Asean morning news for August 13

Asean morning news for August 13
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


No UNCLOS, no US-EU in South China Sea: Xi Jinping wants code of conduct finished before Duterte’s term ends
After its initial reluctance, China is now urging members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to complete the code of conduct on the South China Sea before 2021, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s three year turn as chairman of the regional ends.
— Politiko

South China Sea: Jinping defies key ruling in critical blow to Duterte’s territorial claim
Beijing has opposed the 2016 landmark ruling and have said they will continue to do so despite President Rodrigo Duterte planning to mention it. Duterte, who has previously been criticised for not pushing back China’s dominance in the waters, said “it’s time” to start talking.
— Spratly Islands

Indonesia leads ASEAN in e commerce
E-commerce businesses in the ASEAN region have been expanding rapidly, especially in Indonesia, Panod Srisinsuphya has more.
— NBT World (video)

US-China trade war accelerates formation of RCEP trade bloc
The escalation of the trade war between China and the US might help push forward negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement.
— The Thaiger

High risks of forest fires in many ASEAN countries
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Indonesia has warned about high risks of forest and land fires in many Southeast Asian countries as a result of dry conditions in the region.
— Vietnamplus

Defense Dialogue Puts Vietnam-Philippines Military Ties into Focus
Last week, Vietnam and the Philippines held the fourth iteration of their deputy defense ministerial dialogue.
— The Diplomat

More than 22 billion USD in FDI poured into Mekong Delta
As many as 1,609 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, worth 22.3 billion USD, landed the Mekong Delta in the first half of 2019, reported the Vietnam Government Portal (VGP).
— Vietnamplus

Southeast Asia poised for export boost from new US tariffs
Southeast Asia will likely enjoy a boost in exports from the new U.S. tariffs on China announced recently, with more companies diverting production and shipments through the region in order to avoid higher rates.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

SE Asia inches toward cannabis legalization
After legalizing medical cannabis in February, Thailand officially began distributing cannabis oil to eligible hospital patients last week.
— Asia Times

What Beijing really wants from South China Sea code of conduct
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have made “major progress” in talks over a code of conduct aimed at reducing tensions in the South China Sea, according to China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN distances itself from the United States
Tensions between the United States and China entered a dangerous new phase this week.
— East Asia Forum

China bets on help from Southeast Asia to stamp out illegal gambling
China has renewed warnings against illegal gambling by its citizens in Southeast Asia as it pushes for joint action with regional law enforcement agencies to crack down on the activity.
— South China Morning Post

Indochina states drive Asean investor appeal
THE Indochina quartet of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (the CLMV countries) are predicted to remain the fastest-growing sub-region within Asean – at least until 2022 – and are seen by many foreign investors as the key magnets drawing attention to Asean.
— The Business Times (paywall)

Showcasing IIOT to ASEAN and beyond
Schneider Electric’s extensive use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies in its factory in Batam has earned it the distinction of being one of the first two factories in ASEAN to join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Lighthouse Network.
— The Asean Post

Thailand, Vietnam out to spoil PH title bid in SEAG athletics
Thailand and Vietnam loom as host Philippines’ biggest stumbling blocks in its quest to come up with a solid showing in the athletics competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games late this year.
— Tempo

Hanoi delegation pays working visits to Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia
A delegation of Hanoi led by Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dao Duc Toan paid working trips to Myanmar, Brunei and Indonesia from July 28 to August 8.
— Vietnamplus

India Contributing to a Bigger Share of the ASEAN Tourism Pie
In recent years, Southeast Asian economies have become dependent upon Chinese tourists.
— IPP Review (blog)

Southeast Asia: Growing milling industry relies on wheat imports
Wheat production in Southeast Asia is small, but the grain plays an increasing part in diets in the region, which is also home to a large milling sector, including one of the biggest milling companies in the world, Indonesian-based P.T. Bogasari.

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Garment Industry Owners Say Trade Status Withdrawal Would Hurt Four Million Cambodians
Withdrawing Cambodia’s tax-free entry into the European market would negatively nearly four million people, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said Monday, as a monitoring period to determine eligibility for the trade scheme drew to a close.

Government Urges for Fire Prevention Measures in Construction Design
Ministry of Interior has urged all architects to comprehensively incorporate fire-prevention measures into their construction design in order to mitigate the risks.

‘Disk’ Contained Personnel Records, Journalism Archive: RFA
The final court hearing into an “espionage” case against two journalists failed to clear up whether the pair are facing up to 15 years in prison for providing news reports to U.S.-run Radio Free Asia or if they are accused of something more.

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Indonesia is the second-largest target for digital ad fraud in ASEAN
Indonesia has become the second-largest target for advertising fraud in ASEAN, after Thailand, due to the country’s large scale and volume of ad spending, a new survey has indicated.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants 30% biodiesel in cars as soon as January next year
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he wanted to increase the portion of diesel blended with crude palm oil (CPO) from the current 20 percent ( B20 ) to 30 percent ( B30 ) starting January next year and to 50 percent ( B50 ) by the end of 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Five Indonesians onboard Taiwanese-flagged vessel missing at sea
Five Indonesians working as crew members of a reportedly missing Taiwanese-flagged ship are feared to be lost at sea after the discovery of a capsized vessel in the waters near Taiwan.
— The Jakarta Post

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Maintaining Economic Stability In Lao PDR
Growth is expected to be driven by the construction sector, supported by investments in large infrastructure projects, and a resilient services sector, led by wholesale and retail trade growth.

US introduces Indo-Pacific strategy amid economic slowdown in developing countries
The economies of many developing countries are suffering the effects of the ongoing trade conflict between the world’s leading economic powers.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao journalists get firsthand experience of Zunyi city, China
China and Laos have a longstanding and good relationship, but Lao people’s knowledge of China remains limited. Recently, Lao media representatives visited Guizhou province to explore this landlocked province of the Republic of China so they could share their experiences with people back home.
— Eleven Media Group

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Haze hit hazardous levels in Kuala Baram, Miri
Kuala Baram in Sarawak is experiencing severe haze with the Air Pollutants Index (API) reading taken at SK Kuala Baram 2 at 11am on Monday (Aug 12) showing 317, according to Malaysian Air Pollution Index (APIMS) data.
— The Star Online

Six Malaysian pilgrims in critical condition in Saudi hospital
Six Malaysian pilgrims who are being treated at a Saudi Arabian hospital here are in a critical condition, says Fuziah Salleh.
— The Star Online

Inside track on Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit transformation
Billed as one of the most “ambitious” transportation projects ever undertaken in Asia, the roll-out of Mass Rapid Transit in Kuala Lumpur is delivering on the promise of transformation

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Belgian Company on ‘Dirty List’ Cuts Ties With Myanmar Military
A Belgian company has become the first to announce it is cutting ties with Myanmar’s military after a United Nations fact-finding mission called on businesses to sever all financial links to the country’s generals.

New Myanmar-China barter trade offers rice producers a rough deal
Myanmar recently signed a trade deal with China to increase rice exports across its northern border fourfold to 400,000 tonnes per year. But under the new trade agreement, Chinese traders will pay for a quarter of the sum with bartered goods.
— Asean Today

Death toll in Paung landslide rises to 59
The death toll in the landslide that struck Paung in Mon State rose to 59 yesterday, according to the Paung Township General Administration Department. The deadly landslide occurred around 7 am on 9 August following torrential rain.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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No UNCLOS, no US-EU in South China Sea: Xi Jinping wants code of conduct finished before Duterte’s term ends
After its initial reluctance, China is now urging members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to complete the code of conduct on the South China Sea before 2021, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s three year turn as chairman of the regional ends.
— Politiko

DOH: Dengvaxia can prevent future dengue epidemics
The Department of Health admitted that controversial Dengvaxia vaccine can be useful in preventing future dengue epidemics.
— CNN Philippines

UP cited more times in health research than top US, UK schools, rankings show
The University of the Philippines (UP) scored higher on health research citations than some of the most prominent universities in the United States and United Kingdom, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 showed.
— GMA News

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Ban on ivory trade signals S’pore’s zero tolerance of illegal wildlife trade, but true test lies in international action
Aug 12 is World Elephant Day, and Singapore celebrated it with a strong conservation message: The domestic trade in elephant ivory will be banned.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore can turn its racial and religious diversity into a strength globally: DPM Heng Swee Keat
Singapore can turn its racial and religious diversity into a source of strength and advantage on the world stage, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Aug 12).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Six flights from Singapore cancelled as protest at Hong Kong airport continues; all flights from Hong Kong cancelled
Six flights from Singapore to Hong Kong were cancelled on Monday (Aug 12) as protesters continued to stage a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Last 18 Thai fishermen stranded in Somalia arrive home
The last group of 18 Thai fishermen, who had been stranded on fishing trawlers in the seas off Somalia, arrived in Bangkok this morning on a Thai Airways International flight and were welcomed by officials and airline staff at Suvarnabhumi international airport.
— Thai PBS News

THAI and Thai Air Asia cancel flights to Hong Kong today
Thai Airways International and Thai Air Asia have cancelled their flights to Hong Kong today after protesters broke into Hong Kong airport’s passenger terminal.
— Thai PBS News

Spectacular drone show in honor of HM Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother
Drone show in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother on the auspicious occasion of her birthday anniversary, August 12th
— NBT World (video)

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Vietnam’s food and beverage sector draws foreign firms’ interest
Vietnam has become an increasingly attractive destination for international enterprises in the food, beverages and packaging industry thanks to its rapid economic growth and rising consumer demand.
— VietnamPlus

Vietnam emerges as a global pharmaceutical hub
According to experts, the boost in attractiveness of the Vietnamese market comes at a time when the business environment for drugmakers in neighboring countries has not been favorable.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam jumps 51 places in global cybersecurity rankings
Vietnam ranked 50th out of 175 countries in cybersecurity in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s 2018 survey, a big jump from 2017.
— VnExpress

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