Asean morning news for January 9

Asean morning news for January 9

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

‘We’re on full alert’: China’s aggressive South China Sea move
Indonesia has reacted with anger after Chinese fishing boats protected by coast guard warships forced their way into its territorial waters.
— News.com.au

Seminar discussing Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on Jan 13
A seminar on the Code of Conduct (CoC) as a tool for peace in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) will be held on Jan 13.
— The Sun Daily

Overcoming barriers to fighting wildlife crime
Wildlife trafficking, like drug and human trafficking, is often a trans-boundary crime. Animal parts and products, non-timber forest products, and living creatures heading to the pet trade find their way across borders every day, passing fluidly between jurisdictions and human societies.
— Asia Times

SE Asia slowly but surely sinking into the sea
Ho Chi Minh City is constantly flooded, while Bangkok continues to sink below sea level.
— Asia Times

Deterrence and South China Sea Strategy: What Do the Latest China-Indonesia Natuna Tensions Tell Us?
The recent round of tensions between China and Indonesia in the Natunas, which comes as Beijing and Jakarta commemorate the 70th anniversary of their ties in 2020, has once again put the spotlight on the flashpoint, and that is expected to continue with a range of ongoing Indonesian reactions.
— The Diplomat

Vietnam’s ASEAN And UN Leadership: Difficult Days Ahead – Analysis
The first day of the New Year, known as Tet in Vietnam, falls on January 25 and signals the beginning of a new day.
— Eurasia Review

Does ASEAN need China to protect its wildlife?
2019 saw a record number of wildlife seizures in Southeast Asia and China, both regions are primarily wildlife trafficking transit points.
— The Asean Post

South Korea eyes eased up visa rules for Asean states
THE South Korean government is planning to implement a relaxed visa measure for citizens of Asean member-countries, the state-funded Yonhap News Agency said in a report.
— Business Mirror

Myanmar has potential investments from ASEAN countries in 2019-20 FY
Myanmar has potential investments from Hong Kong and ASEAN countries such as Singapore and Thailand in 2019-20 FY, according to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
— Eleven

Southeast Asia’s Grab plans deeper push into food services
Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab is setting up more kitchen facilities for merchants and adding new services such as procurement and analytics in a bid to push deeper into the fast-growing food delivery business.
— Nasdaq

How can firms break into Asean markets?
We received queries from our Chinese and American clients who want to shift their manufacturing to Asean.
— The Straits Times

Thailand leads SE Asia stocks lower as Iran tensions rise
Southeast Asian equities slumped on Wednesday, with Thailand taking the biggest hit, as investors scurried from riskier assets due to rising tensions in the Middle East after Iran fired rockets at US-led forces in Iraq.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN Startup Wins 4 Categories at the Global Startup Awards
Four startups and ecosystem players originating from Southeast Asia won awards at the Global Startup Awards held at Yuelu District in Changsha, China, last month.
— Acrofan

Hanoi the cheapest overall, Bangkok the cheapest food – Backpacking in Asia
Overall, Hanoi in Vietnam is the cheapest backpacker destination in Asia, whereas Bangkok offers the cheapest meals whilst on your journey.
— The Thaiger

ASEAN e-commerce logistics Market projected to grow at a CAGR of 20.6% by 2025
The ASEAN e-commerce logistics market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 20.6% during the forecast period (2018-2023).
— openPR (media release)

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Child deaths in Cambodia spark call for construction freeze
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After six children died when a building site collapsed, the Cambodian workers’ union on Wednesday called for a halt to a construction boom that has killed more than 60 people in seven months, while the government vowed to tackle child labour.
— Reuters

Cambodia’s garment workers fret over deadly daily commutes
Gripping her friend’s shoulder as a truck packed with 30 Cambodian garment workers tears down a pot-holed street, Nguon Sanit says her days are bookended by fear of dying on the kingdom’s treacherous roads.
— CNA

Dolphin death rate spikes
Conservationists have expressed alarm over the increase in the mortality rate of Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong River last year, compared to previously.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

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Ministry watchful for mysterious pneumonia infection in Indonesia
The government will conduct surveillance at hospitals across Indonesia as a precautionary measure against a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has sickened dozens in central China since late December last year.
— Antara News

Jokowi asserts Indonesia’s sovereign rights in Natuna
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has insisted that Indonesia has sovereign rights over natural resources in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea while allowing foreign vessels to pass peacefully
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians in Iran, Iraq advised to maintain vigil amid tension
Indonesia’s foreign affairs ministry urged Indonesians in Iraq and Iran to remain vigilant and follow the local authorities’ instructions and appeals amid rising tension in the region after the US killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
— Antara News

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Laos links 195MW power to Cambodia
Nearly 200 megawatts of electricity from Don Sahong Dam in Laos has been linked to Cambodia’s national grid after the dam finished tests on four electricity generators.
— Bangkok Post  

Laos’ foreign tourist arrivals up 9 pct in 2019
Laos welcomed 4.58 million international visitors in 2019, representing growth of nine percent over 2018 when tourist numbers failed to reach the target.
— Xinhua 

Energy, mines to remain key drivers of Lao economy
The Lao government should persist with its promotional policy for investment in the energy and mines sectors as they are key income earners for Laos’ economic growth, one of the country’s leading economists has said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia offers free 15-day online visa for Indians
Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced a 15-day visa free travel via their Electronic Travel Registration and Information (ENTRI) programme for Indian and Chinese citizens.
— Business Traveller

Malaysia targets RM155 billion in direct taxes this year
Lim Guan Eng said that the government expects to collect RM155 billion in direct taxes this year, a 5% increase from 2019.
— FMT

Petronas legal challenge over RM1.3bil SST to be heard in Kuching
The Kuching High Court will hear the legal challenge brought by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to quash the Notices of Assessment issued by Sarawak state government seeking the company to pay over RM1.3 billion in State Sales Tax (SST).
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Military has filed nearly 50 lawsuits against journalists – Athan
Myanmar’s military has filed nearly 50 lawsuits against critical journalists, individuals, and organizations it has accused of defamation during the civilian-led government’s nearly four years in office, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Western Union Cuts Ties to Myanmar Military-Owned Bank
US-based money transfer company Western Union says it will no longer work with military-owned Myawaddy Bank following pressure from human rights organizations.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar-China border trade exceeds a billion dollars in one month
During one month of this fiscal year, the total trade value between Myanmar and China exceeded one billion US dollars with China’s imports reaching nearly 550 million US dollars, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Philippines orders citizens to evacuate Iraq after Rodrigo Duterte warns of ‘protracted war’
The Philippines has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Filipinos in Iraq, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after Iran attacked American forces there in response to a US strike that killed an Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, last week.
— South China Morning Post

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East
The Philippine government has enough funds to bring home overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— Rappler

3rd tranche of TRAIN law to further jack up fishers’ costs
The country’s fisherfolk are already bracing for the impact of the last tranche of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act as their fuel costs are expected to increase by P1,000 a month with its implementation—a seemingly small amount but a huge sacrifice for the majority of Filipino fishermen who remain below the national poverty line.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

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Singapore passport no longer most powerful in the world
SINGAPORE has lost its top spot in an index which ranks passport power and global mobility.
— The Business Times

Construction demand hit 5-year high in 2019; to remain strong in 2020, medium term
Despite the economic headwind and global uncertainties, construction demand in Singapore is expected to remain strong this year, said Minister for State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Wednesday (Jan 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore ‘deeply concerned’ about rising tensions in the Middle East: MFA
Singapore said on Wednesday (Jan 8) it was deeply concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East and advised citizens not to remain in or travel to Iraq and Iran due to the volatile security situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand morning newsThailand morning news

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Outdoor activities discouraged as air quality worsens
The level of PM 2.5 airborne dust measured today was higher than yesterday, with three provinces in the northern region including Lampang severely affected.
— NNT

Top business groups see GDP growth of 2.5%-3% this year
Leading business associations on Wednesday projected economic growth of 2.5%-3.0% this year in the face of a global slowdown and volatile exchange rates amid heightened Iran-US tensions.
— Bangkok Post

Central bank to ease capital outflow rules further: governor
Thailand’s central bank will take further steps to ease restrictions on capital outflows in coming months as it tries to curb the currency’s gains, Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Vietnam’s steel industry went through a stormy year in 2019
Vietnam’s steel industry went through a stormy year last year as imported products flooded into the country while both domestic consumption and export of steel declined heavily.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnamese citizens increasingly concerned about corruption: Survey
Surveyed people indicate the government’s anti-corruption efforts are increasingly effective.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam Shipbuilding Capabilities in the Headlines With Patrol Vessel Deliveries to Nigeria
The developments highlight Hanoi’s ongoing ambitions to increase the global reach of its shipbuilding capabilities.
— The Diplomat

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