Asean morning news for November 26

Asean morning news for November 26
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SEA Games: Hotel releases statement on plight of Cambodia, Thai athletes
The management of Century Park Hotel released a statement on Monday after football teams from Cambodia and Thailand encountered hotel arrangement problems upon their arrival in the country over the weekend.
— Manila Bulletin

Moon, BTS, welcome ASEAN leaders to South Korea
Superstars played and CEOs spoke on Monday as President Moon Jae-in oversaw the biggest diplomatic event of his term, hosting nine of the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to a two-day summit in South Korean’s second city, Busan.
— Asia Times

Budget delay led to SEA Games mishaps: solon
The delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget is the cause of mishaps faced by the country in hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, a party-list lawmaker said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

S.Korea opens special summit with ASEAN to mark 30th anniversary of relations
South Korea on Monday opened a special summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the country’s southern port city of Busan.
— Xinhuanet

RCEP a ‘game changer’ for Asean, China – DoF
THE Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be a game changer for closer economic integration between the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said.
— Manila Times

US to rev up sea, air operations in SCS
The United States military intends to further increase sea and air activities over the disputed South China Sea in keeping with its resolve to keep the vital sea lane free and open to maritime and air navigation.
— The Philippine Star

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex under renovation hours before SEA Games event
The renovation of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex was still ongoing in the last hours before the conduct of an event in the Southeast Asian Games on Monday, Jonathan Andal reported on GMA News’ Unang Balita.
— GMA Network

#SEAGamesFail: Netizens embarrassed by Philippines’ SEA Games hosting
Instead of becoming a source of pride, the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games thus far has become a source of humiliation – a national facepalm moment.
— Rappler

South China Sea crisis: Fury as Chinese warships and warplanes sent to intercept US ships
Chinese armed forces sent military personal to intercept two US Navy vessels after they entered the South China Sea.

RCEP crucial to China, ASEAN economic integration: Philippine finance chief
An emerging mega trade deal among 15 Asia-Pacific countries will be a “gamechanger” for closer economic integration between China and the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has said.
— Xinhuanet

DOF: RCEP to boost Asean economy
The Department of Finance (DOF) is looking forward to the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement as this would be crucial in the enhancement of trade, investments and economic growth in the Southeast Asian region.
— The Philippine Star

S Korean smart plant solutions, green cars eyeing Asean markets
Forty-five South Korean companies exhibited and demonstrated their new technologies related to the “fourth industrial revolution”, from green cars to smart factory solutions, in a bid to create more business opportunities in fast-growing Asean markets.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bankers, financial service professionals from ASEAN gather in Cambodia to discuss cooperation
Bankers and financial service professionals from across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here on Monday at a regional conference to discuss cooperation in the banking and financial sector.
— Xinhuanet

Forging new paths for ASEAN’s sustainable infrastructure needs
The October announcement by Singapore’s Infrastructure Asia, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to develop bankable green infrastructure projects across Southeast Asia is a positive move.
— The Business Times

Prabowo Subianto Calls On ASEAN to Tackle Terrorism
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to jointly tackle the movement of terrorism.
— Tempo

Ex-Indonesian FM explains Korea’s influence on ASEAN nations
The impact of U.S.-China relations is felt in virtually every corner of the world, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is no exception. But other disputes, such as those between South Korea and Japan also affect the Association.
— The Korea Times

Singapore asks Philippines to ‘immediately act’ on SEA Games issues
In another blow to the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) , Singapore’s Chef De Mission Juliana Seow urged the Philippines to immediately act on logistical issues which threatened athletes’ performance in the run up to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— Rappler

ASEAN, RoK agree to join hands in building smart cities
The Republic of Korea (RoK) and 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will cooperate to build “smart cities” and explore business opportunities relating to them, according to the RoK’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
— Vietnamplus

WWF launches Plastic Smart Cities initiative in Southeast Asia
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling on cities in Southeast Asia to join Patong (Thailand), Donsol (Philippines) and Phu Quoc Islands (Vietnam) in making a commitment to eliminate plastic pollution, by developing an action plan and trial innovative solutions.

Hotel denies shabby treatment of SEA Games athletes
The Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games took an early hit over the weekend as the transportation and accommodation arrangement of several foreign teams turned out to be a mess.
— Rappler

Defense Ministry sees ASEAN as ‘next growth engine’
The Ministry of National Defense is using this year’s ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit as a springboard to help the country’s defense companies get new growth opportunities in the booming defense industry sector in the trading bloc.
— The Korea Times

Team Singapore working with SEA Games organisers to resolve ‘teething problems’: Delegation head
Singapore’s athletes and officials have encountered “teething problems” at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines and will work with local organisers to resolve these issues, said its delegation head on Monday (Nov 25).

Novel Bond Aims To Boost Livelihoods Of Women In South And Southeast Asia
Low-income women in South and Southeast Asia face a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
— Forbes

Words into Action guidelines: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response (public review)
This Words into Action Guideline aims at supporting the practical implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Priority 4 component on enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response.
— PreventionWeb

Getting data centers ready for booming digital economy
Southeast Asia (SEA) has clinched the top spot globally as the mobile economy hot spot, taking over giant economies like China.
— The Jakarta Post

Xinhua Silk Road: China’s Ningbo impresses Southeast Asian reporters with its rapid development
Ningbo, a coastal city in eastern China, has impressed some Southeast Asian reporters with its rapid economic development during their recent visit to the city.
— Asia One

Feature: S.Korea’s smart public service on display on sidelines of ASEAN-ROK summit
A national identification (NID) card can be verified with one simple scanning. Any ominous symptom of physical health for patients can be reported real-time to doctors.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN execs touch on fake news in Bohol meeting
The ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information – Working Group on Information, Media, and Training held their fifth meeting Sunday in Panglao, Bohol to tackle actionable points against the proliferation of fake news in the country.
— The Philippine Star

Will ASEAN ban single-use plastic?
Despite the devastating impact that single-use plastic has on the environment, none of ASEAN’s 10 member countries are anywhere near joining the 80 other countries which have implemented complete nation-wide bans on it.
— The Asean Post

Southeast Asia Payments Startup Raises $52 Million for Expansion
Southeast Asian payments platform 2C2P Pte, which helps airlines, travel companies and online shopping malls handle payments from customers in the region, has raised $52 million from investors including the World Bank’s International Finance Corp., Cento Ventures and Arbor Ventures to fund expansion.
— Bloomberg

HCMC leaders visit Thailand, Malaysia to learn experiences in urban development
A delegation of high officials of HCMC led by city Party Committee Standing Deputy Secretary Tran Luu Quang yesterday paid visits to Thailand and Malaysia to learn experiences in development of smart city and prevention of flooding and traffic jams.

Cambodian movie The Clock to delight international audiences
After a year of rigorous filmmaking, a local big-budget film – The Clock: Spirit Awakening – will be entertaining international audiences in at least six Asean countries in December.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Water Shortages Affect Prey Nup Residents
Residents of Prey Nup are struggling with a shortage of water and forced to buy water from water sellers to meet their needs.
— CNE 

Officials to meet on Mekong crisis as fishing communities suffer
On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, record low water levels have plunged fishing communities into crisis, but with warnings of a ‘severe drought’ there are concerns the situation will get even worse.
— Aljazeera 

New Dolphin Calf Spotted In Stung Treng
WWF-Cambodia On November 25th, another new dolphin was found in Stung Treng province. According to WWF-Cambodia, the calf was spotted on November 20, 2019 at around 8:30 am in Siem Pang District, Stung Treng Province.

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Indonesia among most improved in terms of prosperity with world’s highest levels of volunteering: Report
Indonesia is among the top five most improved countries in terms of prosperity in the world, with an exceptional ranking in social capital, as the country has the highest levels of civic and social participation in the world, a new report highlights.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia fires emitted double the carbon of Amazon fires, research shows
Fires from land and forest fires across Indonesia this year have pumped at least 708 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — almost double the emissions from the fires that swept through the Brazilian Amazon this year.
— Mongabay

South Korea and Indonesia reach final agreement on free trade deal
South Korea and Indonesia on Monday wound up seven and a half years of negotiations on a free trade deal, with an agreement to remove tariffs on steel, autos and beer.
— Nikkei Asian Review

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Laos Says It’s Set to Benefit From the U.S.-China Trade War
Landlocked Laos may be a net beneficiary of the trade tension between the U.S. and China.
— Bloomerg 

Chinese Yunnan province kicks off “Bright Journey” in Lao capital to provide free eye surgeries
Photo taken on Nov. 25, 2019 shows a patient in Lao capital Vientiane. A team of oculists from China’s Yunnan province have kicked off a “Bright Journey” in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday.
— Xinhua

Despite Efforts to Stamp Out Corruption, Laos Remains Corrupt
Laos continues to struggle with rampant corruption despite recent efforts to eliminate it from the halls of government, according to the country’s State Audit Organization (SAO).

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UK to take back 42 containers of plastic scrap illegally shipped to Malaysia
Britain will take back 42 containers filled with plastic waste that had been illegally shipped to Malaysia, authorities said on Monday.
— Reuters

Celcom and Maxis ink MoU to accelerate 5G rollout in Malaysia
Celcom Axiata Bhd and Maxis Bhd entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore a potential partnership for the deployment of 5G infrastructure in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia impressed by South Korea’s advancement in aerospace: Mahathir
Malaysia is impressed with the progress and development achieved by South Korea in the aerospace industry, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
— The Sun Daily

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China seeks road, river route via Ayeyarwady for economic corridor
China is planning to build vital trade and logistics links with Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River as part of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to bypass poor road infrastructure.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar still using landmines, global casualties ‘exceptionally high’: report
Myanmar is the only government whose security forces deployed landmines in the last year, according to a new report that flags “exceptionally high” global casualty numbers from mines and other explosives despite a widely adopted ban on the weapons.
— The new humanitarian

Myanmar may have chemical weapons stockpile: U.S.
Myanmar is in breach of a global convention banning chemical weapons and may have a stockpile left over from the 1980s, the United States said on Monday.
— The Japan Times

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China stole Philippines’ giant clams while Filipinos sat in court (video)
A seminar in Manila last Friday (Nov 22) heard how reclamation work carried out by China in the South China Sea while the Philippines sat through a lengthy and costly arbitration hearing has caused extensive damage that extends to global ecosystems.
— AEC News Today

Budget delay led to SEA Games mishaps: solon
The delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget is the cause of mishaps faced by the country in hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, a party-list lawmaker said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo may have discovered vital drug info in short ICAD stint –Belmonte
Quezon City Representative Kit Belmonte believes that Vice President Leni Robredo may still have unearthed vital information on the drug menace in the country despite her short stint at the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— GMA Network

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Singapore core inflation eases to new 3-year low of 0.6% in October
The latest reading was down slightly from the 0.7 per cent recorded in September, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Team Singapore working with SEA Games organisers to resolve ‘teething problems’: Delegation head
Singapore’s athletes and officials have encountered “teething problems” at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines and will work with local organisers to resolve these issues, said its delegation head on Monday (Nov 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tech-enabled sexual violence cases almost triple since 2016, says Aware
The number of technology-enabled sexual violence cases reported, such as upskirting and revenge pornography, has almost tripled in the last three years, according to the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware).
— The Straits Times

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Thai air pollution crisis spiralling out of control
Leading academics say the Thai government is simply not equipped to prevent the air pollution crisis “spinning out of control”.
— The Thaiger

Health minister says no further delay to Dec 1st ban on farm chemicals
Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reiterated today that there will be no delay to the enforcement of the ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, which will come into effect on December 1st.
— Thai PBS News

Employment rate for the third quarter falls 2.1 percent
The employment rate in the non-farming sector, for the third quarter of this year, has fallen by 2.3% whereas, in the farming sector, it has fallen by 1.8%, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
— Thai PBS News

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Nations Aim for Inclusive Trade; Vietnam Uses Small-Business Loans to Get There
When politicians try to win votes by blaming foreigners for stealing jobs, economists say they ignore technology, which is what is really replacing many of these jobs.

Vietnam to Raise Minimum Wages, Unemployment Wage Caps, for 2020
The minimum wages for Vietnam’s four minimum wage regions and the maximum taxable wages for unemployment insurance tax assessed on wages attributable to work in those regions are to increase for 2020, under a decree that the national government finalized Nov. 15.
— Bloomberg Tax

Vietnam Railways to upgrade infrastructure
Vietnam Railways (VNR) plans to upgrade rail infrastructure to satisfy passenger demand by building 300 new carriages and purchasing more locomotives by 2023 to provide better services.
— Viet Nam News

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