Asean morning news for July 11

Asean morning news for July 11
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China shuns war in South China Sea- foreign ministry spokesman
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday China does not want any escalation of tensions that may lead to war in the South China Sea.
— Business Mirror

Heads of U.S. And Chinese Navies Discuss Decreasing South China Sea Risks
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and other senior Chinese defense officials at the PLAN headquarters in Beijing on Jan. 14, 2019.
— Spratly Islands

Mango massacre: 50 Americans show how not to cut a mango (video)
Grown in more than 100 countries, the mango is one of Asean’s most commonly encountered fruits.
— AEC News Today (video)

ASEAN, EU to enhance cooperation on Environment and Climate Change
At the launch of a High-Level Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change in Bangkok yesterday, Senior Officials from ASEAN and the European Union (EU) reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen cooperation between ASEAN and the EU on shared regional and global challenges related to protection of the environment and climate change.
— Thailand Business News

Asean investment in human capital and ICT infrastructure critical: OCBC
As the Chinese economy grows and demand for more complex imports goes up, Asean – which has a heavy trade dependency with China – needs to begin investing in human capital and information communication and technology (ICT) infrastructure, say analysts at OCBC.
— The Business Times

ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting takes place in Thailand
The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) is taking place in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok from July 10 to 12 under the theme of sustainable security.
— Vietnamplus

Bacteria in 2015 GBS outbreak is widespread in Southeast Asia: Researchers
A Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria strain that caused an outbreak of fish-borne blood poisoning in 2015 is widespread in Southeast Asia, said researchers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) who identified the pathogen.

ASEAN discusses ways to prevent, eliminate marine waste
The 30th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Senior Officials on the Environment Meeting (ASOEN) on Wednesday discussed ways to prevent and eliminate marine waste.
— Xinhuanet

Agenda for ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2019
Thailand is hosting the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (13th ADMM) from July 10th to 12th in Bangkok.
— NBT World (video)

Two million migrant workers allowed to register
The meeting of the Committee on Migrant Worker Management Policy has proposed a resolution to allow migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar whose work permits are expiring in 2019 and 2020 to renew their documents without leaving the Kingdom.
— NBT World (video)

China-ASEAN Science and Technology Industry Cooperation
The China-ASEAN Science and Technology Industry Cooperation Committee (CASTC) was established jointly by the China-ASEAN Business Council, Tus-Holdings and other parties from the ten ASEAN member countries in order to promote collaboration in science and technology between China and ASEAN and to boost trade and investment cooperation.
— NBT World (video)

How to efficiently prevent and control African Swine Fever (ASF)?
Thailand is working with other ASEAN countries in the prevention of the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
— NBT World (video)

Are higher education rankings telling the truth?
Higher education rankings provide a shorthand list of institutions that may provide prospective students and parents with some information on what they’re looking for from a university.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asia needs a border management training hub
In 2018, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong predicted that in a little over a decade the ASEAN economy will become the world’s fourth largest, behind only the US, China and that of the European Union.
— The Strategist (blog)

7 steps for SMEs looking to embark on digital transformation
Small and medium enterprises across Southeast Asia are looking to invest in digital technologies within the next three years as the key enabler to drive new business propositions and user experiences, and deliver on significantly enhanced offerings.
— The Business Times

Asean countries benefiting from trade war: Maybank Kim Eng
Most countries in Asean, save for Singapore and Indonesia, are benefiting substantially from the effects of the US-China trade war, with Vietnam and Malaysia coming out on top.
— The Business Times

Thailand to host ASEAN Senior Economic Officials’ Meeting
The Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN) is preparing to organize the third Meeting of the Senior Economic Officials for the Fiftieth ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 3/50) from July 14th to 18th, pushing forward mutual economic cooperation with 9 partner countries.
— NBT World (video)

Can venture philanthropy turn on Southeast Asia to clean energy?
Venture philanthropy is relatively rare in Asia, where charitable donations are the norm for tackling social and environmental problems.
— Eco-Business

Southeast Asia forestry officials to gather in Makati for 22nd ASOF meeting
To strengthen the region’s forestry cooperation, top environment officials in Southeast Asia will gather in the Philippines for the 22nd ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) Meeting slated this month.
— Manila Bulletin

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Metfone to launch 5G service trials in Phnom Penh
Vietnamese operator Viettel Cambodia (Metfone), in partnership with Telecom Cambodia, will launch 5G trials in the Phnom Penh capital.
— Telecompaper

Cambodia’s medical system is due for a check-up
In Cambodia, many high-ranking government officials and public figures seek medical treatment abroad – including Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NGO, rangers probe 300ha land grab in wildlife sanctuary
NGO Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organisation and environmental officials are investigating the alleged encroachment on protected land in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary after a newly formed community claimed that fake documents were prepared to grab more than 300ha there.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indonesia to assess whether ISIS fighters’ kin can return
Indonesia may be made to choose between being humane and protecting its security as it considers whether to take back more than 100 of its citizens believed to be family members of Indonesians who joined the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
— Straits Times

Weather modification likely to prevent Rp3 trillion loss
The Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) will propose the use of weather modification technology to deal with the severe dry season that could inflict a loss worth Rp3 trillion in the agricultural field.
— Antara News

Indonesia takes firm stand on saying no to foreign rubbish
Over the past few months, Indonesia has repeatedly shown its objection toward becoming a dumping ground for foreign trash containing hazardous and toxic waste (B3 waste).
— Antara News

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Northern Lao province eyes development in conjunction with China-Laos railway
Oudomxay, a province in northern Laos some 400 km north of Lao capital Vientiane, is looking to improve its infrastructure to accommodate the new China-Laos railway and boost development.
— Xinhua

Japan provides over US$2.8 million to finance student tuition costs
The government of Japan has granted over US$2.8 million (nearly 24.9 billion kip) to finance Lao nationals studying in Japan from July this year until September 2024, under the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship.
— Vientiane Times

U.S. Provides 174,000 Additional Mosquito Nets To Prevent Malaria
U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter presented more than 174,000 additional mosquito nets to Mr. Khamphone Phoutthavong, Deputy Minister of Health, at a ceremony in Vientiane on Jul 9.

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Malaysia among top 10 in cross-border capital for commercial property investments in Asia-Pacific
Malaysia saw an 18% year-on-year increase in cross-border capital for commercial property investments in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, placing it in the top 10 countries in Asia Pacific, according to independent global property consultancy Knight Frank’s 2019 edition of its flagship report, Active Capital.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia Airlines must maintain its Malaysian identity: Mahathir (Updated)
The government is prepared to consider strategic cooperation with other carriers to rescue Malaysia Airlines, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.With reference to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines, Mahathir said the national carrier could learn from the Japanese experience and.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia Won’t Get Involved In Malaysia Airlines, Founder Says
AirAsia founder and group CEO Tony Fernandes has ruled out any involvement in Malaysia’s ailing national airline, which is at risk of being sold or shut down, according to the South China Morning Post.
— Investvine

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Tourism Ministry remains positive as visa restrictions eased
With the easing of some visa restrictions to attract more Western tourists to take effect on October 2019, Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year, a senior official said.
— Eleven Myanmar

Ninety tonnes of plastic a day dumped in Ayeyarwady
About 90 tonnes of plastic waste a day are dumped in the Ayeyarwady River and another 29 tonnes in the Yangon River, said Friedor Jeske, waste management expert at Thant Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Spyware dealers spotted in Myanmar
One of the oldest private hacking companies around found itself in the spotlight again this week. Gamma Group, a German company that sells spyware to the highest bidder, was discovered within the last year to be spying on dozens of mobile devices in different parts of the world by the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
— Technology Review

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FDI net inflows fall to $961M in April
NET inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) posted a double-digit decline in April amid positive balances in the month, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Wednesday.
— The Manila Times

Trade deficit narrows in May 2019 as imports drop
The Philippines saw a smaller trade deficit in May 2019 as imports for that month posted a 5.4% year-on-year decrease to $9.97 billion while exports managed to inch up, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) .
— Rappler

Deal inked to boost ease of doing business in PH
The Board of Investments (BOI), Trade department, Investments Ombudsman, Civil Service Commission and more than 30 other government agencies signed on Wednesday the amended Investments Promotion Units Network Memorandum of Agreement (IPU Net MOA) which aims to further promote ease of doing business in the country.
— The Manila Times

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Foreign unicorns here juicing up market for high-tech skills
THE growing pool of foreign unicorns in Singapore is adding magic to the local market for highly-skilled jobs.
— The Business Times

Lee Hsien Yang questions: Why is Ho Ching’s salary such a big secret?
After the announcement yesterday (July 9) that Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s state investment firm, reported a record net portfolio value for the last financial year, many, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, have been asking about why its chief executive officer (CEO), Ho Ching’s salary remains shrouded in secrecy.
— The Independent

Singapore’s 5G network to get expert security team as cyberthreats widen
SINGAPORE will get a cybersecurity crack team for its telecom industry ahead of next year’s 5G network rollout, in a bid to have the new mobile technology secure from the outset.
— The Business Times

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PM wins poor transparency marks
The outgoing Prayut Chan-o-cha government has a number of achievements to its name that lacked scrutiny, which raises the question of transparency, according to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
— Bangkok Post

Thai rice exports hit by strong baht, unlikely to meet 2019 goal
Thailand’s rice exports fell by 12% in the first half of 2019 hurt by a strong baht, and will likely fall short of this year’s target of 9.5 million tonnes, an exporter group said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Ethanol firm faces 5.7m baht compensation bill for death of 44 Rahu stingrays
Thailand’s Fisheries and Pollution Control departments are demanding almost six million baht in compensation from an ethanol production company for illegally discharging industrial waste into the Mae Klong River in the central provinces of Ratchaburi and Samut Songkram, killing 44 giant Rahu stingrays and several other types of fish and animals.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam may spend 26 bln USD building North-South high-speed railway
Construction of Vietnam’s North-South high-speed railway, which allows passengers to travel between capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in about eight hours, will cost about 26 billion U.S. dollars, local media reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Central bank to keep monetary policy on hold through 2019
The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) will hold its benchmark refinancing and discount rates at 6.25 per cent and 4.25 per cent, respectively, in addition to maintaining its 14 per cent credit growth target for the remainder of 2019, experts forecast.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s automobile market to be flooded with zero-tariff ASEAN cars
The car sales in Vietnam are forecast to reach 500,000 units per year in 2020 and 1 million per year by 2030, with a turnover of US$12 billion each year.
— The Hanoitimes

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