Asean morning news for January 13

Asean morning news for January 13

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Mekong communities struggle as China tests dam equipment
Water levels on the Mekong River, which flows through China and five other countries before emptying into the South China Sea, have dropped once again after Beijing revealed it was testing equipment at one of its 11 dams in the upper reaches of the vital waterway.
— Aljazeera

China’s South China Sea expansion plans hit a wall in Indonesia (video)
China’s seemingly unstoppable expansion through the South China Sea finally hit a wall last week, an unyielding, uncompromising wall named Indonesia.
— AEC News Today

China can boost Asean’s smart-city dreams but, first, it needs to earn some trust in Southeast Asia
China is the latest nation to pledge support for the Asean Smart City Network, which aims to address the Southeast Asian bloc’s urbanisation challenges through digital technology and innovation, an ambitious plan supported also by the United States, Australia and South Korea.
— South China Morning Post

Paperwork cut for migrant workers as registration deadline looms
The authorities have reduced paperwork and introduced online document submission to help migrant workers and their employers beat the March 31 deadline for renewing work permits.
— Bangkok Post

UOB digital bank eyes S$10b Asean millennial market
UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) has projected a S$10 billion market opportunity in Asean, with the 84-year-old Singapore bank going on the offensive to take a chunk of it through its standalone digital bank for millennials.
— The Business Times

As Indonesia stands up to China, who will follow in Southeast Asia?
“Mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy,” the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu advised in The Art of War.
— South China Morning Post

Dhaka seeks Asean support for Rohingya repatriation
Bangladesh has urged Asean and the international community to remain engaged with the Rohingya issue for the “safe, dignified and voluntary” repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
— The Independent

Thailand is the leading ASEAN nation in annual suicide rates
“Thailand, which ranks in 32nd place with 14.4 of suicides per 100.000 population – or nearly 10,000 suicide deaths last year.”
— The Thaiger

‘Gotong royong’: Spirit of Japanese-ASEAN cooperation
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi delivered his first policy speech on ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on Friday as he concluded his visit to the region, which also took him to Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.
— The Jakarta Post

Meeting focusses on ASEAN tourism initiatives
Progress has been made in the implemen-tation of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), said Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak.
— Borneo Bulletin Online

China and mastery of the Mekong
97 kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea.
— The Asean Post

Why fishing boats are on the territorial front lines of the South China Sea
Tensions may have eased between China and Indonesia after yet another stand-off over fish-rich waters in the South China Sea but fishing fleets remain at the core of the heated territorial dispute.
— South China Morning Post

When the Mekong River turned blue
There is something wrong with the Mekong River. When its normally murky brown waters turned a brilliant blue, it heightened worries about the health of the river that more than 60 million people in Southeast Asia depend on for their livelihoods.
— CNA (video)

Intra-Asean trade promoted
Enhancing intra-Asean trade and investment is important for a cohesive and responsive Asean.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam chairs first meeting of ASEAN Committee in New York
The first meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee was held in New York on January 10, focusing discussion on activities and priorities of ASEAN member states this year.

A Reflection on Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019
Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship officially ended on 31st December 2019. ASEAN continues to carry the torch by handing over the Chairmanship to Viet Nam according to the tradition of alphabetical rotation of the Chairmanship amongst Member States.
— Bangkok Post

CLMV senior economic officials meet in Hanoi
Senior economic officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) gathered in Hanoi on January 12 for their 18th meeting hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN members seek to boost economic cooperation
This is an important meeting, coordinating the main activities carried out in many different channels to ensure the consistency of goals and the Roadmap for implementing priorities in ASEAN.
— Vietnamplus

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Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace
Cambodia registered an unusual victory for labor rights when on January 11, a two-day strike by workers of the country’s largest casino company NagaWorld ended peacefully and possibly successfully following the management’s decision to raise wages and reinstate the union’s leader.
— Global Voices 

Provinces face water shortage due to rice cultivation
The Water Resources Ministry and Meteorology is blaming a shortage of water in several provinces on excess rice farming.
— Khmer Times​

Cambodia’s 2 largest ports see remarkable rise in revenue last year
PAS, the kingdom’s largest seaport, made gross revenue of 79.3 million U.S. dollars last year, up 17.5 percent compared to the year before, said the report released at the ministry’s annual conference.
— Thmey Thmey 

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Chinese Coast Guard,Fishing Vessel Still Trespass EEZ Near Natuna
Three Indonesian naval ships found many Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels remain in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone near Natuna waters on Saturday or four days after President Joko Widodo’s recent visit to Natuna District in Riau Islands Province.

China’s South China Sea expansion plans hit a wall in Indonesia (video)
China’s seemingly unstoppable expansion through the South China Sea finally hit a wall last week, an unyielding, uncompromising wall named Indonesia.
— AEC News Today

Humpback whale dies after becoming stranded on N. Sumatra coast
A 20-ton humpback whale has died after becoming stranded on the coast of Asahan regency, North Sumatra, on Saturday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

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‘The colour is blue’: Strange changes to Mekong River as hydropower dams and climate change make their mark
LUANG PRABANG, Laos: Before dawn, monks walk the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms. The Mekong gently meanders in the darkness. The river is a peaceful but powerful force here.

Lao Villagers Displaced by Dams Struggle to Survive in Resettlement Sites
Hundreds of Lao families displaced by Chinese-backed dam projects and now living in resettlement villages are facing hardships due to poor housing and a lack of work, with many still waiting for compensation promised for fields and orchards lost when they were forced to move, sources say.
— RFA 

The end for Lao’s elephants?
The elephant is a cultural symbol in Lao probably due to the fact that at one period in time, the country was known to have a large number of these mighty mammals roaming its lands free. So much so that before it was ever known as Lao, people used to call parts of the country Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants.
— The Asean Post 

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysia’s economy likely to better this year: MoF
Malaysia’s economy is expected to do better in 2020 as the manufacturing sector’s purchasing managers index for December 2019 rose to a 15-month high, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
— New Straits times

Malaysia, Pakistan keen to enhance trade in commodities
Malaysia and Pakistan are keen to further explore ways to enhance trade in commodities as well as avenues to further expand Malaysian palm oil’s share in Pakistan.
— The Sun Daily

Arrival of 100,000 Indonesian amateur golfers projected to boost Malaysian tourism this year
Tourism Malaysia is targeting the arrival of some 100,000 Indonesian amateur golfers this year, in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.
— Malay Mail

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Obstacles to Myanmar’s growth in 2020
The ASEAN Post recently published an article on whether 2020 will be a good year for Myanmar’s economy.
— The Asean Post

Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar as Suu Kyi tours China border state
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare trip to a region bordering China days before President Xi Jinping is expected to push for controversial port and dam projects during a visit to the country.
— Thai PBS World

Myanmar: the UN body is building up, and watching
The latest evidence-gathering body, located in Geneva, is for Myanmar. It is one of the United Nations’ “International, Impartial, Investigative Mechanisms”. How is this new body progressing and what can be expected of it? JusticeInfo asked Nicholas Koumjian, the head of the Mechanism.
— Swiss Info

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“Imminent hazardous eruption” for Taal volcano, says PHIVOLCS as it stresses need for total evacuation of island
Taal volcano is now on alert level 4, meaning there is imminent hazardous eruption within hours or days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) which reiterated the need for “total evacuation” of the volcano island.
— Eagle News

NAIA flights ‘on hold’ due to Taal Volcano ash eruption
All flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were put on hold following the ash eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas on Sunday, January 12.
— Rappler

Foreign investments plunge 33% in 10 months, says BSP
Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged 32.8 percent from January to October last year despite a surge in October, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.
— The Philippine Star

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Online sales grew in November, but Singapore retail still in negative zone with 4% decline
RETAIL sales fell year on year for the 10th month in November, weighed down by big-ticket items like cars and furniture, according to Department of Statistics (SingStat) data out on Friday.
— The Business Times

SFA recalls live mussels from France due to presence of norovirus
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Saturday (Jan 11) that it has directed food specialist Classic Fine Foods to recall the Bouchot live mussels from France.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nearly half of Singapore’s butterfly species are extinct: Study
Almost half of Singapore’s native butterfly species have disappeared over the past 160 years, with the loss of specific plants and deforestation being key drivers of the local extinctions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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PM2.5 levels in greater Bangkok increase
This morning, levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometers and less in diameter (PM2.5) in most areas of Bangkok and vicinity exceeded the safe threshold of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

Thousands join Thai anti-government run as political climate simmers
Thousands of Thais participated on Sunday (Jan 12) in a run billed as an anti-government protest, in what appeared to be the biggest show of dissent against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Majority dissatisfied with govt’s handling of water shortage: Poll
A large majority of people are not satisfied with the government’s handling of the water shortages which have hit many parts of the country, saying it is not well-prepared for the situation, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam’s coal purchases set to escalate
Vietnam will import 12 million tons of coal this year, 30 million tons in 2025 and 50 million tons in 2030 to fuel thermal power plants.
— VnExpress

Civilian Killed in Violent Land Clash in Vietnam Identified as Elderly Community Leader
A civilian killed during a violent clash over a land dispute that also left three policemen dead has been identified as the elderly leader of a group of villagers protesting a military airport construction site near Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, state media said Friday.
— Radio Free Asia

Vietnam aviation industry maintains double-digit growth in 2019
Airports Council International forecasts that Vietnam will have the fastest air passenger growth in the world in the period of 2018-2040 with an average annual growth rate of 6.2%.
— The Hanoitimes

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