• China’s Xi set to enhance powers at Communist congress

    China’s Xi set to enhance powers at Communist congress

    President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a “new era” of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power. Xi told some 2,300 delegates at the imposing Great Hall of the People that the party must “resolutely oppose” any actions that undermine its leadership [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with N Korea

    US official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with N Korea

    The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Talks between the adversaries have long been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Atomic Bomb Survivor Wants Nuclear Weapons Ban as Trump and N Korea Exchange Threats

    Atomic Bomb Survivor Wants Nuclear Weapons Ban as Trump and N Korea Exchange Threats

    A Japanese survivor of one of the only two nuclear attacks ever conducted in history has appealed to world leaders to abandon the weapons of mass destruction and enact a comprehensive ban on their production, testing and possession. “None of them having (nuclear) weapons will contribute toward having peace,” Tokuko Kimura, 82, said Monday at [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | News Week | 6:00 AM
  • Ousted Korean president suffering in jail, lawyers say

    Ousted Korean president suffering in jail, lawyers say

    Lawyers representing former South Korean president Park Geun-hye have accused authorities of committing “serious human rights violations” against the now-disgraced leader who is awaiting trial on charges of corruption and abuse of power. According to a document supplied exclusively to CNN by Park’s international legal team, Park’s lawyers allege the 65-year-old former leader is living [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM
  • Xi says China has prevented Taiwan independence over past five years

    Xi says China has prevented Taiwan independence over past five years

    Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday China has firmly opposed and prevented Taiwan’s independence over the past five years. Xi made the comments in a speech at the beginning of a Communist Party congress. China considers self-ruled Taiwan to be a wayward province, to be brought under Beijing’s control by force if necessary. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/xi-says-china-prevented-taiwan-independence-over-past-022841062–business.html

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Amnesty: Burma army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

    Amnesty: Burma army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

    Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar security [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | AP | 7:17 AM
  • Underdog centre-left party may outperform expectations in Japan snap poll

    Underdog centre-left party may outperform expectations in Japan snap poll

    A new centre-left party pledging to bring “bottom up” democracy to Japan may prove the surprise success story of an election on Sunday, although the party is forecast to win a mere sliver of seats compared to prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc. Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition is on track to roughly match [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Korea police raid Samsung unit in embezzlement probe

    Korea police raid Samsung unit in embezzlement probe

    South Korean police raided the construction unit of the giant Samsung Group on Wednesday to investigate allegations that company money was diverted to remodel the conglomerate chair’s house, officials said.ariesconfirmed about 10 investigators were searching its construction headquarters in Seoul’s southern suburbs. “The company is suspected of diverting billions of won (millions of dollars) of [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Hillary Clinton says US threats of war with N Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

    Hillary Clinton says US threats of war with N Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

    Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted”, urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table. Clinton also called on China to take a “more outfront role” in enforcing sanctions against North Korea aimed at curbing [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Ex Vietnam MP jailed for stealing $16 mn housing deposits

    Ex Vietnam MP jailed for stealing $16 mn housing deposits

    A former Vietnamese lawmaker has been sentenced to life in prison for fraud after she pocketed $16 million in down-payments from would-be homeowners when she was a real estate developer, a court clerk said Tuesday. Chau Thi Thu Nga is the latest to be punished as part of a government anti-corruption sweep targeting current and [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • UN urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

    UN urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

    The UN refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees “stranded” near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safer and better conditions. Some 582,000 Rohingya are now known to have fled since violence erupted on August 25 in [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine President Duterte Declares Besieged City ‘Liberated’

    Philippine President Duterte Declares Besieged City ‘Liberated’

    Six months into a protracted battle with militants besieged in the southern city of Marawi, the Philippine military appears to be on the cusp of victory. In a speech to soldiers in the city on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte was decisive: “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence.” There [...]

    19-Oct-2017 Intellasia | NPR | 6:00 AM

Society

Indonesia eyes title at Miss Grand International 2017

The third runner-up of Putri Indonesia 2017, who also serves as Putri Indonesia Perdamaian, Dea Rizkita, is currently competing at the Miss Grand International (MGI) 2017. Dea is presently among the top 25 list for National Best Costume competition and aiming for the top 10 spot. Based on the voting result revealed on October 15, [...]

Ex Vietnam MP jailed for stealing $16 mn housing deposits

Ex Vietnam MP jailed for stealing $16 mn housing deposits

A former Vietnamese lawmaker has been sentenced to life in prison for fraud after she pocketed $16 million in down-payments from would-be homeowners when she was a real estate developer, a court clerk said Tuesday. Chau Thi Thu Nga is the latest to be punished as part of a government anti-corruption sweep targeting current and [...]

AirAsia boss weds Korean in France

AirAsia group chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes married his Korean girlfriend, Chloe, in France last night. Malay Mail Online was informed that the wedding took place at Cap Estel, a luxury hotel in Cote de Azure, a posh French Riviera town located 15 minutes away from Monaco. “Guests included Tun Musa and wife, [Tan [...]

Health

’1 in 3 Pinoys has mental health problem’

One in every three Filipinos has a mental health problem, a local psychiatrist told the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), as she called for more vigorous government effort in making mental health care available all over the country. University of the Philippines College of Medicine professor emeritus Dr Lourdes Ignacio, who was conferred [...]

Tai Chi may boost exercise behaviour in heart patients

Finding it difficult to join a cardiac rehabilitation centre due to rigorous workouts or financial constraints? Take heart, practising Tai Chi — a form of ancient Chinese martial art — may help patients for whom physical exercises can be unpleasant, painful and impossible, researchers suggest. Tai Chi is characterised by slow, rhythmic and meditative movements, [...]

Significant drop in Malaysia’s HIV infection rates

Malaysia has been lauded for its successful progress in the fight against the HIV epidemic, as the number of new infections falls. With new HIV infections dropping to 5,700 cases last year, a dip of 34 per cent from six years ago, Eamonn Murphy, the region’s director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids [...]

FinanceAsia

More4Apps to Attend Shared Services and Outsourcing Week Asia

SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More4Apps, a leading provider of data integration solutions for users of Oracle E-Business Suite, will be attending Shared Services and Outsourcing Week (SSOW) Asia. The event is to take place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on 21 and 22 November 2017. David Wright, technical expert, and Stu Keast, Senior Account Executive for APAC/MEA, will [...]

Philips Dictation Solutions Now Available via Icons Infocom P.Ltd India

Philips Dictation Solutions Now Available via Icons Infocom P.Ltd India

MUMBAI, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#recorder–Philips Dictation solutions are happy to announce Icons Infocom P.Ltd as our authorized and certified India-wide distributor. With 63 years of experience in the dictation market, Philips is the leading manufacturer and developer of dictation solutions. In our search for a competent and reliable business partner to serve the Indian market locally, we are pleased to have [...]

Samsung Addresses IoT Data Security at the Chip Level with New Hardware/Software Turn-Key Solution

Samsung Addresses IoT Data Security at the Chip Level with New Hardware/Software Turn-Key Solution

Samsung’s Secure Element solution features eFlash memory and new dedicated security software SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced its integrated Secure Element (SE) solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications that offers a turn-key service for both hardware and software needs. As the benefits of [...]

Regional

Amnesty: Burma army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

Amnesty: Burma army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar security [...]

UN urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

UN urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

The UN refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees “stranded” near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safer and better conditions. Some 582,000 Rohingya are now known to have fled since violence erupted on August 25 in [...]

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Burma talks

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Burma talks

A senior UN official on Tuesday returned empty-handed from five days of talks in Myanmar where he appealed for the safe return of Muslim Rohingyas sheltering in Bangladesh and access for aid workers. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, discussed the plight of the 582,000 Rohingyas who have fled an army campaign in [...]

China

Xi says China has prevented Taiwan independence over past five years

Xi says China has prevented Taiwan independence over past five years

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday China has firmly opposed and prevented Taiwan’s independence over the past five years. Xi made the comments in a speech at the beginning of a Communist Party congress. China considers self-ruled Taiwan to be a wayward province, to be brought under Beijing’s control by force if necessary. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/xi-says-china-prevented-taiwan-independence-over-past-022841062–business.html

China’s Xi set to enhance powers at Communist congress

China’s Xi set to enhance powers at Communist congress

President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a “new era” of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power. Xi told some 2,300 delegates at the imposing Great Hall of the People that the party must “resolutely oppose” any actions that undermine its leadership [...]

Xi says China will oppose any behaviours that try to separate the country

China will safeguard its sovereignty and security and oppose any behaviours that try to separate the country, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in a speech at the opening of a key Communist Party congress. Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan a wayward province to be brought under its control by force if necessary, and says that [...]

Malaysia

Where is MH370? New Search Proposals May Help Malaysia Finally Find Out

Malaysia is evaluating proposals from three companies that want to tryagainto solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters Tuesday that the Dutch company Fugro, the US business Ocean Infinity and one other group have put in bids to run private searches for the plane that vanished [...]

Malaysia Airlines CEO quits to move to Ryanair

Malaysia Airlines CEO quit Tuesday to take a job at Ryanair, a fresh blow to the troubled Malaysian carrier which is still struggling to recover from twin disasters in 2014. Peter Bellew has been appointed chief operations officer at the Irish airline, where he used to work, following a recent crisis that led to the [...]

Malaysian palm oil prices fall back on weak demand, profit-taking

Malaysian palm oil futures prices fell on Tuesday after a run of daily gains, on slowing demand and profit-taking ahead of a public holiday on Wednesday. The benchmark palm oil contract for January delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange fell 0.8 percent to 2,741 ringgit a tonne on Tuesday evening, its first fall in [...]

Indonesia

Jokowi denies claim he becomes economic nationalist

Indonesia will turn to private investors for the hundreds of billions of dollars in investment needed to develop the archipelago’s infrastructure and natural resources, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said, brushing off claims he was increasingly becoming an economic nationalist. All major projects will be offered to the private sector, Jokowi, told Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin [...]

Jokowi urges RI universities to transform faster

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reiterated that higher education institutions must better cope with vast technological developments in order to remain competitive in the global arena. “The social behavior landscape has also been changing. The shift from offline to online is massive,” Jokowi said during the 60th Dies Natalis of Diponegoro University in Semarang, Central [...]

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. The thousands of files from the US Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 were made public Tuesday after a declassification review that began under the Obama [...]

Singapore

Teen who crashed speeding Nissan GT-R in car park jailed six weeks

A full-time national serviceman who crashed his Nissan GT-R into another car and injured a driver while speeding in a car park was jailed six weeks on Tuesday (17 October). Shi Ximu Herman, 19, will also be banned from driving for 18 months after his release, according to a report by Channel NewsAsia. Shi had [...]

Organised criminal group in Singapore crippled, 55 men and women arrested

In a joint operation, Police and Singapore Customs have crippled an organised criminal group (OCG) and arrested 44 men and 11 women. The suspects were allegedly involved in offences such as unlicensed moneylending and gang-related activities, operating illegal gambling dens, as well as dealing in duty-unpaid cigarettes. The crackdown against the suspects, aged between 19 [...]

Man who spent $14,000 on stolen credit cards jailed 55 months

He stole credit card details from five friends to pay for his own personal expenses, which included religious ritual services at a Buddhist temple, topping up a Starbucks card and paying for hotel stays. In total, Freddie Yap Feng Hao, 25, accumulated $13,990.49 in debt from 10 stolen credit cards. For his crimes, he was [...]

Thailand

Police advise people to be careful in Thailand

Kelantan police have advised people in the state who are travelling to Thailand, to be more careful since the southern province of the country is still in turmoil. State police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said however, they were not prohibited to travel to Thailand. “We do not want any unwanted incidents like that of a [...]

Thai police make ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Thai police said Tuesday they had seized half a tonne of crystal methamphetamine worth $30 million, their largest-ever seizure, as surging production in the Golden Triangle floods Southeast Asia. Police said the seizure was made on Monday in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima when a pick-up truck tried to evade a checkpoint before dawn. [...]

Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the [...]

Philippines

EU businesspeople see no reason to leave Philippines

European investors in the Philippines said there is no reason for them to pack up and leave amid President Duterte’s continued tirades directed against the European Union (EU). “We are business as usual. Nothing has changed and we intend to keep it that way. We all have rocky roads sometimes. We have ups and down [...]

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. In a rousing address to soldiers a day after the killing of two commanders of the rebel alliance, Duterte said he would [...]

Search operations for 10 missing Indians, whose cargo ship sank near Philippines, continue

The Emerald Star capsized last Thursday due to bad weather. The search for 10 Indians, who went missing after their cargo ship Emarald Star sank off the coast of Philippines in the Pacific Ocean last week, is continuing, says the External Affairs Ministry. “Indian Navy P81 has reached Manila and has also joined the search [...]

Japan

Guam hits record tourism numbers despite decrease in Japan arrivals

Guam ended fiscal 2017 with a record-breaking 1.56 million visitors the most in a fiscal year to date, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau. Fiscal 2017 saw 3.2 percent more visitors than the previous fiscal year, which had set the previous record. Gov. Eddie Calvo and Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio in a Tuesday news release [...]

US, Japan agree to maximise diplomatic pressure on N Korea

US and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximise pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear programme, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails. US deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, told reporters that the focus at the State Department [...]

Japanese military helicopter loses contact off central Japan

A Japanese military helicopter carrying four crewmembers lost radar contact Tuesday while on a nighttime search and rescue flight training mission in central Japan and is feared to have crashed. The UH-60J disappeared from radar while flying over the Pacific Ocean about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Hamamatsu, a coastal city in central Japan, [...]

Korea

US official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with N Korea

US official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with N Korea

The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Talks between the adversaries have long been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally [...]

N Korea plans more satellites, says US violating UN sanctions

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador Tuesday accused the United States of violating UN sanctions as he announced Pyongyang’s plan to launch more satellites as a part of a space development programme. Speaking to a UN general Assembly committee on “International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space,” Kim In Ryong announced North Korea’s five-year [...]

N Korea playing a longer nuclear game than the US

If we think through the North Korea nuclear weapons dilemma using game theory, one aspect of the problem deserves more attention, namely the age of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un: 33. Because peaceful exile doesn’t appear to be an option his escaping the country safely would be hard Kim needs strategies for hanging on [...]

Hong Kong

HK: Financial ‘super-connector’ to the Mainland

China’s Belt and Road initiative, a revival of the ancient Silk Road trading networks, covers more than 60 countries that together account for 62 per cent of the world population. The Initiative will reshape the 21st Century global economy, with Hong Kong set to play a leading role. Underpinned by the “One Country, Two Systems” [...]

HK startup Prenetics raises $40M to use DNA testing for a healthier life

The investment was led by Beyond Ventures and Alibaba’s Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based startup that is using genetic testing to help people identify health risks, has raised $40 million from Beyond Ventures and the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. Other participants include eGarden Ventures (the parent company of Beyond Ventures), mFund [...]

HK bishop emphasizes pastoral over political concerns

In an exclusive interview with Crux, Hong Kong’s new bishop spoke of how he is focusing on pastoral matters over political concerns. Yeung says he devoting attention to young people, the elderly, and building social solidarity, rather than emphasising political disagreement with the government. When Bishop Michael Yeung took over as head of the diocese [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan, post-watchlist removal, to continue dialogue with US Treasury: central bank

Taiwan’s central bank will continue a dialogue with Washington over the US Treasury’s currency report even as Taipei was removed from Washington’s watchlist, deputy governor Ching-Long Yang said on Wednesday. The semi-annual US Treasury currency report, released on Tuesday, said Taiwan was removed from its currency “monitoring list” because it had continued to reduce the [...]

Does China Really Pose a Threat to Taiwan?

A colleague of mine loves to point out that I am constantly saying, “Back in the Nineties…” In other words, I am always commenting on current events by referencing incidents and aftereffects that took place more than 20 years ago. I guess that is just the occupational hazard of growing older. On the other hand, [...]

The Latest: Xi: China resolved against Taiwan independence

The Latest on the ruling Communist Party’s congress meeting in Beijing (all times local): 1:30 p.m. President Xi Jinping says China “has the resolve, the confidence and the ability” to defeat any Taiwanese bid for formal independence. He said Beijing would continue to pursue peaceful means to bring under control the self-governing island but that [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 19 October, 2017

* Thanh Thanh Cong Tay Ninh Company (SBT) floated an additional 303.B million shares on theHCMCityexchange yesterday to swap with shares of Bien Hoa Sugar Company (BHS), raising its total outstanding volume to 557 million shares. * Dat Xanh Real Estate Service & Construction Corporation (DXG)’ has chosen October 31 as the ex-dividend date for [...]

VN Index steady above 820 points on bank growth

Shares rebounded from a slump during Monday’s afternoon trade as banks regained their growing momentum on Tuesday morning, supporting the VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange. The VN Index was up 0.43 per cent at 822.99 points. Banks led the upturn with six of seven listed lenders gaining value (except Sacombank). Eximbank (EIB) was [...]

Stocks ease off six days of rises

Stocks on the HCM City exchange eased off their six-day winning streak on October 16 as investors started taking profits. The VN Index fell below the 820-point level, dipping 0.19 percent against last Friday at 819.43. Trading value on the Hochiminh Stock Exchange rose to around VND4 trillion for the first time since August 31, [...]