Asean morning news for June 22

Asean morning news for June 22
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 21 — infections galloping in Indonesia; Brazil deaths top 50,000
As of 00:44 GMT June 21 there was 53,370 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 670, or 1.26 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

PPE tariff reform key to battling COVID-19 in Asean
The Special Asean Summit (SAS) on April 14 emphasised the need for a collective response to COVID-19 that involves keeping the regional bloc’s markets open to trade.
— AEC News Today

Can ASEAN achieve integration by 2025?
COVID-19 has put the biggest test yet on ASEAN. With weakened fiscal positions and a stark development gap, ASEAN integration remains uncertain.
— The Phnom Penh Post/ Asia News Network

Vietnam to host 36th ASEAN Summit remotely
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the 36th ASEAN Summit will be the first-ever to take place via teleconference, with Vietnam hosting the remote gathering set to focus on handling regional public health issues and funding to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Newsline (video)

10th Meeting on RCEP expected to bring new change to regional, global trade
The 10th Meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), scheduled for June 23 in Hanoi, is expected to bring a new change to regional and global trade.
— Vietnamplus

Coronavirus: Dengue fever on the rise in Southeast Asia amid lockdown
The global coronavirus lockdown may have helped blunt the Covid-19 pandemic but, across Southeast Asia, it appears to have spurred another deadly disease: dengue fever.
— The Independent

South China Sea: Chinese Coast Guard rams Vietnamse fishing boat
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel has rammed a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea, prompting fears Beijing is preparing to enforce its illegal claims to the territory.

ASEAN countries border reopening dates unclear
As Cambodia’s tourism sector suffers due to a 90 per cent drop in visitors from March to June, the Ministry of Tourism revealed that ASEAN countries are actively discussing possible measures to rejuvenate tourism throughout the region.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Coronavirus Turned Southeast Asia into China’s Top Trading Partner
Southeast Asian countries have become China’s biggest trading partner this year.

Southeast Asia energy buyers grab chance to lock in green deals
Investment in renewable energy in Southeast Asia is holding up despite the economic pressure of the coronavirus pandemic, with many business buyers seizing chances to lock in low-cost power supplies for the long term, according to companies in the sector.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Why COVID-19 shows we need a total rebrand of waste management in Southeast Asia
Frontline workers—doctors, nurses, food packers, delivery people—rightfully deserve praise and compensation during and after this pandemic. Less appreciated is the waste management sector—waste pickers, truckers, recyclers—who work in the shadows to create a cleaner, healthier society which we all want to be a part of.
— Asean Today

Japan And ASEAN To Improve Trade Deal
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released earlier this week that it has notified ASEAN countries that it had completed the legal procedures to amend the First Protocol of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP).
— The Asean Post

Conference discusses ASEAN’s collective efforts in COVID-19 fight
The 15th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) convened last Thursday with the participation of over 100 delegates from the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASCC, representatives of ASCC sectoral bodies, the Committee of Permanent Representatives, as well as ASEAN regional entities.
— Borneo Bulletin

APSF endorses cancellation of 2020 Asean Para Games
The Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) has officially endorsed the cancellation of the 2020 Asean Para Games in the Philippines in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now focus on the 2021 edition in Vietnam.
— Malay Mail

Southeast Asia’s defense cuts create opening for China
Southeast Asian nations have cut their defense budgets to fund efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, leaving them with fewer resources to respond to China’s increasingly aggressive territorial claims in the region.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Freedom In ASEAN Summed Up In A Week
ASEAN member states have had an eventful seven days.
— The Asean Post

Russian Academy of Sciences holds webinar on East Sea
The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) held a webinar on conflicts in the East Sea and current challenges and threats on June 20, attracting around 30 leading experts and scholars in Asian-Pacific-related issues in Russia.
— Vietnamplus

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PM announces launch of cash payouts for poor
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the government would launch a cash handout programme for more than 560,000 poor families starting Wednesday, while an official said the task of identifying poor families continues.
— The Phnom Penh Post

COVID-19 travel: Korean Air Cambodia to LAX via Seoul; what to expect (video)
As some governments across the globe gingerly reopen air routes in an attempt to reignite trade and allow citizens to return home, the requirements for travelling between any two countries in an era of an easily transmissible coronavirus in the wild are subject to change with little or no notice.
— AEC News Today

How student entrepreneurs can tap into the fintech ecosystem in Cambodia
My fascination with social startups began while on a volunteering trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, back in 2017.
— E27

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Indonesia lowers 2020 economic growth projection – between -0.4% and 1%
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has revised down the target of the national economic growth from the previous range between minus 0.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent to the range between minus 0.4 per cent and 1 per cent this year over further economic contraction in the second quarter of 2020.
— Xinhua

Jokowi signs controversial new Mining Law: Expert staff
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law, which is meant to expand Indonesia’s mining industry but is marred with controversy over its socioenvironmental impacts and lack of procedural transparency.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 862 New Coronavirus Infections, 36 New Deaths
Indonesia reported 862 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, taking its total number of cases to 45,891.
— The New York Times

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Laos Appoints New Electricity Chief Amid Growing Anger Over High Prices
Laos has appointed a new managing director of the state-owned Electricite du Laos power company, replacing the former director amid rising anger in the country over high rates for electricity in spite of growing levels of unemployment because of business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Dengue cases in Laos reach 1,992 with 5 deaths
Dengue cases in Laos have reached 1,992 with five deaths since December 2019, Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Top party leader meets armed forces
Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao PDR, Bounnhang Vorachit on June 19 congratulated national defence-security forces on their achievement in the task of national protection and construction.
— Vientiane Times

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Navigating COVID-19’s shock to the Malaysian economy
Malaysia is no stranger to external shocks affecting its macroeconomy. Over the past two decades it has been buffeted by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis (AFC), the 2001 global slowdown after 9/11, and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Each shock affecting the Malaysian economy in different ways.
— AEC News Today

Malaysia reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 imported infections
Malaysia reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Jun 21), taking the national total to 8,572.

Singapore prepared to work with Malaysia in lifting border restrictions
Singapore is prepared to work with Malaysia in addressing the needs of cross-border travellers, amid the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic situation.
— The Star Online

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Internet blackout in Myanmar’s Rakhine enters second year
The internet shutdown in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden northwest, described by rights groups as the world’s longest, entered a second year Sunday with locals and campaigners appealing for an end to the blackout as coronavirus fears grip the region.

Diversifying Myanmar’s economy should be a priority for the next government
When Myanmar’s military regime began opening up the country politically and economically in 2010, one motive was to alleviate the country’s overreliance on China.
— AEC News Today

Myanmar reports three new COVID-19 cases and four recoveries
Three more Myanmar returnees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the health ministry at 8pm on June 21. Four others have recovered.
— Myanmar Times

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PH coronavirus cases climb past 30,000, death toll at 1,169
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed past 30,000 on Sunday, June 21.
— Rappler

No proof $2.1-B Wirecard funds entered Philippine banks — BSP
Regulators have so far found no evidence that local banks are keeping the $2.1 billion missing from German payments provider at the center of a global accounting controversy.
— Philippine Star

PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers
The Philippines once again landed on the top 10 list of worst countries for working people, according to the 2020 global rights index of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
— Rappler

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COVID-19 patients can ‘shed high load of virus’ in first week, irrespective of symptoms: Singapore study
COVID-19 patients can shed high loads of the novel coronavirus into the air and onto surfaces in their first week of illness, irrespective of their symptoms, according to a recent Singapore study published by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Leases for commercial equipment, vehicles to be covered by Covid-19 Act
FROM June 20, leases or rental agreements for commercial equipment or commercial vehicles will be covered by laws that provide temporary relief where contractual obligations cannot be fulfilled due to Covid-19, said the Ministry of Law on Friday.
— The Business Times

Singapore elections are not fair, say ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights
An electoral process designed to “heavily” favour the ruling party has essentially secured the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s victory in “every election since S’pore’s self-governance”, says former Philippines parliamentarian Teodoro “Teddy” Brawner Baguilat, Jr.
— The Online Citizen

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Suphachai urges post-Covid business sustainability
The Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for private sector reform to gear businesses towards sustainability, according to Suphachai Chearavanont, chairman of Global Compact Network Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Banyin attempts suicide in prison after discovery of failed escape plan
Thailand’s former deputy commerce minister, Banyin Tangphaporn, tried to commit suicide while on remand at Bang Khwang maximum security prison last Friday, after prison officials uncovered alleged plots to kidnap the wife of the prison warden to hold hostage in return for his release and to escape while being taken to the court next Monday, if the first plan failed.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand tiger footage offers renewed hope for big cat population (video)
There is renewed hope for Asia’s wild tiger population with images from camera traps similar to those captured in the video above recording showing tiger cubs in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) forest.
— AEC News Today

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$6.9 Billion US Military Initiative Would Benefit Taiwan, Vietnam
A $6.9 billion U.S. military initiative that’s moving through the Senate would aid beleaguered Taiwan and Vietnam by thwarting major threats from their rival China, analysts say.

Vietnam poised for highest GDP growth in Southeast Asia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasts the highest 2020 GDP growth rate in Southeast Asia for Vietnam at 4.1 percent.
— VnExpress

Vietnam airlines ready to resume international flights next month
Vietnam’s airlines are getting ready to restart international flights from next month (July) even as the public remains leery about the risk of importing fresh Covid-19 cases.
— The Straits Times

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