Asean morning news for July 9

Asean morning news for July 9
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Rohingya refugee voices amplify across Southeast Asia
The 2017 Rohingya humanitarian crisis caused by Myanmar is not only affecting Bangladesh, which has taken in 740,000 refugees, but it’s also causing strife in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
— The Jakarta Post

Thailand plans ‘Trans-Asean’ bullet train linking China, Laos and even Singapore
Bangkok residents may find it hard to imagine that their next trip to Beijing could begin in Bang Sue.
— Today Online

China denies South China Sea missile tests
China’s Defense Ministry on Friday denied US accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition.
— Spratly Islands

The Mekong in US Asia Strategy: Opportunities and Challenges
When the next round of Asian summitry kicks off later this month in Bangkok, one of the key areas that will be in the spotlight within U.S. policy will be the Washington’s approach to the Mekong subregion – a shorthand for the area in mainland Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River, one of the world’s longest and largest rivers, runs.
— The Diplomat

HSBC says ASEAN companies using data to optimize performance
Organizations that know how to leverage data are thriving.
— Tech Wire Asia

Thailand leads ASEAN into a secure digital future
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs envisions ASEAN as ‘seamlessly connected’ and cybersecurity will contribute to that vision.
— SecurityBrief Asia

The prevention of the outbreak of African Swine Fever
Thailand is working with other ASEAN countries in the prevention of the outbreak of African Swine Fever
— NBT World (video)

5 Asia-based startups that are making blockchain part of everyday life
When the concept of a blockchain was introduced as the underlying technology behind Bitcoin back in 2008, it was dismissed as another fad that would quickly lose steam.
— e27

Thailand to host largest Organic Expos in ASEAN
Healthy living is an increasingly popular trend.
— NBT World (video)

American Airlines inks deal to open routes to four cities in Southeast Asia
American Airlines announced a new deal Monday with Hong Kong-based Cathay Dragon Airlines that will give fliers access to southeast Asian hot spots such as Phuket, Thailand and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
— Rome News-Tribune

Three Asean countries bid to host Fifa U20 World Cup 2021
Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia have officially bid to host the Fifa U20 World Cup in 2021.

PayU acquires Red Dot Payments, marks presence in Southeast Asia
The global presence that businesses worldwide are attempting to establish, is rather evident from the efforts of companies to stabilize their reach across the biggest markets there are.
— Business-Newsupdate

ASEAN serves as stabilizer for Southeast Asia
Competition is acceptable. It is natural for countries to compete for markets, technology, military power and so on. But to get into a confrontation which can lead to serious consequences, even war, is not good.
— Global Times

Breakingviews – Amazon could be a smart shopper in Southeast Asia
Amazon can afford to indulge in some Southeast Asian shopping. The U.S. e-commerce titan pushed into Singapore in 2017 with two-hour deliveries, but has yet to tackle larger and faster-growing markets in the cutthroat region.
— Reuters

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Cambodia’s Smart Axiata tests 5G network with China’s Huawei
Cambodia’s Smart Axiata said it had begun 5G trials in partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies on Monday and could start rolling out the mobile network by this year.
— Reuters

Foreign money mules nabbed at Siem Reap airport with $2.2 million
Two South Korean nationals were arrested on Sunday for trying to bring a total of $2.2 million in cash into the Kingdom without proper provenance for the money.
— Khmer Times

Illegal building sites to have power cut
The government is to act against illegal construction sites nationwide by cutting off their electricity and water and halting the supply of materials.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Dry spell leaves Indonesia’s 100 districts, cities parched: ministry
A dry spell has cast a pall over 100 districts and cities in the Aceh, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provinces, Indonesian Agriculture Ministry’s data stated.
— Antara News

Glitches cause Unpad to postpone entrance tests
Padjadjaran University’s (Unpad) independently administered entrance test committee (SMUP) in Bandung, West Java, postponed the mobile assisted test (MAT), the university’s entrance test, on Saturday because of technical glitches.
— The Jakarta Post

Sutopo: Farewell to a ‘hero of humanity’
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, known to many as Pak Topo, the spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), passed away on Sunday in Guangzhou, China, at 2:20 a.m. local time after more than a year of battling lung cancer. He was 49.
— The Jakarta Post

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Inflation spikes in Laos
Laos has steadily faced a higher inflation rate over the past five months after being pressed by several economic factors.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

External factors short-circuiting national power grid development
Laos is struggling to source more funding to develop the national power grid and improve access to electricity because of external factors, a senior official has said.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Empty bellies in Lao
While Lao has been addressing the issue, many children there are still malnourished.
— The Asean Post

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Explosive evidence but Najib is presumed innocent
Explosive evidence has come to light in the SRC International trial but fallen Prime Minister Najib Razak remains innocent until proven guilty.
— The Independent

Only 40% of companies are owned by Malays and other Bumiputeras
40% of almost one million companies registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), are owned by Malay and other Bumiputera entrepreneurs. Announcing this during the parliamentary session today, Entrepreneur Development Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli said this showed the involvement of Malays and other Bumiputeras in.
— The Sun Daily

Chinese companies invest in 422 projects in Malaysia
Chinese companies invested in 422 projects in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia as of end-2018 and with about 73,000 jobs also created since the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was introduced.China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian said the Chinese foreign direct investments in manufacturing in Malaysia had grown more than four times in.
— The Sun Daily

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Export of manufactured goods exceeds over US$400 million
Myanmar’s export of manufactured goods has exceeded over US$400 million during the week between 22 and 28 June, increasing by nearly $155 million, or more than 60 per cent, from this time last 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Oil and gas sector stands top FDI list
From 1988-1989 FY to 2018-2019 FY, the government gave the greenlight to 1725 investments worth over 80.234 billion USD, with the oil and gas sector topping the list, according to the figures released by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar earns US$1.2 B more from border trade
Myanmar earned US$1.2 billion more from border trade within nine months of this fiscal year compared with the same period in last fiscal year despite lowered trade t the Muse border trade center, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Infra, capital spending jumps to P62B in May
STATE infrastructure and capital spending rebounded in May from a month earlier, rising to P61.5 billion on the back of foreign-assisted public-works projects and military modernization.
— The Manila Times

Amnesty Int’l tags Bulacan as ‘a new epicenter of extrajudicial killings’
Available statistics on drug-related killings in Bulacan equate the province just north of Metropolitan Manila as “a new epicenter of extrajudicial killings,” according to Amnesty International.
— GMA News

Antique pushes declaration of state of emergency due to dengue
The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is pushing for the declaration of a state of health emergency in this province due to the prevalence of dengue.
— Philippine News Agency

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Singapore saw 12% rise in worker-senior manager pay gap between 2008 to 2017: Korn Ferry
SINGAPORE had the fourth-biggest increase in the average pay gap between lower-level employees and senior managers in the Asia-Pacific region, according to data from management consultant firm Korn Ferry.
— The Business Times

Firm fined $9k for operating drone without proper permit, in a first
The Singapore branch of construction company LT Sambo was fined $9,000 yesterday for operating a drone outdoors without a proper permit, the first ever conviction and sentencing for such an offence under the law.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

With funding from palm oil and schools, Indonesia’s terror group Jemaah Islamiah set for resurgence in Malaysia, Singapore
Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the South-east Asian terror network once associated with al-Qaeda that was behind the 2002 Bali bombings, is back and poses a renewed threat in the region.
–Malay Mail

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Thailand plans ‘Trans-Asean’ bullet train linking China, Laos and even Singapore
Bangkok residents may find it hard to imagine that their next trip to Beijing could begin in Bang Sue.
— Today Online

Thailand Needs To Secure EU Deal Soon For Economic Boost
Economic experts have been lowering their expectations on Thailand’s expansion this year and concerns about how the country could overcome the decline of its economy are on the rise.
— Business Times

Opposition to intensify campaign for constitutional amendments
The seven-party opposition coalition has stepped its campaign to solicit public support for its attempt to amend the Constitution and to educate the people about the Constitution.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam’s automobile industry faces growing pressures from FTAs
Vietnam’s auto market is scheduled to fully open to foreign car companies by 2030, including those from ASEAN, Japan, Mexico and the EU.
— The Hanoitimes

Foreign investors compete for Vinamilk shares
Since early 2018 to date, F&N Dairy Investment and Platinum Victory have been competing with each other for the acquisition of 1% of Vinamilk stake, but their respective moves have failed to materialize.
— The Hanoitimes

Agriculture sector will boost seafood, forestry production in H2
The agricultural sector in the second half of this year will focus on the development of commodities that have potential in production and export growth such as seafood and forestry products, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguy�…n Xuân Cường.
— Viet Nam News

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