Asean morning news for October 31

Asean morning news for October 31
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Trump snubs meeting with ASEAN leaders in Bangkok
US President Donald Trump is skipping a summit with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the second year in a row, even as the regional grouping grapples with new economic and security challenges including China’s assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.
— Aljazeera

US set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Asean summits
The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China’s expanding influence.
— Malaysiakini

Last-minute India demands jeopardise Asian trade pact
India keeps making last-minute requests after it agreed to terms for the world’s largest regional trade agreement, potentially preventing Asian leaders from announcing a breakthrough next week on the 16-nation pact during a summit in Bangkok, people familiar with the situation said.
— Bangkok Post

Japan trade minister to skip RCEP meeting in Bangkok
Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama will skip a ministerial meeting on an Asia-wide free trade deal later this week in Bangkok to attend parliamentary deliberations, a Diet committee official said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Asean urged to step up trade cooperation among member states to cushion impact of US-China trade war
Asean member states must take bold and effective measures to bolster their economies to cushion the impact of the ongoing trade war between the United States (US) and China which has yet to show any sign of resolution.
— Malay Mail

Southeast Asian Leaders Seen Siding with China’s Despite Maritime Dispute
Ten Southeast Asian heads of state will hold their landmark annual meeting next week, and four are enmeshed in a maritime sovereignty dispute with their more powerful neighbor China. But the event is widely expected to produce a statement that avoids condemning Beijing.

Digital Financial Services to Generate $38 Billion in Southeast Asia, Study Finds
Digital financial services from lending to asset management are expected to generate at least $38 billion of annual revenue across Southeast Asia by 2025, more than tripling from $11 billion in 2019, according to a new study by Bain & Co., Google and Temasek Holdings Pte.
— Bloomberg

What does Trump’s East Asia Summit absence mean for China’s regional influence?
Washington’s decision to send a scaled-back delegation to next week’s East Asia Summit in Thailand has been met with little surprise in the region, with observers believing the move reflects President Donald Trump’s disdain for long-distance trips that do not culminate in blockbuster deals that earn him bragging rights at home.
— South China Morning Post

Success from 34th ASEAN Summit to carry on to 35th ASEAN Summit
At the 34th ASEAN Summit, Thailand, as the host country and ASEAN chair, announced its commitment to build a people-centered ASEAN Community that leaves no one behind and looks to the future on the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.
— Newsline (video)

ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 1
Thailand, Chair of ASEAN in 2019, successfully gained the agreement of all 10 member states for “The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region” at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. The aim of the joint declaration is to address the problem of marine debris in a serious and sustainable way.
— Thai PBS News

Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2019
The IEA’s 4th Southeast Asia Energy Outlook provides a comprehensive review of the energy system and current market trends in the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Southeast Asia may become net fossil fuel importer in coming years: IEA
Southeast Asia could become a net importer of fossil fuels in the next few years, raising the financial burden on governments and increasing carbon emissions in the region, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned in a report.

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar tackle migrant worker safety
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng met his Lao and Myanmar counterparts on Wednesday to discuss ways to strengthen the protection of migrant workers from each country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

3 new IEA reports provide fresh insights into Southeast Asia’s energy future
Southeast Asia is set to become a key driver of world energy trends over the next 20 years as its energy demand grows at twice the global average, reflecting the region’s economic rise but also increasing the chall

‘Amazing Asean’ is next chapter in tourism success story
Tourism in Southeast Asia remains healthy despite the global economic slowdown, but this regional success story will only continue if Asean countries ramp up cooperation, experts say.
— Bangkok Post

China-ASEAN forestry research forum opens in SW China
A China-ASEAN forestry research forum opened in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Soaring Energy Demand Leaves Southeast Asia In A Precarious Position
Despite slowing economic growth, Southeast Asia is on its way to become a net energy importer, the International Energy Agency said in its annual Southeast Asia Energy Outlook.

SMEs main battleground for fintech firms in the region
Financial technology firms hoping to carve out an edge in South-east Asia will have to target the small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region.
— The Straits Times

ASEAN Can Lead Sustainable And Inclusive Economic Development, Here’s How
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are gathering for their 35th summit in Bangkok this week to chart a course for the region’s economic future.
— Forbes

In Southeast Asia, illegal hunting is a more immediate threat to wildlife than forest degradation
A new study carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF-Vietnam) and the Sabah Forestry Department of the Government of Malaysia suggests that for ground dwelling mammal and bird communities, illegal hunting using indiscriminate snares may be a more immediate threat than forest degradation through selective logging.
— Phys.Org

After another haze outbreak chokes Southeast Asia, can palm oil smallholders shift to sustainable farming?
Dry weather, slash and burn farming, flicked cigarettes and neglected cooking pans have all been fingered for the air pollution from burning peatlands that has swept across Southeast Asia from June to October.
— Eco-business

Building a more inclusive Asean
Normally, the first week of November is scheduled as our family’s vacation, and a solemn day of remembering our departed loved ones.
— The Philippine Star

SP Group launches first zero-emission building in Southeast Asia powered by green hydrogen
At first glance, this three-storey structure looks no different from your average building.
— CNA (video)

Renewable Energy Boom Can’t Dim Coal Outlook in Southeast Asia
There’s just no stopping coal in Southeast Asia. Surging investments in wind and solar energy won’t be enough to shake the fuel’s dominance in the region for decades to come, according to the International Energy Agency.
— Bloomberg

Measure up to the region’s best and brightest at the 2020 TOP100 APAC
If you are a tech startup based in the Asia Pacific with a working prototype or product which you have launched to a market already, then the 2020 TOP100 APAC may just be the right programme for you.
— e27

South Korea to promote culinary treasures with Asean partners
HELP yourself to kimchi, roti canai, ambuyat, adobo, chilli crab, ho mok, nasi rawon, tom yum, mohinga or pho soup when South Korea, together with Asean partners, show their culinary culture in November.
— New Straits Times

The environmental impact of music
Digital technology and Southeast Asia’s high internet penetration have transformed the region’s music industry.
— The Asean Post

‘Amazing Asean’ is next chapter in tourism success story
Tourism in Southeast Asia remains healthy despite the global economic slowdown, but this regional success story will only continue if Asean countries ramp up cooperation, experts say.
— Bangkok Post

Honouring the leading channel partners in ASEAN
Channel Asia is preparing to honour the leading technology providers across ASEAN as the channel ecosystem comes together for the inaugural Innovation Awards.
— Channel Asia Singapore

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Kingdom will export one million tonnes of rice by 2022, says CRF
The Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) has committed to raising the Kingdom’s rice exports to one million tonnes by 2022, its president Song Saran said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

E.U. To Release ‘Everything But Arms’ Investigation Report in November
The European Union is expected to release the findings of its investigation into human rights abuses in Cambodia in November, a move that will determine if the country continues to enjoy the “Everything But Arms” trade preferences, according to a Cambodian labor rights activist.

Cambodia Opposition Activist Dies in Fall From Police Motorbike During Arrest
An activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) died Wednesday while being taken into custody by authorities for “plotting a coup” in connection with the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy from exile, according to a family member.

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It’s official: Jokowi increases BPJS premium by 100 percent starting January next year
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally signed a new presidential regulation (Perpres) on healthcare security, which stipulates a rise in the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
— The Jakarta Post

Building flood resistance in Indonesia: new approaches being implemented (video)
People and vehicles stranded in floodwaters, inundated business premises, interrupted connectivity, and access to other services cut off.
— AEC News Today

Gov’t Predicts Digital Economy will Thrive to Rp566tn
Secretary-General of Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) Rosarita Niken Widiastuti says that the country’s digital economy is predicted to thrive from US$27 billion to US$40 billion in 2019.

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Water provider augments supply from Nam Ngum river
In a telephone interview with Vientiane Times yesterday, the General Manager of the Vientiane Water Supply State Enterprise, Mr Khampheuy Vongsakhamphoui, said that after the river level dropped they had decided to install pumps to get water from the river to the treatment plant.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos Among Remote Countries with Best Internet
Berlin-based online travel website Tourlane has named Laos as one of the most remote countries with the best Internet.
— The Laotian Times

Lao Dam Break Survivors Still Face Hardships in Temporary Shelters
Lao villagers displaced by flooding from a dam breach last year are facing hardships in temporary resettlement areas, with clean water hard to find and toilets unusable, and some are moving back to their former land to make a living, Lao sources say.

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Malaysian banks shut accounts of legal foreign residents from some countries on US watchlists
Thousands of bank accounts belonging to Malaysia’s legal foreign residents have been terminated, many of them migrants from Muslim-majority countries on United States terror sponsorship watchlists.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s Tanjung Pelepas on its way to becoming a top SEA port
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Malayrisa’s Johor Bahru, aims to become a leading port in the region.
— Khmer Times

Chinese national: I was told I could get a legal Malaysian passport for RM400,000
A Chinese national believed that he need only “invest” RM400,000 to apply for a legal Malaysian passport, a Penang High Court heard today during the hearing of the sale of MyKad case.
— Malay Mail

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Myanmar: Satire performers who mocked military face prison in “appalling” conviction
Responding to the conviction and one-year prison sentence handed down to five members of the Peacock Generation, a satirical poetry troupe, Joanne Mariner, Amnesty International’s research director for South East Asia, said:
— Amnesty International

Myanmar to build new river-crossing bridge in western state to boost border trade
Myanmar has planned to build a new Manipur River Crossing Bridge in Chin state on the main border trade route with India, according to the Road Transportation Ministry of Chin State Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Aung San Suu Kyi Remarks on Myanmar Constitutional Reform Rankle Some Supporters
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell on Tuesday in Naypyidaw to discuss continued American support for the country’s democratic transition, a visit that came as supporters in Myanmar questioned her commitment to pledged reforms that helped her win power in 2015.
— Radio Free Asia

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South China Sea row: Philippines to launch nuclear programme as China tensions grow
THE PHILIPPINES are planning a new nuclear programme amid heightening tensions with China which has seen political uproar and weapons readied with the help of US support.

PH ranks 5th worst in impunity index
The Philippines had the largest number of unsolved killings of journalists with 41, followed by Mexico with 30; Somalia with 25; and Syria and Iraq with 22 each, a New York-based media watchdog said Wednesday.

‘Ghost’ of delayed budget to haunt growth data till Q3
THE ghost of the delayed passage of the national budget for 2019 is expected to still haunt the country’s economic growth numbers up until the third quarter of this year, a local economist said.
— Business Mirror

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Tourist spending down 3% for first half of 2019, although visitor arrivals rose to 9.3m
Spending by tourists in the first half of this year did not keep pace with the number of arrivals, which rose 1.3 per cent to reach 9.3 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s wage growth could ease as labour market softens: MAS
SINGAPORE’s central bank is expecting the overall labour market to soften, with domestic wage growth easing, against the backdrop of a synchronous global slowdown across major advanced countries and Asian economies in the first half of 2019.
— The Business Times

Vehicular Emissions Scheme extended until December 2020
The existing Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) for newly registered cars, taxis and imported used cars will be extended by a year until Dec 31, 2020.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Thai Civilized party leader may face charges for attempting to bring suspected explosive into Parliament
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered parliamentary legal affairs officials to explore the possibility of taking legal action against Thai Civilized party leader Mongkolkit Suksintharanont for allegedly attempting to smuggle explosives into Parliament to “test the efficiency of security measures”.
— Thai PBS News

Last-minute India demands jeopardise Asian trade pact
India keeps making last-minute requests after it agreed to terms for the world’s largest regional trade agreement, potentially preventing Asian leaders from announcing a breakthrough next week on the 16-nation pact during a summit in Bangkok, people familiar with the situation said.
— Bangkok Post

U.S. set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Bangkok summits
The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China’s expanding influence.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnamese millionaire kingpin ‘Mr Truong’ wanted in Essex truck deaths investigation
Police in Vietnam investigating the deaths of 39 migrants in an Essex truck have identified the millionaire kingpin believed to be behind the fatal people-smuggling plot, it is reported.

Vietnam kicks off 1M-ton LNG terminal to ease energy thirst
Once operational in 2022, the terminal will serve the operations of Nhon Trach Power Plants 3 and 4 with capacity of 600 MW each, and supply LNG for a number of customers.
— The Hanoitimes

Hanoi’s first metro line has begun a 20-day commercial trial run
The test run begun on Monday to inspect all aspects of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Metro Line, including functioning stations with staff on duty in operation rooms and at ticket booths.
— Vietnam Insider

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