Asean morning news for January 8

Asean morning news for January 8

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


PH rolls out red carpet for China at sea as other neighbors protest incursions
While other claimants have been recently pushing back against Beijing’s extensive maritime claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines has chosen to roll out the red carpet for the Asian superpower.

How are China’s neighbors combating the PLA Navy
2019 was a big year for the People’s Liberaion Army (PLAN), with an astounding number of vessels launched or commissioned, and the icing on the cake for China’s navy was the entry into service on 17 December of the Type 002 aircraft carrier Shandong, the nation’s first domestically built carrier.

Strengthening the ASEAN-centric multilateral security architecture
For a good part of the post-Cold War period, ASEAN enjoyed relative success as the central multilateral organisation in its region.
— East Asia Forum

December Data Signals Fractional Deterioration in Operating Conditions in ASEAN
ASEAN manufacturing conditions continued to deteriorate in December, albeit at the softest rate in the current seven-month sequence of decline, according to latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers Index data.
— SteelGuru

Run-off dam met with reservation
The hydro-electric power plant planned in Luang Prabang will not have any big transboundary impact on Thailand, said the head of Laos’ Department of Energy Policy and Planning, who argued that with Thailand’s support, the project stands to benefit everyone.
— Bangkok Post

Trade with China driving ASEAN’s growth
Southeast Asia has been one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world over the past decade.

Accelerating Asia to inject funding in 10 startups from second cohort
Singapore-based early-stage VC firm and startup accelerator Accelerating Asia has unveiled the 10 regional startups that form its second cohort.
— Tech in Asia

S. Korea in close talks with ASEAN for mega Asia-Pacific trade deal
South Korea will spare no efforts to help conclude a mega Asia-Pacific trade deal by the end of this year by forging deeper ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as the country strives to revitalize its ailing exports, Seoul’s trade ministry said Tuesday.
— The Korea Herald

SE Asia sees record investments in health-tech space in 2019
A record $266 million has been poured into health tech in Southeast Asia last year, more than double what was invested before, according to industry researcher Galen Growth.
— Deal Street Asia

Socio-Cultural Pillar important to promoting connectivity in ASEAN
The Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) serves as a solid foundation to promote connectivity within the bloc in the most natural way, said Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung on January 7.
— Vietnamplus

Foreign Minister’s First ASEAN Voyage Spotlights Japan-Southeast Asia Relations in the Indo-Pacific
Over the weekend, Japan’s new foreign minister embarked on his first Southeast Asia tour since taking office late last year.
— The Diplomat

New frontiers? Three emerging APAC nutrition markets and strategies to watch out for in 2020
As we head into 2020, we shine the spotlight on three emerging health and nutrition APAC markets that could help sustain the industry’s supplements and functional foods growth in the years ahead.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Cautious optimism for SEA startups
For the past 10 years, ASEAN tech funding across all stages has been nothing short of phenomenal.
— Asean Economist

Thailand leads SE Asia stocks higher
Thai shares led Southeast Asian equities higher on Tuesday as markets drew relief from the absence of any fresh escalations in the standoff between the United States and Iran.
— Bangkok Post

Six need-to-know regulatory issues on the agenda for the APAC F&B sector in 2020
From sugar taxes to hemp regulations, here are six major regulation and policy updates to be expected from the APAC food and beverage industry in 2020.
— Foodnavigator-asia

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Compiled by Raksmey Khoem          @raksmey.aecnews


Owners of Collapsed Cambodia Building Charged, Released on Bail
Owners of a building in Cambodia that collapsed and killed 36 workers and their families last week have been charged and released on bail, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.
— The New York Times

US-China trade tension diverts foreign investments to Kingdom’s benefit
Cambodia and other Southeast Asian nations have been receiving an increase in diverted investments because of the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States, stated the National Bank of Cambodia in its latest report.
— Khmer Times

JinkoSolar panels to power 150 MW of solar parks in Cambodia
January 6 (Renewables Now) – JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:JKS) will be delivering photovoltaic (PV) panels for three projects in Cambodia with a combined capacity of 150 MW.
— Renewables Now​   

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Over 40,000 pigs killed as African swine fever outbreak in N. Sumatra worsens
The African swine fever (ASF) and hog cholera outbreak affecting pigs in North Sumatra in the past few months has worsened, spreading to 18 regencies and cities across the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia repatriates 40 bride trafficking victims from China
The Embassy of Indonesia in Beijing has repatriated some 40 Indonesian women trafficked to several regions in China in 2019.
— Antara News

TNI’s Air Force Deploys Four F-16 Fighter Jets to Natuna
Indonesian Military (TNI) Air Force flies four F-16 fighter jets from the 16th Air Squadron in Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase to Natuna Island to execute patrols in Indonesia’s outermost region.

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Laos links 195MW power to Cambodia
Nearly 200 megawatts (MW)of electricity from Dan Sahong Dam in Laos was linked to Cambodia’s national grid yesterday after the dam finished tests on four electricity generators.
— Khmer Times 

Vietnam in deals to buy Laos electricity from 2021
Vietnam’s electricity firm EVN has signed five new deals to buy electricity from Laos starting from next year, the state-run company said.
— The Star

Laos-China railway investment reaches 6.8 billion yuan in 2019
The figure was reported at the annual meeting of the Laos-China Railway Company (LCRC) yesterday in Vientiane in the presence of its Chairman, Mr Ju Guojiang.
— ANN/Vientiane Times  

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Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


Malaysian passport ranked 13th most ‘powerful’ worldwide
The Malaysia passport is ranked as the 13th most “powerful” in the world, as holders enjoy visa-free access to 178 countries.
— The Star Online

GDP growth to decelerate to 4.3% in 2020: MARC
The Malaysian Rating Corporation Bhd (MARC) is forecasting a real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.3% in 2020 below the government forecast of 4.8% due to weaker external trade performance and softer domestic demand growth.
— The Sun Daily

Muslims should unite after Iran commander’s killing: Malaysian PM
Muslim countries should unite to protect themselves against external threats, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday after describing the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani as immoral.
— Reuters

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Myanmar Military Files Nearly 50 Lawsuits Against Critics in Three Years, Watchdog Group Says
Myanmar’s highly effective navy has filed almost 50 lawsuits circumstances towards crucial journalists, people, and organizations it has accused of defamation in the course of the civilian-led authorities’s almost 4 years in workplace, a freedom of expression advocacy group mentioned Tuesday.
— The Union Journal

Rakhine: the new front in Myanmar’s violent ethnic conflicts
Violence flared a year ago when the Arakan Army attacked Myanmar police, forcing thousands from their homes.
— Aljazeera

Ayeyawady dolphin found dead in Mandalay
The carcass of Ayeyawady dolphin, an endangered species, was found yesterday floating in the Ayeyawady River in Madaya Township of Mandalay Region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Solon urges gov’t to adopt animals affected by Australian bushfires
Davao Oriental Representative Joel Mayo Almario is urging the Philippine government to adopt animals affected by the ongoing Australian bushfires.
— GMA Network

Inflation jumps to 2.5% in December, overall 2019 figure within target
Transportation expenses pushed up inflation in December 2019 to 2.5%, said the Philippine Statistics Authority on Tuesday, January 7.
— Rappler

Forced evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq sought
THE country’s special envoy to the Middle East has recommended the forced evacuation of Filipino workers in Iraq amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
— BusinessWorld

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews


Dengue cases up again after five weeks of decline
There are now 86 active clusters, an increase of almost a third since the middle of last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gas supply from Indonesia to Singapore will cease by 2023
By 2023, Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is looking to stop supplying gas to Singapore via the Suban Blok Corridor Field.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore pump prices at record highs after killing
Petrol pump prices have risen by three cents a litre at most retailers in Singapore, in the latest fallout on oil markets from the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani by US forces last week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Water diverted from Tha Chine to Chao Phraya River to flush out seawater
The Royal Irrigation Department has started diverting water from the Tha Chine River, in Nakhon Pathom province, into the Chao Phraya River through the Phraya Banlue irrigation canal to flush out seawater.
— Thai PBS News

Energy Ministry prepares fuel measures amidst global energy concerns
The Ministry of Energy has prepared measures to handle the situation in the form of oil reserves and pricing measures to minimize any potential effects on the general public.

B3bn fund to combat water crisis
The cabinet will on Tuesday be asked to approve a budget of 3 billion baht to combat water shortages in vulnerable areas which may worsen in the coming months, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) said.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov


State Bank of Vietnam sets cashless payments as top priority for 2020
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has issued a resolution to boost cashless payments in the country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam’s first wind farm loses turbine in fire – report
Vietnam’s first wind farm, the Binh Thanh 1 Wind Farm in the south central province of Binh Thuan, lost one of its turbines to fire on Sunday, local media report.
— Renewables now

Vietnam’s industrial production up 8.86 pct in 2019
Vietnam’s national index of industrial production rose 8.86 percent on-year in 2019, the country’s General Statistics Office announced on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

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