Asean morning news for November 27

Asean morning news for November 27

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


South Korea and ASEAN vow to resist Trump-style protectionism
South Korea and ten Southeast Asian nations pledged Tuesday to resist all forms of protectionism, in a swipe at the trade war U.S. President Donald Trump is waging with China.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN world’s fifth-largest economy: Report
ASEAN was the fifth-largest economy in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) of around US$3 trillion last year, according to the latest ASEAN report, a significant increase from the seventh place it had five years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Moon’s New Southern Policy 2.0 launched at Busan summit with ASEAN
South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened a new chapter in their strategic ties with their successful special summit in Busan, where they agreed on a “people-centered” co-prosperity vision.
— Yonhap News Agency

S. Korea, ASEAN leaders pledge greater economic cooperation at summit
The leaders of South Korea and Southeast Asian countries pledged Tuesday to enhance their economic cooperation in trade and investment at their two-day summit that wrapped up in the southern port city of Busan.
— The Mainichi

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Energy and climate education still missing in Southeast Asian universities
University curriculum in Southeast Asian varsities generally creates silos between energy and climate.
— Eco-Business

China to dominate CLMV as Thailand set to lose out
China is expected to dominate the CLMV market, with Thailand estimated to lose as much as 187 billion baht by 2022 as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are inundated with Chinese goods.
— Bangkok Post

Strong economic ties, cybersecurity cooperation the way forward for ASEAN and South Korea: PM Lee
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Korea should work together to push for multilateral and regional economic integration, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Nov 26).

Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia to adopt Korean for regular school curriculum
Three more member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia — plan to adopt Korean for the regular curriculum at their secondary schools beginning next year, officials said Tuesday.
— Yonhap News Agency  

S. Korea, ASEAN countries seek to boost ties in arms industries
South Korea signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation with the Philippines and Singapore on Tuesday on the sidelines of the special summit under way in the southern port city of Busan, the arms procurement agency said.
— Yonhap News Agency

‘Golden rule’ with ASEAN
Putting aside all the pleasantries about the South Korea-ASEAN summit, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of it.
— The Korea Times

Open skies with ASEAN nations may benefit foreign carriers more
Korea agreed during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit to expand air traffic without limit with several southeastern countries.
— The Korea Times

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S. Korea expands ties with ASEAN member states in maritime segment
South Korea’s ocean ministry on Tuesday announced it has inked agreements with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to broaden cooperation in the maritime and fisheries segments.
— Yonhap News Agency

Is ASEAN losing its battle with climate change?
A series of key reports released over the past month have proven just how ineffective global efforts to address climate change have been.
— The Asean Post

Moon to Asean: Send unified message to N. Korea, US for speedy denuclearization talks
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has asked the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states to constantly send a “unified message” to North Korea and the United States on the need for the early resumption of working-level denuclearization talks.

ASEAN-ROK summit: Mekong nations’ leaders at banquet
The leaders of South Korea and the five Mekong River nations pose for a photo with their spouses during a summit banquet in the southern port city of Busan on Nov. 26, 2019, on the eve of the 1st Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit.
— Yonhap News Agency

Economic potential of five ASEAN countries along Mekong River
South Korea is holding the first summit with Mekong countries on Wednesday.
— Arirang News (video)

China to dominate CLMV as Thailand set to lose out
China is expected to dominate the CLMV market, with Thailand estimated to lose as much as 187 billion baht by 2022 as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are inundated with Chinese goods.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN-Korea summit KT to support AI-driven transformation of ASEAN countries
KT, one of South Korea’s leading mobile carriers, said Tuesday it is preparing solutions to support the artificial intelligence-driven transformation of ASEAN countries based on its high-tech capabilities.
— The Korea Herald

ASEAN, South Korea reaffirm support for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Korea have reaffirmed their support for the complete denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law.
— The Philippine Star

South Korea signs agreements to strengthen export profile in Southeast Asia
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed defence agreements with the Philippines and Singapore as part of wider efforts to increase military sales in Southeast Asia.
— Jane’s 360

Asean, South Korea slam protectionism
Asean and South Korea yesterday adopted a joint statement to improve regional development and prosperity during the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan, with Cambodia saying that it supported resistance to protectionism.
— Khmer Times

South Korea, Asean pledge to boost trade as ‘indispensable friends’ in face of protectionism
South Korea and the Asean countries on Tuesday vowed to redouble efforts to expand economic cooperation despite the global wave of protectionism, promising to boost two-way trade to US$200 billion next year from the current US$160 billion.
— South China Morning Post

Asean-South Korea ties deepen, but partnership still lacks ‘legacy project’
South Korea and South-east Asia may have deepened ties and cooperation in numerous areas, but observers say the partnership still lacks a “legacy project” that will go down in history.
— The Straits Times

Asean, South Korea swimming against tide for greater connectivity: PM Lee
At a time when globalisation and multilateral cooperation are under pressure, Asean and South Korea are taking the lead to swim against the tide as they see the benefits of greater connectivity, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN’s Outlook for Indo-Pacific under spotlight at Canada workshop
The Outlook for Indo-Pacific of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was at the focus of attention at a workshop in Ottawa, Canada on November 25, held by the ASEAN Committee in Ottawa.
— Vietnamplus

[ASEAN-Korea summit] ASEAN-Republic of Korea Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and Partnership
We, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), gathered on 26 November 2019 in Busan, the ROK, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations;
— The Korea Herald

Rising affluence and cultural beliefs driving illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia: NGO
Southeast Asia is becoming a more prominent destination for illegal wildlife products due the rising affluence and long-standing cultural beliefs of consumers in the region.
— Today Online

ASEAN army chiefs gather in Indonesia
The 20th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) was held in Bandung city, Indonesia’s West Java province, on November 25.
— Vietnamplus

China, ASEAN promotes forestry industry development
Five projects related to the forestry industry of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, worth 8.85 billion yuan (1.26 billion U.S. dollars), have been signed at an exhibition of the China-ASEAN Expo.
— Xinhuanet

Moon praises partnership with Mekong nations in summit banquet
President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook hosted a banquet dinner on Tuesday for leaders of the five Mekong River nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their spouses on the eve of their inaugural summit.
— The Korea Herald

Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia to adopt Korean for regular school curriculum
Three more member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia — plan to adopt Korean for the regular curriculum at their secondary schools beginning next year, officials said Tuesday.
— Yonhap News Agency

Thailand and Singapore emerge top performers in total funds raised via IPOs in South-east Asia: Deloitte
THAILAND is the top performer in South-east Asia with the largest total funds raised through initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019, accounting for 39 per cent. Singapore contributed 33 per cent to the total funds raised, followed by Indonesia.
— The Business Times

ASEAN-Korea Summit Korea, ASEAN adopt vision for ‘peace, prosperity and partnership’
South Korea and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday adopted a vision statement stipulating that they will cooperate to build a “people-centered community of peace and prosperity.”
— The Korea Herald

S. Korea, ASEAN countries to boost cooperation in startup ventures
South Korea and 10 Asian countries agreed to expand their cooperation to build the region as hotbed for startups.
— Pulse

Regional Collaboration To Resolve Food Insecurity
The latest report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for the United Nations reveals troubling figures for Southeast Asia in terms of food insecurity.
— International Policy Digest

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

Banks urged to focus on digital innovation
Bankers in Southeast Asia have been urged to focus on digital innovation to improve their operations.
— Khmer Times

ISIS fighters not likely to flock to Southeast Asia: Expert
Malaysians and Indonesians who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria are unlikely to make Southeast Asia their new destination following the global terror network’s bombardment in the Levant, a US counter-terrorism official said.
— Khmer Times

Illicit trade of Southeast Asian otters via social networking sites on the rise
Social media is increasingly being used as a means of smuggling endangered otters, and Thai authorities say this is making it difficult to crack down on secret networks.
— The Japan Times

Rapid genetic test traces spread of fungus that kills frogs, reveals new strain in Southeast Asia
Protecting frogs against the invisible killer called chytrid was never going to be easy.
— Mongabay

Bridging Central Asia and Southeast Asia’s finance sectors using modern solutions
As the era of technology continues to usher in a vibrant digital economy for many parts of the world, common problems faced by everyday people still looms large in the fintech space.
— e27

The highest-paying HR roles in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2020
In 2020, Indonesia’s HR industry will see HR business partners (HRBPs) in permanent roles earning the highest pay per annum, between RP468mn to over RP1,040mn.
— Human Resources Online


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Amendments to Law on Trade Unions passes NA unchanged
The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved the draft law on amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions without making any changes – a move that some unions said failed to address workers’ concerns.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU issues support for investment in Kingdom
EU Ambassador Carmen Moreno has vowed to bring more European investors into the Kingdom and pledged to uphold good relations between the EU and Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Two People Sent to Jail in Cambodia for Illegally Possessing Body Parts of Protected Wildlife
Two people in Cambodia have been sentenced to 26 months in jail each for possessing body parts of protected wild animals. It’s the first successful case like this since the Johor National Park was created 27 years ago. It’s also a success given that the illegal wildlife trade affects one-fifth of vertebrates on land.
— The Green Plant

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Indonesia’s economic growth in 2020 to reach 4.8 percent: Indef
The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) has forecast Indonesia’s economy to slow down to 4.8 percent by 2020 owing to challenges from the global and domestic fronts continuing to weigh heavy.
— Antara News

Hobbled Indonesian corruption busters show Jokowi is no corruption buster
After he won re-election last April, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo was eager to emphasise the liberating effects of not having to worry about re-election.
— AEC News Today

Tax authority to focus on expanding tax base in 2020
The Taxation Directorate General will focus on expanding Indonesia’s tax base next year in order to meet a tough revenue target for 2020 amid an economic slowdown.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia to adopt Korean for regular school curriculum
Three more member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia — plan to adopt Korean for the regular curriculum at their secondary schools beginning next year, officials said Tuesday.
— Yonhap News Agency  

Laos urges Asean Plus Three nations to extend support for the protection of children
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mrs Baykham Khattiya, made the call in Vientiane on Friday during the 6th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development Plus Three, on the theme ‘Strengthening Social Protection on Vulnerable Children in Asean’.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

SEA Games: Toothless Young Lions held 0-0 by Laos in football opener
The Young Lions have a mountain to climb to reach the semi-finals after being held to a goal-less draw by Laos in their SEA Games Under-22 tournament opener last night.
— The Straits Times 

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CM: Malaysia cannot be too dependent on fossil fuels, renewable energy is the way forward
Malaysia has to relook at its energy policy if it were to achieve a ‘Clean Malaysia’ status, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Finance minister: Govt maintains 4.7pc GDP growth target for 2019
The government is maintaining its projection of 4.7 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019 despite the weaker third-quarter (Q3) performance and external headwinds, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— Malay Mail

China new market for Malaysia’s pineapple
China has become Malaysia’s new international market for the premium pineapple variety, MD2, following the durian’s success in penetrating the country last May.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar’s military companies should be sanctioned
Business with military companies in Myanmar would only further empower the army.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar’s economy grows between six and seven per cent and it is among ASEAN’s fastest-growing economies
Myanmar’s economy grows between six and seven per cent annually, Myanmar is also amongst ASEAN’s fastest-growing economies, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s Generals Make a Show of Displeasure at China’s Arming of Rebels
The Tatmadaw’s display of a haul of Chinese-made weapons seized from the TNLA sends a pointed signal to Beijing that it’s time to stop adding fuel to the rebel fire.
— Irrawaddy

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Foreign press report ‘messy’ preview of SEA Games 2019
With advanced events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games now being played – like football and polo – athletes, officials, and members of the media got their first glimpse of the regional sporting event set to formally unfurl on Saturday, November 30.
— Rappler

China can shut off the Philippines’ power grid at any time, leaked report warns
The Philippines’ power grid is under the full control of the Chinese government and could be shut off in time of conflict, according to an internal report prepared for lawmakers seen by CNN.
— CNN Philippines (video)

Duterte looks to Philippines’ private sector to reboot signature building plan
When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, he promised US$165 billion in spending to “build, build, build” roads and railways in the Southeast Asian nation.
— South China Morning Post

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Singapore manufacturing output continues growth trajectory, up 4% in October
Singapore’s manufacturing output increased 4 per cent year-on-year in October, continuing the previous month’s uptick in performance.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA loses ‘airline of the year’ title to Air New Zealand, but retains best first class award
Singapore Airlines (SIA) fell to second spot after failing to retain the airline of the year title in AirlineRatings’ Airline Excellence Awards.
— Mothership

Next Budget will be ‘strong, suitable to the state of the world and what the Singapore economy needs’: PM Lee
The Government is working on a Budget for next year which will be strong and suitable to what the Singapore economy needs, given the state of the world, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Nov 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thailand to export additional 1 million tonnes of rice to China
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister says he aims to increase exports of Thai rice to China by another 1 million tonnes.
— The Thaiger

Oct factory output seen falling 4.95% y-o-y
Thailand’s annual manufacturing output in October is expected to have dropped at a faster pace than in the previous month, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Dead deer found in Thailand with 7kg of plastic in stomach
A wild deer was found dead after swallowing 7kg of plastic bags and other trash in Thailand, an official said on Tuesday (Nov 26), raising the alarm on waste littering the country’s waters and forests.
— The Straits Times

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Visa duration for foreign investors in Vietnam to depend on investment size
In the previous version, the law stipulated the duration of an investment visa for investors is not longer than five years, which was considered flaw by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee.
— The Hanoitimes

China makes up nearly 40% of Vietnam’s steel imports despite tighter trade measures
The neighboring country remained Vietnam’s leading supplier of steel over the last three years, with the quantity and value growing at two-digit growth rates annually.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam Jails Six Bloggers, Activists in One-day Sweep Across the Country
Vietnamese courts on Thursday sentenced six dissident bloggers and activists to long terms in prison amid a continuing crackdown on online expressions of dissent in the one-party communist state that has seen dozens of people jailed this year, sources said.
— Radio Free Asia

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