Asean morning news for November 1

Asean morning news for November 1
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Asean leaders to tackle sea code, 4th Industrial Revolution
President Duterte is set to leave for Bangkok, Thailand, today, November 1, to attend the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits to be held from November 2 to 4.
— Business Mirror

Trump skips ASEAN Summit again, ceding influence to China
For the third straight year, U.S. President Donald Trump will miss a key regional gathering in Asia, sending U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in his stead.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

India Farmers Plan Nationwide Protest Against 16-Nation Trade Deal
India’s farmers’ organizations have planned a nationwide protest on Nov. 4 to demand that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi keep agriculture out of a 16-nation trade agreement currently being negotiated in Thailand.
— Bloomberg

Can ASEAN and China finish South China Sea code of conduct by 2022?
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China have a 2022 deadline to come up with a code of conduct to help minimize tensions in the South China Sea.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

17,000-strong security for Asean
The government is preparing the highest levels of security for participants at the Asean Summit by deploying 17,000 officers.
— Bangkok Post

RCEP is a call on China first, then ASEAN
It’s never a good idea to stay away from any global or regional economic arrangement but when it comes to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), there’s every reason to raise red flags because, in effect, this will be a free trade agreement with China.
— The Economic Times

ASEAN to form panel to review mandate of rights body
ASEAN is establishing a panel of experts charged with reviewing the constrictive mandate of its rights body, but observers are not holding their breaths as they are concerned that progress on that front would likely be very slow.
— The Jakarta Post

17,000-strong security for Asean
The government is preparing the highest levels of security for participants at the Asean Summit by deploying 17,000 officers.
— Bangkok Post

US official urges ASEAN to stand up to China in sea row
A senior U.S. official on Thursday urged Southeast Asian nations meeting this weekend in Bangkok to put up a stiffer resistance to China’s militarization of the disputed South China Sea.
— ABC News

RCEP: Five things to know about Asia’s mega trade talks
Leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific countries are set to meet here on Monday evening amid hopes that tangible progress will be announced regarding a major regional trade bloc.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Roads to avoid during ASEAN Summit
The Royal Thai Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have confirmed their readiness to facilitate traffic and ensure security when the Thai government hosts the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from October 31st to November 4th, 2019.
— Newsline (video)

PH pushes nuclear plan as Thailand, Vietnam waver
With Thailand and Vietnam backpedaling on their nuclear power ambitions, the Philippines is still getting headway to be the first in the Southeast Asian region to have an operating nuclear power facility.
— Manila Bulletin

ASEAN nations to speak out against illegal waste exports
ASEAN leaders are expected to raise the issue of hazardous waste exports during an upcoming summit in Bangkok on the weekend, Indonesia’s lead ASEAN official said, just as member states are sending containers full of waste back to the developed countries where they originated.
— The Jakarta Post

Asean asked to do more to resolve SCS dispute
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) “should consider doing more” to address the South China Sea (SCS) dispute, including “taming the unlawful aggressive behavior of China,” former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in an emailed statement, referring to the ongoing 35th Asean Summit in Bangkok where the issue of a code of conduct (COC) within the organization was expected to be discussed.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dominguez: PH to ask China, Asean neighbors to stop smuggling cigarettes
The Philippines’ fight against smuggled cigarettes would be brought to the shores of neighboring countries where these illicit products supposedly come from, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

China-ASEAN FTA is a model for mutually beneficial cooperation among developing countries
On Feb. 21, 2019, there were dozens of container trucks in West Java’s Sukabumi Regency, with big banners saying “mangosteen for China” in front of them.
— Fresh Plaza

PM Modi to visit Thailand from November 2-4 for ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Thailand from November 2-4 during which he will attend the ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Thursday.
— The New Indian Express

Critical issues remain on RCEP, says MEA Secretary ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Thailand
India still has some “critical” unresolved issues with the 16-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the government said on Thursday, and hoped that negotiations over the weekend — ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Thailand — will “clarify” matters.
— The Hindu

Thailand to renegotiate U.S. GSP at ASEAN Summit
Apart from resolutions to be made by ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN Summit in November, the Thai government will seek this opportunity to hold a talk with the U.S. regarding the decision to revoke the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) treatment previously given to 573 Thai products.
— Newsline (video)

Panel in favour of India joining RCEP
A government-appointed high-level advisory group has batted strongly for India joining the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.
— The Economic Times

Southeast Asia emerges as leader in conversational commerce; Thailand, Vietnam most advanced in adoption
Southeast Asia has emerged as a leader in conversational commerce with high awareness and adoption of chat to buy and sell, says a new study.
— e27

How Asean can avoid Mekong ‘water war’
The Xayaburi Dam, the first dam built across the lower Mekong River, came on stream at an interesting time — just a few days before Thailand hosts the 35th Asean Summit this weekend.
— Bangkok Post

Human trafficking thriving in ASEAN
Recently, 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Britain.
— The Asean Post

China’s Mekong ambitions cause concern for Thai locals
The Mekong River is possibly the most important waterway in Southeast Asia. It feeds 60 million people in six countries and there have been long-standing concerns that China is trying to control it.
— South China Morning Post (video)

AI in media to bridge language gap in Asean, China
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the media industry is seen to address the language barrier among the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, an official of China Media Group (CMG) said here Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

How to overcome flaws in ASEAN rights body
November 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the ASEAN human rights body.
— The Jakarta Post

AT Kearney: 5G to drive exciting opportunities for enterprises in ASEAN
SUBJECT matter experts have been talking about the importance of 5G and how it will transform the world around us for months now, but not much has been said in terms of the size of the opportunity.
— Tech Wire Asia

Cheaper solar power gains ground in southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is accelerating plans to harness energy from the sun in coming years as the cost of generating electricity from some solar power projects has become more affordable than gas-fired plants, officials and analysts said.
— Reuters

Mekong shrivels as drought, dam strangle Southeast Asia’s largest river
The once-mighty Mekong river has been reduced to a thin, grubby neck of water in stretches of northern Thailand – record lows blamed on drought and a recently completed dam far upstream.

ASEAN socio-cultural community reaffirms people-centered commitment
The 27th Meeting of the Senior Officials Committee for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Socio-Cultural Community (27th SOCA) on Thursday reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to develop an ASEAN Community that is people-centered.
— Xinhuanet

Building the Next Phase of Growth in Southeast Asia Around Renewable Energy
It is one of the fastest growing and dynamic regions in the world. A global trade hub and a strong example of the benefits of regional cooperation, Southeast Asia promises to emerge as one the most successful economic development stories of the 21st century.
— Modern Diplomacy

“Mangoes from South East Asia not a threat to Chinese mangoes”
This year’s mango marketing season is coming to an end after nearly four months of hot sales.
— Fresh Plaza

Southeast Asia is a ‘good place’ to be as global slowdown hits, say VCs
These are tricky times for the global economy. After almost a decade of fairly solid growth, things are beginning to slow down.
— Tech in Asia (paywall)

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Body of Amelia Bambridge found in sea off Cambodia
The body of British backpacker Amelia Bambridge has been found at sea more than 30 miles (48km) from where she disappeared, Cambodian police have said.
— The Guardian

Migrant Surge False, Authorities Say, but Border Crossing Unusually Busy
Widely shared images of migrant workers supposedly flooding back from Thailand into Cambodia was a misrepresentation showing the usual flux of people during Khmer New Year in April, authorities said.

Kratie officials welcome 11th dolphin calf found in the province this year
Dolphin conservation officials said on Wednesday that a newly born calf was found among a pod of seven dolphins in Prek Kam Pi Resort area in Kam Pi village, Sambok commune, Chitr Borei district, in Kratie province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Indofood, Danone top list of plastic waste from big brands: Report
Large national and multinational corporations are being called on to take responsibility for the amount of plastic waste polluting the country with a recent audit finding that plastics produced by such companies continue to contaminate the country’s environment.
— The Jakarta Post

A year after Boeing 737 crashes into Java Sea, some families still without compensation
Anton Sahadi, 30, can still remember the moment the National Police phoned him last year to inform him that they had identified the body of his cousin, Muhammad Rafi Adrian.
— The Jakarta Post

SBI team rescues endangered male proboscis monkey in South Kalimantan
A rescue team of Indonesia’s Friends of Bekantan (SBI) rescued a male proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) under severe trauma in Kelayan Barat Village of South Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.
— Antara News

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New guidelines for import/export of agricultural products in Laos
Under the new guidelines, every household should own some tools and machinery such as a tractor. There should be at least one tractor per household, one motor pump per household and one food grinder per household.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos, Chile to boost business, trade cooperation
Vice President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), Mr Daovone Phachanthavong, led the Lao delegation which included chamber officials and business operators.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao business start-ups, entrepreneurs meet in networking event
The networking event was held in Vientiane on Wednesday and attended by foreign investors, local entrepreneurs and newly formed businesses.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

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Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines to share revenue on Malaysia-Singapore flights
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have entered into a wide-ranging commercial agreement, which includes the sharing of revenue on flights between Malaysia and Singapore.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia is only on watchlist and not labelled a US currency manipulator – Lim
Malaysia has only been included on a watchlist for US dollar manipulators and not been labelled as a manipulator of the currency, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— The Borneo Post

The United States Settlement With Jho Low – Official
The Department of Justice has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture cases against assets acquired by Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, and his family using funds allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and laundered through financial institutions in several jurisdictions, including the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.
— Sarawak Report

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United States will go on supporting Myanmar’s democratic transition and economic transformation
The United States will go on supporting Myanmar’s democratic transition and economic transformation, said Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, David R. Stilwell.
— Eleven Myanmar

Locals hold second protest over closure of Tikyit coal-fired power plant
Over 1,500 locals including the ethnics yesterday held the second protest over the permanent shutdown of Tikyit coal-fired power plant, Wuxi Hua Guang Co;Ltd and coal mine.
— Eleven Myanmar

Landmine casualties soar in first nine months
Forty-two people were killed by landmine explosions across the country in the first nine months of this year, a senior social welfare official said on Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

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3rd quake hits South, landslides alert raised
Another strong earthquake hit Cotabato on Thursday morning, the third to hit the same area this month, sending people scrambling to open spaces seeking safety, as thousands of affected families are still reeling from the two previous earthquakes.
— Business Mirror

Infra spending surges in Sept.
The national government’s infrastructure spending accelerated in September this year in line with the Duterte administration’s catch-up program, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Increased government disbursements may boost Q3 GDP to 6.2%
Economic growth is seen to have accelerated to 6.2 percent in the third quarter as government spending picks up, according to London-based Capital Economics.
— The Philippine Star

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MFA advises Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong
Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong while those already in the city are advised to take precautions, in the wake of large-scale protests there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SCDF ragging trial: Warrant officer found guilty of asking staff sergeant to push NSF into well
A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) warrant officer had asked a colleague to push a full-time national serviceman into a well, a court found on Thursday (Oct 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Roads to Avoid During the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok (Interactive Map)
Commuters should expect lengthier travel times on several major roads as more than 3,000 delegates will arrive in the capital for the ASEAN Summit starting Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Thai exports brace for more challenges despite limited impact from GSP cut
Although the immediate impact from the US decision to suspend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) on Thai exports is limited, the prospects of Thailand’s outbound shipments to the US still face uncertainty due to the possibility of Washington’s additional trade measures amid the slowing economy worldwide especially in the US, the research houses predicted.
— Thai PBS News

17,000-strong security for Asean
The government is preparing the highest levels of security for participants at the Asean Summit by deploying 17,000 officers.
— Bangkok Post

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Trade ministry launches online public services for export-import
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) will begin accepting electronic documents for a number of administrative procedures in the export-import field on its portal starting from November 1.

Vietnam, US probe $4B aluminium origin fraud
Ba Ria-VUNG Tau province’s Customs Department seized a suspicious aluminium shipment worth $4 million that was heading to the US and other countries, a General Department of Vietnam Customs director-general Nguyen Van Can said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ho Chi Minh City’s financial hub ambitions will hinge on these reform challenges
In order to make Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam`s largest economic metropolis, a financial hub in the country and region, reforms will be needed.
— The Hanoitimes

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