Asean morning news for January 15

Asean morning news for January 15

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

U.S.: Currency Manipulation Report Keeps Southeast Asian Countries on Watch List
The U.S. Treasury Department’s currency manipulation report released Jan. 13 kept Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia on its monitoring list.
— Stratfor

Oceans were hottest on record in 2019
The world’s oceans were the hottest in recorded history in 2019, scientists said on Tuesday, as manmade emissions warmed seas at an ever-increasing rate with potentially disastrous impacts on Earth’s climate.
— Bangkok Post

China turned to ASEAN to cover US trade dip
ASEAN has emerged as a key export destination for China as President Xi Jinping’s administration endures a bruising trade war with the U.S.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

South China Sea: Putin moves to support the Philippines and Vietnam against Beijing’s plan
The development will frustrate China’s attempts to secure ownership of the lucrative zone within its nine dash line, the proportion of the sea bed that Beijing has allocated for itself.
— Express.co.uk (video)

Minimum Wages in ASEAN: How Are They Calculated?
Minimum wage rates across ASEAN countries are rising gradually to match the region’s increased cost of living and boost domestic demand.
— Asean Briefing

Energy Demand Fueling Southeast Asia’s Emerging Oil and Gas Industry
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy demand among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown by 80 percent since 2000.
— Investing News (blog)

ASEAN rises to be China’s 2nd biggest trading partner
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has overtaken the United States (US) to become China’s second largest trading partner in 2019, official data showed yesterday.
— Borneo Bulletin

Internet shutdowns could cost ASEAN dearly
The ASEAN Post recently ran a story on the world’s longest internet shutdown in the northern part of Rakhine State in Myanmar and the concept of digital rights as a legitimate human right.
— The Asean Post

RCEP may ease tensions in South China Sea — researcher
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar.
— The Edge Markets

ASEAN senior economic officials meet in Hanoi
The first meeting of the ASEAN senior economic officials for the fifty first ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 1/51) was held in Hanoi from January 12 to 14.
— Vietnamplus

Breakthrough in US-China trade war is good news for southeast Asian property markets, say developers
A stabilisation in relations between the US and China after almost two years of their bruising trade war will help bolster Southeast Asia’s property market in 2020, according to industry players attending a conference in Beijing.
— EdgeProp Singapore

India Backs Away from Southeast Asia Trade Deal
India’s decision in the final months of last year to withdraw from negotiations for the mega-regional trade agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) disappointed the countries of Southeast Asia, which are also members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— The Maritime Executive

Tech change brings about wave of opportunities in S-E Asia
As companies turn to technology to improve their operational efficiency and better serve their customers, South-east Asia offers new opportunities for Singapore firms looking to expand in the region.
— The Business Times

OPINION: Why this Vietnamese academic doubts an ASEAN-China COC deal
A Vietnamese academic pierced whatever illusion about the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) being worked out between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, which is being coordinated by the Philippines.
— ABS-CBN News

South East Asia fertile ground for FinTech startups
South East Asia is at an inflection point in FinTech. With a rising middle class in a population totaling over 600 million people, as well as widespread mobile internet penetration, FinTech startups are finding fertile soil in which to build innovative financial services at scale.
— Daily News

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Cambodian PM Says No Power Transfer from Father to Son in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen reaffirmed here this evening that there will be no power transfer from father to son directly in the Kingdom.
— AKP 

PM offers lawyers to aid journalists
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he will provide personal lawyers to defend journalists who are facing complaints in court, but he also urged journalist to be professional in carrying out their duties.
— Khmer Times 

Hun Sen Orders Investigation Into Cambodian Prisoner’s Alleged Death by Torture
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Tuesday ordered the country’s Police Commander in Chief Sao Sokha to apprehend any suspects involved in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death of a man who was detained for his participation in a land-rights protest.
— Radio Free Asia  

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia morning news

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BI says January inflation to hit four-year low
Bank Indonesia (BI) expects the January inflation rate to remain low, despite an increase in food prices as a result of major flooding in many parts of the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economy to slightly recover in 2020 as global uncertainties ease
Indonesia’s economy is expected to perform slightly better in 2020 on the back of improved commodity prices and easing external pressures, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Attacks on journalists increase in 2019 with rise in doxxing, cyber attacks: LBH Pers
Throughout 2019, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) not only recorded an increasing number of incidents of violence against journalists, but also observed new types of attacks such as cyber attacks and doxxing.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos: Planning minister calls for better use of development aid
This was the message to government bodies from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Sonexay Siphandone, delivered at a brainstorming session on Monday on a draft strategy to raise funding to support development until 2030.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Understanding China’s BRI in Laos
Upon his visit to Laos in November 2017, Xi Jinping wrote in an open letter, published in English and Lao in Laotian mainstream media, that “there is a high degree of complementarity between China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the strategy of Laos to transform itself from a landlocked to a land-linked country.”
— Business Times

KOICA extends programme on climate resilience, empowerment in Attapeu
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will continue to support an integrated programme on climate resilience and empowerment in Attapeu province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia ranked world’s 16th most peaceful country by Global Peace Index
Malaysia is ranked the 16th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019.
— Malay Mail

100 per cent electricity coverage by 2025
These days, electricity has become a basic necessity in daily life, but Sarawak’s immense landmass and unique geographical terrain make complete electricity coverage state-wide a challenge.
— New Sarawak Tribune

What’s Next for Malaysia’s Capabilities After Its Helicopter Decommissioning?
Ongoing efforts to decommission aging equipment spotlight the broader issue with the country’s capabilities.
— The Diplomat

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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‘World’s longest internet shutdown cost Myanmar US$75M last year’
Myanmar recorded over 4880 hours of internet blackout time in 2019, costing the country US$75.2 million, a report by a digital privacy organisation estimates.
— Myanmar Times

YCDC ready to deal with audit findings report
Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is ready to deal with the facts included in the report of Yangon Region Auditor-General for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe at a monthly press conference at the Yangon City Hall on January 13.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar earns US$270 M from fishery export
Myanmar has earned over US$270 million from fishery export from October 1 to January 3 in this fiscal year and it is more US$37 million in compared with the same period in last fiscal year, according to figures from Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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POEA imposes total OFW deployment ban to Iraq
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered the total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Iraq amid tensions between the United States (US) and Iran.
— Philippine News Agency

40,000 people bear brunt of Taal eruption
More than 40,000 people or about 9,500 families living near Taal Volcano in Batangas and the nearby province of Cavite who depend on fishing, farming, and livestock for a living are among the hardest hit by the renewed volcanic activity that began Sunday.
— Manilastandard.net

Lawmaker seeks deliberations on ABS-CBN franchise renewal
A lawmaker yesterday asked the House of Representatives to start deliberations on measures seeking renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise.
— The Philippine Star

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Harsher penalties for companies whose hiring practices discriminate against Singaporeans
Companies that discriminate against Singaporeans during hiring will face harsher penalties as part of the latest update to the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore Police Force warns public about fundraising scams for Australian bushfires
It’s admirable to want to help those who have been affected by the bushfires raging in Australia, but don’t let yourself be taken in.
— Mothership

NEA imposes stricter rules for funeral parlours so no body mix-up happens again
Following a blunder by a funeral parlour early this month, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that stricter rules will be imposed on licensed parlour operators.
— The Online Citizen

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Anutin floats home working in light of PM2.5
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has come up with an idea for employees of private companies to work from home, saying that this would probably help reduce the PM2.5 smog.
— Bangkok Post

61 year old Chinese tourist being treated for new coronavirus in Thailand
A 61 year old Chinese tourist, found to be infected with the new strain of coronavirus dubbed “Wuhan or Chinese pneumonia” when she arrived in Thailand last week, is being treated in hospital and is expected to be discharged in a few days.
— The Thaiger

Cannabis oil gaining traction in Thai medical circles
Last week’s opening of Thailand’s first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil (cannabidiol, or CBD) for medical treatment has brought international attention, not only to the kingdom’s burgeoning cannabis industry, but to the oil’s many reputed benefits.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Việt Nam ranks 9th among countries importing US fresh fruits
The US’ fresh fruit exports to Việt Nam reached US$97 million in 10 months of last year, as of October 30, a year-on-year increase of 46 per cent, reported the US Department of Agriculture.
— Viet Nam News

South China Sea: Putin moves to support the Philippines and Vietnam against Beijing’s plan
The development will frustrate China’s attempts to secure ownership of the lucrative zone within its nine dash line, the proportion of the sea bed that Beijing has allocated for itself.
— Express.co.uk (video)

First airline in Vietnam lets passengers self-check luggage
Flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will allow passengers to self-check luggage to avoid crippling queues.
— Vietnam Insider

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