Asean Morning News For April 30

Asean Morning News For April 30

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Don’t drag Cambodia into the South China Sea conundrum
Soun Nimeth rebuts academic Carl Thayer’s recent article in The Diplomat and argues that there is an ignorance of the realistic function and mandate of Asean when it comes to dealing with issues related to the South China Sea.
— Khmer Times

Indonesia to lead 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Summit
Indonesia will replace Thailand as chairman of the 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Summit (IMT-GT) to be held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Thailand in 2019.
— Antara News

Asean reaffirms humanitarian aid-only stance in Rohingya crisis
WHILE THE international community has demanded that Asean boost its role in trying to resolve the Rohingya crisis, the regional grouping in a summit yesterday maintained a firm stance to be involved in the matter only on a humanitarian basis
— The Nation

China’s ‘new’ map aims to extend South China Sea claims
In what is likely a new bid to reinforce and even expand China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, a group of Chinese scholars recently published a “New Map of the People’s Republic of China.”
— Asia Times

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UN agency: In era of AI, indigenous knowledge still paramount
The world is increasingly becoming conscious of the need to protect intellectual property (IP) to encourage innovations and inventions, but more needs to be done to safeguard indigenous or traditional knowledge, according to the chief of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

TPG-backed Northstar to start prepping for over $800m fifth fund by year-end
Singapore-headquartered private equity firm Northstar Group will start preparing by the end of this year to raise its fifth vehicle that will target to raise a little over $800 million, about the same size as its fourth fund closed in 2015, a top executive said.
— Deal Street Asia

Jokowi touts ASEAN role in Indo-Pacific
Indonesia is urging ASEAN to strengthen its unity and take a central role in developing an Indo-Pacific cooperation framework that can contribute to an inclusive and peaceful international order amid resurging great-power rivalries.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Thailand, Vietnam won’t sell rice at cheaper prices
After Thailand and Vietnam — the only countries with existing rice trade agreement with the Philippines — refused to sell their rice to the country at a cheaper price, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now all set to conduct another government-to-government (G2G) bidding with the two governments.
— Manila Bulletin

Companies are looking to fill the void left by Uber
When pioneer of the ride-hailing business, Uber announced that it will exit the Southeast Asian market, consumers feared that this would effectively mean a Grab monopoly in the market.
— The Asean Post

Irrawaddy Dolphin Numbers Increase on Mekong River
The number of Irrawaddy dolphins in one part of the Mekong River has increased for the first time tin 20 years.
— Voice of America

Southeast Asia’s strongmen unite against political dissidents
In moves that appear to portend greater political oppression in Southeast Asia, the region’s authoritarian governments are closing ranks on political dissidents who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
— Nikkei Asian review

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ASEAN Leaders Applaud the Korean Bilateral Talks
The leaders of 10 ASEAN countries welcomed the Korean talk between Kim Jong-un of the North and Moon Jae-in of the South on April 27, 2018 at the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, which yielded positive results to the region and the world.
— Fresh News

Southeast Asian Stocks Are Set for Worst Rout Since ’16
After climbing to records this year, equities in Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia are now looking less like the bets that made them global winners.
— Bloomberg

For ASEAN, economic issues sideline rights concerns
Southeast Asian leaders have given warning that a growing trade dispute between the US and China is putting their economic growth at risk.
— Aljazeera

Indonesia wants ASEAN to take central role in developing Indo-Pacific cooperation
Amid global challenges facing the region and beyond, Indonesia has urged ASEAN to strengthen its unity and take a central role in developing the framework of the Indo-Pacific strategy to move toward inclusive cooperation.
— The Jakarta Post

Southeast Asia faces threats from IS and cyber attacks, summit hears
Southeast Asia faces “very real” threats from the Islamic State (IS) group despite their defeat in the Middle East, as well as cyber attacks, Singapore’s prime minister warned Saturday at a regional summit.

ASEAN host warns of threats to Southeast Asia from ‘Islamic State’
Singapore’s prime minister warned that “Islamic State” posed a “very real” threat to Southeast Asia. Lee Hsien Loong said although IS had been defeated in Iraq and Syria, the group continued to threaten the region.

Asean seek to enhance the bloc’s resilience and innovation
The 32nd Asean Summit wrapped up in Singapore on Saturday, highlighting Asean priorities to move towards enhancing the bloc’s resilience and innovation.
Vientiane Times 

Singapore PM: ASEAN growing closer to China and India
Southeast Asian countries will work more closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of protectionism and ensure continued growth, Singapore’s prime minister said Saturday.
New Jersey Herald

ASEAN revives S. China Sea ‘concerns’
The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations “took note of the concerns expressed by some” leaders on the state of affairs in the South China Sea where China has been unilaterally building military bases, according to the chairman’s statement of the just-concluded ASEAN summit.
The Japan Times 

ASEAN Members Discuss US-China Trade Dispute
The prime minister of Singapore said Saturday that a trade dispute between the United States and China was one of the most pressing problems for Southeast Asia.

Amidst major shifts, Asean needs to find fresh commitment to work together: PM Lee
With the global and regional strategic balance shifting and the rules-based multilateral trading system coming under pressure, the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) has to adapt and find new areas to work together, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday (April 28).
Today Online 

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Cambodia’s election committee invites political parties to register for general election
Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) on Sunday invited political parties to register to contest in the July general election, according to its press release.
— Xinhua

Corruption culture and low pay hurting journalism ethics in Cambodia: report
Meagre salaries amid a culture of corruption was the key factor as to why Cambodian journalists interviewed in a recent survey accepted bribes and often failed to act ethically in their jobs, according to new research.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Owner of coffee factory arrested in raid
The Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send the owner of coffee production facility DAITHNH to Phnom Penh Municipal Court early this week after finding that the facility was operating illegally and using ingredients that affect the health of consumers.
— Khmer Times

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Asean asks Indonesia to conclude RCEP negotiations with six partner countries
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has asked Indonesia, as the coordinator of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to conclude the negotiations with six partner countries soon.
— Antara News

Manpower Minister Claims Job Creation Exceeded Govt`s Target
Indonesian Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri claims that the job opportunities created during the current administration under President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Jusuf Kalla has far exceeded its initial target of creating 10,000 jobs within five years.

Indonesia won’t end floggings, but rather hide them
The public whipping – Indonesia’s first for same-sex conduct –generated international outrage.
— Asia Times

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Australian And EU Officials Visit Northern Laos In Support Of Education
From 23-26 April, Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission Andreas Zurbrugg, and the European Union’s Head of Cooperation Bryan Fornari, together with key government counterparts from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and Ministry of Planning and Investment jointly visited Luang Namtha and Oudomxay to monitor and promote education.
Lao News Agency 

World Bank to upgrade Lao agriculture
The World Bank has approved an assistance project to help Laos upgrade its agricultural productivity and produce crops for commercial purposes.
Vientiane Times 

By Visiting This Sanctuary, You Can Save Elephants In Laos
Laos was once known as the Land of a Million Elephants but due to poaching, logging work and other hardships including the Secret War of the 1960s and 1970s, the current number in the country is down to a mere thousand.

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Malaysia’s auto industry to become smarter sector
The automotive industry will become a smarter sector and be equipped with high-end technology in the future.
— The Malaysian Reserve

From dead voters to blackouts: Malaysia braces for ‘filthy’ poll
“Phantom” voters, electoral roll tampering, mysterious power blackouts during recounts — Malaysian activists are gearing up to battle widespread cheating at what they fear will be the dirtiest election in the country’s history.
— Bangkok Post

Property sector stands to benefit post-GE14: MIDF Research
Property stocks are expected to benefit from the spillover effect post 14th General Election (GE14) if the outcome turns out to be favourable to the market, according to MIDF Research.
— The Sun Daily

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Rohingya Muslims should not be repatriated to Myanmar until credible investigation, Julie Bishop says
Myanmar should allow an independent investigation into human rights abuses against Muslims before beginning to repatriate Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

Myanmar needs ‘more transparency, strategies’
MYANMAR’S hopes of becoming Asia’s last frontier market would be realised only if the government could create a clear and transparent regulatory environment for attracting investment and financing the economy, according to Patrick Cooke, regional editor for Asia at Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global research and consultancy firm.
The Nation 

Rohingya refugees tearfully plead for U.N. Security Council help
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh made emotional pleas to the U.N. Security Council on Sunday for help to return safely to their homes in neighbouring Myanmar and for justice over the reason they fled – accusations of killings, rapes and arson.

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Philippine suffers $300 M loss from garments exports
The Philippines has lost about $300 million worth of garments exports to its regional rivals over the past two years due to local factories’ failure to comply with certain social and ethical requirements.
— Philippine Star

PH, Singapore sign business deals worth $187-M
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday witnessed the signing of 10 business agreements worth $187 million between Philippine and Singaporean firms on the sidelines of the opening of the ASEAN Summit.
— ABS-CBN (video)

Thailand, Vietnam won’t sell rice at cheaper prices
After Thailand and Vietnam — the only countries with existing rice trade agreement with the Philippines — refused to sell their rice to the country at a cheaper price, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now all set to conduct another government-to-government (G2G) bidding with the two governments.
— Manila Bulletin

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Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore proposes enhanced drone regulatory framework
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has announced plans to enhance the unmanned aircraft (UA or drone) regulatory framework and is seeking feedback from members of the public.
Open Gov Asia 

Singapore PM: Asean growing closer to new powers China, India
Southeast Asian countries will work more closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of protectionism and ensure continued growth, Singapore’s prime minister said last Saturday.
Business Mirror 

East Coast, Jalan Besar GRCs to be ‘hotly contested’ in next GE with anchor ministers stepping down
As the dust settles from the latest Cabinet reshuffle, including the news that three veteran ministers will be stepping down from May 1, political analysts have identified two Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) – East Coast and Jalan Besar – to watch come the next general election, which is due by January 2021.
Channel NewsAsia

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FPO maintains Thai economic growth at 4.2%
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) of the Ministry of Finance has maintained this year’s expected economic expansion rate at 4.2%.

Thai junta likely to back another term for PM Prayut
As Thailand gears up for an election next February, there are increasing signs that the ruling junta is preparing to push for General Prayut Chan-o-cha to continue serving as prime minister.
— Straits Times

More Chinese tourists expected due to Alibaba
TOURISM experts and online travel platforms are welcoming the collaboration between e-commerce giant Alibaba and Thai tourism authorities to develop smart and digital tourism, although there are concerns over possible negative impacts
— The Nation

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Vietnam Trade Surplus at $3.1b
Vietnam recorded a trade surplus of $3.1 billion as of April 15, according to the latest statistics of the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
— Financial Tribune

Vietnam Airlines jet lands on runway under construction
Vietnam Airlines has reportedly suspended crew of an A321 after the jet mistakenly landed on a runway under construction.
— Stuff

Textile, garment exports soar to nearly US$8 billion
Vietnam’s export turnover of textile and garment products soared by 13.4 percent year-on-year to US$7.62 billion in the first quarter, equal to 22.4 percent of the annual target, the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) reported.
— The Hanoi Times

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