Asean Morning News For December 27

Asean Morning News For December 27
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Compiled by Kongleaphy Keam    @kongleaphy1


Where To Now For the CPTPP?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Statement on November 11, 2017 in Vietnam was a big relief for the remaining 11 members of the TPP, especially for Japan and Australia, who have spearheaded the new agreement after the United States’ exit.
— AEC News Today

ASEAN to finalize document pushing rights of PWDs in 2018
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said an enabling master plan to push further the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is expected to be concluded and submitted for adoption in 2018.
— Inquirer

ASEAN youths reflect on regional and world issues
Seventy youth leaders and alumni of various ASEAN youth programmes including the Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) gathered at the ASEAN Secretariat on 19 December to reflect on their experiences and most pressing issues in ASEAN and the world today.
— Asean

Does the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) still matter after half a century? Against the backdrop of global and regional politics, with security and economic architecture oscillating unpredictably in search of a new equilibrium, this question takes on greater importance today than it did when the organisation was founded in 1967 at the height of the cold war.
— South China Morning Post

Over-fishing killing sea
It is no longer a secret that the South China Sea is threatened — not politically or militarily, but ecologically. More than half of the world’s fishing trawlers operate in this sea.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese Construction in the South China Sea: Should ASEAN Be Concerned?
As 2017 draws to an end, its an appropriate time for South China Sea observers to reflect on the happenings in one of the most contested waters in today’s world.
— The Diplomat

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is important to the growth of Asean: Citi Group
Citi Group believes that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has the potential to lower trade costs, increase competitiveness, improve infrastructure and provide greater connectivity for Asia and its neighbours.
— New Straits Times

ASEAN Organic Cosmetics Market Estimated to Exhibit 10.0% CAGR Through 2027
Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Organic Cosmetics Market: ASEAN Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 – 2020″ report to their offering
— Digital Journal

Vietnam tourism lags behind other ASEAN nations
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the country welcomed 10 million international tourists and generated revenue of VND400 trillion (US$17.62 billion) last year.
— Vietnam Net

With Delhi playing host to Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in January, 2018, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led city Government has directed beautification of all its roads on war-footing by resurfacing road stretches along with ensuring adequate safety measures.
— The Pioneer

Patriots: Boost navy to protect territories in South China Sea
The Patriots Association (Patriots) has called for the government to boost funding to the armed forces in order to secure the waters off the coast of Sabah and Sarawak, in the South China Sea.
— Free Malaysia Today

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Cambodia to Remain Engaged With the United Nations: King Sihamoni
The statement comes amid growing tensions between Cambodia and the United States over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government’s crackdown on political opponents and civil society.

CPP set to sweep Senate
The Cambodian People’s Party is poised to sweep every single elected Senate seat in upcoming elections in February, despite its assurances that multiparty democracy is thriving after the dissolution of the main opposition party.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Denying Former RFA Reporters Bail
Cambodia’s Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling that denied bail to two former RFA reporters arrested last month on charges of “espionage,” according to their lawyer, who vowed to challenge the decision.
— Radio Free Asia

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Japan’s MUFG seeks majority of Indonesia’s Bank Danamon
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) (8306.T) said on Tuesday it agreed to buy 73.8 percent of Bank Danamon Indonesia (BDMN.JK), as it looks to build a foothold in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Reuters

Indonesia’s Islamists create re-election minefield for Widodo
Ridwan Kamil, the popular mayor of Bandung in Indonesia’s West Java Province, was once touted by Muslim conservatives to be destined for national leadership.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesian losses at WTO fuel concerns
The recent string of losses suffered by Indonesia at the World Trade Organization’s dispute panels have led to calls for better trade regulations that do not contradict the institution’s principles but at the same time continue to protect local industry.
— The Jakarta Post

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Japan tops up support for Lao water supply
Laos and Japan have agreed to continue cooperation in supporting the development of capacity building in the management of Laos’ water supply.
Vientiane Times 

Laos seeks loan for fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge
The design of the fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River between Borikhamxay province and Bung Karn province in Thailand is now complete, an official in charge has said.
Deputy Director of the Borikhamxay provincial Department of Public Works and Transport, Mr Thone Chanthaminavong, told Vientiane Times on Monday “Now we’re just waiting for funding so the project can go ahead.”
Vientiane Times 

Lao Party chief lauds dedication of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers
General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith has lauded the dedication of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and military experts to Laos’s national liberation in the past and its current country-building effort.
Vietnam Plus

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Australian Maria Exposto faces death penalty if convicted of drug trafficking in Malaysia
A 54-year-old Australian woman could be sentenced to death if convicted of drug trafficking by a Malaysian court today.
— ABC News

Chinese Consortium Wants to Build Malaysia-Singapore Railway
A consortium led by China Railway Corp. (CRC) intends to submit a proposal for the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail that would link Malaysia with its southern neighbor, personnel from the national rail operator told Caixin.
— Caixin

WB lifts Malaysia’s 2017 growth estimate to 5.8%
The World Bank (WB) has raised its 2017 growth estimate for Malaysia’s economy to 5.8 percent, which would be the highest annual expansion since 2014, buoyed by burgeoning domestic demand and an improved labor market, it said.
— Manila Bulletin

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Aung San Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting
Aung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops and police when she met a senior UN official, according to an internal memo seen by the Guardian.
— The Guardian

Myanmar police to drop charges against journalists jailed for filming with drone
Myanmar police say they will drop pending charges against two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster, plus their interpreter and driver, who were jailed in November for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone.
— ABC News

Russia, UN seek for renovating historical Myanmar hospital in Shan state
The Russian Federation and the United Nations have reached a contribution agreement to seek feasibility for renovation and capacity improvement of a historical hospital in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan state of Myanmar.
— Brinkwire

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Why Filipinos love Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ended 2017 on a self-satisfied note, openly contemplating and promoting his successor after his six-year term ends in 2022.
Asia Times 

PH in talks with Israel to move embassy to Jerusalem
Israel is in touch with “at least 10 countries,” including the Philippines, over the possible transfer of their embassies to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as Israel’s capital.
The Manila Times

Philippines, Japan in talks to supply liquefied natural gas
The Philippine government is currently in talks with the Japanese government and investors to supply liquefied natural gas ahead of the depletion of the Southeast Asian nation’s key local gas reserves.

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Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions
When mentioning “NTUC” to any Singaporean, the first thing that usually springs to mind is not what the potent acronym has long stood for—the National Trades Union Congress—but rather a chain of local supermarkets.
Asia Times 

Chinese consortium led by CRC to bid for KL-Singapore HSR project
A consortium led by China Railway Corp (CRC) including at least eight companies such as China Communications Construction Co Ltd, China Investment Corp and the Export-Import Bank of China intends to submit a proposal for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project, Caixin reported.
The Edge Markets 

Singapore’s Keppel to pay $422m in bribery fines
A subsidiary of state-affiliated conglomerate Keppel has agreed to pay a total of $422 million in fines to American, Brazilian and Singaporean authorities over bribery involving oil rig orders.
Nikkei Asian Review 

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On Cue Thailand Gets a Champion: Pop Star Bodyslams Junta Chief
Throughout history as societies have gone through tough or depressing times a champion has emerged to slay the dragons, vanquish the invaders, and generally make people feel happy and better about themselves, no matter how wretched and miserable their lives really are.
— AEC News Today

Visa wait for tourists could top 4 hours
Tourists applying for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport are likely to face up to a four-hour wait during the New Year period due to a tough screening process to catch undesirables trying to enter the Kingdom.
— Bangkok Post

High-speed rail line loses va-va-voom
The 670km Thai-Japanese high-speed train project stretching from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is to have its maximum speed lowered to reduce the overall cost of the project.
— Bangkok Post

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Vexed auto industry scrambles to comply with new decree
Most of the domestic auto industry went into a tizzy when Decree 116 tightening controls over the import and assembly of cars was issued in October, and days away from its official implementation, the worries and divisions remain.
— Bizhub

Vietnam’s 2017 FDI inflow rises 10.8%
Vietnam received an estimated $17.5 billion (573 million baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, up 10.8% from the previous year, the government’s ministry of planning and investment said.
— Bangkok Post

Where To Now For the CPTPP?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Statement on November 11, 2017 in Vietnam was a big relief for the remaining 11 members of the TPP, especially for Japan and Australia, who have spearheaded the new agreement after the United States’ exit.
— AEC News Today

See here for more of today’s Vietnam Morning News


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