean morning news for October 30

Asean morning news for October 30

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

South China Sea: Beijing escalating tensions as ASEAN countries fear renewed violations
BEIJING has declared it wants the South China Sea Code of Conduct signed by 2022, but many within ASEAN countries fear it could be used to legitimise China’s’s belligerent behaviour in the maritime region.
— Express

ASEAN members in final push to coax India into trade deal
India’s regional partners hope that measures to deal with a fears of a potential “import surge” from China and other countries will help get the government of Narendra Modi over the line on a new trade agreement at this weekend’s ASEAN summit.
— Financial Review

ASEAN adhering to the NAM principle for women entrepreneurial developments
The Non-Aligned Movement and its Member States have always extended their support to form an atmosphere in their respective countries for equality of opportunities and accessibility of resources to reach everyone without any discriminatory pattern being adopted along the gender, religious and racial grounds.
— New Delhi Times

China, ASEAN agree to strengthen cooperation
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday met with ambassadors of the 10 ASEAN member states to China in Beijing.
— Xinhuanet

Asean rail upgrades a summit priority
Proposals to improve Asean’s rail system and rail connectivity to meet international standards will be discussed at this weekend’s Asean Summit, State Railway of Thailand (SRT) acting governor Worawut Mala said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN’s China Dilemma
In a few days, the 35th ASEAN Summit will commence, with the participation of about 3,000 officials and journalists from Southeast Asian countries, China, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and India, among others.
— The Diplomat

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows
Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.
— The New York Times

CNOOC orders MacGregor pull-in system for a deepwater floating production unit in the South China Sea
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order from the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to supply the riser pull-in system for a deepwater Floating Production Unit (FPU) located in the Lingshui 17-2 gas field.
— Hellenic Shipping News

U.S.-China tensions spur progress on giant Asia trade pact
Tensions between the United States and China have given new impetus to a China-backed trade pact and there is a chance of major progress, if not final agreement, when Southeast Asian leaders meet in Bangkok this week, analysts say.
— Reuters

South China Sea: Trump ‘to put deadly rocket systems on Xi’s doorstep in major escalation’
CHINA could see their South China Sea ambitions scuppered by the US as strategists suggest that President Donald Trump is looking to install explosive rocket systems in the Philippines to help defend against Beijing’s audacious water grabs.
— Express (video)

Territorial disputes high on Asean agenda
Matters related to the disputes in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula will be discussed at the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits in Thailand this weekend.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia falls behind SE Asia in gas consumption due to poor infrastructure
Indonesia falls behind most major Southeast Asian economies in adopting gas as the cleaner fossil fuel, thereby undermining the government’s energy ambition for 2025.
— The Jakarta Post

Invoke arbitral ruling in code of conduct talks, Asean urged
Two key figures in the Philippines’ legal victory over China in the two countries’ territorial dispute in the South China Sea on Monday cautioned Southeast Asian leaders about Beijing’s machinations, warning them that it might use the negotiations for a code of conduct in the heavily disputed waterway to further pursue its ambitions in the region.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Thai trade-preference loss is a warning for Asean region
Thailand is the latest target of U.S. trade warfare, but may not be the last in Southeast Asia.
— The Edge Markets

The ASEAN’s identity crisis at the crossroads
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, better known as ASEAN, has long been a paradox as much as it is a special and unique case in the parlance of international regional cooperation.
— BusinessWorld Online

Seoul can help to regulate Mekong’s flow
In 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the “New Southern Policy”, which is aimed at deepening relations with Southeast Asia to the extent that four other major powers — the United States, China, Japan and Russia — have done.
— Bangkok Post

US tech firms join Asean to advance cybersecurity and digital economy
Empowering a skilled digital workforce, increasing regional connectivity, and understanding the impact of technology on jobs and productivity were central themes for this year’s meetings between the US-Asean Business Council (US-ABC) delegation and the Asean Telecommunications and IT Ministers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Charting way forward for Asean, Australia and NZ
A CASUAL examination of Asean’s Dialogue partners often sees China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and recently, India receive more publicity and recognition compared with Australia and New Zealand.
— New Straits Times

Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019: ASEAN Connectivity opens
Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has presided over the opening of “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019: ASEAN Connectivity”, an international exhibition aimed at encouraging all sides to use using digital technology to benefit all sides and promote cybersecurity.
— Vietnamplus

Start-up exits on the rise in Southeast Asia
The start-up ecosystem in Southeast Asia is thriving and maturing at a rapid pace, with capital increasingly being allocated to up-and-coming players.
— The Asean Post

Biogas as a sustainable energy solution for Southeast Asia
The recent advent of a circular economy highlights the importance of anaerobic digestion and biogas.
— The Business Times

Southeast Asian onion buyers slowing down import of Chinese onions
There have been rumors that India is about to again allow onion exports.
— Fresh Plaza

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Property expert suggests online gambling permits extension while Sihanoukville’s real estate starts to hurt
In a recent interview with RFI Khmer, a provincial coordinator for ADHOC in Preak Sihanouk, Ms. Cheap Sotheary, said those who borrowed money from banks to build apartments for renting out to Chinese people in the province are facing with a potential risk of not having money to pay off their debts.
— Themy Themy

Cambodia to Obtain Hungary’s Technical Support with Water and Waste Management
Ader arrived in Cambodia Sunday for a 4-day state visit at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.
— Themy Themy

Cambodia marks 15th anniversary of King’s coronation with fireworks
Fireworks lit up the sky on Tuesday night over the Tonle Sap River in front of the Royal Palace to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation.
— Xinhua

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Indonesia vows to return unwanted waste back to US. It ends up in other Asian countries
When hazardous waste was imported from several countries to Indonesia between May and August this year, Indonesian authorities pledged to send it all back to show that the government was committed to removing all unwanted materials from the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian economy remains overshadowed by strong global headwinds: BI
Strong global headwinds continue to cast a shadow over Indonesia’s economy, Executive Director of the Bank Indonesia (BI) Communication Department Onny Widjanarko stated.
— Antara News

Officers equipped with guns during deadly student protest in Kendari face disciplinary actions
The Southeast Sulawesi Police have taken disciplinary actions against six officers who carried firearms when they were sent to a rally on Sept. 26 in the provincial capital of Kendari, where two students died while participating in the protest.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong
A multi-billion dollar hydro-electric power plant on the Mekong river in Laos was officially switched on Tuesday (Oct 29), as drone images of dried-up downstream areas stirred fresh outcry on one of the world’s great rivers.
— Channel News Asia

Lao Top 3 Expo to support growth in building, hospitality sectors
The expo will be held at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane from June 11-13 next year, according to press conference held recently in Vientiane.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Two Jailed Lao Villagers Released After Serving Two Years For Land Dispute Protests
Two Lao villagers who were detained in 2017 for protesting their loss of land awarded by the government to a Vietnamese rubber company were recently released from prison after serving their sentences in full.
— RFA

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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MITI approved RM91.9 bln investments in manufacturing, services & primary sectors in 1H2019
Malaysia’s total approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors increased 7.6 per cent to RM91.9 billion in the first half of 2019 (1H2019) from RM85.5 billion in the same period in 2018.
— The Borneo Post

Matrade to further boost awareness of Malaysia’s export capabilities in China
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is championing a public-private partnership effort to boost the awareness on Malaysia’s export capabilities to Chinese buyers at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2019 in Shanghai.
— The Sun Daily

RM1,200 minimum wage still below living wage in Klang Valley: Economists
A minimum wage of RM1,200 per month for a single adult living in the Klang Valley, is still below the estimated living wage, according to economist Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Green light given for Thai-backed industrial estate near Yangon
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved Thai developer Amata Group’s proposal to develop a smart industrial estate project in Yangon Region.
— Myanmar Times

Government seeks to get ball rolling on mining investments
Myanmar will boost efforts to seek more foreign investments in the resource sector in 2020.
— Myanmar Times

Local fuel prices increase by K40-45 per liter in 20 days
Local fuel prices have continued to increase by K40 to K45 per liter compared to October 9 prices as global oil prices reach around US$56 per barrel, according to local filling stations.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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6 killed in 6.6 quake
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted Southern Mindanao Tuesday, claiming the lives of at least six persons and injuring hundreds of others. Two students remained missing beneath the rubble as rescue workers sifted through the remnants of dozens of collapsed structures.
— Manilastandard.net

PHL situation worsens as it remains in top 5 of countries enabling impunity in journalist deaths — report
The Philippines, which has the largest number of unsolved killings, has been among the worst five countries nearly every year since the index was first published in 2008.
— GMA Network

More than P750B lost in PHL economy every year due to non-communicable diseases –WHO
A report on Tuesday revealed that the Philippine economy is losing P756.5 billion every year due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
— GMA Network

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Singaporeans aged 21 and above with non-citizen spouses now eligible for housing grants of up to $40,000
Singaporeans 21 and over who are married to a non-citizen are now eligible for additional housing grants of up to $40,000 when they buy a resale flat for the first time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore sets solar energy target for 2030 that would provide enough power for 350,000 homes
Singapore has a new target for solar energy which aims to produce enough power by 2030 to meet the annual needs of about 350,000 households.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore job market showing strain as economy slows
Singapore’s resilient labour market is starting to come under strain as the trade-reliant economy struggles in the face of global pressures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Gen Prawit confident of security arrangements for ASEAN summit
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs, General Prawit Wongsuwan, has confidence in the security measures for ASEAN leaders, their dialogue partners and delegates attending the 35th ASEAN summit in Bangkok from November 2nd to 4th.
— Thai PBS News

Sept factory output plummets
The manufacturing production index (MPI) for September fell 4.7% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, petroleum and rubber, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

PrEP pre exposure HIV prevention medicine increases in popularity in Thailand
The Thai Red Cross Society has held a seminar following up on PrEP pre-exposure HIV prevention medicine services in Thailand, where the drugs are offered to persons in risk groups, helping them prevent becoming infected.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam says trying to speed up identification of UK truck dead
Vietnam is trying to speed up the identification of its citizens who are suspected to have been among the people found dead in the back of a truck near London last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong told Reuters on Tuesday.
— Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam’s export rises 7.4 pct in 10 months
Vietnam reaped export turnovers of more than 217 billion U.S. dollars in the first 10 months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 7.4 percent, while seeing import turnovers of nearly 210 billion U.S. dollars, up 7.8 percent, the country’s General Statistics Office said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

5G subscribers in Việt Nam to hit 6.3 million by 2025: Cisco
The number of 5G subscribers in Việt Nam could hit 6.3 million by 2025, according to a Cisco Việt Nam’s report on 5G in Southeast Asia.
— Viet Nam News

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