Asean Morning News For February 9

Asean Morning News For February 9
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ASEAN remains ‘prime target’ for cyberattacks
Countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations remain a prime target for cyberattacks as the region becomes more closely linked through trade, capital flows and technology, making it more prone to complex cyberattacks, including state-sponsored activity from North Korea, according to a report by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.
— Nikkei Asian Review

New Photos Suggest Scale of Development on South China Sea’s Contested Islands
China has spent years building military outposts on a group of contested islands in the South China Sea — a project that has left the country at odds with many of its neighbors and the United States.
— The New York Times

Japan Still Beating China in Southeast Asia Infrastructure Race
China may steal all the headlines when it comes to its infrastructure push across Southeast Asia, but data from BMI Research shows Japan is still well ahead in funding projects in the region.

Indonesia strives for completion of RCEP negotiations
Indonesia is committed to accelerating negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Jakarta Post quoted Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita as saying.
Vietnam Plus 

Why Southeast Asia Remains a Hotbed for Piracy
Late last month, Japan and Malaysia concluded a weeklong joint coast guard exercise focused on combating piracy in Southeast Asia.
World Politics Review 

VN leads mobile e-commerce growth in Southeast Asia
Viet Nam is the fastest-growing market in South East Asia in terms of mobile e-commerce growth, says the latest report on Southeast Asia’s 2017 e-commerce status by iPrice.
— Bizhub

Democracy rankings put Asia in poor standing
Asia witnessed the biggest deterioration in its democratic conditions of any region in 2017, as minorities in countries including Indonesia and Myanmar suffered.
— Nikkei Asian Review

One in Three in Southeast Asia Considers Making the Switch to Electric Cars: Study
One in three people in Southeast Asia admit they consider making the switch to electric cars, a study by Frost & Sullivan has revealed.
— JakartaGlobe

ASEAN lawmakers urge Indonesia to reject changes to criminal code
Lawmakers from Southeast Asian countries have urged Indonesia to reject draft amendments to the country’s criminal code, saying that they severely violate the rights to privacy and non-discrimination.
— Channel NewsAsia

ASEAN seeks long-lasting solution to Rakhine crisis
Foreign Ministers of the 10-country Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) repeated its calls for a durable solution to the northern Rakhine crisis in Myanmar, one of its member states.
— Myanmar Times

Asean insurers urged to fund critical infra devt
Insurers in Asean have been urged to to take an active role in driving local and regional economic growth by funding critical infrastructure developments through the private-public partnership concept.
— The Star Online

Tourism, hospitality, and travel tech programs taking applications
Applications now open for 2018 Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) business support programs.
— Vietnam Economic Times

SE Asia emerging as major LNG importing region
There is a growing interest in building LNG import infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Three countries are looking to import the fuel for the first time by 2025, and virtually all exisitng importers in the region are seeking to expand their infrastructure.
Interfax Energy

ASEAN Summit Considers Climate-friendly Cooling for Asia
29 January 2018: Participants to the first ‘Cooling Summit’ for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed how to promote the use of energy-efficient technologies for air conditioning in tropical countries.
International Institute for Sustainable Development 


Bangladesh sees ‘change’ in ASEAN policy on Rohingya issue
“We welcome the change,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said on Thursday in a briefing in Dhaka as ASEAN foreign ministers in a retreat on Feb 6 in Singapore took note of the latest situation on the Rohingya crisis.

Boosting ties with ‘good neighbours’ in Asean top priority, Chinese defence minister says
Chang Wanquan, who is also a State Councillor, made the remarks on Tuesday at an informal meeting with defence ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore, according to a statement from the ministry on Thursday.
South China Morning Post 


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China Envoy Pushes Back Against Complaints About Chinese Investors in Cambodia
China’s ambassador to Cambodia took the rare step on Thursday of calling a news conference to criticize recent media reports that a wave of Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian country represented money laundering, calling them “fake” news.
— Radio Free Asia

CDC: Korea Invests 208 Projects in Cambodia
Korea has invested in 208 projects in Cambodia with the investment worth of $4.7 billion by 2017, according to the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen Brings Free Market Economy to Cambodia in 1993 (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he is the one who transformed Cambodia’s economy from planned economy to a free market economy since 1993, not the Paris Peace Agreement.
— Fresh News (video)

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Government Targets 20 Startups from Small Industries in 2018
The Ministry of Industry targeted 20 startups generated from small and medium industries (IKM) in 2018. In 2017, the target was nine industries.
— Tempo

Coal buyers spooked by Indonesia’s new shipping rules
Buyers of Indonesian coal are holding back orders of the fuel after the government issued new shipping rules for coal and crude palm oil that would restrict exports to Indonesian vessels, an industry association said today.
— The Sun Daily

US Frees Safeguard Duties for Imported Solar Panel Products from Indonesia
Director General of Foreign Trade Oke Nurwan said that the US government has issued a decision to free Indonesia from imposing safeguard duties against the import of solar panel products or Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (CSPV).
— Netral News

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President Urges Health Sector to Raise Quality of Medical Services
President Bounnhang Vorachit has urged health sector to raise the quality of its medical services to reduce the number of local people seeking medical care in neighbouring countries.
Lao News Agency 

Expressway plans attract support among affected landholders
The development of a planned expressway linking Vientiane’s city centre to its outskirts is supported by up to 80 percent of respondents to a recent questionnaire designed to survey opinions of affected landholders, according to an official report.
Vientiane Times 

Make the most of Pakxong’s golden land: Lao PM
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged Champassak provincial authorities to develop Bolaven Plateau in Pakxong district as another tourist attraction and to encourage the production of good quality agricultural produce for export.
The Phnom Penh Post

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Najib highlights Malaysia’s achievements at World Urban Forum
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today unveiled a list of Malaysia’s successes in managing rapid urbanisation, an achievement he said is backed by strong economic fundamentals.
— New Straits Times

MITI eyes 10,000 e-commerce companies joining DFTZ
The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) is targeting to increase the number of companies coming onboard the Digital Free-Trade Zone (DFTZ) e-commerce platform to about 10,000 by year-end from 1,998 last November.
— New Straits Times

Greater capital inflow from China expected in 2018, says Knight Frank
MALAYSIA can expect greater capital inflow from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) this year, as the country’s rail and port projects continue to attract Chinese government-linked investors.
— The Malaysian Reserve

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Special Report: How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village
Bound together, the 10 Rohingya Muslim captives watched their Buddhist neighbors dig a shallow grave. Soon afterwards, on the morning of Sept. 2, all 10 lay dead. At least two were hacked to death by Buddhist villagers. The rest were shot by Myanmar troops, two of the gravediggers said.

After Targeted Sanctions, It’s Time to Engage With Myanmar’s Moderates
The sudden and dramatic resignation of high-profile U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson from Aung San Suu Kyi’s international advisory panel on Rakhine state is a stark reminder of the fraught circumstances surrounding the civilian government’s mismanagement of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis.
The Diplomat 

Ooredoo Myanmar expands 4G+ to 200 townships
Ooredoo Myanmar has announced it has deployed its “4G+” LTE-Advanced Pro network network across 200 townships in Myanmar as part of a major network upgrade.
Telecom Asia

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Philippines drugs war: ICC announces initial inquiry into killings
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to open a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the Philippines government’s war on drugs, its chief prosecutor says.

Duterte: ‘If I don’t act like a dictator the Philippines won’t progress’
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that if it weren’t for his dictatorial style, his country would stagnate and never improve.
Autonomous Nonprofit Organization 

UP moves up in Asia university rankings
The University of the Philippines has significantly improved its ratings in the latest Asia university rankings released by London-based Time Higher Education (THE) magazine this week.

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Singapore households are richer by 15.5% versus five years ago
On average, they earned around $9,023 in 2017.
Singapore’s median monthly household income gained by 15.5% within 2012 to 2017, translating to a rate of 2.9% per year, the Department of Statistics (SingStat) revealed.
Singapore Business Review

Singapore high GDP gives it supremacy in Southeast Asia’s eCommerce
Malaysia is on par with Singapore with 74% share of mobile traffic and though Malaysia saw a steady increase from the past year, Singapore remains supreme in the state of eCommerce in the region.
The Independent Singapore 

Singtel Q3 profit falls 9%
Singtel has reported a 9% decline in profit for its fiscal third quarter to S$890 million ($671.7 million) as a result of declining voice revenues, higher costs and lower earnings from the operator’s regional mobile associates.
Telecom Asia 

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Bangkok air pollution warning, children asked to stay indoors
Residents in Bangkok, one of the world’s top tourist destinations, were warned on Thursday (Feb 8) the city’s air quality had hit dangerous levels just days after the country’s pollution control agency appealed to residents to wear face masks.
— Channel NewsAsia/ Reuters

Election-related bills ‘still at risk of being axed’
The possibility of the two bills on the election of MPs and selection of senators being scrapped or sent for a Constitutional Court review, which would yet again push back an election, cannot be ruled out, political sources say.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand approves law for $45 billion Eastern Economic Corridor
Thailand’s parliament on Thursday approved legislation geared towards attracting more investment in an ambitious $45 billion project in the country’s industrial east, which the ruling junta hopes will help lift Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.
— Reuters

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Viêt Nam Asia’s strongest gold jewellery market in 2017
Viet Nam was the strongest gold jewellery market in Asia last year, according to the World Gold Council’s report about gold trends in 2017 released on Tuesday.
— Bizhub

Buyers shun sale of stake in Vietnam power firm
Prospective investors have registered interest in less than three percent of the stake Vietnam is selling in its Power Generation Corp 3 electricity firm, official data showed.
— Tuoi Tre

North Korea eludes coal export ban via Vietnam
To carry coal to Newcastle is an old English idiom meaning to do something that’s obviously superfluous, as the northeastern English city is renowned for its coal-mining.
— Asia Times

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