Asean morning news for March 3

Asean morning news for March 3

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu

 

Coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia ‘higher’
The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally.
— Asean Economist

PH, Southeast Asia need aggressive game plan to check wildlife trade
Southeast Asia needs to ramp up its game plan to tackle its immense wildlife trafficking problem, according to a new report that assessed the illegal trade in the region from the turn of the century.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Major China-ASEAN expo to focus on innovative cooperation
The 17th China-ASEAN Expo, a major event for boosting trade and economic ties between both sides, is scheduled for Sept. 18 to 21, 2020, with innovative cooperation as its focus, expo organizer said Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Government supports US decision to delay US-Asean summit over COVID-19 fears
The government supports United States President Donald Trump’s decision to postpone the US-Asean Summit in the state of Nevada this month over the coronavirus fears.
— Khmer Times

The Palm Oil Conundrum in EU-ASEAN Relations
With new regulatory changes now taking place on the basis of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II of 2018, Indonesia and Malaysia are trying to come to terms with the implications for their global palm oil market strategy and domestic production.
— The Diplomat

Committee of Supply 2020 Debate, Day 2: Maliki Osman on ASEAN as cornerstone of Singapore’s foreign policy
ASEAN is a cornerstone of Singapore’s foreign policy, allowing the country to foster regional peace and security, said Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Mar 2), he said this also allows Singapore to pursue its strategic, economic and socio-cultural priorities.
— CNA (video)

Da Nang to host ASEAN environmental meetings
The 21st Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME) is slated to take place from May 13-15 in the central city of Da Nang, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
— Vietnamplus

WWF urges end to wildlife trade, consumption in Asia-Pacific
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has appealed for an end to the wildlife trade and consumption across the Asia-Pacific region amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and similar diseases in recent years.
— Vietnamplus

Making the Indo-Pacific
The Indo-Pacific is an idea with a crucial purpose: avoid war.
— The Strategist (blog)

ASEAN’s black market babies
The underground baby market in Southeast Asia has been thriving for decades.
— The Asean Post

#MeToo not enough in ASEAN
Last week, Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of sexual assault – including rape.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asia’s First Ever STAR WARS Virtual Run Launches on May the 4th
The battle between the light and dark side of the Force is upon us! STAR WARS fans, prepare to choose your side and join the Force in Southeast Asia’s first ever STAR WARS Virtual Run, organized by LIV3LY.
— Yahoo Finance/ PRNewswire

SE Asia Stocks-Close weaker on bleak China data; Indonesia dives nearly 2%
Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Monday as Chinese data showed its fastest ever contraction in factory activity, signalling the impact of the coronavirus on its economy, while Indonesia fell 1.7% after confirming its first virus case.
— Reuters

ASEAN envoys coming to Mizoram
Ten ambassadors of ASEAN countries with their spouses will arrive in Mizoram on March 4 for a five day visit to the state.
— Northeast Now

Cambodia morning newsCambodia morning news

Compiled by Mark Henry Uy

 

Declining tourist numbers reported
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has recorded a declining number of foreign visitors coming into the Kingdom in the midst of novel coronavirus fears.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom ready for Covid-19
The Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation in Cambodia (WHO) and Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) on Monday held a joint press conference to reiterate that they are fully prepared for all eventualities in facing the global outbreak of Covid-19.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia donates 300,000 masks and protective suits to China
Defence Minister General Tea Banh today handed over 300,000 surgical masks and protective suits to China’s Defence Ministry to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Khmer Times

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

West Java on high alert after two coronavirus-infected Depok residents
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Monday, confirmed that high alert was announced in the region after two citizens of Depok, West Java, tested positive for coronavirus, the first case confirmed in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s COVID-19 patient ill for two weeks before she was tested in hospital
One of the two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in Indonesia had been ill for two weeks before the authorities tested her for the virus, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto revealed on Monday (Mar 2).
— CNA

Indonesia Cuts Reserve Ratios to Boost Liquidity as Rupiah Falls
Bank Indonesia lowered lenders’ reserve requirement ratios, seeking to shore up liquidity after concerns over the economic impact of coronavirus triggered a selloff in the nation’s stocks, bonds and currency.
— Bloomberg

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Farmers beef up production techniques against drought, floods
The National Disaster Prevention and Control Committee is helping farmers across the country to improve their cultivation techniques so that crops can better withstand drought and dry season yields can be increased.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos Imposes Tougher Screening Procedures on Visitors from S Korea, China
Laos has toughened its screening procedures for foreigners who wish to enter the country after visiting South Korea and China, citing coronavirus concerns.
— The Laotian Times

National Games postponed again due to Covid-19 concerns
Xieng Khuang province’s 11th National Games scheduled for March 22 to April 1 have been postponed according to an official announcement recently.
— Vientiane Times

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

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Malaysia’s new prime minister has been sworn in — but some say the political crisis is ‘far from over’
One week after the shock resignation of Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s prime minister, the country now has a new premier — but some analysts said the political crisis is not over yet.
— CNBC

How a $7 billion dispute helped bring down Malaysia’s Mahathir
In the weeks before his shock resignation as prime minister threw Malaysia into turmoil, Mahathir Mohamad was getting agitated.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia confirms delivery, training schedule for light attack helicopters
Malaysia’s Army chief confirmed the country will receive the first of six light attack helicopters this year, with Malaysian personnel bound for training in the United States.
— DefenseNews

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Inside Rohingya camps: Government invites media to Myanmar
Many rights groups say conditions in Myanmar do not guarantee a safe return for the Rohingya.
— Aljazeera

Business chamber seeks Myanmar govt’s help to handle impact of virus outbreak
The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) is requesting the government step in to help deal with the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak affecting world trade.
— Myanmar Times

Rape in Myanmar is ‘silent emergency’
Officially, rape hardly happens in Myanmar and domestic abuse is non-existent. The reality? Violence against women is so pervasive it is regarded as normal — and as a result — woefully underreported, says lawyer and activist Hla Hla Yee.
— Bangkok Post

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Gunman surrenders, releases hostages after day-long standoff at Manila mall
A sacked security guard gave himself up and set free dozens of hostages he seized at gunpoint on Monday (Mar 2) in a Manila mall, ending a day-long standoff that terrified shoppers and left one man wounded.
— CNA

Customs, anti-money laundering body to probe influx of foreign bucks in PH
The Bureau of Customs is set to launch a probe with the Anti-Money Laundering Council on the huge amounts of cash brought into the country by alleged foreign syndicates.
— CNN Philippines

Philippines: Church attendance hits low over coronavirus fears
The Philippines is home to the largest Roman Catholic community in Asia, and churches can traditionally rely on a strong showing for Sunday mass services.
— Aljazeera

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Singapore morning newsSingapore morning news

Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

S’pore to deepen ties with both US and China, rather than choose sides
Even as major power competition intensifies between the United States and China, Singapore has to avoid choosing sides and instead find ways to deepen and enhance cooperation with both parties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Can Singapore save the world from sinking?
Nearly a third of the global financial centre of Singapore sits less than five metres above sea level.
— The Business Times

4 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital, 2 new cases reported: MOH
Four more patients have recovered from COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Mar 2), bringing the total number of discharged cases to 78.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor says tourism numbers for February likely down 40 percent, March and April likely to be much worse
Speaking to Reuters in an interview today, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said that tourism numbers for February were likely down about 40 percent year over year and March and April likely to be as much as 60 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Raid on junk shop suspected of recycling used face masks
Public health officials and police raided a junk shop in Wiharn Daeng district of Thailand’s central province of Saraburi today and seized tens of thousands used and recycled face masks.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Ministry of Public Health adds Germany and France to list of eleven countries to advise Thais to self quarantine if traveling from
On the 2nd of March 2020, the Ministry of Public Health advised that countries and areas listed below are experiencing ongoing COVID19 transmission:
— The Pattaya News

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men         @MenSreypov

 

Vietnam’s visa policies for foreigners undergo major changes
Vietnam’s immigration laws will undergo a radical shake-up this summer in an effort to widen the doors for tourists while protecting the country from foreign criminals and illegal workers.
— The Star Online

Samsung Starts Building $220 Million R&D Center in Vietnam
Samsung Electronics has started building a $220 million research and development center in Vietnam, the South Korean tech giant’s local unit said on Monday.
— New York Times

Tax Compliance in Vietnam: Decision 2413 on Information Sharing
In Vietnam, customs and tax authorities are increasingly sharing information to ensure tax compliance of business entities with operations in the country. This practice is not new as several countries also have agreements in place spanning multi-jurisdictions to ensure corporations and even individuals are in tax compliance.
— Vietnam-Briefing

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