Asean morning news for August 14

Asean morning news for August 14
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu


Dengue fever plagues Southeast Asia
An outbreak of dengue fever in Southeast Asia has caused hundreds of deaths since January of this year.
— Xinhuanet

Indonesia accounts for almost 80% of hotspots detected in Asean in past month
Nearly 80 per cent of hotspots detected in the Asean region over the past 29 days are located in Indonesia, figures from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) show.
— The Straits Times

China and ASEAN set up a good example of a new type of international relations
The historical relationship between China and ASEAN is the basis of China’s “Maritime Silk Road” initiative.
— Yahoo Finance

Asia Pacific companies need to face up to migrant labor problems
The widespread use of migrant labor in Asia Pacific economies poses increasing business risks for the companies involved — especially those with critical links to global supply chains.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

China lost invasion of Malay Empire
Revisionists claim that China is not war-like, that it never invades neighbors, like the Malays.
— The Philippine Star

Elephant skin sales rapidly mounting
It was the smell that put off the men and women charged with converting the subcutaneous fat from freshly slaughtered elephants into ruby red beads.
— National Geographic Channel

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)

Dispatch of Japanese engineers set to boost specific construction skills for Southeast Asia
The infrastructure ministry will send Japanese engineers to Southeast Asian countries in a bid to increase the number of foreign construction workers with specified skills needed to qualify for the new resident status.

Asean: Major player in addressing global security challenges
We congratulate Thailand on deliverables so far achieved under its chairmanship, including the adoption of the Asean Leaders’ Vision Statement on “Partnership for Sustainability,” the establishment of the Network of Asean Associations, and the establishment of Asean Satellite Warehouses in Chai Nat, Thailand, and Manila under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for Asean.
— Business Mirror

China Makes Up US Trade War Deficit by Buying From ASEAN, Belt and Road Countries
The trade war instigated by US President Trump is having an effect – but it’s not one that Washington DC will like to hear.
— China Briefing

NUS Enterprise teams up with Wonderlabs to develop ASEAN startups directories
NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial extension of the National University of Singapore, announces that its research team has partnered with data analytics startup Wonderlabs to launch TechASEAN, an online directory detailing information about ASEAN startups for easy access to the ecosystem.
— e27

Divided by land, connected by sea
I just returned the other day from a trip to India on the invitation of Johnny Chotrani, Chair of the Philippine-India Business Council (PIBC) of which I’m a member.
— BusinessWorld Online

Southeast Asia’s bubble tea craze
Bubble tea, first introduced in Taiwan in the 1980s has done on to become a global phenomenon made popular by Internet foodies.
— The Asean Post

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) recently hosted several activities for an international alliance, the ASEAN Learning Network (ALN). University leaders and representatives from eight international universities and two Malaysian universities convened in UTM for the network’s executive committee meeting, annual general meeting, and strategic and transformational workshops.
— UTM NewHub (blog)

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Cambodia electricity to stay higher than neighbours as EBA jitters emerge
In a blow to any hopes Cambodia may have had of mimicking the manufacturing and industrialisation might of Thailand or Vietnam, the head of the country’s electricity authority on Thursday (Aug 8) said that the cost of electricity in Cambodia will “never be as cheap” as in neighbouring countries.
— AEC News Today

Families Protest After Land Clearing Interrupted
About 100 families were prevented from plowing their land with tractors in Kampong Chhnang province, with district authorities saying they feared the farmers were encroaching into protected wetlands.

Cambodia’s Export to Japan Hits $1.7B within 5 Months, Says PM Hun Sen
Within the first five months of 2019, Cambodia’s exports to Japan reached USD 1.7 billion, and imported USD 440 million from Japan, Prime Minister Hun Sen stated at a farewell call from Hidehisa Horinouchi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia at Peace Palace on Tuesday.
— Fresh News

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Acute respiratory infection cases in South Sumatra reach 274,502
Fires raging through land and forest areas in South Sumatra Province during the January-June 2019 period resulted in 274,502 people suffering from acute respiratory tract infection, a health officer stated.
— Antara News

Nestle’s Indonesian investment: MNC pumps in USD100m to increase production by 25%
Nestle is increasing its Indonesian production capacity by 25% through the expansion of three of its factories in Karawang (West Java), Kejayan (East Java) and Panjang (Lampung).
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Indonesia ships back tonnes of Australian waste
Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday (Aug 13), as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash.

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Economic growth rebounding but further reform needed: World Bank
Despite continued fiscal tightening, the pickup is expected to be driven by robust investment in mega infrastructure projects including the Laos-China railway, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Lao Economic Monitor released yesterday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos needs more exports for freight train to Thailand
The newly launched cross-border freight train service between Laos and Thailand requires more cargo shipments from Laos to reduce an imbalance of trade.
— Xinhua

Laos, Vietnam cooperate in tropical ecology
The Ministry of Science and Technology will continue collaborating with the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre in the field of tropical ecology research, to advance the good relationship between the three countries.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia to develop B14.7bn oil storage, ship refuelling site
Malaysia on Tuesday said the Johor Port Authority was working to develop a 2 billion ringgit (14.7 billion baht) oil storage and ship refuelling site in the country’s south.
— Bangkok Post

RM21.6b needed for National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan
The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) led by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia will require a RM21.6 billion investment from 2019 to 2023, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Pay RM1.69b back taxes first, IRB tells Najib pending appeal
Datuk Seri Najib Razak must pay the RM1,692,872,924.83 owed in income taxes from 2011 to 2017 pending his reassessment appeal to the Internal Revenue Board (IRB), the government said in a court filing this month.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar military business sketch alerts investors
Tatmadaw is responsible for systemic persecution and violence and has compromised post-2015 election democracy and free market transition, says a UN report
— Asia Times

Thailand to return 700 human-trafficking victims
Thailand’s government will send back to Myanmar some 700 victims of human trafficking who have been held in rehabilitation shelters after an identification process, Myanmar and Thai government officials said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

US eases visa requirements for Myanmar citizens
Myanmar citizens can now apply for a combined B-1/B-2 visa, which allows travel to the US for both business and/or tourism purposes, the US Embassy in Myanmar announced Monday. The single-entry visa is valid for three months and there is no issuance fee.
— Myanmar Times

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seen by public as ‘selling out’ to China, deputy says
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens were worried Rodrigo Duterte was “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea.
— Gulf News

FDI inflows plunge to 3-year low in May
Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged 85 percent in May, hitting its lowest level in more than three years, amid external headwinds wherein emerging markets remain affected by the trade war between the US and China.
— The Philippine Star

Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters
This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.
— Spratly Islands

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S’pore GDP growth forecast for 2019 reduced to 0%-1%
Singapore’s 2019 GDP growth forecast has been cut to 0 to 1 percent.
— Mothership

Scoot offers full refund, rebooking options for those flying between Hong Kong and Singapore
Scoot customers travelling to or from Hong Kong this week will be able to get a full refund or rebook their flights, amid continuing disruption to Hong Kong airport’s operations by protesters on Tuesday (Aug 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore is heading for a recession. The trade war is hurting
Singapore could be heading for a recession after it reported a big drop in economic activity in the second quarter of the year.

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FDI Applications More Than Doubled in First Half of 2019, Thailand BOI says
The total value of applications received by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) from foreign investors more than doubled to 147.2 billion baht (around USD4.8 billion) in the first half of 2019, as compared to the corresponding period last year, according to data from the BOI.
— PRNewswire (media release)

Thailand to return 700 human-trafficking victims
Thailand’s government will send back to Myanmar some 700 victims of human trafficking who have been held in rehabilitation shelters after an identification process, Myanmar and Thai government officials said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

Commerce Ministry and private sector to expedite exports
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has expressed its readiness to work with the Commerce Ministry to increase the value of trade, in the wake of the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s largest economies.
— NBT World (video)

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Chinese ship returns to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone
A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone off its coast on Tuesday, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff.
— Reuters

MoF proposes to increase import tax on heavy trucks
The Ministry of Finance has proposed to increase import tax on complete built-up units (CBUs) of trucks weighing more than 45 tonnes from the current zero to 10 per cent. This tax level is equal to commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
— Viet Nam News

EU-Vietnam trade deal shows EU will bend human rights standards if the price is right
Since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed in Hanoi in June, states across Southeast Asia are looking to push forward trade deals of their own with the regional bloc.
— Asean Today

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