Asean morning news for November 28

Asean morning news for November 28
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South China Sea shock: Beijing’s radar in Philippine-claimed reef sparks fury with rivals
The rapidly deployable radar and unmanned platform was captured in a sattelite image on Panganiban Reef, according to ImageSat International, a commercial company specialising in high resolution satelite images.

China is top beneficiary of 2016 arbitral ruling – Carpio
In terms of fishing rights and mineral resources, China is actually the “number one beneficiary” of the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that invalidated its sweeping claims in the South China Sea, retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio pointed out Tuesday.

Thailand proposes anti digital crime agenda at AMMTC prep meeting
Thailand has raised the topic of border area management and planned anti-extremist action during a discussion at the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and related meetings which are being held by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok from November 26th to 28th.
— Newsline (video)

South Korea’s President Hard-Sells His Country To Southeast Asia Leaders
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in showed off his country’s high-tech prowess to leaders of the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a summit dedicated to “partnership for peace, prosperity for people.”
— Forbes

India seeks review of FTAs with ASEAN, Japan: Goyal
India has sought review of its existing free trade agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN and Japan, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
— The Economic Times

Damage control required for ASEAN–US relations
The 35th ASEAN Summit and its related meetings ended on 5 November 2019 with stronger ASEAN solidarity and centrality.
— East Asia Forum

Ensure Asean remains free of drugs: Amrin Amin
Singapore and other like-minded countries are “very concerned” about the softening stance of some nations towards drugs, especially cannabis which is the most widely used drug around the world, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs Amrin Amin yesterday.
— The Straits Times

These Were The Most-Used E-Commerce Apps In Southeast Asia In Q3
Shopee, Lazada and Tokopedia were the most-used and downloaded e-commerce apps in the third-quarter of 2019 across Southeast Asia, a joint study by App Annie and iPrice Group showed.
— Entrepreneur

Singapore Women defeated Thailand in the SEA Games and the Men’s match ended with a draw in the third day of the floorball tournament.
— International Floorball Federation

The 12-month forecast through July 2020 indicates exceptional water deficits around Tonlé Sap in western Cambodia and deficits of varying intensity throughout most of Thailand.

Across China: Culture week brings Chinese, ASEAN students closer
On an old street in the southern Chinese city of Haikou, a large crowd gathered to watch a young Vietnamese perform yangko, a folk-style Chinese dance.
— Xinhuanet

Việt Nam attends ASEAN meeting on transnational crime in Thailand
Minister of Public Security General Tô Lâm led a Vietnamese delegation to the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC-13) and relevant meetings, which kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday.
— Viet Nam News

Overreliance On Hydropower Is Causing A Crisis In Southeast Asia
The swirling currents of the once mighty Mekong shrunk by drought and increasingly crippled by dams point towards an unprecedented crisis of water governance along the more than 4,900 kilometers of southeast Asia’s longest river.

Malaysia says Islamic State may shift operations to Southeast Asia
A Malaysian minister warned on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group may shift its base of operations to Southeast Asia after the death of its leader, according to a media report.
— Reuters

MRC countries agree to collectively manage drought
The Mekong River Commission Council yesterday approved a five-year strategy until 2025 which allows Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to prepare for and manage drought collectively.
— Khmer Times

Report: Shopee, Lazada compete for top spots in Southeast Asian e-commerce scene
E-commerce companies Shopee and Lazada are competing for the top spots in the Southeast Asian (SEA) market, according to the new The Map of Southeast Asian E-Commerce – Q3 2019 report.
— e27

Southeast Asian startups emphasize importance of foreign talent
Southeast Asia-based startups emphasized the importance of being open to foreign talent during the Unicorn & Startup Talk Concert, held Nov. 26 on the sidelines of the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.

SE Asia faces huge Series C-D gap despite capital deluge: Asia Partners report
Despite the southeast Asian region being awash with venture capital dollars, there is a glaring funding gap in the Series C and D stages, amounting to almost $1 billion per year, according to a report by Singapore-based PE firm Asia Partners.
— Deal Street Asia

ASEAN – RoK relations thrive in recent 30 years
For politics and security, the Republic of Korea treasures its relationship with ASEAN.
— Vietnamplus

Cashless is the new king for S-E Asia
The days of pulling out dollar notes and coins to pay may be numbered.
— The Business Times

Learn how SEA stacks up against China in the 2019 Southeast Asia Internet Trends Report
Prepared by North Ridge Partners and contributed by TechNode Global, this 2019 Southeast Asia Internet Trends Report aims to provide a concise view of the regional technology market – a short ‘one-stop’ guide on regional technology strategies, geographies, investors and companies.
— Technode

China holds 2nd healthcare products expo in Jakarta to promote cooperation
China’s prestigious Healthcare Products Expo (CHEXPO ASEAN) is coming back for its second time in Jakarta from Wednesday to Friday, to promote and enhance cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors after succeeding in last year’s exhibition.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN as partner for common prosperity
Great news broke earlier this month: South Korea joined the project to build Indonesia’s government integrated data center.
— The Jakarta Post

Meet the Next Generation – ASEAN Special Report
The 6th century French bishop Gregory of Tours would often enthuse about young people, writing in his History of the Franks that the world was becoming more pious and respectful.
— GovInsider

CONF: ASEAN-6 steel consumption in H1 up 5.9% on year
Apparent steel consumption in the ASEAN-6 countries totaled 39.2 million tonnes in the first half of 2019, up 5.9% on year, and their steel production grew 9.7% on year, with both long and flat steel posting positive growths on year too for the whole region.
— Mysteel Global

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In reversal, Cambodia’s Hun Sen offers U.S. new ‘bond of friendship’
Cambodia’s authoritarian leader Hun Sen has offered to renew friendship with the United States after receiving a letter from President Donald Trump, a turnaround in relations with the country he once accused of conspiring to overthrow him.
— Yahoo News 

Skills or jobs: Which should Cambodia focus on?
Cambodia boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Southeast Asia. According to research platform for investors, Macrotrends, this number stood at 1.05 percent in 2018, putting its unemployment rate only higher than Thailand’s (0.67 percent) and Lao PDR’s (0.61 percent) when compared to other ASEAN countries.
— The Asean Post 

World Bank: Growth at 7% for this year
Cambodia’s economy remained robust, underpinned by solid export performance and strong domestic demand, even as real growth is expected to decelerate to 7.0 per cent this year from 7.5 per cent last year, the latest World Bank Cambodia Economic Update said on Wednesday.
— The Phonm Penh Post

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It’s official: BKPM to handle all licenses, review policies unfavorable for investors
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially issued a regulation that streamlines all business licensing toward the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and grants the agency the authority to review policies deemed as unfavorable for investors.
— The Jakarta Post

IMEI Regulation; Illegal Phone Dealers will Not be Compensated
The Indonesian government announced that it will not provide compensation for illegal mobile phone dealers in regards to the regulation that would take effect in 2020, known as the regulation on IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).

Indonesian journalists face violence, criminalization
As a city journalist of four years, Nibras Nada Nailufar frequently visited the Jakarta Police headquarters.
— The Jakarta Post

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ADB-funded Project Helps Develop Local Workers
Asian Development Bank – ADB – is helping develop workers in southern Laos to ensure they are fit for labour markets through the Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project in Champassak.
— KPL 

Elderly Lao Man Held in Land Dispute Released on Bail
A 69-year-old Lao man who was detained two months ago for refusing to give up land that had been in his family since 1965, was released on bail this week, RFA’s Lao Service has learned.
— RFA 

SEA Games 2019: Vietnam vs Laos live stream, updates, when and where to watch
Vietnam had defeated a hapless Brunei Darussalam 6-0 in their opener while Laos had held Singapore goalless in their first fixture. As many as 11 ASEAN nations are fighting each other to finish on the podium in the men’s football tournament in this year’s Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.
— Fox Sport Asia 

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Penang making efforts to ship over 200 containers of plastics to origin countries
Forty-two containers of plastic waste that are due to be shipped back to the United Kingdom account for just a fraction of all the plastic waste that have been imported into Malaysia illegally.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia says Islamic State may shift operations to Southeast Asia
A Malaysian minister warned on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group may shift its base of operations to Southeast Asia after the death of its leader, according to a media report.
— Euro news

5% salary increase seen for Malaysia next year: Korn Ferry
The Korn Ferry 2020 Salary Forecast report estimates that salaries in Malaysia are expected to increase by 5% in 2020.
— The Sun Daily

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Two Myanmar Military Officers Join Int’l Criminal Justice Unit for ICJ Defense
Two military officers are among the members of the Myanmar government’s Special Unit on International Criminal Justice formed by the Ministry of the Office of the State Counselor on Tuesday.
— Irrawaddy

Advocate vows to continue call for legal use of cannabis in Myanmar
A MAN who is fighting to legalise the use of cannabis in Myanmar was fined recently for wrongful demonstration in Yangon.
— New Straits times

Trafficking of Myanmar College Student Sparks Probe Into Fishing Industry Abuses
Myanmar’s top human rights body said Wednesday it will investigate the domestic fishing industry’s use of workers sold to operators by human traffickers following a case involving a university student who went missing for weeks after being abducted by alleged traffickers.
— Radio Free Asia

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SEA Games opening rites will make critics ‘eat their own words’ –Salceda
Critics of the mishaps in the country’s staging of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will eat their own words once they see the opening ceremonies of the sports event this weekend, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DOH expresses alarm as 26 samples test positive for poliovirus
THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed alarm on Wednesday following the confirmation by the National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases that a total of 26, out of 142 environmental samples (ES) collected, tested positive for poliovirus types 1 or 2.
— Business Mirror

Senate approves proposed 2020 national budget on third and final reading
The Senate has approved the proposed 2020 national budget on third and final reading. Twenty-two senators voted in favor of the P4.1-trillion proposed budget, which President Rodrigo Duterte had certified as urgent.
— Eagle News

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Growth in service sector revenue continues to slow in Q3
Singapore’s services industries continued to see their takings go up in the third quarter of the year, but at a slower pace, according to data from the Department of Statistics (SingStat) released on Wednesday (Nov 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All govt agencies to take steps to safeguard personal data; measures to be in place in most systems by end-2021
Public agencies will collect and retain an individual’s data only when it is strictly necessary while making sure it is properly safeguarded, as part of new measures that will be rolled out across the entire public service.
— The Straits Times

NEA enforcement officer caught on video vaping dismissed
A National Environment Agency (NEA) enforcement officer who was filmed vaping has had his contract terminated.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Factory output falls 8.45% y/y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in October fell 8.45% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, petroleum and steel, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin and Mananya claim ban on three farm chemicals remains intact
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth have played down the apparent U-turn over the December 1st enforcement of the ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos by insisting that the ban remains intact.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand reverses ban on weed killer linked to cancer
Thailand reversed a decision on Wednesday (Nov 27) to ban a controversial weedkiller and extended the permitted use of two other pesticides for six months, following pushback from its multi-billion dollar agriculture industry.

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China funded 1.4 million USD for the planning of a controversial train project in Vietnam
China had funded 10 million yuan (1.4 million USD) for the preliminary planning of a controversial train project in Vietnam that would connect the northern border region all the way through to a busy eastern port, the Ministry of Transport announced on November 25.
— Vietnam Insider

FDI inflows into Việt Nam surge in 11 months
The country lured US$31.8 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 11 months of 2019, up 3 per cent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA).
— Viet Nam News

‘My son has finally arrived’: first of Essex lorry bodies returned to Vietnam
The first 16 bodies of 39 Vietnamese people found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Britain have been repatriated to Vietnam, according to a local official and Vietnamese media.
— The Guardian

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