Asean morning news for February 27

Asean morning news for February 27

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Southeast Asian States Worry About Their Citizens, Sources in Virus-Affected Countries
Prime Minister Hun Sen called on China Wednesday to airlift raw materials to Cambodia to keep the garment sector in the country working through the coronavirus epidemic that has stifled industry and travel around the region.
— Radio Free Asia

Northeastern folk voice fears over new Mekong dam
Unseasonal drought, floods and the negative impact of hydropower projects on the Mekong River’s ecology were major concerns raised by residents of northeastern provinces at a public hearing on the Luang Prabang Dam on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam puts the Mekong’s fate on ASEAN’s agenda
In a nod to green diplomacy, Vietnam is raising the geopolitical stakes over the Mekong River, Southeast Asia’s largest body of water, which has dropped to record lows due to a severe drought and construction of large dams.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Coronavirus, ASEAN Symposium Calls for Better Disaster Management
ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi officiated the ASEAN High-Level Symposium on Disaster Management, held from Tuesday, February 26 to Wednesday, February 27, 2020, in the ASEAN Secretariat Building, South Jakarta.
— Tempo

Turbulence on the horizon in the South China Sea?
The South China Sea remains a focal concern within the international community, grabbing headlines and placed firmly on the agendas of many bilateral and multilateral political and academic summits.
— East Asia Forum

Conflict prevention in the South China Sea depends on China abiding by the existing rules of navigation
If China truly wants to coexist and compete peacefully in the Indo-Pacific, it must comply with international treaties and agreements.
— South China Morning Post

South China Sea: Philippines deploys military aircraft to secure ‘territorial sovereignty’
THE Philippines has increased its presence in the South China Sea as tensions continue to escalate in the region.

India, US oppose China’s bid on South China Sea code
India has joined the United States to oppose China’s move to tweak the proposed Code of Conduct on the South China Sea in order to keep its rivals and other nations outside the region away from the disputed waters.
— Deccan Herald

Australia urges India to join RCEP trade pact for stronger Asean
Australia has urged India to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact that will lead to stronger Asean unity.
— Devdiscourse

ASEAN Businesses Facing Shortage Of Chinese-Made Components: Contingency Plans
China’s Coronavirus outbreak has impacted businesses throughout ASEAN being able to obtain supply deliveries.
— Mondaq

Growth Downgrades in Southeast Asia Fuel Calls for Stimulus
The acceleration of the coronavirus outbreak over the past week is putting downside pressure on forecasts for Southeast Asian economies, leading policy makers to unveil support measures.
— Bloomberg

Switching to plant-based plastics
In 2017, industrial ecologist, Roland Geyer, led a study on the ‘Production, use and fate of all plastics ever made’ and estimated that there are more than 8.3 billion metric tons (Mt) of plastics that have been produced since the 1950s.
— The Asean Post

Thrashed by pandemic fears, Thai, Philippine stocks plunge
Southeast Asian stock markets were a sea of red on Wednesday as the spread of the coronavirus beyond China accelerated dumping of Asian assets, with the Thai bourse recording its biggest drop in six years.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam’s motorbike sales second highest in ASEAN
Though motorbike sales in Vietnam ranked second in ASEAN last year, domestic demand showed a decline against regional growth.
— VnExpress International

Meet these 22 under-the-radar ride-hailing startups catering to Southeast Asia’s hustle and bustle
There will be no two opinions on the market dominance of Grab and gojek, especially in Southeast Asia.
— e27

Snapask Plans Further Expansion in Southeast Asia with Latest US$ 35 million Funding
Snapask, a fast-rising startup focusing on education technology, has made major inroads throughout the Asian region including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea since its inception in 2015 in Hong Kong.
— Acrofan

ASEAN Solar Sector: 2019 Highlights
Last year in 2019, ACE has successfully collected 2,410 energy news from various media, providing our loyal subscriber weekly update on what is happening in the region.
— MarketScreener

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No more stamp duty on homes sold under $70k
The government has decided to exempt the 4 percent stamp tax on all residential properties valued less than $70,000 until January to contribute to sustaining the country’s economic growth.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Thailand Plan Temporary Opening of Border Crossing
Cambodia and Thailand are planning temporary opening of a crossing along Stung Bot of Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province and Thailand’s Ban Nong Ian area in Sa Kaeo province.

Tourism Sector Generates Nearly US$5 Billion in 2019
Tourism sector, one of the main economic drivers, generated last year almost US$5 billon, a year-on-year increase of 12 percent, according to a report from the Ministry of Tourism.

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Govt: Evacuees from World Dream Heading to Sebaru Islet
The Ministry of Health reported that as many as 188 Indonesians who were crew members on the World Dream cruise ship had been picked up by KRI Soeharso naval hospital that is now heading to Sebaru Kecil Islet in the Thousand Islands.

Suspected Coronavirus Patient in Batam Dies
A foreign citizen suspected of being infected by the coronavirus or Covid-19 in BP Batam Hospital or RSBP, died on Monday, February 24, 2020. Riau Island Health Agency confirmed the patient identified as ALS (61 years old), died of another illness that was not Covid-19.

Indonesian tourism suffers estimated US$500 million in losses due to COVID-19: Minister Luhut
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said the outbreak of a novel coronavirus around the globe has affected Indonesian tourism, with estimated losses of around US$500 million.
— The Jakarta Post

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Lao Airlines to Stop Flights to South Korea over Coronavirus Concerns
Lao Airlines has decided to halt its flights to South Korea from March amid a massive cancellations from passengers over coronavirus concerns.
— The Laotian Times

Laos-China railway operator calls for applicants for job training programme
The Laos-China Railway Company will hire 300 Lao nationals this year and will select suitable candidates for training in China in preparation for operation of the railway, which is scheduled to become operational in December 2021.
— Vientiane Times

Vang Vieng Sees Less Visitors amid Drop in Chinese, Korean Tourists
One of Laos’s most iconic tourist towns, Vang Vieng, has witnessed a decrease in the number of visitors in recent weeks amid concerns about Covid-19.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan coalition backs Anwar as PM
The announcement comes following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday.
— Aljazeera

Malaysia, Singapore agree to align entry screening protocols, other measures to tackle Covid-19 outbreak
Singapore and Malaysia agreed on several measures to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak yesterday, including continuing entry screening at both countries’ land borders and aligning the procedures used.
— Malay Mail

Mahathir says will try to establish non-partisan national administration
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that if given the chance, he will try to establish a non-partisan national administration, with priority accorded to national interests.
— The Borneo Post

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MoPFI launches ‘Project Bank’ website to assist development programmes
The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry, in coordination with GIZ Myanmar, introduced the Myanmar Project Bank website yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar watermelon losses reach $50m
Export losses from this year’s disastrous watermelon season have reached nearly US$50 million (K71.4 billion) and target’s for this year won’t be met, says an industry official.
— Myanmar Times

Reducing reserved seats of military is wish to build genuine democracy in country, State Counsellor says
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said that they had to try to reduce the reserved seats of military in parliament if they wished to build a genuine democracy in the country.
— BNI Online

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Duterte disagrees with total travel ban on South Korea over COVID-19
President Rodrigo Duterte disagrees with the idea of expanding the coverage of the travel ban on South Korea as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus outbreak.
— GMA Network

All 445 repatriated Pinoys from Diamond Princess remain free of COVID-19 symptoms –Duque
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday said all 445 repatriated Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship remained asymptomatic of the coranavirus disease 2019 (COVID 2019).
— GMA Network

PH bans travel of Filipino tourists to South Korea over coronavirus threat
The Philippines on Wednesday, February 26, temporarily prohibited Filipino tourists from traveling to South Korea due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) scare.
— Rappler

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Coronavirus: Chinese disease carrier faces jail in Singapore for lying about movements
A Chinese national who contracted coronavirus could face up to six months in jail in Singapore over allegations he gave false information about his whereabouts in the city state.

25 dengue red clusters in S’pore, including 4 clusters with around 100 cases reported
While Singapore deals with Covid-19 at the start of 2020, another public health issue has silently gone under the radar.
— Mothership

Singapore economy to contract 0.6% in Q1 amid coronavirus outbreak: Reuters poll
The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to reverberate beyond China as most major economies in the region are expected to either slow down significantly, halt or shrink outright in the current quarter, Reuters polls found.

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MPs scramble for face masks when told a colleague just returned from Japan
Members of parliament scrambled for face masks in the middle of the censure debate this evening (Wednesday) when they learned that a fellow MP, from the government Palang Pracharat party and who was among them, had recently returned from a visit to Japan, one of the COVID-19 high-risk countries.
— Thai PBS News

Health minister criticizes man for lying about a recent trip to COVID-19 high-risk country
Thailand’s Public Health Minister has criticized a 65-year old man for not telling medics that he had recently returned from a high risk country and for exposing 30 medics and his family to COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

January factory output down 4.6%
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) contracted for a ninth straight month in January, down 4.59% from a year earlier, hit by lower production of cars, sugar and palm oil, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

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Vinalines to lose more than $42.7 million from Covid-19 epidemic
Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) estimated it would lose VNĐ992 billion (US$42.7 million) in seaport-related revenue and VNĐ224 billion in profit in the first two quarters of 2020 because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s steel import falls 18 percent in January
Vietnam imported a total 944,865 tonnes of steel in January, a year-on-year drop of 18 percent, according to the General Department of Customs.
— VietnamPlus

US enterprises green-lighted to export meat, seafood, fruits to Vietnam
The office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on February 25 said that the Vietnamese delegation led by agricultural Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh has gone to the US to discuss strengthening agricultural trade cooperation between the two countries.
— Sggp News

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