Asean morning news for January 7

Asean morning news for January 7

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Asean members get tough with China on South China Sea
The future direction of code of conduct (COC) negotiations between Asean members and China is at stake after recent developments saw Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines hardening their stand on the South China Sea issue.
— New Straits Times

Potent New Challenge to Beijing’s Nine-Dash Line
As Vietnam takes over (from January 1) the chairmanship of ASEAN, it has received a welcome, surprise present from Malaysia, one that should strengthen solidarity among the maritime-focused members of the organization in challenging China’s imperialist claims to almost the whole South China Sea, stretching almost to the coasts of Borneo, Luzon and Palawan.
— Asia Sentinel

PM launches Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a ceremony in Hanoi on January 6 to launch Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship, with about 300 distinguished guests taking part.
— Vietnamplus

Asean consumer sector set for soft start to 2020: DBS
ASEAN’S consumer sector is set to have a soft start to 2020, with the outlook “dampened by macro headwinds and soft consumer sentiments”, according to a Jan 6 DBS Group Research report.
— The Business Times

Strategic Agility in ASEAN Agri (What the Philippines needs)
Strategic agility is “an organization’s ability to think ahead of the market, quickly mobilize itself, adapt to market shifts, fill capability gaps, capture new revenue ahead of the competition, and even create new markets.”
— BusinessWorld

ASEAN has a gender pay gap problem
In 2016, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that women made up half of all documented migrant workers in ASEAN.
— The Asean Post

7 Southeast Asian countries named stars and exoplanets in their languages
The next time you look up at a night sky and see a blinking star, chances are you might be staring at Intan, a star in the southern constellation Fornax.
— Mashable SE Asia

Some SE Asian nations dither on joining India-based solar alliance
The India-headquartered International Solar Alliance’s (ISA’s) drive to co-opt countries from South-East Asia is facing problems with some countries holding back because of New Delhi’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, said two people aware of the development.
— Livemint

Is Asean doing enough for migrant workers?
Labor mobility has been a key feature of the socioeconomic landscape of Asean economies from the 1980s.

Lessons from our Asean neighbors
WE should learn a thing or two from our Southeast Asian neighbors—Indonesia and Malaysia. Recently, Chinese fishing vessels allegedly trespassed into the former’s territorial waters near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands.
— Business Mirror

Thailand leads SE Asia stocks lower as US-Iran tensions mount
Thai stocks led other Southeast Asian equities ended lower on Monday on growing fears over escalating US-Iran tensions, which led to a spike in oil prices and a decrease in risk appetite of investors.
— Bangkok Post

The Application of Blockchain in Southeast Asian Countries, 2019-2023 Study
The global blockchain market is growing very fast and it is forecast that its market size will reach US$23.3 billion by 2023, representing a CAGR of 81% over the period from 2018 to 2023.
— PR Newswire (media release)

Five top trends set to shape the APAC food and beverage sector in 2020
We take a look at the five top trends that look set to shape the Asia Pacific food and beverage industry in 2020, from fortification to cell-based development to sustainability and more.
— Foodnavigator-asia

10 of the most dangerous beaches in Southeast Asia (worth 10 visits this peak season)
The holiday season may be over for many, but the fun never ends at these top tropical destinations.
— Mash Viral (blog)

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews


Cambodia exceeds tax collection goal
Cambodia’s good economic performance last year helped it surpass its tax collection targets by more than 34 per cent.
— News Straits Times

Looming PH-Cambodia tax treaty seen fostering more investments, jobs
Two-way investments and employment between the Philippines and Cambodia are seen getting a boost from the double taxation agreement (DTA) that the two countries will likely sign soon.
— Inquirer.Net

Minister tells schools to stop selling unhealthy food
Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron urged school principals Monday to check food and beverages sold to students to protect their health.
— Thmey Thmey 

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Govt Sends 120 Pantura Fishers to Natuna Waters
The government planned to send as many as 120 fishers from the north coast area (Pantura) to North Natuna as an effort to counter China’s coast guard vessels and fishing boat trespassing the waters.

President Jokowi emphasizes sovereignty is non-negotiable
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Monday was unequivocal in his declaration that Indonesia will not negotiate with any party over its sovereignty, particularly regarding the country’s territory in the Natuna waters in Riau Islands.
— Antara News

Rising sea temperatures blamed for killing turtles in Bengkulu
A total of 25 dead turtles found in the waters of Sepang Bay in Bengkulu, with the latest discovered on Friday, may possibly have been killed by rising sea temperatures, an expert has said.
— The Jakarta Post

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Govt to facilitate imports, exports
The government has renewed efforts to reduce administrative barriers in the import and export of goods, hoping to improve the business climate, under to a new prime minister’s order.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Children’s Hospital satisfied with improved health services
The Children’s Hospital in Vientiane has seen good results in terms of fulfilling five criteria relating to service excellence and one relating to patient satisfaction over the past year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Tigers have likely been driven extinct in Laos
Indochinese tigers have fallen on hard times, having seen their habitats throughout their former ranges drastically reduced over the decades. Rampant poaching has also taken their toll on the majestic predators. Tigers have recently been declared extinct in Cambodia and neighboring Vietnam.
— Sustainability Times  

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Govt aims to increase renewable energy output to 300MW – Yeo
The government, via the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), aims to raise its net energy metering (NEM) programme output to 300 megawatts (MW) this year.
— The Borneo Post

Pan Borneo Highway records 22% progress: Works Ministry
The construction of the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah has recorded 22% progress of 12 ongoing work packages as of Dec 31, last year and expected to be fully completed in stages by June 2023.
— The Sun Daily

Loke disappointed with poor maintenance of public transport facilities
Transport Minister Anthony Loke today said he was disappointed that the culture of better maintenance has not been instilled among transport service providers.
— The Sun Daily

See here for more of today’s Malaysia Morning News

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Myanmar to export 8,000-10,000 metric tons of semi-processed mangoes to China
Myanmar will export 8,000-10,000 metric tons of semi-processed mangoes to China between 2020 and May, 2023, according to news released online by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Building an inclusive city in Myanmar, one trash alley at a time
For years, Yee Lay kept the back door of her ground floor apartment firmly shut to keep out both the stench from the rubbish that other tenants would carelessly throw behind the building and the hordes of rats that fed on it.
— Global Times

Gem buyers exempted from tax
Foreigners who purchase jewellery and gems at the Yangon International Gems and Jewellery Fair 2020 will exempted from paying a 5 percent commercial tax, according to Daw Nyunt Nyunt Khine, joint-treasurer at the Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association (GJEA).
— Myanmar Times

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AFP ‘ready to deploy anytime’ to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East
In case tensions between Iran and the US escalate, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready with a plan to evacuate Filipinos from Iran and Iraq, newly-installed AFP chief of staff Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr said on Monday, January 6.
— Rappler

300 Filipinos evacuated as Australia bushfires rage
Raging bushfires in Australia have caused the evacuation of at least 300 Filipinos residing in East Gippsland, Victoria, according to Philippine Embassy in Canberra First Secretary and Consul General Aian Caringal.
— Rappler

‘1 over 100’: Robredo calls Duterte’s drug war a ‘failure’
Vice President Leni Robredo gave President Rodrigo Duterte’s government a dismal 1 out of 100 score in its flagship program to fight narcotics, saying that authorities were only able to seize 1% of the total supply of illegal drugs in the country.
— Rappler

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Parliament: New Bill aims to strengthen Singapore’s offerings as dispute resolution hub
A new Bill that will boost Singapore’s position as a leading global dispute resolution hub was introduced on Monday (Jan 06), allowing parties in cross-border commercial disputes to seek various options to enforce or invoke their mediated settlement agreements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Strict enforcement of footpath ban sees 27 PMD riders caught since Jan. 1, 2020, could face 3 months jail
Plainclothes operations were carried out by LTA enforcement officers over the weekend.
— Mothership

Balanced approach to foreign workers needed to ensure continued creation of good jobs for Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing
To ensure the Singapore economy continues to grow and good jobs created for Singaporeans, the Government cannot take extreme positions on the intake of foreign workers, said Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ


Deputy PM Somkid says six EEC infrastructure projects must start this year
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) continues to attract more investors. Last year, the EEC generated over 100 billion baht from outside investment.

PM gives embassy authority to evacuate Thais in Iran
The Prime Minister has given authority to the Thai embassy in Iran to evacuate Thai citizens in the country if it is considered necessary, as the tension in the Middle East rises following the US airstrike that killed a revered military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Gov’t sets up water crisis center
Many provinces of Thailand are now facing a drought disaster, which is expected to be more severe than last year.

See here for more of today’s Thailand morning news

Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Vietnam to operationalize 2020 with new transport infrastructure
Metro, tunnels and expressways count among Vietnam’s grand billion dollar projects expected to commence operations this year.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam to hold auctions for 400 MW of floating solar
Following its decision to switch from fixed feed-in tariffs to reverse auction bidding for the setting of solar incentives, the Vietnamese government has decided to devote the first two pilot auctions to floating PV.
— PV-Magazine

Vietnam’s PM Urges Police to Clamp Down on National Security Crimes
On the heels of a report that the Vietnamese government arrested and charged 39 prisoners of conscience in 2019 on charges of violating national security, the country’s prime minister urged the police to step up its efforts against “hostile forces and reactionaries.”
— Radio Free Asia

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