Asean morning news for August 30

Asean morning news for August 30
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Row over Rohingya stalls AIPA
The chairman of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) meeting did not approve of the Indonesian committee’s proposal to include the Rohingya issue on the agenda, which resulted in a fiasco over the adoption of resolutions from the meeting, which concluded on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

New US-ASEAN Naval Drills a ‘Balancing Act’ with Beijing
The United States and all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will for the first time conduct joint maritime drills near the disputed South China Sea.
— VOA Khmer

Beijing hits out as US sends warship past two disputed reefs in South China Sea for the first time
China condemned a US naval patrol near disputed reefs in the South China Sea and called on Washington to stop infringing upon its sovereignty.
— South China Morning Post

Tea Banh Calls on ASEAN Members to Fight Against Counterfeit Medicine
Speaking Thursday at the 14th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting taking place in Siem Reap City, Banh said that this trade constitutes a serious issue that all countries face and which affects people’s health, social safety as well as economic growth.
— Themy Themy

ASEAN must maintain centrality amid geopolitical tensions: Chan Chun Sing
As US-China trade tensions continue to play out, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to maintain its centrality and position itself well as a connector, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Thursday (Aug 29).

Joint Asean action sought to fight fake medicine
Cambodia yesterday urged Asean member countries to jointly combat the spread of substandard and counterfeit medicines which are endangering people’s health and welfare and affecting economic growth in the region.
— Khmer Times

Bangkok rated 47th safest city, Tokyo tops
Bangkok is ranked 47th safest of 60 countries surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which sees Tokyo as the safest city in the world and Singapore the safest in in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN continues to synchronise laws
The 40th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) concluded with the committee resolving to sign a Joint Communiques to enact and amend laws to help tackle various aspects, while shifting its emphasis to troubleshooting public struggles.
— NBT World (video)

India can do a lot more to deepen ties with ASEAN: Singapore Minister
The Indian-origin Shanmugam said Asean consumers are highly price-conscious and one of the things that India does well is it produces products for this price conscious market.
— Financial Express

40th AIPA General Assembly concludes, Vietnam becomes Chair
The 40th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) wrapped up in Bangkok on August 29.
— Nhan Dan Online

Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines intelligence-sharing going smoothly
Intelligence-sharing efforts between the security agencies of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are progressing smoothly.
–New Straits Times

Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?
For years, the idea of Australia joining ASEAN has been circulated within some circles, with varying degrees of seriousness and oftentimes without due regard for how the idea would actually match up with political realities.
— The Diplomat

Myanmar joins US-ASEAN drills despite sanctions
Myanmar’s navy will join maritime drills with the US in Southeast Asia next week, a spokesman said Wednesday, in a rare show of military cooperation despite Washington slapping sanctions on top army brass over the Rohingya crisis.
— The Asean Post

Timor Leste marks 20 years since historic independence vote
Timor Leste on Friday (Aug 30) marks 20 years since a UN-backed vote ended a bloody, decades-long occupation by Indonesian forces and paved the way for it to become an independent nation.

Indo Pacific military conference resolves to continue cooperation
The 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference has concluded, with all sides agreeing to continue to cooperate and work towards peace and stability in the region.
— NBT World (video)

Aberdeen Seeks Shelter From Trade War in India, Southeast Asia
A $641 billion asset manager is seeking refuge from the trade war in Indian and Southeast Asian stocks, saying their domestic consumer-driven economies make them the best havens from the burgeoning uncertainty.
— Bloomberg

What makes investments in fintech and alternative lending in SEA promising?
The phenomena of economic growth and investment attractiveness often coincide. In this respect, Southeast Asia provides a good example.
— e27

Consultation seminar looks into ASEAN integration projects
A national consultation seminar was held in Hanoi on August 29 to review the implementation of the third stage of the Working Plan for Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) for 2016 – 2020 in Vietnam.
— Vietnamplus

ABS-CBN’s iWant signs on to ASEAN streaming code
ABS-CBN said Thursday its iWant signed on to a Southeast Asian content code, the first Filipino streaming service to do so and joining platforms such as Netflix.
— ABS-CBN News

ASEAN Ceramics display 2019
Thailand is hosting the ASEAN Ceramics 2019 Expo at Impact Muang Thong Thani from now until tomorrow (30th), bringing together ceramics producers worldwide to displaying their manufacturing technology and innovations.
— NBT World (video)

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Press Conference on “Microfinance and Its Impacts”
Government Spokesperson Unit (GSU) led by H.E. Phay Siphan (Pic. 1), Delegate Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and GSU Chairman, holds here this morning a press conference on “Microfinance and Its Impacts”.

Ream Naval Base discussed with US Navy official
A deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces over the weekend met with a top US Navy official and reiterated that the Kingdom will not allow any foreign military presence on its soil.
— Khmer Times

Foreigners banned from running a small business and being self-employed
The Labour Ministry yesterday issued a directive banning foreign nationals from working as taxi drivers, street vendors and a handful of other jobs in the informal sector.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia pledges $40 billion to modernize Jakarta ahead of new capital: minister
The Indonesian government is not abandoning Jakarta after announcing plans to move the country’s capital, its planning minister said, pledging to spend $40 billion to save the slowly sinking city in the next decade.
— Reuters

BI Governor Talks on Globalization’s Death,Rise of Digitalization
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo stated that there are a number of changes in the global spectrum in the past few years such as the shifting trend of globalization to digitalization which forces policymakers to constantly respond to the rapid changes.

Foreign investors flock to Indonesia
INDONESIA is fast becoming a favourite of foreign investors with the country receiving an all-time record high of US$29.3 billion in new foreign direct investment (FDI) in nearly 22,000 projects last year, a significant increase over the previous year.
— Business Times

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Laos national sentenced to death for trafficking over 300kg of drugs
According to the indictment, three months before being arrested, he befriended Hang A Chinh, a Vietnamese man, born in 1996 and residing in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.
— Vietnam Net

Cambodia-Laos Army Prepare to Withdraw Forces after Negotiation
Cambodia and Laos prepared to withdraw forces from the three-angle Cambodia-Laos border area, following the negotiations of the two leaders, according to Cambodian commander stationed at the site on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Buddhists celebrate Hor Khaopadapdin festival
Many people had a short night on Wednesday as they were up early for the Hor Khaopadapdin festival, rising before dawn to set out small trays of food for the spirits of their deceased relatives.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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KL drops to 35th place on Safest City list, Singapore ranked second
Kuala Lumpur has ranked below average as a safe place to live in while six other cities in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) made it to the top 10 safest cities list according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— Malay Mail

MAHB advises passengers to arrive at KLIA four hours before departure
Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has advised all passengers travelling through both Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) terminals to check-in online earlier and to be at the airport four hours prior to departure.
— The Star Online

Maybank posts lower Q2 profit, pays 25 sen dividend
Malayan Banking Bhd’s (Maybank) net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 fell marginally by 0.9% to RM1.94 billion from RM1.96 billion, due to lower effective tax rate in the previous corresponding period.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar’s Second Biggest City Receives Smart City Award 2019
Mandalay, the historic royal capital, has been undergoing a high-tech, e-government makeover since 2017–efforts a government-tech award summit in Bangkok recognized.
— Irrawaddy

Thailand’s top court upholds Myanmar workers’ death penalty in British backpacker murders
Two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island will learn their fate Thursday when the verdict on their final appeal is delivered.

Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising military
A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday (Aug 29) for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of “grave threats” to those who challenge the powerful armed forces.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Xi calls for joint efforts with Philippines in achieving early adoption of COC
The Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea is a pioneering undertaking in establishing rules and regulations in the South China Sea, and China and the Philippines should be committed to promoting the adoption of the COC in 2021 or even earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

PH, China sign six agreements
President Duterte expressed optimism that the Philippines and China will enjoy stronger bilateral relations in the future following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday evening.
— Manila Bulletin

China, the Philippines set up joint steering committee on oil, gas cooperation
China and the Philippines announced Thursday they would set up an intergovernmental joint steering committee on oil and gas cooperation.
— Xinhuanet

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US-China trade war could have some positive spillover effects for region: Experts
There can be positive spillover effects for the region from US-China trade tensions, said leaders and experts at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ 12th Asean and Asia Forum on Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore retains position as second safest city in the world behind Tokyo – Safe Cities Index 2019
Singapore retains its position as the second safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 report by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— The Online Citizen

MAS opens applications for 5 new digital bank licences
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday (Aug 29) began accepting applications for up to five new digital bank licences from non-bank players.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Koh Tao Murder Convicts Sentenced to Die by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British tourists on a popular island in 2014.
— Khaosod English

Thailand to Roll Out Plain Cigarette Packs
Cigarette packs will no longer feature branding when tougher smoking laws come into effect this Sept. Brand colors and logos on cigarette packs will be replaced with standardized fonts and colors when new ministerial regulations become effective on Sept. 10.
— Khaosod English

Chuan expects PM and his cabinet to attend House debate
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said today he expects Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his ministers to be present at the House session to answer questions from opposition MPS related to the oath-taking controversy.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam posts US$1.7 billion worth of trade surplus in August
Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus of US$1.7 billion in August, raising the total trade surplus in the first eight months of this year to US$3.4 billion, the General Statistics Office announced on August 29.

Vietnam can’t cut China industry links over 5G issue
Viettel Group, Vietnam’s largest mobile telecom operator, has reportedly excluded China’s Huawei from its 5G rollout. If Vietnam bans Huawei because of geopolitical considerations, the Vietnamese economy will be hit harder by such action than the Chinese one.
— Global Times

Vietnam is ripe for private equity investors as US-China trade war drags on
The prolonged trade fight between the United States and China is reordering the global supply chain and Vietnam could stand to be a winner for investors, according to a senior executive at U.S. investment firm General Atlantic.

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