Asean morning news for July 26

Asean morning news for July 26
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Vietnam demands ‘immediate withdrawal’ of China ship in disputed sea
Vietnam on Thursday called for the “immediate withdrawal” of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea, as the standoff over the disputed waters intensified.
— The Philippine Star

Alarmed by growing trafficking, US wants to do more in Mekong region
The United States is set to beef up its approach to Mekong countries, pledging more financial assistance with an eye on combating transnational organised crime.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

Myanmar willing to cooperate in ASEAN anti-crime fight: official
Myanmar is always ready to cooperate with other ASEAN member countries for regional development and to combat transnational organised crime, said Major General Aung Thu, deputy minister of Home Affairs.
— Myanmar Times

Beijing’s South China Sea stance is driving Vietnam into America’s arms
After a short-lived lull during which Beijing seemed to be refraining from mounting aggressive actions against other claimant states in the South China Sea, it has again started flexing its muscles in recent weeks.
— South China Morning Post

Islamic State fighters heading home: Is Southeast Asia ready?
It was the largest migration of foreign fighters seen in history.

China and Asean ties enter ‘new stage of upgrading’: Beijing
Asean has always been a priority for China in its regional diplomacy and a key focus of its Belt and Road Initiative, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday (July 25), ahead of the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok starting this Saturday.
— The Straits Times

Vietnam among top 3 innovators in Southeast Asia
Vietnam has climbed up three places to 42nd in the 2019 Global Innovation Index, behind Singapore and Malaysia in Southeast Asia.
— VnExpress International

Seoul to use ASEAN meetings for diplomacy to reverse Japan’s export curbs
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will use a series of multilateral talks in Thailand next week to step up diplomacy to reverse Japan’s recent export control measure against South Korea, a foreign ministry official here said Thursday.
— Yonhap News Agency

Energy storage plant set for southeast Asia
Finnish energy technology group Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in southeast Asia.
— Power Engineering International

Mastercard warms up ASEAN promotions
Mastercard and national tourism organisations in Southeast Asia are joining forces to revive the region’s “Feel the Warmth” campaign.
— TTR Weekly

Raena raises $1.82 million to help influencers in Southeast Asia launch their own consumer brands
Raena, an Indonesian startup that helps social media influencers launch their own e-commerce brands, announced today that it has raised $1.82 million in seed funding.
— TechCrunch

ASEAN-China smart industry conference held in HCM City
Research and development (R&D) is the cornerstone of innovation and the driving force of economic growth in the digital age, experts said at the ASEAN – China smart industry conference in Ho Chi Minh City on July 25.
— Vietnamplus

FIFA Rankings July 2019: Myanmar biggest ASEAN climber, Vietnam, India drop spots
The July batch of the FIFA Rankings 2019 are out, and it shows some typical top performers, and a few surprises as is usual.
— FOX Sports Asia

Is Southeast Asia Ready for a Future Dementia Epidemic?
Laos is better known for its youthful population than its graying one.
— The Diplomat

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73 Representatives of Media Outlets to Conduct Fact-finding Mission to Cambodia’s Naval Base
Minister of National Defense Tea Banh decided this Thursday to allow local and foreign media to visit Ream Naval Base near Sihanoukville.
— Fresh News Asia

Journalists or spies?
The trial of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists in Cambodia on charges of espionage tomorrow promises to be a closely-watched affair.
— The Asean Post

Traffic policeman is suspected of stealing $2M from company
The Phnom Penh Municipal Police said on Wednesday that they are questioning a traffic policeman after he was summoned to appear on suspicion of stealing $2 million from a company, while two suspects who were previously arrested for the same crime are being questioned by the prosecutor.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Jokowi revives special military force to help police combat terrorism
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revived a special military force to strengthen Indonesia’s fight against terrorism.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to prevent human trafficking through contract marriage trick
The government will direct significant attention and efforts to thwart the practice of human trafficking conducted under the guise of contract marriage, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi stated.
— Antara News

Half content of toxic waste container goes missing, triggering suspicion
A team of 13 lawmakers recently inspected containers of toxic waste currently being kept at Batu Ampar Port, Batam, Riau Islands, that are set to be returned to their countries of origin, and were shocked to find that half the contents of one container was missing.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos Hit by Worst Drought in Decades
Laos is suffering a severe drought amid low rainfall and high temperatures, which is affecting not only the country’s food security but also farmers’ livelihoods.
— The Laotian Times

Dengue fever claims 34 lives in Laos
Laos as of July 23 recorded 15,559 dengue fever cases with 34 died of the disease, according to the Lao News Agency KPL.
— Vietnam Plus

IFAD Stresses Importance Of Investing In Smallholder Farmers In Laos
The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, visited the Lao PDR during 22-25 July 2019.

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Malaysia 2019 biodiesel output, exports seen at record highs – industry association
Malaysia’s biodiesel production and exports are set to hit record levels this year as low palm oil prices increase the appeal of blending to make biofuels, the head of an industry association told Reuters on Thursday.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s 2019 timber export to exceed RM22.3 bln recorded last year
The government is optimistic that timber exports in 2019 could exceed RM22.3 billion recorded last year due to increasing demand for local timber and timber products.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s economy to continue to grow in Sep-Nov period
Malaysia’s economy is expected to continue to grow in the September-November period.According to the Department of Statistsics, the Leading Index (LI) which monitors the economic direction in an average of four to six months ahead, posted 117.9 points in May 2019 from 119.9 points in the previous month.
— The Sun Daily

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China, Myanmar vow to strengthen border issues cooperation
China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Myanmar in border issues and immigration control, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi said Wednesday.

Myanmar, Australian doctors to conduct free surgeries in December
A team of Myanmar and Australian uro-gynaecologists led by Professor Judith Goh will conduct free surgeries at Yangon Central Women’s Hospital in December for women suffering from vesicovaginal fistula and at high risk of residual urinary incontinence, a senior official of the hospital said.
— Myanmar Times

‘Zero-dollar tourism’ surges in Myanmar
Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are on the rise despite international condemnation over its military’s systematic campaign of violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
— AA

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Duterte-Xi deal ‘illegal, null and void’
During the 2019 State of the Nation address, President Duterte acknowledged our United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) victory against China, and that “[o]ur ownership of the West Philippine Sea is internationally recognized.”

PRRD has authority to enter into verbal fishing deal: Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte has authority to enter into “executive” agreements including a verbal deal that gives China fishing rights in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Malacañang said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

President says P50M threshold for plunder enough
THE threshold for the crime of plunder should stay at P50 million, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Tunnelling begins for Circle Line’s final stage
Tunnelling works for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) – the final stage of the orbital Circle Line – started yesterday with the launch of a tunnel boring machine at Keppel station.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel offers free insurance cover for migrant workers
After venturing into mobile payments and cyber security, Singtel is now entering the insurance market, offering free cover targeted mainly at migrant workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Don’t be blinded by pursuit of money: MMA media tycoon
All of us are put on this earth to do more than make money, said Mr Chatri Sityodtong, founder of One Championship, Asia’s largest sports media company.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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DOA sets up war room to deal with drought
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DOA) has instructed its provincial and district offices to carry out operations to cope with water shortages and drought-related damages.
— NBT World (video)

Southern army go on offensive in hunt for separatist insurgents
The Fourth Army Region has decided to embed about 10,000 men in 735 special mobile units in 188 villages known to be used as safe havens for separatist insurgents.
— Thai PBS News

‘We Are the Last Targets’: Thai Dissident Band in Laos Fear Death
Taking turns to keep watch at their hideout in Laos, the four members of the self-exiled Thai activist folk band “Faiyen” believe they are on a hit-list like eight fellow dissidents who have already disappeared.
— Coconuts Bangkok

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Vietnam increases 3 places in Global Innovation Index 2019
Vietnam has risen three places to rank 42th out of the 129 nations and economies in the Global Innovation Index 2019 (GII 2019), according to the announcement of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) yesterday in India.
— Sggp News

Vietnam Exports USD 2.24 billion of Steel in H1
VNS reported that Viet Nam exported 3.44 million tonnes of steel and iron worth USD 2.24 billion in the first half of this year, up 4% in value and 21% in volume from the same period last year.
— Steelguru

Vietnam’s Tax Administration Law Reform to Take Effect from July 2020
Vietnam’s National Assembly in June approved a new Law on Tax Administration 38/2019/QH14. The new law will take effect from July 2020. As with most new laws, the authorities are expected to provide additional circulars and decrees on details and guidance on the changes.
— Vietnam Briefing

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