Asean morning news for May 18

Asean morning news for May 18

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 17 — Cambodia first to discharge last patient
As of 00:29 GMT May 17 there was 41,452 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of 181, or -0.43 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Are ASEAN countries really ready to reopen? Beware of bumps and curves ahead
Over the past week, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia started easing restrictions taken against the COVID -19 pandemic, and Singapore is poised to do so as well in the coming weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Environmentalists urge Laos to scrap ‘destructive’ Mekong dam plans
Environmentalists have urged Laos not to proceed with the construction of another “destructive” dam on the Mekong River, a vital Southeast Asian waterway that sustains about 60 million people.

Indo-Pacific network must evolve to meet changing threats
If COVID-19 has proved anything, it is that threats that were once geographically isolated now have regional, if not global, implications.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

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EU deal key to recovery of ASEAN airlines
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, all 10 ASEAN countries have implemented strict air travel restrictions which prohibit the entry of foreign visitors.
— The Jakarta Post

US keen for Asean to stand up to China moves amid Covid-19 pandemic
Amid deepening tactical and strategic competition with China, the United States wants Asean to stand up to what it calls “outside coercion” in the regional bloc’s own backyard.
— The Straits Times

Healthy Oceans Needed To Keep ASEAN Afloat
Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we all remain under lockdown at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Asean Post

Synthetic drugs growing in east, Southeast Asia: UN report
The synthetic drugs market in East and Southeast Asia continues to expand and diversify, and the price of methamphetamine “yaba” tablets has dropped to the lowest level in a decade as the supply has surged.
— The Thaiger

South East-Asia – Caught in the middle of a new US-China cold war
As the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in China worsened early in the year, many countries in South-East Asia sent medical supplies to their giant neighbour as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity.
— The Star Online

PLA shares experience in COVID-19 fight with militaries from multiple countries
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has shared its experience in fighting COVID-19 with militaries from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Ukraine by videoconference seperately in early May.
— Xinhuanet

Vietnam proposes stronger ties between ASEAN, partners to handle outbreaks
Deputy Minister of Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh on May 15 suggested ASEAN countries enhance their connectivity with ASEAN+3 nations and other partners to cope with outbreaks of disease.
— VietNamNet Global

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ASEAN becomes key for Seoul’s financial hub vision
Southeast Asia has been mentioned as the place where the Korean financial industry should expand its presence over the next three years to accomplish the country’s grand plan of becoming an international financial hub.
— The Korea Times

Vietnam steps up preparations for 36th ASEAN Summit
The ASEAN 2020 National Committee convened its fifth meeting in Hanoi on May 15, focusing on preparations for the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit.
— VietNamNet Global

Dealing With Fake News Amid The Pandemic
Dealing with fake news is a balancing act. On the one hand, fake news can be a serious problem as seen currently amid the COVID-19 pandemic where harmful misinformation about the virus has been spreading like wildfire.
— The Asean Post

Vietnamese businesses among top targets for phishing in Southeast Asia
Cybercriminals have actively attacked small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Southeast Asia this year, according to global cybersecurity company Kaspersky.


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Over 20,000 Vehicles Fined in First 14 Days of Traffic Law Reinforcement
During the first 14 days of the rollout campaign of the revised traffic law, 22,381 vehicles were fined throughout Cambodia.

Authorities to inspect restaurant hygiene quality
Local authorities will be inspecting the quality of hygiene in restaurants across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Flights from Cambodia to Thailand not expected until July
Thailand’s move to extend its ban on passenger flights for another month to June 30, citing the need to contain the spread of the corona-virus disease, puts another dent in Cambodia’s efforts to kick-start its economy and tourism.
— Planet Asian

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Indonesia’s foreign debt reached US$389.3 billion in Q1 2020
Indonesia’s external debt at the first quarter (Q1) end of 2020 was recorded at US$389.3 billion, a 0.5-percent growth year-on-year (yoy), representing a slowdown in annual growth rate, from the previous quarter’s 7.8-percent yoy growth.
— Antara News

59 more die as Indonesia records second-highest daily spike in COVID-19 deaths
After weeks of relatively low official numbers of daily deaths, the Health Ministry announced 59 more COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, the highest one-day spike in over a month.
— The Jakarta Post

Health certificate must to enter Indonesia: Ministry
Indonesian and foreign nationals seeking to enter Indonesia need to obtain a health certificate from the country of origin and undergo a COVID-19 rapid test, or a laboratory-based test, according to the Health Ministry.
— Antara News

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Travel restrictions lifted as more lockdown measures eased
The government has lifted travel restrictions to enable people to travel freely around the country as Laos eases more Covid-19 prevention measures to minimise the impact on livelihoods and the economy.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Villagers Sickened by Chemical Run-off From Chinese Banana Farms
Chemical waste from Chinese-owned banana farms is polluting a river in Bokeo province in northern Laos, leaving local villagers who bathe in the stream with severe rashes and other skin disorders, Lao sources say.

New decree to protect financial service users
The government has promulgated a decree designed to protect users of financial services in Laos, so that they have greater confidence in such institutions.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Malaysia reports 22 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Malaysia’s health ministry reported 22 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 6,894.

Who Is Really Running Malaysia Under PN?
When the Bersatu/Azmin putsch occurred in late February it had not been unexpected by, for example, those in very senior positions now at the MACC.
— Sarawak Report

Modi Government’s Tough Trade Policy Yields Results As Malaysia Buys More Rice, Sugar From India
The Narendra Modi government’s policy of acting tough against Malaysia, especially tightening import regulations, is paying off as the South-Asian country has begun buying rice and sugar from India.
— Swarajyamag

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Two more COVID-19 cases on Sunday, total cases reach 184
THE Ministry of Health and Sports reported two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of people tested positive to 184.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Thai-Myanmar border trade value declines this FY
Values of Thailand-Myanmar border trade from 1 October to 1 May this financial year 2019-2020 amounted to more than US$1.4 billion which showed a decrease of $170 million against last FY, according to the official statistics of the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Needy Myanmar citizens to be given financial help during COVID-19 crisis
Myanmar’s Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the COVID-19 virus will provide financial assistance to needy citizens as part of the COVID-19 economic relief plan, a government official said.
— Mizzima

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8 areas back on strict quarantine as virus cases keep rising
Cebu City and Mandaue City opted to remain under restrictive lockdown even as six other areas were allowed to stay under enhanced quarantine to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Airlines losing P150-b revenues
Philippine airlines are expecting revenue losses of P150 billion in the second quarter of the year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

PH coronavirus cases rise to 12,513, death toll at 824
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines went up to 12,513 on Sunday, May 17.
— Rappler

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Singapore reports 682 new COVID-19 cases
Singapore reported 682 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (May 17), taking the country’s total to 28,038.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Next Jobs Support Scheme payout to be disbursed from May 28
THE next installment of wage support totaling S$4 billion for over 140,000 employers will be disbursed from May 28, as part of the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), the Ministry of Finance said in a press statement on May 17.
— The Business Times

No Hari Raya Aidilfitri visits this year; haj pilgrimage for Singaporeans to be deferred amid Covid-19 pandemic
There should not be Hari Raya visits or gatherings during the circuit breaker period this year, and Singaporean pilgrims will have to defer the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca to 2021, in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) announced on Friday (May 15).
— Straits Times

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Three new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today
Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 infections today (Sunday), as the country enters the second phase of lockdown relaxation.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Airways ponders bankruptcy as it enters rehab
Thai Airways, which turns 60 years old this month, recorded a net loss of US$66 million in 2017, US$361 million in 2018 and US$374 million last year.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s in-bound flight ban extended until end of June
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended the ban on all flights into Thailand, except diplomatic, technical, medical and emergency landings, until June 30th, or until there is a significant change in the global COVID-19 pandemic situation.
— Thai PBS News

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Vietnam reports two new COVID-19 cases, total at 320
Vietnam on Sunday reported two new coronavirus cases, both imported, taking the country’s tally to 320 with no deaths, the health ministry said.
— The chronicle herald

Ministry says no to suspension of petroleum imports
The trade ministry has rejected a proposal that Vietnam stops importing petroleum, saying large domestic inventories cannot negate other factors like international commitments.
— VnExpress

Ministry proposes new airline entry from 2022
The establishment of new carriers would resume from 2022 as the aviation industry recovers under the most optimistic scenario, the Transport Ministry proposed.
— VnExpress

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