Asean Morning News For November 29

Asean Morning News For November 29
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Asian Countries Improve Economic Ties While Ignoring Other Issues
Asian nations are ignoring human rights issues to focus on trade and investment, some experts say. They say this is causing problems for Western countries that want to increase trade but also protect human rights.

Update on rail plans in China, ASEAN and across Russia to Europe
China is pushing ahead to more than double the current high speed rail network by 2030. There are some minor modifications to not fund some projects because of debt concerns.
— Next Big Future

Is ASEAN still a symbol of peace
A closer look at ASEAN’s 50th anniversary shows that not all is well. Some may call it a “miracle”, a “world star” and well deserving of a Noble Peace Prize. While many others sensed inactivity, disunity and inactivity.
— Asean Today

Chinese vice premier calls for closer China-ASEAN cooperation
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should boost strategic integration and create a closer community of shared future, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong said.
— Xinhua Net

ASEAN delegates to tackle climate change in Laoag
Following the Philippines’ hosting of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, Ilocos Norte is set to welcome around 150 delegates for related meetings on December 4-8 at the Plaza Del Norte Hotel and Convention Center, this city.
— Northbound Philippines News Online

India’s Northeast: Gateway to ASEAN
Connected with the rest of India by a 22 km wide link known as the chicken’s neck, North-East India, with an estimated population of about 45 million people and surrounded by 5300 kms of international borders is seen as India’s gateway to the East.
— Morung Express

ASEAN dreams to touch global movie goers
Themed “Building a modern and humane cinematic industry”, the 20th Vietnam Film Festival aims to honour local cinematographic works featuring the traditional characteristics of creativity and pay tribute to movie makers and artists who have made outstanding contributions to the national movie industry.
— Vietnam Net

Two mining firms shoot for first Asean awards
TWO mining companies operating in the Philippines are vying to bag top awards in the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations Minerals Awards.
— Business Mirror

Asia’s largest: 30K scouts in Tagum City for 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree
Dubbed as the largest conglomeration of scouts in the Asia-Pacific region, Tagum City has welcomed close to 30,000 scouts from 20 countries during Monday’s opening ceremony of the ASEAN Scout Jamboree at the Energy Park, this city.
— Davao Today

31st ASEAN Summit displayed the ‘psychological kidnapping’ of the Philippines by the Dragon
The Chairman’s statement at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines indicated that there were sufficient positive developments practically in all field. The performance of the all ASEAN sectorial bodies was found to be commendable.
— The Times of India

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For energy independence, government must diversify and invest: experts
Despite Cambodia’s efforts to shore up its energy independence, the government needs to increase homegrown electricity generation to lower prices, ensure investment and meet the Kingdom’s increasing demand for energy, experts said yesterday at a regional energy security forum.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New MFI enters the Kingdom
Khmer Capital Microfinance Plc became the most recent microfinance institution (MFI) to become operational in Cambodia’s crowded market yesterday, when it celebrated its official opening after obtaining its licence from the central bank in July.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand, Cambodian discuss nationality verification issue
Top labor officials from Thailand and Cambodia held a meeting to discuss measures to speed up the national verification process.

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Indonesia central bank plans new rules to improve loan, liquidity
Indonesia’s central bank is seeking to improve credit distributions by banks and improve their liquidity management, governor Agus Martowardojo said during its annual bankers dinner on Tuesday.
— The Star Online

Indonesia’s mobile payments industry to enter defining year
The early adoption of mobile payments in Indonesia compares favorably with the take-up of earlier cashless payment systems, suggesting consumer enthusiasm.
— Nikkei Asian Review

PT Telkom to buy Malaysian satellite operator
Indonesia’s PT Telkom has arranged to acquire a majority stake in Malaysian satellite operator TS Global Network for up to $26 million.

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Laos-Vietnam justice cooperation marked with medals
Justice officials from Laos and Vietnam met in Vientiane yesterday to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the 40th anniversary of the Friendship Treaty and Laos-Vietnam Cooperation, and the 35th anniversary of the countries’ collaboration between their respective ministries.
Vientiane Times

Laos, Australia enhance friendship, cooperation
Laos and Australia have placed a high value on the long-standing friendship and effective cooperation between them in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
Vientiane Times

Laos, Russia ready visa exemptions to spur more visits
Visa exemptions for citizens of Laos and Russia who hold ordinary passports will come into effect on Lao National Day in a move expected to boost people-to-people visits.
Vientiane Times

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Cross-border payments firm InstaReM moves into Malaysia
InstaReM, a leading digital cross-border payments company, on Tuesday announced its expansion into Malaysia, further solidifying its presence in Asia Pacific (APAC).
— Fin Extra

Malaysia named region’s top emerging economy by WEF
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Malaysia as the region’s top emerging economy in its Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2017-2018.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia’s prominence in cyber security sector drawing foreign companies, investments
Malaysia’s strong presence in the cyber security sector has attracted many foreign companies to invest here.
— New Straits Times

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Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Opens Door for China to Regain Influence
When U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson deployed the term “ethnic cleansing” to condemn Myanmar’s campaign against Rohingya Muslims last week, the country’s army chief was paying a visit on old friends somewhere else: China.
— The Wall Street Journal

Pope Francis urges respect for human rights in Myanmar, avoids ‘Rohingya’ row
Pope Francis has urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for “each ethnic group and its identity”.
— ABC News

Inaction in Myanmar crisis sees Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of her honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, because of her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis.
— Business Day

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Uber data breach affected PH; officials may be liable
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) yesterday warned the local unit of Uber Technologies Inc. could face legal charges for concealing to the public that the data breach that occurred in the ride-sharing scheme’s system in 2016 affected its Philippine operations.

Tax amnesty in ’18 likely
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III agrees that a tax amnesty program should be implemented over the near-term, echoing Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s previous statement.

New tax seen to dampen local vehicle sales in 2018
The country’s motor vehicle industry is likely to grow flat next year as the government is fast tracking the implementation of higher excise taxes on cars by January 1, 2018.
Manila Bulletin

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Singapore must stand firm to preserve its interests, even under pressure: Dr Tony Tan
Singapore must stand firm to preserve its “fundamental interests”, even if the country comes under heavy pressure, or despite a temporary downturn in bilateral relations, said former President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday (Nov 28).
Channel NewsAsia

Singapore: Drop Case Against Peaceful Protester
Singapore authorities should drop the case against activist Jolovan Wham for holding three public gatherings in the city-state, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities are expected to charge Wham on November 29, 2017 with three counts of organizing a public assembly without a police permit and one count of vandalism.
Human Rights Watch

Most Singapore foreign domestic workers exploited, survey says
One woman had her pay docked for cutting tofu wrongly, while another said she was forced to sleep in front of her employer’s toilet.

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Govt puts top priorities on fishery, agriculture issues: PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reassured to villagers who welcomed a roving cabinet meeting in Songkhla that the government has put top priorities on fishery and agriculture issues.

Legislators urged to pass state-enterprise reform
Thailand’s long-term competitiveness will be harmed if the draft bill on reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) does not receive approval from the National Legislative Assembly, says former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.
— Bangkok Post

“Cute” Thai Policeman’s Booty Shaking Deescalation Technique a Hit (video)
With police forces globally taking on an increasingly military appearance in the face of more frequent violent confrontations, the result has been a skyrocketing increase in the number of people shot dead by police each year.
— AEC News Today

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98% of Hà Nội enterprises pay taxes online
Ninety-eight per cent of total enterprises in Hà Nội have implemented online tax declaration and about 95.36 per cent of them have paid their taxes online.
— Viet Nam News

Central bank launches first-ever fintech challenge
The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) on Tuesday officially launched the first-ever Fintech Challenge Việt Nam to spur innovation in financial services for greater financial inclusion in the country.
— Viet Nam News

Agriculture exports exceed US$33 billion in 11 months
The export revenue of agricultural, forestry and fishery products was estimated to reach nearly US$3 billion in November, raising the total export revenue to over US$33.1 billion in the first 11 months of 2017, up 13.8% over the same period in 2016.
— Nhan Dan Online

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