Asean morning news for February 24

Asean morning news for February 24
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Parliament approves ASEAN’s protocol for dispute settlement mechanism
Thai Parliament has approved ASEAN’s protocol for dispute settlement mechanisms and called on the government to make necessary preparations.
— Pattaya Mail

ASEAN in position to make strategic gains from Brexit
Britain reigned supreme in the world’s ocean from the 17th to 20th centuries, and its formal withdrawal from the European Union at the end of January means it has started redefining its political and diplomatic priorities in line with its old identity as a leading maritime country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Cambodia says ASEAN fully confident in China’s capacity to contain COVID-19
Cambodia said on Saturday that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is fully confident in China’s capacity to control and contain the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

The outcome of ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue in Siem Reap
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday issued a statement, highlighting the outcome of the 27th ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue held on 20-21 February in Siem Reap province.
— Khmer Times

Best’s Commentary: Southeast Asian Insurers Demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility in Response to Coronavirus
AM Best expects the claims impact from the coronavirus outbreak to be manageable for Southeast Asia-based insurance companies over the near term; however, a persisting slowdown of business activity and reduced regional economic growth could pressure insurers, according to an AM Best report.
— APN News

Mekong nations, China push for more trade, investment, connectivity
The six Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) countries agreed on the need to elevate their cooperation from rapid-expansion to a comprehensive stage as their foreign ministers met in Vientiane on Thursday.
— Eleven

Thailand’s Neighbors Denounce Court’s Opposition Party Ban
Thailand’s neighbors in Southeast Asia are condemning Bangkok for dissolving an opposition party Friday, which critics view as the latest sign democracy is in retreat in the region.

South China Sea face-off: ‘Dangerous game of chicken’ between Malaysia, China and Vietnam
An Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) report gave a blow-by-blow account of “a dangerous ongoing game of chicken” stretching back to last October. The dispute involves navy vessels, coastguard boats, militia vessels, a drill ship called the West Capella and offshore supply ships.

Asean Catholics to mark subdued Ash Wednesday amid virus fears
Catholics in South-East Asia will have to do without one of their most recognisable traditions this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Star Online

Commentary: US-China Phase One trade deal poses unexpected risks for Southeast Asia
After two years of alternating between tense escalation and fleeting periods of calm, the United States and China reached a preliminary phase one trade deal in December 2019.

Recycling old buildings to save the environment
Southeast Asia is rapidly developing its cities in anticipation of increasing urban populations by 2025.
— The Asean Post

Telangana on alert as SE Asia sees spike in COVID-19 cases
The spike in cases of COVID-19 in South East Asia, especially Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and countries closer to India like Nepal and Sri Lanka has put the surveillance teams and public health officials in Hyderabad and districts on a state of high alert.
— Telangana Today

ASEAN-Japanese Friendship Association to focus on sustainability
The ASEAN – Japanese Friendship Association for the 21st century or AJAFA-21 held a meeting on “Cooperation for Sustainability,” with the aim of creating the next generation of leaders.
— Newsline (video)

Built by women: ASEAN’s hospitality industry
Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top.
— The Asean Post

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CDC: All Passengers from Westerdam Cruise Ship Tested Negative of COVID-19, including 83-year-old American Woman
After chaos for a cruise ship of passengers and crew, an 83-year-old American woman who was said to have tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia “never had coronavirus to our knowledge,” the CDC told USA TODAY late Friday.
— Fresh News

‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers
The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Endangered crocodiles at ‘turning point’ after 10 hatchlings are spotted
Ten baby Siamese crocodiles have been spotted in the wild in Cambodia, sparking hope for a species once believed to be extinct.
— Metro

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African Swine Fever kills 47,143 hogs in North Sumatra
The North Sumatra provincial government reported that 47,143 hogs of the total 1,224,951, died of African Swine Fever (ASF) that spread to 21 districts and cities in the province in the past months.
— Antara News

Still no details on Japanese COVID-19 patient who reportedly visited Indonesia: Govt
Indonesian authorities have yet to receive additional details about the Japanese man who reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shortly after visiting Indonesia, ministry officials said.
— The Jakarta Post

Critically endangered Sumatran tiger found dead with neck caught in wire trap
A female Sumatran tiger has been found dead in a wire trap in a forest within Seluma regency, Bengkulu, in yet another incident that has drawn attention to the already critically endangered species.
— The Jakarta Post

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Laos Plans to Build Sixth Large-Scale Mekong River Mainstream Dam
A Thai hydropower company has plans to build what would be Laos’ sixth large-scale Mekong river dam, the latest cog in Laos’ ambitious plan to become the “battery of Southeast Asia.”

MLC Ministers Reaffirm Further Enhancing Regional Connectivity
The Mekong-Lancang Countries Ministers have reaffirmed the need for further enhancing regional connectivity through jointly promote the MLC Economic Development Belt and to explore the possibility in synergizing the MLC Plan of Action on Connectivity with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Development partners need to promote Laos’ agro-biodiversity; FAO’s D.G.,
Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation Qu Dongyu has said that it is important to encourage all partners to promote and invest in the Lao PDR’s agro-biodiversity, and continue to focus on balancing commercial development and national food security.

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Health Ministry: All Malaysian Covid-19 patients in country have recovered, four foreign nationals still hospitalised
Another Malaysian patient previously diagnosed with the Covid-19 infection has recovered, the Health Ministry said today.
— Malay Mail

M’sia to be test bed for Next Generation Vehicles: Analyst
One of the new elements of the newly-launched National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020 – the Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV) – will not only consist of Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs), but also autonomous vehicles, and Malaysia will be preparing itself to be the test bed for this, said an automotive industry analyst.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s ruling coalition in danger as Anwar Ibrahim says colleagues are trying to bring down government
Malaysia’s two-year-old ruling coalition is in grave danger of collapsing after senior party members from the government and opposition gathered at a hotel on Sunday in an attempt to form a new government.
— South China Morning Post

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Citizens of nowhere: Trump ban raises fear for US Rohingya
A refugee from Myanmar’s tyrannized Rohingya minority, Lila Mubarak embodies perfectly the “poor, huddled masses” welcomed to the United States for more than a century by a bronze plaque at the foot of the Statue of Liberty.
— Mizzima

Myanmar permits 16 foreign investments in Yangon Region
Myanmar’s Yangon Region Investment Committee (YRIC) recently approved 16 foreign investment businesses for the region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) late Saturday.
— Xinhua

Power sector tops $1 bln in Oct-Jan period
Foreign direct investment of over US$1.026 billion has flowed from six enterprises into the power sector in the past four months of the current fiscal year, according to statistics provided by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Locsin: Filipinos on board Diamond Princess to be repatriated on Tuesday
The Filipinos on board the Diamond Princess will be repatriated on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said. Locsin made the announcement in a Tweet on Sunday, Feb. 23.
— Eagle News

China pursues crackdown on POGO workers, identifies violators
China said Sunday that it has obtained a list of Chinese nationals working for online gaming operations in the Philippines, in an ongoing effort to curb gambling and entities defrauding the country.
— GMA Network

PAO readies more cases as vaccine claims 13-year-old its 153rd victim
The Public Attorney’s Office said 153 children have now died after being given the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, with the death of a 13-year-old boy who had received a single dose of the controversial drug.

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No new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 2 more patients discharged, including taxi driver
No new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (Feb 23), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update, leaving the total number of cases in the country at 89.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to South Korean cities affected by COVID-19: MOH
Singaporeans are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from the area continues to rise, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a public health travel advisory on Sunday (Feb 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore lifts 9-year ban on food products from Fukushima following nuclear plant accident
Supermarket shelves in Singapore are once again stocked with food products from Fukushima, Japan, after a nine-year hiatus following the nuclear plant meltdown in the prefecture after the devastating tsunami and earthquake of 2011.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Newly banned Thai opposition party says military government helped 1MDB cover-up
A banned Thai opposition party on Sunday accused the former military government of helping cover up Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, urging Thais to demand the truth ahead of a censure debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Number of foreign tourists down sixty percent due to COVID19, calls on domestic Thai tourists to help support country
The Minister of Tourism and Sports says that the COVID-19 outbreak has reduced the number of Chinese tourists by 90 percent and the number of foreign tourists has reduced by over 60 percent.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Health Ministry mulls listing Italy as high risk for COVID-19 infection
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is considering listing Italy as one of the high-risk countries for COVID-19 infection, travellers arriving from which will be screened at their port of entry into Thailand, Dr. Thanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, told a media conference today.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam Reports Supply Chain Issues From Coronavirus For Cars, Electronics
Vietnam’s manufacturing sector is suffering supply chain problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic, which may delay production of Samsung Electronics’ new phones, the Ministry of Industry and Trade told Reuters on Friday.

How Vietnam is using fishing trawlers to keep an eye on China’s military
Vietnamese trawlers – some with militia on board – are intruding repeatedly into Chinese waters near the southern island of Hainan as Hanoi steps up its presence in the South China Sea, according to Chinese diplomatic observers.
–South China Morning Post

Over 2,000 cruise passengers visit southern Vietnam
Three cruise ships with over 2,000 people on board have arrived at tourist hotspots in southern Vietnam this weekend.
— VnExpress

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