Asean morning news for February 17

Asean morning news for February 17

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

ASEAN works for ‘coherent, holistic approach’ vs COVID-19
Southeast Asian countries are working for “a coherent and holistic approach” in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 that has spread in the region since the new strain of virus was first detected in China in December, the regional bloc’s current chair said on Saturday.
— ABS-CBN News

SE Asia tourism splutters as virus keeps Chinese at home
Elephant parks unvisited, curios at markets unsold as tuk-tuks sit idle: Southeast Asia is facing billions of dollars in losses from a collapse in Chinese tourism since the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

G-20 finance ministers, Nissan shareholders and a China-ASEAN meeting
Foreign ministers, finance chiefs and corporate leaders will seek to reassure nervous markets and nations this week, as three Asian economies are expected to report dismal gross domestic product figures while industries grind to a halt due to a coronavirus outbreak that has defied borders and travel bans.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers to discuss COVID-19 in Vientiane
The current COVID-19 outbreak in China will be discussed at the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation meeting in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao Republic, on February 20th, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said today.
— Thai PBS World

Bangladesh seeks Indonesia’s role through ASEAN
Bangladesh has requested Indonesia to remain pro-active in the ASEAN platform to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.
— NewsAge Bangladesh

ASEAN Chairman issues statement on response to COVID-19
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, as Chairman of ASEAN in 2020, issued a statement on ASEAN’s joint response to the outbreak of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Viet Nam News

‘South China Sea should not become proxy warzone for superpowers’
Malaysia has called on Western superpowers to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not bring Middle East-like proxy wars to Asia.
— New Straits Times

VFA termination poses ‘shattering impact’ on SEA security – expert
The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) will have a “negative if not shattering impact” on regional security, as Southeast Asian countries – including the Philippines – rely on US military presence as counterweight to an aggressive China, according to an Australian defense analyst.
— The Philippine Star

Five S-E Asia cities, including Singapore, listed in JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker
FIVE South-east Asian cities rank in the world’s top 86 most expensive premium office rental markets, according to the fifth edition of JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker.
— The Business Times

NPC, athletes ready for ASEAN Para Games
Indonesia’s National Paralympics Committee (NPC) chief, Senny Marbun, is confident the nation’s athletes will be up and ready to attend the ASEAN Para Games when it is rescheduled, following its postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

After Brexit, Britain’s future engagement in Southeast Asia is far from certain
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet have prioritised an Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review, which will serve to reassess Britain’s place in the world.
— South China Morning Post

Build trust to resolve South China Sea row: Ng Eng Hen
Countries should build trust and confidence and support diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicting and overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday at a security conference in Munich, Germany.
— The Straits Times

Southeast Asia’s rapidly ageing population
Some of the most rapidly ageing countries in the world can be found in Southeast Asia.
— The Asean Post

Solar home system improving quality of life in Southeast Asian countries: Report
A majority of households surveyed in South Asian countries, including India, said the solar home system has helped in improving their quality of life, according to a report by industry body GOGLA.
— Economic Times

Law of the Sea not ready for modern technology?
For the last four years, the Chinese government has annually organised an award ceremony for their local fisherman.
— The Asean Post

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Westerdam passenger from Cambodia confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case (video) *updated
An 83-year-old American woman who was among 145 people to disembark the cruise ship MS Westerdam at Cambodia’s Sihanoukville port on Friday was today (Feb 15) confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health Requests Malaysia to Verify Case of American Woman Tested Positive with Covid-19: Official Letter
The Cambodian Ministry of Health sent a letter to H.E. Hon. Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Minister of Health of Malaysia, to verify the case of an American woman aged 83 years old tested positive of COVID-19 who had disembarked from the Westerdam ship docked at Sihanoukville Port.
— Fresh News

Malaysia: Second Test Confirms Virus in Ship Passenger Cleared by Cambodia
A second test confirmed that an elderly American woman, who had traveled on a cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia, was accurately diagnosed with the coronavirus upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on a flight from Phnom Penh, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Sunday.
— Benar News

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Indonesia’s population to reach 319 million in 2045
Indonesia’s population would reach 319 million in 2045, and the government needed to prepare various facilities and infrastructure to anticipate this surge, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has projected.
— Antara News

Returnees from Wuhan Leave Quarantine Island Healthy
Hundreds of Indonesians of mostly returnees from the Chinese city of Wuhan left the Natuna Island after completing two-week quarantine on Saturday, with all being declared as free from coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’
Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.
— The Jakarta Post

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Pork Prices Rising in Laos Due to 2019 African Swine Fever Epidemic and Natural Disasters
Pork prices in Laos are rising sharply after the country was not spared in a regional African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak originating in China last year.
— RFA

Thai Citizens’ Group Submits Evidence of Impact of Laos’ Xayaburi Dam to Court
A group of concerned Thai citizens Friday submitted additional evidence regarding the impact of Laos’ Xayaburi dam to the Thai Supreme Administrative court, describing damage to fisheries and dramatic changes to an ecosystem that sustains millions of lives.
— RFA

ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers to discuss COVID-19 in Vientiane
The current COVID-19 outbreak in China will be discussed at the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation meeting in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao Republic, on February 20th, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said today.
— Thai PBS

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Westerdam passenger from Cambodia confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case (video) *updated
An 83-year-old American woman who was among 145 people to disembark the cruise ship MS Westerdam at Cambodia’s Sihanoukville port on Friday was today (Feb 15) confirmed as Malaysia’s 22nd COVID-19 case.
— AEC News Today

Guan Eng: RM100,000 fine, 20-year jail term for drunk drivers
The government is studying amending the penalty for motorists found guilty for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as for dangerous driving, causing death, with a fine of up to RM100,000, said Finance.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia: Second Test Confirms Virus in Ship Passenger Cleared by Cambodia
A second test confirmed that an elderly American woman, who had traveled on a cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia, was accurately diagnosed with the coronavirus upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on a flight from Phnom Penh, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Sunday.
— Benar News

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar Government, NGOs Try to Help Wary Workers Stranded in China’s Wuhan
Thousands of undocumented migrant workers from Myanmar are stuck in and around the Chinese city of Wuhan, under lockdown for weeks because of the highly contagious coronavirus, with travel in and out of the area temporarily halted, according to diplomats and Myanmar labor rights groups.
— Radio Free Asia

Imports up $1 bln as of 7 Feb, MOC reports
The value of Myanmar’s imports between 1 October and 7 February in the 2019-2020 financial year stood at US$7.44 billion, an increase of $1.05 billion from $6.39 billion recorded in the year-ago period, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar approves 12 local and foreign investment enterprises
Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) recently approved 12 investment enterprises from home and abroad, said a release from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) late Friday.
— Xinhua

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court
Senators from both sides of the political fence will file a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) questioning Malacañang’s termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.
— Rappler

Philippine health department records 17th polio case
The Philippine Health department reported the 17th polio case in the country on Saturday, after a one-year-old boy in Central Luzon tested positive for the virus.
— GMA Network

Solon calls for joint reso to allow status quo on ABS-CBN franchise
A lawmaker on Sunday suggested the drafting of a Joint Concurrent Resolution (JCR) in Congress to have the National Telecommunications Commission formally recognize precedent situations and to maintain the status quo as bills to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN Corporation were pending before the House of Representatives.
— GMA Network

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

3 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including RSAF serviceman linked to church cluster
Singapore on Sunday (Feb 16) confirmed three new COVID-19 cases, including a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) regular serviceman linked to a cluster at the Grace Assembly of God church.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM rejects entry to 400 applicants a day
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has rejected about 400 applications a day for work pass holders with travel history to mainland China to return to Singapore since new measures to help contain the coronavirus outbreak kicked in.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore has no plans to raise Dorscon alert for Covid-19 to Red
SINGAPORE authorities have no plans to raise its novel coronavirus risk alert level from Orange to Red, even as it is adopting additional measures in a bid to reduce the risk of community transmission.
— The Business Times

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ

 

Thailand welcomes cruise ship shunned in Vietnam over virus fears
German cruise ship AIDAvita has been welcomed in Thailand, days after it was blocked from docking in Vietnam due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus spreading across the region.
— The Thaiger

Fires continue devouring Thailand’s North
Despite prohibitions on agricultural burning, wildfires continued ravaging forests across Thailand yesterday, especially in the North.
— The Thaiger

First Thai medic infected with COVID-19
A Thai medic, who did not wear a face mask or protective gown while treating COVID-19 patients, has contracted the disease, said Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, today.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

VN banks more open for EU investors under newly-approved trade pact
Investors from the EU will have opportunities to own higher stakes in Vietnamese banks than those from other countries under Việt Nam’s commitments in the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam Turns to Private Companies for Public Services Needs
Last year companies like Coca Cola and Tetra Pak, an international food packaging and processing company, collaborated with Vietnam’s biggest city to lower garbage levels. Their work included putting recycling bins around Ho Chi Minh City and investing in the waste management system.
— VOA

Vietnam to use more coal, oil in 2020 to power growth: government
Vietnam will generate more electricity from coal and oil this year to compensate for an expected drop in output from hydropower plants because of a lack of rain, the government said on Friday.
— Hellenic Shipping News

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