Asean morning news for November 6

Asean morning news for November 6
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‘China blocking Asean access to $2.5-tillion energy resources in South China Sea’
The United States has accused China of blocking Southeast Asia Nations’ access to $2.5 trillion of energy resources in the South China Sea.
— Business Mirror

35th ASEAN Summit Concludes with several agreements accomplished
The 35th ASEAN Summit has come to an end earlier today at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Panod Srisinsuphya joins us from the venue and gives us snapshots of the event.
— Newsline (video)

US accuses ASEAN nations of trying to “embarrass” Trump with meeting snub
An American diplomat, speaking anonymously, says the US is concerned by the ASEAN nations’ partial boycott of the ASEAN-US summit held in Bangkok yesterday.
— The Thaiger

ASEAN members not pawns in geopolitical chessboard, Duterte says
Amid a shifting geopolitical landscape in Asia, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that his government is expanding the horizons for Philippine diplomacy and supports an open and inclusive order in the Asia Pacific region, according to a Palace statement.
— ABS-CBN News

South China Sea code eyed by 2021
A Chinese warship tried to drive away a Filipino-crewed commercial vessel that sailed near Scarborough Shoal in late September.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Thailand can ‘do more’ for Rohingya
Muhammad Faruk Khan, chairman of Bangladesh’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, shares his views on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees in light of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, which ended on Monday, in an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post.
— Bangkok Post

India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project to be extended to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam
We reiterated our intention to work towards the completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project and its extension to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam, said a source from the statement of the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Eleven

Trump’s ASEAN snub signals US-led Asia order is in decline
U.S. President Donald Trump skipped one of Southeast Asia’s most important diplomatic gatherings for a second straight year, ceding strategic space to China and signaling fading U.S. interest in the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN FDI inflows at record $155B in 2018; PHL fifth
THE Philippines was fifth among regional economies in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018, with the region taking in a record $155 billion overall, equivalent to 11.5% of the global total, up from 9.6% in 2017.
— BusinessWorld Online

US urges legal action to counter Beijing in South China Sea
U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Monday called on countries intimidated by Beijing in the South China Sea to seek arbitration, as Washington put pressure on China at one of Asia’s largest diplomatic gatherings.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN-U.S. review political, economic, social, cultural cooperation
Leaders from ASEAN countries, and the United States National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien , representing U.S. President Donald J. Trump , have attended the 7th ASEAN-U.S. Summit.
— Newsline (video)

Is Trump’s Absence From ASEAN Summit a Sign of Rising US Disinterest in the Region?
US President Donald Trump decided not to attend the ASEAN*-US Summit and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on Monday and sent White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien as his special envoy.
— Sputnik

US Announces Effort to Compete against China’s “Belt and Road” Program
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced this week that the United States plans to invest and trade more in Asia.

Thailand passes sustainability torch to Vietnam
The 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits culminated yesterday with the handover of the Asean chairmanship to Vietnam. Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha handed a gavel, the symbol of the bloc’s leadership, to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and hugged each other cordially.
— Bangkok Post

Chairmanship to help Vietnam affirm stature in ASEAN
The chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2020 that Vietnam officially assumed on November 4 will be a chance for the country to affirm its role and stature while further showing itself as an active member of the ASEAN Community.
— Vietnamplus

Japan to help channel capital into Southeast Asia Inc.
Japan’s economic ministry plans to act as a matchmaker that will bring promising Southeast Asian companies together with Japanese capital to fuel growth.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Malaysia detains two Cambodian dissidents en-route to Thailand
Malaysian authorities have detained two Cambodian opposition activists while they were waiting to board a flight to Thailand in what is seen as part of a crackdown on exiled dissidents in Southeast Asia, rights groups said on Tuesday,
— Reuters

ASEAN takes step forward for child refugees
Adopted on Nov. 2 at the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, the ASEAN Declaration on the Rights of Children in the Context of Migration highlights the increased commitment of ASEAN member states on migration issues that affect the region, starting with the less controversial subject for the organization: children.
— The Jakarta Post

Indo Pacific Business Forum, a promising future for intercontinental investment
Senior US officials, Thai government officials, and international business leaders have come together at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, to deepen and strengthen investment in the region.
— Newsline (video)

Synergy between ASEAN, China badly needed: Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has insisted that ASEAN’s development road map should dovetail with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as Jakarta doubles down on inclusive partnerships by hosting the seminal Indo-Pacific Infrastructure and Connectivity Forum next year.
— The Jakarta Post

India supports FTA talks with EU after refusing to join Asean-led RCEP accord
India should hold talks with the European Union for a free trade agreement, the government said on Tuesday (Nov 5), a day after it refused to join a regional trade pact led by Asean for fear of a flood of cheap Chinese imports.
— The Straits Times

Focus on trade wisest choice for Asean
The 35th Asean Summit and related summits kicked off in Bangkok on Sunday. The meetings will focus on economic cooperation.
— Khmer Times

ASEAN leaders urge North Korea to complete denuclearization
To promote peace and stability in the region, Southeast Asian leaders have called on North Korea to complete denuclearization and avoid undertaking further nuclear and missile tests.
— Manila Bulletin

Asean: Rich nations must honor commitments on climate action
Ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Spain in December, Southeast Asian leaders have called on developed nations to fulfill and scale up their financial commitments to support the adaptation and mitigation actions of their countries, among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Li calls for more solidarity, coordination within framework of ASEAN+3
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang here on Monday attended the 22nd ASEAN-China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) leaders’ meeting, calling on the participating countries to strengthen solidarity and coordination.

Challenge for Asean: Reclaiming its voice on a complex world stage
A 16-country mega trade pact would have made a fine present for 52-year-old Asean. It was not to be.
— The Straits Times

Jokowi says no to Southeast Asia becoming ‘landfill for hazardous and toxic waste’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has put the spotlight on the world’s mounting plastic waste problems during this year’s East Asia Summit (EAS), suggesting that state leaders collaborate to handle the issue, particularly with regard to environmentally hazardous waste.
— The Jakarta Post

Southeast Asia’s dependence on fossil fuel subsidies ‘like crack cocaine’
Southeast Asia’s fast-growing economies need to drop generous subsidies for fossil fuels if the region is to make the transition to clean energy at the speed needed to hit climate targets, experts have said.
— Eco-Business

Minister: Explore joint fund to accelerate growth of SMEs in Asean
Asean countries should explore opportunities to enhance cooperation by establishing a joint development investment funds to accelerate the growth of small and medium enterprises (SME) in the region.
— Malay Mail

Singapore businesses far less upbeat compared with rest of Asean: survey
ASEAN businesses may be among the most bullish in the world, but Singapore companies are far less confident about their growth prospects in the coming year, striking a worrying note for Singapore’s outlook as it struggles to get out of its slump amid a global economic slowdown
— The Business Times (paywall)

Less US participation in Asean could change trade dynamics in Asia
Despite declaring the Indo-Pacific the single most consequential region for the United States’ future in a Pentagon strategy report earlier this year, the Trump Administration has scaled back the US presence at the Bangkok summit-level gatherings being held on Nov 3 to 4.
— Khmer Times

MOE offers measured response to announcement of RCEP trade deal
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOE) offered a measured response Tuesday to the announcement of a major regional free trade agreement that was reached a day earlier at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok.
— Focus Taiwan

PM calls on UN and Asean to cooperate against terrorism
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday during the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok called on the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to cooperate against extremism and terrorism in the region.
— Khmer Times

ASEAN countries to work with Pakistan to settle Kashmir issue
resident of Majlis Perundingan Islam Malaysia (MAPIM) Dato Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hamid Tuesday said member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will work with Pakistan to help resolve the Kashmir issue.
— AP Pakistan

China, Thailand agree to advance ties, jointly promote regional connectivity
China and Thailand on Tuesday pledged to expand cooperation in various areas and work together to facilitate trade and investment to boost regional connectivity and build a more open world economy.

PM meets Japanese leader upgrading ASEAN – Indo-Pacific cooperation
The Prime Ministers of Thailand and Japan have held talks on the topics of ASEAN’s outlook on Indo-Pacific, the development of smart cities and human resources, environmental management, and SMEs and startups promotion, after signing 6 agreements.
— Newsline (video)

Patience over ASEAN can pay dividends for Australia
When Joe Hockey left his job as US ambassador, he took the opportunity to depart from diplomatic form and issue a clear warning to our closest ally.
— The Age

Chinese investment could boost SE Asia’s steel capacity
Surging investments by Chinese steelmakers in Southeast Asia could add more than 50 million tons a year to the region’s crude steel capacity, an industry leader said.
— Manila Bulletin

Japan vows to boost aid, ties to Asean
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to support Asean in its efforts to strengthen regional cooperation, during talks with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Reframing challenges as opportunities
ASEAN’S diversity presents challenges for Singapore companies looking to expand abroad, but these challenges can be reframed as opportunities, said a group of panellists at a roundtable organised by The Business Times (BT) and presented by HSBC on Sept 24.
— The Business Times

ABIS 2019 pushes for sustainable digital economy
The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2019, which was one of the related meetings of the 35th ASEAN Summit, has concluded with emphasis being placed on economic cooperation and support for the growth of the ASEAN digital economy.
— Newsline (video)

ASEAN vows to focus on continuity, complementarity, creativity
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded its 35th summit in Bangkok on Monday, vowing to put its priorities on continuity, complementarity and creativity in the cause of the bloc’s development.

Egat talks power trade with Cambodia, Myanmar
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is planning to talk with power authorities in Cambodia and Myanmar to trade electricity from Thailand at a combined capacity of 500 megawatts.
— Bangkok Post

PM attends Mekong-Japan Summit in Thailand
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, leaders of other Mekong countries and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the 11th Mekong-Japan Summit in Bangkok on November 4 evening.
— Vietnamplus

ASEAN start-ups are tackling food waste
There are approximately 124 million people around the world who suffer from acute hunger.
— The Asean Post

Thailand name 24-man squad for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Malaysia, Vietnam
Head coach Akira Nishino has named a 24-man squad for Thailand’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ties against Malaysia and Vietnam this month.
— FOX Sports Asia

ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium organized on Nov 5-8 in Yogyakarta
The Seventh ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium, themed “Embracing Change, Honoring Tradition,” is being held in Yogyakarta on Nov 5-8, 2019.
— Antara News

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Malaysia detains two Cambodian dissidents en-route to Thailand
Malaysian authorities have detained two Cambodian opposition activists while they were waiting to board a flight to Thailand in what is seen as part of a crackdown on exiled dissidents in Southeast Asia, rights groups said on Tuesday,
— Reuters

Cambodia Must End ‘Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecution’ of Opposition Members: Amnesty International
Cambodia must end its campaign of “arbitrarily arresting and prosecuting” former members of the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and release all prisoners held for peacefully exercising their rights, London-based rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Nearly 20,000 Forces to Be Deployed on Independence Day, Water Festival
Nearly 20,000 members of the armed and police forces will be deployed during upcoming public holidays from Saturday, when leaders of the outlawed opposition party have vowed to return to the country.

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Health ministry confirms 110,921 dengue fever cases until Oct 2019
A total of 110,921 cases of dengue fever were recorded throughout Indonesia in the year ending October 31, 2019, according to the healthy ministry.
— Antara News

Indonesia to Spend $701m on 2020 Regional Elections
Indonesia’s national election organizing agency said it has received budgetary approval for Rp 9.8 trillion ($701 million) to hold next year’s regional elections in nine provinces.
— Jakarta Globe

4 Indonesian police officers arrested over Briton’s kidnapping
Four Indonesian police officers have been arrested in connection with the abduction of a British national that saw kidnappers collect a US$900,000 ransom, authorities said.
— Coconuts

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Laos backs promotion of children’s rights on Asean stage
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Savankhone Razmountry, reiterated the position of the Lao government at the 22nd Asean Socio-Cultural Community Council Meeting held on the sidelines of the 35th Asean Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 2.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos greatly values Mekong-Japan cooperation
Laos highly appreciates the collaboration between the Mekong sub-region countries and Japan, especially assistance from Japan that has contributed to development within Laos and its integration with the region.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt promotes environmentally-friendly hydro projects
The government is encouraging the building of environmentally-friendly hydropower plants to ensure green growth and sustainable poverty reduction, according to a senior government official.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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MACC cooperates with 5 countries to track down RM18.9b worth of 1MDB assets
At least five countries are currently cooperating with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to track down unidentified assets and properties related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) with an estimated value of RM18.9 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia remains transit hub for terrorists due to visa-free travel, says Bukit Aman
Malaysia remains a transit point for terrorists as those coming from most Middle-Eastern countries and some African nations do not require a visa, says Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan.
— The Star Online

MAHB’s OA extensions will enhance operational efficiency at airports: Anthony Loke
The extension of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) operating agreements (OAs) until Feb 11, 2069, is expected to enhance operational efficiency at airports and contribute to the country’s economy.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar climbs in World Bank’s ease of doing business index
Myanmar improved its ranking on the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report by six positions, coming in 165th place out of 190 countries on the index compared to 171st in the previous.
— Myanmar Times

India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project to be extended to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam
We reiterated our intention to work towards the completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project and its extension to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam, said a source from the statement of the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Eleven Myanmar

Govt secures release of abducted Indian nationals in Myanmar
The Central government secured the release of five Indian nationals who were allegedly abducted by the Arakan Army in Myanmar.
— Devdiscourse

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China fired warning flares vs. PH military planes 6 times – AFP
China fired warning flares against Philippine military aircraft conducting patrols near the artificial islands Beijing controls in the South China Sea, the Armed Forces revealed Tuesday.
— CNN Philippines

The Philippines’ complicity in creating China’s vision of a regional order
Prior to his 5th working visit to Beijing, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would push for the immediate adoption of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the Parties in the South China Sea dispute.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines
The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday night, November 5, reported the country’s 4th polio case since an outbreak was declared in September.
— Rappler

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Singapore’s net business formation lower than usual in 2019 so far
In the first nine months of 2019, net formation of business entities has been about a quarter lower than the average in recent years, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said in response to a parliamentary question on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Concealed facts, untruths: PAP spells out its reasons why WP MPs should be recused from AHTC financial affairs
People’s Action Party (PAP) ministers listed a range of reasons why Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim should recuse themselves from financial matters relating to Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), debating a motion on the issue in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singtel fined $25,000 and Ninja Van $90,000 for data breaches
Singtel risked exposing up to 330,000 subscribers’ billing information while Ninja Van left up to 1.26 million individuals’ data in full view of the public.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thai English skills dip for third year
Thailand’s English proficiency has fallen for the third year in a row, according to the annual English Proficiency Index conducted by the global education company EF Education First.
— Bangkok Post

Smog returns to Bangkok today with excessive PM2.5 in 20 areas
Smog returned to Bangkok today (Tuesday), with the level of PM2.5 dust particles exceeding safety levels in 20 areas, the Pollution Control Department reports.
— Thai PBS News

US accuses ASEAN nations of trying to “embarrass” Trump with meeting snub
An American diplomat, speaking anonymously, says the US is concerned by the ASEAN nations’ partial boycott of the ASEAN-US summit held in Bangkok yesterday. It was certainly an intentional rebuff to the US after sending …
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam approves US$1.56 billion power projects using ExxonMobil-exploited gas
State-run Vietnam Electricity (EVN) will be the investor of the projects which are expected to be kicked off in early 2021.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietnam NA deputies okay erasure of $705M worth of uncollectible tax liabilities
A majority of National Assembly (NA) deputies on Friday agreed with the Vietnamese government’s proposal to write off 16.4 trillion dong ($708 million) worth of uncollectible tax.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam: Ministry activities to increase farm produce export opportunities
The Ministry of Industry and Trade on November 1 officially deployed activities to promote advertising of agricultural and food products of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.
— Fresh Plaza

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