Asean Morning News For November 10

Asean Morning News For November 10
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Compiled by Kongleaphy Keam    @kongleaphy1


TPP talks revived at Apec meet minus US
Talks aimed at salvaging a Pacific Rim trade pact rejected by President Donald J. Trump resumed on Thursday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum.

The Deafening Silence of ASEAN on Human Rights Violations
There is a deafening silence on the part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when it comes to human rights violations.
— Rappler

ASEAN+3 meets in Vietnam, discusses journalist safety
Over the last decade, 181 media professionals from ASEAN member states lost their lives in the line of duty. The regional bloc has therefore convened a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss ways to increase the protection of journalists.

Duterte ‘to carry voice of ASEAN’ vs China militarization
President Rodrigo Duterte will raise the concerns of the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the reclamation and militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea.
— Philstar Global

Time for Asean to unlock region’s manufacturing potential–Duterte
President Duterte on Thursday sought for an Association of Southeast Asian Nations that will not only harvest its own raw materials, but will also develop and manufacture them into goods within the region.

How fast are internet speeds in ASEAN countries?
Singapore’s internet speeds are the fastest while ASEAN Summit host, Philippines, has the slowest speeds among ASEAN countries tested in Akamai and OpenSignal speed reports
— Rappler

Manila conference discusses ASEAN leadership amid new world order
The Albert del Rosario Institute on Strategic and International Studies (ADRI) held a conference themed “ASEAN Leadership amid a New World Order” at Shangri-La Hotel in Manila on November 8.

New Asean standard to draw more green bond investors
The ASEAN Green Bond Standards (AGBS), launched on Wednesday, will provide a credible background to the debt issuance and attract more green bond investors to the region, said the ASEAN Capital Market Forum chairman Tan Sri Ranjit Ajit Singh.
— The Star Online

Asean must do more to prevent conflict, protect refugees
At next week’s Asean-UN Summit in Manila, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will address Asean heads of state. While there will be much to celebrate and commend in terms of Asean’s progress and development, this year’s summit also takes place in the shadow of the massive Rohingya refugee crisis that has rapidly turned into what the Secretary-General warned it could – a humanitarian catastrophe.
— The Straits Times

Awareness of ASEAN need to be strengthened amid terrorism, territorial row —Delia Albert
The Philippines has a weak level of awareness when it comes to the importance of being part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN Society of the Philippines chairperson Delia Domingo-Albert said on Thursday.
— GMA News Online (video)

How Asean could pave way for a climate-resilient southeast Asia
The onslaught of tropical cyclones, heat waves, droughts and storm surges in Southeast Asia has become more frequent and severe in recent years—a phenomenon attributed to the significant warming of the planet.
— Inquirer

Leaders urged to bring up regional rights issues at APEC, ASEAN
World leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam and the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations Summit in the Philippines should raise concerns about the “deteriorating” human rights situations in several ASEAN countries.
— Philstar

Vietnam attends Africa-ASEAN Business Expo in South Africa
NDO – Vietnam attended the 2017 Africa-ASEAN Business Expo (AABE 2017), which was held in Johannesburg city, South Africa, from November 6-8.
— Nhan Dan

ASEAN leaders should embrace 4IR for another 50 years of peace, growth
When the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather for their 31st Summit in the Philippines this week, they will also celebrate “ASEAN@50” – testimony to ASEAN’s endurance and durability, as the longest-running regional grouping of developing countries in the world.
— Asian Development Blog

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Morning News

Compiled by Sreypov Men    @MenSreypov


Cambodia’s rice export to China up 59% in 10 months
Cambodia had exported 142,768 metric tons of milled rice to China in the first 10 months of 2017, a 59-percent rise over the same period last year, according to the latest report on Thursday.
— China Daily

US Senator Dismisses Cambodia’s Defense of Decision to Jail Opposition Chief
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has rejected the Cambodian government’s defense of its decision to imprison opposition leader Kem Sokha ahead of his trial on charges of “treason,” and vowed to uphold a threat of banning Cambodian officials from traveling to America if he is not freed “immediately.”
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia: Flow of Vietnamese tourist declines 14.5 percent
The number of Vietnamese tourists, the second-most common visitors to Cambodia, fell in the first nine months of this year by 14.5 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism.
— VietnamPlus

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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia Morning News

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Government carries out construction of 245 infrastructure projects in 2017
The Central Government will carry out construction of 245 infrastructure projects including toll roads, airports and seaports.
— Antara

Indonesia to encourage equal trade treatment in APEC
Da Nang, Vietnam (ANTARA News) – Indonesia will encourage equal treatment among trade partners during the 25th summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum held in Vietnam, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita stated here, Thursday.
— Antara

Indonesia seeks PH investments
The Indonesian government is urging Philippine companies to invest in the country’s infrastructure projects particularly in geothermal power plants, said Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia.
— Malaya

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Lao PDR morning newsLao PDR Morning News

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Laos, China expect to ink 17 deals
Laos and China are expected to sign 17 cooperation deals during the upcoming state visit to Laos by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith said yesterday.
Vientiane Times 

Rural poverty depriving people of basic needs, services
Development disparities in Laos mean that continuing high levels of poverty in the provinces are depriving people of basic needs and services, a minister has told parliament.
Vientiane Times 

Lao edition of book on Xi Jinping published
China’s State Council Information Office has published the first edition of a book about President Xi Jinping and his policies titled “The Governance of China” in the Lao language.
Vientiane Times 

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia Morning News

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Post-Brexit, Malaysia stands ready to work with the UK
Malaysia and the UK share an intertwined history. As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (EU), opportunities for new global engagement will abound, including the opportunity for a closer and mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries. Southeast Asia is a fast-growing region of over 640 million people, with a growing middle-class appetite for good and services.
— The Telegraph

Amid political tension, NKorea and Malaysia meet in Thailand
Amid political tension between the two countries, North Korea and Malaysia are about to face each other in a pair of Asian Cup qualifiers in neutral Thailand.
— USA Today

Malaysia should not sign the new TPP
In the next few days, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed will be making a major decision on behalf of Malaysia on whether to join other countries to revive and sign a new Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) without the United States, which pulled out of the TPP.
— Malaysiakini

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Morning News

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Myanmar-ASEAN trade reaches 5.7 bln USD in first six months of FY 2017-2018
Trade between Myanmar and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached 5.7 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of the current fiscal year 2017-2018, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday.
— Xinhua Net

Burma Campaign UK plans new ‘Dirty List’ of human rights violators
Burma Campaign UK is planning to revive its ‘Dirty List’ strategy of naming and shaming companies linked to human rights violations in Myanmar, the London-based activist group said on November 8.
— Frontier Myanmar

US Congress Weighs Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Crisis
Proposed sanctions against the Myanmar military should move quickly through the U.S. Congress due to strong bipartisan support, lawmakers told VOA.

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines Morning News

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Philippines’ Duterte to Trump: ‘Lay off’ human rights when we meet
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he would tell U.S. President Donald Trump to “lay off” if he raises the issue of human rights when they meet.

Philippines Halts Work in South China Sea, in Bid to Appease Beijing
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has ordered military officials to stop construction work on a sandbar in a disputed area of the South China Sea after Beijing complained, the country’s defense chief said on Wednesday.
The New York Times 

Globalization hurts poor economies
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lamented the damage caused by globalization on poor economies such as the Philippines and urged Asian countries to take remedial steps to end their exploitation.
The Manila Times 

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Singapore morning newsSingapore Morning News

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3 Singaporeans, including former NSF, arrested for militancy: MHA
Three radicalised Singaporeans have been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) between September and this month for engaging in terrorism-related activities, including a soldier who was serving full-time national service at the time of arrest, announced the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday (Nov 9).
Today Online

Rising sea levels, new shipping routes are why Singapore is interested in the Arctic: Tommy Koh
The icy Arctic is almost a world apart from sunny Singapore, but the Republic has many “defensive and aggressive” interests in the region, said Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh on Thursday (Nov 9).
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore housewife held for planning to join IS
A Singaporean housewife who planned to join the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East has been detained without trial under the city-state’s tough security laws, authorities said Thursday.
The Sun Daily 

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Thailand morning newsThailand Morning News

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Somkid: Policies to stay steady
Thailand’s economic growth is solid and economic policies are unlikely to be derailed by any cabinet reshuffles, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Teacher Beating a Student Video’ Goes Viral in Thailand – But It’s Fake News (video)
A video posted to a Thai Facebook page purporting to show a teacher in a Thai school beating the bejeebers out of a student has caused an uproar amongst Thai netizens and on various expat bulletin boards.
— AEC News Today

Flood damages hit Bt14 billion since July with Khon Kaen residents blaming authorities
BY THE middle of the year, floods had already caused estimated damages of Bt14 billion, the head of the Agricultural Economic Operation Centre said yesterday.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam Morning News

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Vietnam to be among top 20 economies by 2050, says PwC
The report was released on the occasion of the APEC CEO Summit, which is taking place in the central city of Da Nang on November 8-10 as part of the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week.
— VietnamNet Bridge

Vietnam Airlines in talks with foreign investors for selling more shares
Vietnam Airlines Corp. will offer more shares to foreign investors, including possibly another airline, as it prepares a listing on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange next year and the government plans to cut its holdings to 51 percent.
— DealStreetAsia

Expo showcases Korean cultural products in HCM City
HCM City (VNA) – More than 100 businesses from the Republic of Korea and other nations are displaying their products at the Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo (KBEE) that began in Ho Chi Minh City on November 8.
— VietnamPlus

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