Asean morning news for July 15

Asean morning news for July 15

Asean morning newsAsean morning news

Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu

 

South China Sea dispute can only have a fair solution by keeping the South-East Asian grouping at the heart
At a recent seminar organised to mark the third anniversary of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on the South China Sea (SCS) dispute, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, Pham Sanh Chau, raised some interesting points.
— Spratly Islands

How Chinese missile tests could up the stakes for the US in the South China Sea
In the final days of June, soon after the G20 encounter between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Japan, the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force conducted missile tests in a disputed part of the South China Sea.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Making the Belt and Road work for Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is an important strategic partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— East Asia Forum

US overtaken by Southeast Asia as China’s No. 2 trade partner
The U.S. is losing importance as a trading partner of China as their tariff war drags on, dropping a notch to third place in the first half of 2019 to trail the European Union and Southeast Asia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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South Korea vows to hike trade with Asean
South Korea will increase its trade volume with the Association of Southeast Nations in the years ahead, according to Lee Hyuk, secretary general of the Asean Korea Centre.
— Manilastandard.net

Federation promotes standards for organic goods in Asean
The private sectors of Asean nations are preparing organic standards to reduce production costs and improve supply chain management.
— Bangkok Post

Freedom for ASEAN’s ageing population
The populations in many ASEAN countries are ageing fast. Singapore’s population of 65-year-olds is expected to reach 26.6 percent in 2035, while the ageing population of Thailand is expected to reach 22.8 percent.
— The Asean Post

Thailand ready to establish ASEAN Center Of Military Medicine
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has indicated that Thailand is ready to establish a center to house supplies for long-distance disaster relief aid for the ASEAN bloc, ensuring to provide assistance to all ASEAN member states within 24 hours.
— NBT World (video)

Asean looks to youth to secure a better future
Young people should be prepared to engage with Asean members to better prepare for security and digital challenges in the Indo-Pacific region as they are critical for the development of the bloc, a forum was told.
— Bangkok Post

Qinzhou Port to boost trade with ASEAN
The once sleepy Qinzhou Port in southwest Guangxi now resonates with the sounds of container and cargo ships loading and unloading.
— NBT World (video)

People-centred Asean the way forward
The recent 34th Asean Summit emphasised the importance of advancing partnership for sustainability to achieve a people-centred, people-oriented and forward-looking Asean Community that leaves no one behind in the rapidly changing regional and global environment.
— New Straits Times

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ASEAN environment leaders call for cross-sectoral cooperation for biodiversity
Recognising that biodiversity is a cross-cutting concern, environment leaders of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) are set to collaborate with other sectors such as tourism, infrastructure, health, agriculture, cities and urban development, and business, in working towards the sustainability of the Region’s biological resources.
— Philippine Information Agency

ADMM enhances military cooperation between ASEAN nations
The recently concluded 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) has marked a significant step toward furthering enhancement of military cooperation among the ASEAN member states.
— NBT World (video)

A message of hope for Asean’s threatened biodiversity
The Asean region’s relentless campaign to conserve and protect its rich but highly threatened biodiversity and ecosystems took center stage with the recent International Conference on Biodiversity hosted by Thailand.
— Business Mirror

ASEAN’s contemporary art scene
ASEAN’s Strategic Plan for Culture 2016-2025 is to facilitate intercultural dialogue among the peoples of ASEAN through the engagement of various stakeholders to raise awareness and appreciation for the culture and arts sector.
— The Asean Post

ASEAN Collaboration Dance to be Shown at Sindoro-Sumbing Festival
A collaboration contemporary dance entitled “Mahabagini” by dancers from the ten ASEAN member states will be shown during Jifolk, one of the series from the Sindoro-Sumbing Festival.
— Tempo.co

ASEAN’s nature park managers share effective management experiences
Eleven managers and senior staff of the ASEAN region’s best nature parks gathered in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from 25 to 28 June 2019 to share good practices in effective parks management.
— Philippine Information Agency

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Compiled by Justhine De Guzman Uy         @justhine.aecnews

 

Breaking: Oknha Sam Ol and three others charged and jailed
TYCOON Soeng Sam Ol and three alleged accomplices have been placed in pre-trial detention after being charged with illegal logging, while more than 40 vehicles reportedly used to carry out the offences were handed over to Mondulkiri provincial authorities on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall rejects CLC protest at Labour Ministry
City Hall will not allow the Cambodian Labour Confederation to stage a planned protest in front of the Labour Ministry tomorrow to demand a minimum wage for workers in the tourism, service and agriculture sectors.
— Khmer Times

Fake news: Cambodian Coca-Cola products not found in counterfeit raid *updated
The Cambodian producers of Coca-Cola products have moved quickly to reassure its customers that its products are safe to consume following media reports that some of its lines had been found being counterfeited.
— AEC News Today

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Toxic waste smuggling at Indonesian ports takes toll on local plastics industry
The plastics industry has begun to feel the pinch of the government’s crackdown on imports of plastic scraps, which are frequently smuggled into the country along with hazardous and toxic waste.
— The Jakarta Post

Manufacturing sector exports up 9.8 percent
Manufacturing sector exports grew 9.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first five months of 2019 with a value of US$51.06 billion, or 74.59 percent of the country’s total exports recorded at $68.46 billion from January to May.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia frees Canadian convicted in child sex case
Indonesia has freed a Canadian teacher who maintains he was wrongfully convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta.
— ABC News

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Nearly 500 Families to be Displaced This Month for Laos’ Fifth Mekong River Dam
A new Mekong river dam in Laos’ Luang Prabang province will displace up to 465 families this month, the latest in the continuing trend of hydropower projects forcing villagers to relocate all over the country.
— RFA

Nation’s fish stocks get huge boost on Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Conservation Day
Around 50 million fish fingerlings will be released into rivers and lakes across the country to sustain and replenish fish stocks and maintain the equilibrium of ecosystems.
— Vientiane Times

Thailand, Laos cooperate in aircraft search and rescue
Thailand and Laos on July 13 signed a bilateral agreement on aircraft search and rescue cooperation under the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Convention on International Civil Aviation.
— Vietnamplus

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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

MH370 pilot in control ‘until the end’, French investigators suspect
The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is thought to have been in control of the plane “until the end”, French investigators have reportedly said, marking the latest development in the aviation mystery.
— ABC News

Malaysia Airlines veterans, union say no to privatisation and job cuts
No full privatisation, no job cuts and retain Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) as the national carrier – those are all its veterans and union want from the government if the acquisition by private parties is the way to go to revive the ailing carrier.They said the best option would be a joint venture with the government, other than Khazanah.
— The Sun Daily

Tourism industry expected to generate RM192 billion next year
Malaysia’s tourism industry is expected to generate RM192 billion in revenue next year. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said his ministry is confident of achieving its target of 30 million tourist arrivals next year, contributing about RM100 billion in revenue with the .
— The Borneo Post

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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar morning news

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Business groups call for Myanmar to end internet shutdown
Five European business groups in Yangon have signed a statement urging the Myanmar authorities to restore internet access in Rakhine and Chin states.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar military on UN ‘list of shame’
An upcoming United Nations (UN) report featuring a blacklist of child rights violators is expected to refrain from toughening criticism of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen despite a bus bombing last year that killed scores of children, according to diplomats.
— The Asean Post

Rubber export earnings increase by over 61 million USD
During over nine months of this fiscal year, Myanmar earned over 220 million US dollars from the exports of over 0.17 million tons of rubber, according to an official of the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Philippines morning newsPhilippines morning news

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Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending
“I don’t want to hear about any trace of corruption, [not] even a whiff or whisper. I will fire you or place you somewhere,” said the tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte in a mix of Filipino and English on June 22, 2016.
— Rappler

Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling
Three years after winning against China in an international court, the Philippines is achieving the exact opposite of its legal victory over the South China Sea.
— Rappler

Gov’t releases 85.5% of national budget
The government has released P3.13 trillion in funds to line agencies as of end-June this year to support their programs and operations, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— The Philippine Star

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One in five NUS medical students gets financial help
The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) medical degree course is the most competitive course to get into. It is also the most expensive – charging almost $29,000 in tuition fees a year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Centre keeps critical buildings safe from threats
The Centre for Protective Security (CPS) has been engaging building owners since the introduction of a new law in December last year that makes it mandatory for some buildings to have enhanced security measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Just a matter of when’: the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar
The desert outside Tennant Creek, deep in the Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build and transmit Singapore’s future electricity supply.
— The Guardian

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Free marijuana policy already included in government policy
Free marijuana policy is a major policy of the Bhumjaithai Party as earlier promised in the party’s electoral campaign.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand ‘violated customs law’
A World Trade Organisation (WTO) Panel has upheld the Philippines’ claims that Thailand has been violating international customs law.
— Bangkok Post

Mounting dugong deaths cause alarm
Two more dugongs were found dead on Sunday, one off the coast of Krabi and the other in Trang, bringing the death toll to five in four months, said Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, director of Phuket Marine Biological Centre.
— Bangkok Post

Thai robot wins first runner-up at World RoboCup Rescue Award
The iRAP Sechzig rescue robot from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, has secured a strong second placing at the World RoboCup Rescue 2019 competition in Australia.
— NBT World (video)

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Vietnam morning newsVietnam morning news

Compiled by Sreypov Men           @MenSreypov

 

Minimum wage in Vietnam set to increase by 5.5 percent next year
Starting next year, minimum wage in the private sector in Vietnam will increase by 5.5 percent after three-party negotiations between representatives of the State, employers and employees ended last Friday.
— Inquirer.net

South China Sea: Beijing Shouldn’t Treat Vietnam Like The Philippines
Beijing shouldn’t treat Vietnam the same way it treats the Philippines. When it comes to the South China Sea disputes, that is. It won’t work, and it won’t help the economic integration of the region either.
— Forbes

Vietnam plans to become leading digital economy in Asean by 2030
Vietnam will become the leading digital country and economy in the Asean region by 2030 and allow testing of new technologies in the digital economy.
— Inquirer.net

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