Asean morning news for December 26

Asean morning news for December 26
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


New regulations could see Asean produce piling up on China wharfs
The new year is set to bring a whole bunch of new hurdles for the region’s agricultural producers and exporters to China with a raft of new rules, regulations, and procedures being announced just ahead of the holiday season, in Mandarin only.
— AEC News Today

The Weakness of US Navy Intelligence and Surveillance in the South China Sea
The Pacific forces of the United States and her allies face their greatest threat since the Soviet Union.
— The Epoch Times

ASEAN inches towards a single aviation market
Back in November 2007, the ASEAN Air Transport Working Group put forth a major aviation policy plan for the region.
— Asean Today

Geopolitics of rare earth elements found in the Asia-Pacific region
Rare earth elements (REEs) are essential ingredients in contemporary electrical products such as smartphones, vehicles, and even military equipment.
— Khmer Times

AIIB to simultaneously accelerate Asia’s growth and yuan reform
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been established for four years, growing at a rapid pace on its investment portfolio and membership.

Asian economies expected to pick up slowly in 2020
The growth outlooks of Asian economies remain weak for 2020, following a sudden deceleration in 2019 and the continuing U.S.-China trade war.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Asia-Pacific meth market the world’s biggest
The narcotics industry reaped between US$30.3 billion and US$61.4 billion last year, an increase from US$15 billion in 2013, helped by 12 million users encompassing East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
— New Straits Times

Mindanao, Palawan seen to play key role in East ASEAN growth
Mindanao and Palawan are seen to play a significant role in the sustainable development of the eastern part of Southeast Asia.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

South China Sea standoff: US vs China naval power compared
The South China Sea is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory.

EVFTA to boost logistics industry development
The EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will boost the demand for logistics services and significantly impact on Việt Nam’s logistics industry.
— Viet Nam News

Who’s Really Benefitting From SE Asia’s E-commerce Boom?
When Nok — a university graduate living in Bangkok whose name I’ve changed to protect her privacy — launched an online clothing store in 2015, she initially sought to source her products from local Thai suppliers.
— Sixth Tone

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Kingdom, China expand drug cooperation to fight trafficking
Meas Virith, the secretary-general of the General Secretariat of the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD), said Cambodia and China have agreed to expand cooperation in the control and prevention of illicit substances, as well as crack down on drugs from the Golden Triangle area.
— Khmer Times 

Investment in Cambodia’s construction sector up 79 pct in 2019
Cambodia’s construction sector attracted a total investment of 9.35 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, up 79 percent from 5.22 billion dollars in 2018, according to an official report on Wednesday.
— Xinhua  

Turkish investors eye electronics, electricity production in Kingdom
Turkish investors have expressed interest in seeking investment partners in Cambodia in the electricity production and electronics sectors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia Closes Down Over 1,000 Illegal Streaming Sites
The Indonesian government has blocked 1,130 illegal streaming websites in a major crackdown on video piracy, a minister said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Muslims shaken by Uighur issue: Mahfud MD
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, confirmed highlighting the issue of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang at his closed-door meeting with Chinese Ambassador in Jakarta Xiao Qian on Dec 5, affirming it had shaken Indonesian Muslims.
— Antara News

Indonesia: 98 percent of rivers polluted
Head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency Doni Monardo has said that 98 percent of rivers in the country have been polluted, especially in major cities.
— Vietnam Plus

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Laos provided Japan’s US$ 9.1-million grant for Disaster Relief, Recovery
The signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes for a Grant Aid Project entitled “Economic and Social Development Programme” was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vientiane Capital.
— KPL 

Laos faces trade deficit, ups targets for 2020
The value of exports is targeted at US$6,422 million and the value of imports at US$6,615 million, according to a report of the planning and investment sector, which held a meeting in Vientiane on Monday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Thailand loans 8.5b baht to build road links in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar
Thailand plans to provide 8.5 billion baht (over US$281.6 million) in loans next year to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar for the construction of four transnational roads under the Asean Connectivity initiative, Thailand’s Bangkok Post reported.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Govt optimistic of achieving 4.8% GDP growth in 2020
The Finance Ministry (MoF) is optimistic that the government will achieve the gross domestic product (GDP) growth target of 4.8% for 2020 despite the challenging global economic environment.
— The Sun Daily

How electoral reform will change Malaysia politics
The victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition in last year’s Malaysian general elections which saw the first-ever change of government via an electoral process raised widespread expectations for long-suppressed reform.
— AEC News Today

Contraband cigarettes, vehicles worth RM4.3m seized
Police arrested three men and seized 25,840 cartons of contraband cigarettes and five vehicles worth a total of RM4.3 million in a special operation codenamed ‘Op Asap’ at a house in Tapah, Perak, on Monday.
— The Sun Daily

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EU allocates further €10 million to address Rohingya crisis
The European Commission announced on 23 December it is allocating a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis across Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State and the border district of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
— New Europe

Myanmar aims for $ 5 bln from garment export in 2019-2020 FY
By Kyaw Htike Soe Myanmar’s garment export saw a five-fold increase in the number of workers in the past five years, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

37 Civilians Sued by MPs for Criticism Since NLD Took Power
In the 45 months since the Union Parliament’s current term began, 37 civilians have been sued by members of Parliament and their associates for defaming parliamentarians, according to a report by Athan, a Myanmar organization advocating for freedom of expression.
— Irrawaddy

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PH growth to rise above 6% in 2020
THE Philippine economy is likely to recover and grow by more than 6 percent next year on the back of sustained public and private consumption, Deutsche Bank said.
— Manila Times

Foreign work permits exceed 100,000 in 2019, led by POGOs
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the number of foreign work permits it issued this year is nearly five times the 2018 total, with the influx of workers for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) accounting for much of the growth.
— BusinessWorld

Ursula’ batters Visayas; 2 dead
At least two people died in Leyte province while thousands spent their Christmas Eve in evacuation centers when Typhoon “Ursula” (international name “Phanfone”) unleashed its wrath in Eastern Visayas Tuesday night.

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Singapore’s credentials draw investments in hedge funds
It was insightful to read that some of the world’s top performing hedge funds are based in Singapore (World’s top hedge fund returns found in Singapore, Dec 17).
— The Straits Times

Police investigating man for taking part in Marina Bay public assembly without permit
A 32-year-old Indian national is being investigated for participating in a public assembly without a police permit, the police said on Wednesday (Dec 25).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Useful Telegram chatbot tells you where it’s raining in Singapore
Despite the glut of sickening group chats and repulsive pervs spreading around explicit content on the platform, Telegram is actually a really useful messaging app if you value privacy and handy chatbots. Stickers too, of course.
— Asia One

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Thai court to decide on dissolution of opposition party in January
Thailand’s Constitutional Court said on Wednesday (Dec 25) that it would rule on the dissolution of the opposition Future Forward Party on Jan 21 following a complaint that its actions were seditious and that it plans to overthrow the constitutional monarchy.

Thailand’s November foreign tourist arrivals up 5.92% year-on-year
Tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 5.92 per cent in November from a year earlier, after increasing 12.51 per cent in the previous month, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 25).

Thai Nov factory output falls 8.27% y/y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) dropped 8.27% in November from a year earlier, hit by lower production of cars and car engines, petroleum, rubber products and steel, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

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Vietnam loses around $432 million a year due to cigarette smuggling
Vietnam loses tens of trillions of dong (VND10 trillion = $432 million) a year due to cigarette smuggling, a long-standing problem.
— Vietnam Insider

Vietnam logistics firms pressured to grow or face being taken over in EVFTA era
Vietnam’s targets of becoming Asia’s logistics hub would only be feasible if local firms can fence off competition from the world’s major logistics players.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam decreased by 14 notches in Total Workforce Index 2019
Vietnam has descended from 43rd to 57th in the latest Total Workforce Index (TWI) created by the American recruitment firm ManpowerGroup.
— Vietnam Insider

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