Asean morning news for February 4

Asean morning news for February 4

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


A quieter response to coronavirus in countries where China holds sway
In Myanmar, loudspeakers broadcast advice from Buddhist monks: Seven ground peppercorns, exactly seven, placed on the tongue will ward off the coronavirus spreading across Asia and the world.
— ABS-CBN News

Experts urge ASEAN to harmonize non-tariff barriers to boost intra-regional trade
Researchers from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) have advised ASEAN countries to harmonize their non-tariff measures (NTMs) to boost intra-regional trade.
— The Jakarta Post

Singapore musician calls for virus fight while Chinese greats sing their love to Hubei (video)
With the number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections and deaths globally rising by about 20 per cent and 18 per cent respectively per day, artists and musicians are recording songs to bring attention to the virus’s’ danger, and to encourage healthcare professionals and others fighting it in hospitals, primarily across China.
— AEC News Today (video)

ASEAN members start standing up to China’s maritime aggression
For decades, Beijing has sought to co-opt and lure its Southeast Asian neighbors into acquiescence with its maritime expansion through a package of economic incentives, military intimidation and a diplomatic charm offensive.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Manufacturing purchasing managers’ index of select ASEAN economies, January (2020)
The Philippines’ manufacturing sector is off to a good start this year as factory activity in January improved at its strongest rate in a year, in contrast to the generally subdued performance across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— BusinessWorld Online

ROK contributes US$500,000 to support ASEAN efforts in Rakhine State
The Republic of Korea (ROK) contributed US$ 500,000 to ASEAN in support of its efforts to facilitate the repatriation of the verified returnees in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi received the contribution from Ambassador of ROK to ASEAN Lim Sungnam at a handover ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
— Reliefweb

ASEAN Coronavirus Security Consultation Puts Center for Military Medicine Into Focus
Last week, ASEAN’s center for military medicine held an urgent consultation to discuss the region’s response to the coronavirus. The meeting spotlighted one part of the defense aspect of Southeast Asia’s ongoing response to the situation as well as the role of the new center within the region.
— The Diplomat

5 ASEAN leaders to attend ‘olive branch’ summit with US
Leaders from Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand will attend a summit between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next month, diplomatic sources told Nikkei.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Southeast Asian Governments Struggle Against the Coronavirus Test
The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, continues to spread around the globe.
— Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

US ASEAN Counterterrorism Cooperation in the Headlines with Regional Conference
Last week, the United States held a regional counterterrorism expert meeting. The engagement highlighted one component of the broader U.S. approach to addressing terrorism and violent extremism in Southeast Asia.
— The Diplomat

Canada eyes Southeast Asia to shore up export markets
With Canada hitting trade headwinds from its two largest trade partners – a protectionist White House in the United States and a freeze in relations with China over the Huawei affair – Ottawa has been touting diversification as a way to cope.

EAEU, ASEAN to extend cooperation program till 2025
The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will extend the cooperation program till 2025.
— Belarus News

ASEAN Reliable Partner In Forming Indivisible Security In Asia-Pacific Region – Lavrov
Moscow views the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a reliable partner and an associate in shaping an open and balanced system of security in the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
— UrduPoint News

Singapore, Asean companies pivot to Hong Kong for capital with eye on Greater Bay Area prize
Singapore companies and their Southeast Asian peers have been turning to Hong Kong for capital to fund their growth ambition in recent years, with an eye on gaining a foothold in the Greater Bay Area. Can the coronavirus outbreak halt the trend?
— South China Morning Post

EU-Asean relations could be better, says Hun Sen
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the EU has poor relations with some of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
— Khmer Times

AirAsia Group faces probe over alleged corruption
Low-cost airline operator AirAsia Group Berhad is facing a regulatory probe over an alleged bribery from aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
— Asean Economist

Constant Energy completes fund raising for Southeast Asian renewable IPP platform
Constant Energy announced today that funds advised by Olympus Capital Asia are partnering with them to create a new larger renewable energy assets platform that will pursue opportunities in the attractive, rapidly expanding commercial and industrial (C&I) renewable and storage market in Southeast Asia.
— Eco-Business

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Hun Sen Ready to Visit Cambodians in Wuhan City if China Authorizes his Visit
Speaking during a meeting with the Cambodian community in Seoul where he is attending the Universal Peace Federation World Summit 2020, Hun Sen spoke of the students stranded in Wuhan City due to the Coronavirus(2019-nCoV) outbreak. “I will visit our students in Wuhan if the Chinese government allows,” he said.
— Thmey Thmey

Phnom Penh Residents Want Cambodians In China Evacuated
Residents of Phnom Penh said on Friday that they were concerned about the health of Cambodians stranded in China, on account of the viral epidemic, and wanted the government to evacuate them from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Experts Say Cambodian Economy to Feel The Effects of Coronavirus Outbreak
Chinese stock markets crashed Monday morning, falling more than 8 percent, the first time the Shanghai stock exchange has seen such a drop in five years.

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Last flight to carry all Indonesians from China
The last flight will carry all Indonesian citizens from China before a temporary ban on flights to and from mainland China begins to take effect Wednesday, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has assured.
— Antara News

Jakarta Ranks 10th on World’s Most Congested Cities List
Jakarta has ranked 10th on the list of the most congested cities in the world in 2019 based on the TomTom Traffic index uploaded on website.

Jokowi confirms 243 Indonesians returning from Wuhan in sound health
President Joko Widodo revealed that 243 Indonesian citizens evacuated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan are in good health, but they continue to be under observation in line with the international health protocol.
— Antara News

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No coronavirus in Laos, tests done at ministry lab confirm
Health officials have confirmed that 13 people with symptoms of the new coronavirus (nCoV) have tested negative for the virus at the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology, run by the Ministry of Health.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Airlines reduces flights to Chinese destinations
Lao Airlines has suspended charter flights to five cities in China after Chinese authorities prohibited its citizens from leaving the country in an attempt to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao River Clogged With Trash From Chinese Banana Farms
Waste run-off and trash from Chinese-owned banana farms are polluting a river in Laos, affecting over 500 families in the country’s Oudomxay province who rely on the river’s water for daily use, local sources say.
— Radio Free Asia

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Coronavirus: Special aircraft to bring home Malaysians from Wuhan has left for China, says DPM
A special aircraft sent by the Malaysian government on a mission to bring back its 141 citizens, their spouses and children from Wuhan, which has been locked down by the Chinese authorities due to the 2019 novel.
— Malay Mail

H5N1: No import of live animals, products from Shaoyang, says Veterinary DG
Malaysia does not import live animals and products from Shaoyang in Hunan, China, where an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu was reported, said Veterinary Services Department (VSD) director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Domestic Trade Ministry: Total of 271 offences committed under maximum price scheme this CNY
A total of 271 offences had been committed under the Festive Season Maximum Price Scheme (SHMMP) in conjunction with the 2020 Chinese New Year celebration which began on Jan 20 and ended yesterday (February 2), involving.
— Malay Mail

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Chinese Visitor to Myanmar Tests Negative for Coronavirus, Released After Four Days of Quarantine
A 56-year-old Chinese man who quarantined in Yangon on Friday on suspicion of carrying the coronavirus after arriving on a flight from Guangzhou has been released from the hospital after his symptoms cleared up and test results showed him to be virus-free, according to Myanmar’s Health Ministry.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar to hedge against slower China trade due to coronavirus
Myanmar wants to expand its exports to other markets to hedge against a potential dip in demand from China, where a new respiratory virus has infected more than 14,000 people and killed more than 300, mostly from Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in the city of Wuhan in December.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Suspends Visas-on-Arrival for Chinese Travelers Over Coronavirus
Myanmar will stop issuing visas-on-arrival for Chinese citizens over concerns about coronavirus, suspending its two-year pilot visa program aimed at promoting tourism.
— Irrawaddy

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Persons under investigation for nCoV in the PHL jump to 80, with 30 testing negative for the virus
Persons under investigation (PUIs) for the 2019 novel coronavirus in the country have reached 80, with 30 of them having negative test results for the virus, according to the Department of Health.
— Eagle News

Philippines containing coronavirus; no outbreak yet
THE Philippines is at the “containment stage” in its fight against a deadly coronavirus strain that has killed hundreds in China and sickened thousands more, health authorities said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

300 Chinese stranded in PH due to coronavirus travel restrictions
About 300 Chinese were left stranded at several terminals across the country, following the Philippine government’s sweeping travel restrictions imposed amid the global spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Singapore musician calls for virus fight while Chinese greats sing their love to Hubei (video)
With the number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections and deaths globally rising by about 20 per cent and 18 per cent respectively per day, artists and musicians are recording songs to bring attention to the virus’s’ danger, and to encourage healthcare professionals and others fighting it in hospitals, primarily across China.
— AEC News Today

Novel coronavirus: 524 people under quarantine in Singapore, says Lawrence Wong
A total of 524 people were under quarantine in Singapore as of Sunday (Feb 2) night, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore preparing various contingencies as outbreak of novel coronavirus evolves: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore is preparing for various scenarios of how the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus could evolve, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3) as he warned of risks ahead and the need to “plan for the worst”.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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PM points to panic caused by fake news as worst aspect of virus crisis
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the worst thing about the ongoing novel coronavirus situation in Thailand is panic caused by fake news, as he warned those with ill-intent that they will be dealt with decisively and in accordance with the law.
— Thai PBS News

Masks and hand sanitizers face controls to prevent profiteering and hoarding
The Ministry of Commerce will propose to the cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday) that protective face masks and hand sanitizer gel be added to a list of controlled products, for which the export of over 500 units requires permission.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Nationals in Wuhan likely to be evacuated through U-Tapeo airport in Pattaya with strictest precautions
The Royal Thai Navy is being prepared at U- Tapao Rayong -Pattaya International Airport for 161 Thais to be evacuated from Wuhan, China which is suffering from a deadly virus outbreak as early as tomorrow, February 4.
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam confirms 3 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing total to 8
Vietnam confirmed an additional three cases of the new coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the country’s total to eight cases.
— Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam lifts ban on Taiwan flights amid confusion stoked by WHO
On Saturday evening (Feb. 1), Vietnam lifted a ban it had imposed on direct flights from Taiwan earlier that day amid confusion caused by the World Health Organization’s inclusion of Taiwan as a part of China in its reports on the Wuhan coronavirus.
— Taiwan News

Vietnam fruit enjoys breakthroughs in demanding markets
China remains the country’s largest export market for fruit and vegetables, holding more than 65 per cent of the total market share.
— VietnamPlus

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