Asean morning news for August 6

Asean morning news for August 6
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu @stmarisewudolu

China wants military drills with ASEAN

China wants to stage joint military exercises with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists other countries should be excluded in what analysts say is a bid to diminish the United States’ (US) influence.
— The Asean Post

Laos stresses narrowing development gap at Asean meeting
Laos has stressed the need to strengthen newer Asean members’ capacity through the implementation of the regional plan to narrow the development gap.

ASEAN–Australia relations: The suitable status quo
The first ASEAN–Australia Special Summit held in Sydney in March 2018 led some Australian commentators to advocate for Australia to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Lowy Institute

Asean’s commitment on free trade, unity key to continued prosperity
Asean’s foreign ministers have been meeting every year since its five founders got together in Bangkok on Aug 8, 1967 to find ways to work together and maintain peace in the region.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Asean member nations can seek Australia’s expertise on immigration issues
Asean member countries can seek views on addressing immigration issues in the region from Australia at the 22nd Asean Directors-General of Immigration Departments and Heads of Consular Affairs Divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs Meeting (DGICM).
— The Sun Daily

ASEAN to meet next month to further discuss Indo-Pacific concept
Senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet next month in Jakarta to discuss an Indonesian concept of a geopolitical framework for the Indo-Pacific, a term widely used recently in place of Asia-Pacific, an Indonesian minister said Saturday.
— The Mainichi

Outsiders lose ground as China, ASEAN members discuss code of conduct in S.China Sea
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday urged outside countries to respect the efforts and achievements of China and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in safeguarding peace and stability as negotiations progressed on a single draft text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
— Global Times

Asean to strengthen intra-bloc economic strength
Foreign ministers from Asean countries have agreed to enhance internal strength through increasing intra-bloc trade and investment and regional economic connectivity.

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Japanese Gov’t Calls Cambodia’s Election “Disappointing”
A week after Cambodia’s general election, which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won in a landslide victory after it banned its main opposition, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called the poll “disappointing.”
— VOA Cambodia

Election: Cambodia Ranks the Second World’s Highest Voter Turnout
The percentage of voter turnout does not depend solely on whether the country is a free, open or closed liberal democracy.
— Fresh News

Japan concerned over number of invalid ballots
The Japanese Foreign Minister has expressed concern over Cambodia’s national election after the number of invalid ballots spiked when compared to the 2013 election.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia is returning 1MDB-linked luxury yacht to Malaysia
Indonesia is returning a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company after a months-long legal battle, a police official said on Sunday.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia quake kills 82, leaves hundreds wounded
A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early Monday, with thousands of buildings left damaged.
— The Nation

Village Fund Successfully Reduces Poverty Rate of 1.8 Million People
The Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo said poverty rate had plunged 1.8 million people because of the assistance of village funds.
— Netral News

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Southeast Asia ministers pledge continuing education reform
Laos and other members of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization for Community Education Development (SEAMEO CED) have vowed ongoing cooperation to enhance the upgrade of regional community education.
— Inquirer.Net

Authorities told to rebuild livelihoods of flood-stricken villagers
Rebuilding the livelihoods of flood-affected villagers, particularly evacuated families, should be a top priority, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told Khammuan and Savannakhet provincial authorities last week.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Has Not Restricted Foreign Media in Attapeu
A little more than a week has passed since the collapse of Saddle Dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23, and rescuers continue to search for victims of the disaster, while aid has flooded in both domestically and from abroad.
— The Laotian Times

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Malaysia to take possession of 1MDB-linked yacht from Indonesia
Malaysia is making ‘some arrangement’ with Indonesia to take ownership of a luxury yacht linked to a multi-billion dollar financial scandal, a government spokesman said Sunday.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim wins party presidency
Malaysian political leader Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) on Sunday, becoming next in line to take over as prime minister when current premier Mahathir Mohamad steps down.
— Reuters

MCA: Is there a need to restructure Khazanah?
MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong today questioned the need to restructure sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional.

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Myanmar puts out welcome mat for tourism investors
Renowned for its rich culture and heritage but isolated during decades of military rule, Myanmar was long regarded as one of the hidden gems of global tourism.
— Bangkok Post

Honest intent missing to solve Rohingya crisis
INTERNAL POLITICS has been among the factors behind the failure of international panels to tackle the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Time to fix key issues for industrial revamp, banking expert warns
MYANMAR’S potential to become a regional investment hub would be realised only if the government manages to address major challenges businesses are facing in the nation, a banking expert has warned.
— Eleven Myanmar

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DTI provides P11.5M-loan to Marawi siege survivors
THE trade department has delivered a total of P11.5 million of loans to wounded soldiers and families of those killed in action during the siege of Marawi City.
— Business Mirror

‘State of Calamity’ Declared on a Philippines Island Due to Chikungunya Virus Outbreak
One of the central islands in the Philippines has been placed under a ‘state of calamity’.
— Precision Vaccinations

Moody’s Analytics forecasts Q2 GDP growth at 6.6%
Moody’s Analytics is betting on a 6.6 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for the Philippines in the second quarter of 2018, which if achieved, would be solid performance from a country quickly earning a reputation as a regional growth leader.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

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UOL Q2 profits up 21% to $132.67m
UOL popped the champagne in the second quarter of 2018 as its profits jumped 21% to $132.67m from $109.21m last year. Revenue grew by 59% to $635.45m from $399.09m last year.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore’s Startup Culture Set to Grow through Partnership with South Korea
Singaporean SMEs and startups can expect more opportunities to venture into the Korean market.
— OpenGov

Climbing office rents could turn off tenants: CBRE
Amidst a recovering office market, high rents in Singapore which have recorded rapid growth in 2018 may deter some tenants, CBRE said.
— Singapore Business Review

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Brimming dams pose severe threat
People in western provinces urged to move to higher ground as more water to be released from reservoirs.
— The Nation

Govt to seek migrants for fish industry
A plan to attract thousands of foreign workers into the Thai fishing industry is taking shape with Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo likely to meet his counterparts from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam after Aug 15 to establish the terms.
– Bangkok Post

Unions oppose land deal in high-speed airport rail plan
Activists and workers’ unions have demanded land development plans be immediately excluded from the terms of reference of the high-speed railway set to link Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports, alleging it would monopolise involvement in the megaproject down to “a few large firms.”
–Bangkok Post

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

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Ministry asks for land review for equitisation
State-owned businesses must undergo an urgent review of their assets before they can be equitised over the next two years.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam to restrict import of scrap
The General Department of Vietnam Customs will study and submit to the Ministry of Finance a proposal to the Government to restrict imports of scrap materials and move towards a ban on scrap imports to Vietnam.
— VietnamPlus

Legal corridor needed for digital industry
The fourth industrial revolution offers many opportunities for Viet Nam, but also poses a number of challenges.
— Bizhub

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