Asean morning news for December 4

Asean morning news for December 4
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‘Asean’s manufacturing sector deterioration softened last month’
While operating conditions continued to worsen in November for the sixth-straight month at Asean manufacturing firms, the sector’s fall in production and incoming new business has slowed compared with October, said IHS Markit.
— The Edge Markets

RCEP cannot achieve its full potential without India: Japan
Japan believes the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact can achieve its full potential only with the participation of India in view of its status as a major power in the Indo-Pacific, the Japanese foreign minister said on Monday.
— The Hindu

Corruption scandals plague Philippines’ Southeast Asian Games
Reports about faulty preparations, coordination mishaps and photos of unfinished facilities for the Southeast Asian Games have raised questions about the mismanagement of the $146-million (€132-million) budget.
— Deutsche Welle

After RCEP, farmers’ body seeks termination of existing FTAs
After prevailing upon the Centre to drop out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) treaty, the Federation of All-India Farmers’ Associations has urged the MPs from Mysuru and Hassan to prevail upon the Union government to terminate the other existing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) inimical to the livelihood of farmers in the country.
— The Hindu

The South China Sea conflict will dominate Vietnam’s agenda as ASEAN chair
As Vietnam assumes the ASEAN chair for 2020, its geopolitics are increasingly defined by how it manages Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
— Asean Today

Hanoi hosts 5th Regional Dialogue on ASEAN-UN Political-Security Cooperation
The fifth Regional Dialogue on ASEAN-UN Political-Security Cooperation opened in Hanoi on December 3, within the framework of the seventh ASEAN-United Nations Workshop.
— Vietnamplus

Healthy Ageing APAC Summit 2020: Delegate registration now open, snap up earlybird discount today!
Delegate registration is now open for the third edition of our Healthy Ageing APAC Summit, which will take place in Singapore in July.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

ASEAN, Myanmar And The Rakhine Crisis: Two Years On – Analysis
In 2017 Myanmar established the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) to facilitate peacebuilding.
— Eurasia Review

Rising number of fake medicines sparks concern
Fake news is one thing to be mindful of, but perhaps another issue for people to be equally concerned of is fake medicines.
— New Straits Times

Beijing appoints former Asean envoy Huang Xilian as new ambassador to Philippines
Beijing has appointed Huang Xilian, a former envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as its next ambassador to the Philippines.
— South China Morning Post

Mekong nations tighten anti-drug blitz
The Mekong region is no longer a mysterious place, as it has now become the world’s main hub of illicit drugs across multiple frontiers.
— Bangkok Post

Concern in Thailand over Mekong River’s ecosystem
Thai Environment advocates are voicing concerns over the Mekong River’s deteriorating ecosystem, especially with more projects set to affect the waterway in the pipeline.
— Khmer Times

No green bottles for Sprite anymore: Coca-Cola seeks to increase PET recyclability in SEA
Coca-Cola has opted to increase the recyclability of its Sprite bottles in the South East Asian region by converting all new bottles from green to clear.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Creative and technical talent needed to boost South-east Asian media sector: Iswaran
Singapore needs to develop more media talent not just in the creative lines, but in the technical fields as well, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran on Monday (Dec 2).
— The Straits Times

ASEAN Makerthon 2019 makes use of 5G network
The ASEAN Makerthon 2019 is unique in that it will for the first time run on the closed 5G network.
— The Edge Markets

Plastic waste kills
In Southeast Asia, a number of endangered marine animals killed with large amounts of plastic in their stomachs have been reported by the media.
— The Asean Post

SEA’s neighborhood games underway
If not for the national flags they were waving, the various groups of athletes who marched onto the stage of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, Saturday night all appeared to be one people.
— Manila Bulletin

How solar could save the Mekong
Cambodia’s Great Lake, the Tonle Sap and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are suffering harmful impacts from the suppression of the Mekong River’s annual flood pulse – a consequence of the operation of hydroelectric dams far upstream in Yunnan, China, and on tributaries of the Mekong in Laos and Vietnam.
— PV Magazine

Belgian fries on the rise in Southeast Asia
Thailand imported a whopping 8,262 tons of Belgian frozen potatoes, fries and other potato-related prod­ucts last year, nearly doubling the amount it shipped in a decade ago, said the Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board and Belgian potato association Belgapom in a recent release.
— The Phuket News

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Cambodian rice set for export to S Africa
Milled rice exporter Mekong Oryza Trading Co Ltd signed an export memorandum of understanding (MoU) with companies from Hong Kong and South Africa in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China may greenlight Cambodian mango exports
Official mango exports from Cambodia to China could begin as early 2020, after visiting experts concluded that the fruit grown in the Kingdom is of good quality. Officials from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) visited the Kingdom on November 24 to inspect Cambodian mango cultivation and determine whether to approve exports.
— Fresh Plaza 

Justice Eludes 12 Cambodian Opposition Members Months After Assaults
A dozen members of Cambodia’s banned opposition party are still awaiting justice months after they were attacked by unknown assailants following party chief Sam Rainsy’s announcement of plans to return home from exile, they said Tuesday.

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Blast occurs at Central Jakarta’s Monas Square area
A blast broke out at the National Monument (Monas) Square in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.
— Antara News

People with HIV in Indonesia face rampant workplace discrimination
Activists have revealed that people with HIV (ODHA) in the country still face rampant stigmatization and discrimination in the workplace, despite the existence of various regulations that guarantee their basic human rights to work.
— The Jakarta Post

Nickel Ban; Minister Luhut Ready to Face European Union’s Lawsuit
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confidently conceded the European Union’s plan to file a lawsuit against Indonesia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) after Indonesia decided to stop exporting nickel ore starting from January 1, 2020.

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Laos, Korea sign three cooperation agreements
Laos and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have signed three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to further strengthen their cooperation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos, Australia extend partnership in human resource development
The government is closely cooperating with Australia on human resource development and implementation of the development strategy in this field.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Dam Resettlement Village Out of Water Due to Drought
More than 100 Lao families who were moved to a resettlement village four years ago to make way for construction of the Nam Tha 1 Dam hydropower project in Luang Namtha province have run out of water amid a worsening drought, local sources say.
— RFA 

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No electricity tariff surcharge for domestic consumers from January to June 2020
The electricity tariff in Peninsular Malaysia for domestic consumers will be maintained while the surcharge for commercial and industrial users will be reduced effective Jan 1 until June 30, next year.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia pushes for two-term limit for prime ministers
Malaysia’s government on Tuesday (Dec 3) tabled a parliamentary Bill seeking to set a two-term limit for the premiership, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s administration seeks to fulfil an election pledge aimed at preventing potential abuses of power.
— Channel NewsAsia

Penang records RM13.3b approved manufacturing investment from Jan-Sept 2019
Penang recorded approved manufacturing investment inflows of RM13.3 billion in the first nine months of 2019 (9M2019).
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar reduces stamp duty penalties
Myanmar’s parliament has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Planning and Finance to significantly reduce existing stamp duty penalties.
— Myanmar Times

Mixed Reviews For Aung San Suu Kyi’s Plan to Defend Myanmar in Rohingya Genocide Case
The looming Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.’s top court has brought shows of support for state counselor and defense team leader Aung San Suu Kyi from her ruling party and some ethnic groups, but many say Myanmar’s army deserves to be held to account for its decades of brutal campaigns against its own citizens.
— Radio Free Asia

Power distribution coverage reaches 50 per cent
The ministry can increase its nationwide power distribution to 50 per cent, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing, at a ceremony to open sub-power stations in Hmawbi, Okkan and Aphyauk Townships in Yangon on November 30.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Typhoon Tisoy leaves trail of destruction across PHL
When the relative calm came after the heavy rains and strong winds of Typhoon Tisoy, damage and destruction greeted the residents of affected areas as some of them head back home.
— GMA Network

Duterte to ABS-CBN: ‘I will see to it that you are out’
President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his threat to block the franchise renewal of television giant ABS-CBN.

Media ask SC to allow live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case verdict
Several journalists’ groups and news outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow the live coverage and streaming of the reading of the anticipated verdict on the Maguindanao massacre case on December 19.
— GMA Network

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Salaries seen rising 3.7% next year with employers turning to other incentives to retain staff: Mercer
The overall salary increase projected for 2020 is 3.7 per cent, up slightly from 3.6 per cent in 2019, said the firm in its annual Singapore Total Remuneration Survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore factory activity improves in November but falls shy of expansion threshold
Singapore’s factory activity shrank for the seventh straight month in November but recorded a slower rate of contraction compared with the previous month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore business confidence improves slightly for first quarter of next year
Local business sentiments are showing signs of a recovery after being weighed down for most of the year by an uncertain global economic outlook amid a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Private sector lowers annual projected export figure for Thailand by 2.5 to 3 percent
The October 2019 export figure has been recorded at 20.757 billion U.S. dollar, which is a 4.5 percent decline. This leaves overall export growth in 10 months at a negative 2.3 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Suriya claims PM agreed with delay of ban on 3 agricultural chemicals
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agrees with the decision by the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) on November 27th to delay the enforcement of the ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos for six months and to allow controlled use of glyphosate, because there are still residual stocks in the possession of farmers and traders, estimated to be worth as much as 10 billion baht.
— Thai PBS News

Thai victims’ group warns of mass protests against ‘military’ government
A support group for families of victims of Thailand’s 1992 political unrest says the kingdom’s deteriorating political and economic environment could turn into violent street protests like those in Hong Kong.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam Airlines asked to spell out details of plan to buy 50 jets
The Ministry of Transport has asked Vietnam Airlines for details about its plan to acquire 50 narrow-body aircraft by 2025.
— VnExpress

VinCommerce and VinEco of Vingroup will be merged with Masan Consumer
Vietnam’s real estate, tech and retail conglomerate Vingroup JSC (Vingroup) on December 03 has signed a deal with Masan Group.
— Vietnam Insider

The South China Sea conflict will dominate Vietnam’s agenda as ASEAN chair
“It’s time for us to think and act as a united and cohesive body so as to respond effectively and develop sustainably in a constantly changing world. Think as a community, act for the community.”
— Asean Today

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