• China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

    China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

    China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president “shall serve no [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | AP | 9:47 AM
  • US to move to ‘phase 2′ if N Korea sanctions don’t work: Trump

    US to move to ‘phase 2′ if N Korea sanctions don’t work: Trump

    US President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States would move to “phase two” if sanctions against North Korea did not work, although he did not specify what that would mean. “I don’t think I’m going to exactly play that card. But we’ll have to see. If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Exclusive: US prepares high-seas crackdown on N Korea sanctions evaders sources

    Exclusive: US prepares high-seas crackdown on N Korea sanctions evaders sources

    The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying US Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior US officials said. Washington has been talking to regional partners, including Japan, South Korea, Australia [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate

    Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate

    South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution. Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to arrive on Sunday for the Games’ closing ceremonywhich will also be [...]

    24-Feb-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump announces ‘heaviest ever’ sanctions on N Korea

    Trump announces ‘heaviest ever’ sanctions on N Korea

    US President Donald Trump has rolled out fresh sanctions against North Korea-linked shipping assets, hailing the package as the “heaviest sanctions ever” levied on the Pyongyang regime. Trump used a speech to conservatives just outside Washington to step up his campaign of “maximum pressure” designed to force North Korea to roll back its weapons programmes. [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US pushes more UN sanctions targeting N Korea oil, coal smuggling

    US pushes more UN sanctions targeting N Korea oil, coal smuggling

    The United States proposed a list of entities on Friday to be blacklisted under United Nations sanctions on North Korea, a move it says is “aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.” “We are ramping up the pressure on the North Korean regime, and we’re going [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Trump, Australia’s Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China

    Trump, Australia’s Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China

    US President Donald Trump and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull held talks on Friday at the White House where the two leaders sought to put aside previous tensions, but divisions on trade remained. Trump pulled the United States out of the original 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnershipwhich was backed by Turnbullsoon after taking office last year and [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Trump says China ties ‘best ever’ but trade a problem

    Trump says China ties ‘best ever’ but trade a problem

    Donald Trump papered over superpower rivalries with China on Friday, saying relations had never been better but trade was a major problem. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a better relationship with China than we do right now,” Trump said, using trademark hyperbole. “Other than the fact that they’ve been killing us on trade for [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’

    Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’

    Philippine leader’s quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea. Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’ “If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businesspeople on February 19. Significantly, [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | The National Interest | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

    Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

    Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the country’s ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December. Since President Rodrigo Duterte allowed police to resume operations following a two-month suspension over the death of an unarmed teenager, 88 [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Burma parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

    Burma parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

    Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August. Lawmaker Myo Zaw Aung said Friday the budget was proposed [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Foxnews | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea Is Sending Military Hardliner Kim Yong Chol to the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Here’s What to Know

    N Korea Is Sending Military Hardliner Kim Yong Chol to the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Here’s What to Know

    As the Winter Olympics comes to an end in South Korea this weekend, eyes will be trained on a potential encounter between a hardline military general from North Korea, and the daughter of the US President. Kim Yong Chol is leading North Korea’s delegation at the closing ceremony, which is also due to be attended [...]

    26-Feb-2018 Intellasia | Time | 6:00 AM

Society

Why Vietnam Isn’t Talking About 1968

Ngoc Dai, a 23-year-old soldier in the People’s Army of Vietnam, was fighting the Americans near the besieged Khe Sanh combat base when his unit received elating orders. They were to emerge from the jungle, “liberate” the old imperial capital of Hue in central Vietnam and stir up a nationwide popular uprising. It was January [...]

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on [...]

From Lu Han to Papi Jiang, Chinese celebrities are making a lot of money from social media

From pop idols to wanghong a phrase used to refer to internet celebrities China’s most popular influencers share one thing in common: They’re raking in a lot of money. The online celebrity economy was projected to be worth around 58 billion yuan ($8.4 billion) in 2016, according to data company CBNData. That made the sector [...]

Health

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on [...]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection [...]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 [...]

FinanceAsia

Mitsubishi Electric’s New South Korean Elevator Plant to Start Up

Mitsubishi Electric’s New South Korean Elevator Plant to Start Up

Will accelerate elevator and escalator global business by strengthening development, verification and manufacturing TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that its subsidiary Mitsubishi Elevator Korea Co., Ltd. (KMEC) will begin operating a new elevator factory in the Incheon Free Economic Zone of South Korea on March 1. The factory will have an R&D center [...]

Fujitsu to Deliver Base Station Hardware to NTT DOCOMO with Aim of Commercial 5G Launch

Fujitsu to Deliver Base Station Hardware to NTT DOCOMO with Aim of Commercial 5G Launch

Supporting 5G service with New Radio Access Technologies for base stations TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has agreed to provide NTT DOCOMO, INC. with base station hardware that it intends to commercialize, with an eye toward the launch of commercial service using new 5G radio technologies (5G) (*1) in 2020. In order to [...]

Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Casino and Marriott Resort and GD Cafe Open

Phase 1 Fully Operates to Offer Complete Integrated Resort Experience to Visitors HONG KONG, Feb 25, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Landing International Development Limited (“Landing International” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, HKEx Code: 00582) announced Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Casino, located in Jeju Shinhwa World Marriott Resort opened today. Dr. [...]

Regional

Bomb attacks in Burma’s northern state affect govt’s effort on national reconciliation: Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday said the deadly bomb attacks at two banks in Lashio, Shan State on Wednesday affected government’s efforts for national reconciliation. The explosion hit Yoma bank, affecting nearby AYA bank, killing two female staffs of the former bank, injuring 21 others. The state counsellor condemned the bomb [...]

Burma parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Burma parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August. Lawmaker Myo Zaw Aung said Friday the budget was proposed [...]

Diplomats: EU set to prepare sanctions on Burma generals

Any new travel bans and asset freezes would be the EU’s toughest measures yet to try to hold the military accountable for the abuses. The European Union will start preparing sanctions against Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya Muslims by formally calling on the bloc’s foreign policy chief next week to draw up a list [...]

China

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president “shall serve no [...]

Chair of China’s Geely acquires 10pct of Daimler

Daimler says that Chinese businessperson Li Shufu, chair of Zhejiang Geely, has acquired nearly 10 percent of the German automaker’s shares. Geely, which owns Sweden’s Volvo Cars, continues to expand its portfolio of vehicle brands that includes a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysia’s Proton and a 51 percent stake in Britain’s Lotus. Geely also owns [...]

China Is Surging Forward With Its Development Of Advanced Stealth Combat Drones

China has been quietly developing a penetrating unmanned aircraft capability over the last decade, but in recent weeks their efforts to field such a concept have seemed to of accelerated and become more public. This is occurring as American unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) development efforts have totally disappeared from the public domain, a phenomenon [...]

Malaysia

Pakatan PM, DPM candidates will lead to weak leadershipNajib

The opposition pact’s choice of prime ministerial and deputy prime ministerial candidates may see a fragile leadership holding on to the nation’s reins. In a blog post today, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak painted two scenarios of how the tussle for or transfer of power would end up if Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and [...]

Let them eat quinoa: Malaysian PM mocked for being out of touch

Malaysia’s scandal-plagued prime minister Najib Razak was accused of being out of touch with ordinary people Friday after revealing he had switched from eating locally-grown rice to the pricey grain quinoa. Opposition lawmakers lined up to mock the aristocratic premier, who is regularly attacked for leading a luxurious lifestyle at a time that many are [...]

Court reaffirms PM Najib’s innocence on 1MDB

The Court of Appeal has reaffirmed prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had done nothing wrong in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue. The court said it ought to take judicial notice of the fact that the attorney-general (AG) had made a decision to that effect. In his 33-page judgment, Court of Appeal judge Datuk [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia raises $1.65b in first Asian sovereign green bond sale

Indonesia has become the first Asian country to sell “green” bonds internationally in a $1.25 billion (S$1.65 billion) deal as one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters tapped into investor interest in climate-friendly investments. Globally, $155.5 billion of so-called green bonds were sold last year, according to the London-based Climate Bonds Initiative. But only [...]

New Indonesia Drones Spotlight US-Asean Maritime Security Initiative

Reports of new UAVs for Indonesia highlight Washington’s ongoing efforts to boost regional maritime security capabilities. This week, reports surfaced that the Indonesian Navy would receive four new drones from the US government. The reports once again put the spotlight on ongoing US attempts to boost the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of Southeast Asian [...]

Seven killed in Indonesia as hillside collapses in Java

Heavy rains have hampered the search for missing villagers after a landslide which has killed at least seven people on the Indonesian island of Java. More than 500 rescuers including police, volunteers and soldiers have been searching for 14 people who haven’t been seen since the hillside collapsed in the village of Pasir Panjang in [...]

Singapore

Singapore should teach all children how to be an entrepreneur

The best sports players, the best mathematiciansthey all start early. Why not entrepreneurs? This reflection led me to attend Endevvr, an entrepreneurial incubator for high school students in the United States, the summer after my sophomore year in high school in 2014. Through Endevvr, I co-founded at the age of 16 a tech start-up, which [...]

Rescued Singapore Shipbuilder Buckles Under Debt Woes

A Singapore shipping company rescued by its chair just over a year ago faces collapse unless the courts step in, a sign that an earlier slump in oil prices is still reverberating. Saddled with $877 million in liabilities and creditors demanding payment, Otto Marine Ltd is asking the Singapore High Court for protection. The shipbuilder [...]

Singapore to make jumping bail a crime

Singapore will criminalise skipping bail following the attempted escape of a man convicted in a high-profile fraud case at a megachurch, a senior government official said Thursday. In a case that gripped the city-state with a heady mix of religion, showbiz and fraud, six leaders from City Harvest Church were convicted in 2015 of pilfering [...]

Thailand

Chambers: Thailand Military Junta Wants Elections In Order To Strengthen Grip On Power

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has called for elections several times since he took power following a military coup in 2014. And he has found a way to delay them each time. Most recently, after initially proposing an election for November 2018, Prayuth pushed the vote back to February 2019. Paul Chambers, director of research [...]

Japanese Man Wins Legal Right to 13 Children Born in Thailand

Children were taken into Thai state care in 2014 but will now move to Japan with father A wealthy Japanese man at the centre of a “baby factory” scandal in Thailand has won sole parental rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, reportedly wanted a large number of children [...]

Thailand’s ranking in corruption fight improves to 96

Efforts to curb corruption in Thailand are paying dividends, with the Kingdom’s ranking in the latest global Corruption Perception Index rising to 96 from 101 last year. The index, prepared by Transparency International, ranks 180 countries and territories by perceived levels of public-sector corruption. Nine key assessment sources are used to compile the index, including [...]

Philippines

Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’

Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’

Philippine leader’s quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea. Duterte to China: ‘If You Want, Just Make Us a Province’ “If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businesspeople on February 19. Significantly, [...]

Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts

Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the country’s ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December. Since President Rodrigo Duterte allowed police to resume operations following a two-month suspension over the death of an unarmed teenager, 88 [...]

Will the Philippines Ever Realise its Submarine Dream?

A closer look at Manila’s pursuit of the capability. This week, the Philippines’ new naval chief grabbed headlines when he said that the country should pursue submarines as part of its military modernisation not only to add to its limited capabilities, but also to gain the respect of other regional actors. Though the comments were [...]

Japan

Analysis: Rocky path awaits Kuroda in his next BOJ term

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda may have little to cheer about despite landing another five-year term for one of the most influential jobs in the country, if not the world. For one thing, the 73-year-old Kuroda faces a gruelling job: frequent overseas trips and grillings in parliament some 50 times a year by lawmakers [...]

Nissan plans to launch its own self-driving taxi service in Japan

Nissan is preparing to launch its own self-driving taxi service, a sign that the Japanese auto giant is interested in challenging Uber in the race to deploy a fleet of money-making autonomous vehicles. Nissan will partner with DeNa to launch its Easy Ride robot taxi service on March 5th, the automaker said. The testing will [...]

Japan Just Approved a New Drug That Can Kill the Flu Virus In Just One Day

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on Friday approved a new drug the company claims will kill the flu virus in one day. Shionogi received fast-track approval to begin immediately selling Xofluza in Japan, but the pill might not be available before May because a price hasn’t been set, the company told The Wall [...]

Korea

Korean SK Group signs MoU with Malaysia

South Korean-based SK Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia to invest in the latter to create blue ocean business opportunities in key sectors. The second largest conglomerate by market capitalisation in South Korea, has “bigger aspirations” for its regional head office in Malaysia, to be set up within four months, than its [...]

Ivanka Trump, in Korea, Calls for Pressure on the North

Ivanka Trump, in Korea, Calls for Pressure on the North

Ivanka Trump channeled her father’s call for “maximum pressure” on North Korea on Friday, as she started a highly anticipated trip to South Korea, two weeks after the North’s leader sent his sister here on a mission seen as an attempt to undermine Seoul’s alliance with Washington. In an early tweet from Washington, President Trump [...]

Ivanka Trump practices diplomacy on Korea Olympics trip

Ivanka Trump is leading the US delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, and the trip has thus far proved to be an exercise in diplomacy for the first daughter and senior adviser to the President. After the nearly 15-hour commercial flight to South Korea from Washington, Trump, joined by members of the US [...]

Hong Kong

HK to ease rules for secondary listing of US, UK-listed firms

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) plans to ease rules for US and UK-listed Chinese and other international companies to consider a secondary listing in Hong Kong. The plans are part of a broader move to woo big privately owned Chinese tech companies to list in the Asian financial hub, including tech giants such as [...]

Disney family magic wanes in HK as Macau’s lights dazzle

When Chinese tourists choose a family travel destination, Hong Kong Disneyland would seem like a logical choice. But it’s the nearby gambling hub of Macau that has all the momentum. Tourists are flocking to Macau, with record arrivals from China last year, and Hong Kong itself is seeing a rebound in mainland visitors, with a [...]

HK harbour gets star attraction with sculpture park

Hong Kong’s harbourfront is known for glistening skyscrapers and the sight of containerships navigating busy shipping lanesbut a new art project has added a giant pumpkin, a map of the stars and a pair of disembodied legs to the famous skyline. The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, which officially opened on Thursday (February 22), is a [...]

Taiwan

Four Taiwanese held for smuggling gold into India

Four Taiwanese have been arrested for trying to smuggle gold into India Four Taiwanese have been arrested in New Delhi and Mumbai earlier this month on charges of smuggling gold into India. According to customs officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, on February 2, they had stopped a Taiwanese national arriving [...]

Taiwan seeks ‘new phase’ of China ties in reshuffle

Taiwan replaced its China affairs chief Friday, promoting a minister associated with pro-independence politics in what it said was a bid to forge a “new phase” in relations with rival Beijing. Analysts said the move, part of a major reshuffle, signalled a push by President Tsai Ing-wen to take a more assertive stance as ties [...]

Amnesty International report lauds Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling, criticises death row case

Annual Amnesty International report lauds Taiwan’s high court decision on gay marriage, but criticises denial of appeal of death row case In Amnesty International’s annual report on human rights, the organisation praised Taiwan’s steps taken to legalise same-sex marriage, however it criticised the country for rejecting the appeal of death row inmate Chiou Ho-shun (???), [...]

Vietnam

Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released

The final version of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was released on February 21, moving the pact a step closer to an official signing by the 11 member economies early next month. More than 20 provisions have been suspended or altered in the final text, including rules around intellectual property, since [...]

Deputy PM directs improving SOEs’ efficiency

Deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue has urged ministries, agencies and localities to promptly fulfill assigned tasks regarding equitisation and divestment in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), towards making them more transparent, healthy and efficient. He requested that SOEs restructure themselves in terms of apparatus, personnel, strategy, governance, finance, technology and products. He urged completely fixing shortcomings [...]

EVN resolved to ensure electricity supply

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) will invest in power projects within local and national electricity development planning schemes from 2016-2020. This is the major task set in the group’s five-year business plan recently approved by deputy prime minister Trinh Dinh Dung. Under the plan, EVN will develop renewable energy and improve environmental protection during the [...]