• North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

    North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

    North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing toward the reclusive Asian nation “with a single strike” — just days after Vice President Pence sternly warned “the era of strategic patience is over” while touring the Demilitarized Zone. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | News Wire Services | 7:52 AM
  • North Korea detains third US citizen

    North Korea detains third US citizen

    North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Park said Kim, who is in [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | CBS News | 7:49 AM
  • US fighter pilot with Korea-bound carrier had to eject: navy

    US fighter pilot with Korea-bound carrier had to eject: navy

    A pilot preparing to land on the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, heading for waters off Korea, was forced to eject on his final approach, the Pentagon said Friday. The unidentified pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet was picked up by helicopter from waters of the Celebes Sea, between Indonesia and the Philippines, [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Korea on heightened alert as N Korea readies for army anniversary

    Korea on heightened alert as N Korea readies for army anniversary

    South Korea was on heightened alert on Friday ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang. North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army on [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Twenty-fivem reasons the US hasn’t struck N Korea

    Twenty-fivem reasons the US hasn’t struck N Korea

    If the United States were to strike North Korea, Kim Jong Un’s regime would retaliate by unleashing its conventional weaponry lined up on the demilitarised zone that has separated the two Koreas for about seven decades. And that conventional weaponry is reliable, unlike North Korea’s missiles, and could cause major devastation in South Korea, which [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Washingtonpost | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea’s conventional weapons a major factor as tensions rise

    N Korea’s conventional weapons a major factor as tensions rise

    If the United States were to strike North Korea, Kim Jong Un’s regime would retaliate by unleashing its conventional weaponry lined up on the demilitarised zone that has separated the two Koreas for about seven decades. And that conventional weaponry is reliable, unlike North Korea’s missiles, and could cause major devastation in South Korea, which [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Spokesman | 6:00 AM
  • What are Japan’s options against N Korea?

    What are Japan’s options against N Korea?

    North Korea has been a threat to Japan for decades – and it’s a problem for which there is no perfect solution. It’s an issue important enough to have forced Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to fly to New York just days after Donald Trump won the US election last November to seek reassurance of [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines Slammed for Senator’s Politically Motivated Prosecution

    Philippines Slammed for Senator’s Politically Motivated Prosecution

    An international monitoring organisation for the rights of elected lawmakers issued a scathing report on Friday, accusing the Philippine government of pursuing politically motived criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima. De Lima, a former justice secretary, is the highest-profile critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive anti-drug campaign. The Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) castigated the [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Hrw | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte tours Russian warship

    Philippines’ Duterte tours Russian warship

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured a visiting Russian warship on Friday for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow. “The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid,” Duterte was quoted as saying during a visit to the Russian guided missile cruiser ‘Varyag’ which is on [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

    Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

    Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday, brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region. “This is just a normal visit within our territory, which we believe and we know is (our) territory,” the minister told reporters who [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • MH370 ‘mostly likely’ lies north of search zone: experts

    MH370 ‘mostly likely’ lies north of search zone: experts

    Missing flight MH370 “most likely” lies north of a former search zone in the remote Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said Friday, in a new report that offers hope the plane may one day be found. A vast underwater hunt for the Malaysia Airlines jet off Australia’s west coast was halted in January when no trace [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Trump invites Vietnam’s prime minister to visit US

    Trump invites Vietnam’s prime minister to visit US

    President Donald Trump has invited Vietnam’s prime minister to visit the United States, the Southeast Asian nation’s government said on its website Friday. Vietnam took ties with the United States to a new level under former President Barack Obama, keen for the United States to maintain its security presence in Asia in the face of [...]

    24-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Nypost | 6:00 AM

Society

Vietnam Authorities Try to End Hostage Standoff

Authorities in Vietnam’s capital promised on Thursday to review the use of land at the centre of a dispute with protesters who have held 20 officials hostage for five days, local media said. VnExpress said the offer was made by Hanoi’s People Committee Chair Nguyen Duc Chung to the residents of the Dong Tam commune, [...]

Vietnam Farmers Boycott Meeting With Hanoi Mayor Amid Standoff

A group of farmers engaged in a standoff with authorities over a land dispute in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi boycotted a meeting Thursday with the city’s mayor, who was ordered to negotiate the release of 20 police officers and local officials the farmers detained during a clash over the weekend, state media said. Mayor Nguyen Duc [...]

Vietnam: Hostage crisis deepens as villagers threaten to burn victims

A GROUP of Vietnamese farmers said on Thursday they had sealed off their village and would resist any rescue attempts by the authorities of the more than a dozen hostages they have been holding for six days. According to AFP (via South China Morning Post), the 20 remaining hostages, consisting of policemen and local officials, [...]

Health

Appetite in Europe, Philippines may boost Vietnam’s 2017 rice exports – USDA

Vietnam’s global rice export ranking this year is expected to remain unchanged, trailing behind Thailand and India. Preferential import taxes in Eastern European countries and an extended rice supply agreement with the Philippines may help boost Vietnam’s rice exports this year by around 9 percent to 6 million tonnes, a US Department of Agriculture attache [...]

S Asia vulnerable to diseases like Zika, Ebola

Countries in South Asian are “vulnerable” to emerging infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola. Level of preparedness of these countries is not enough to protect public health from these diseases, a new analysis has revealed. The countries are already burdened by diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, an analysis as part of a collection of [...]

Smoking to kill 200m in China this century: WHO

Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday. China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, and the industry provides the government with colossal sums. In 2015, it recorded 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion) in profits, up 20 percent [...]

FinanceAsia

Nikon Initiates Global Legal Actions Against ASML and Carl Zeiss to Protect Patented Semiconductor Lithography Technology

NEW YORK & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nikon Corporation (“Nikon”) today initiated a series of legal actions in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan intended to halt infringement of its intellectual property by Dutch semiconductor lithography system manufacturer ASML Holding N.V. and its related companies (“ASML”), and by ASML’s optical component supplier Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH (“Zeiss”). The basis [...]

Samsung Bioepis Obtains First Drug Approval in the United States, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves RENFLEXIS™ (Infliximab-abda) Across All Eligible Indications

Samsung Bioepis Obtains First Drug Approval in the United States, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves RENFLEXIS™ (Infliximab-abda) Across All Eligible Indications

INCHEON, Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RENFLEXIS™ (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar referencing Remicade®i (infliximab), across all eligible indications. In the US, RENFLEXIS™ is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms in patients with adult and pediatric Crohn’s disease, adult ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis [...]

Toshiba Machine Expands Chinese Production of Its EC-SXII Series, the Global Standard in Injection Molding Machines

Toshiba Machine Expands Chinese Production of Its EC-SXII Series, the Global Standard in Injection Molding Machines

New models for high productivity and stable precision molding of automobile parts added to product lineup NUMAZU, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba Machine Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6104) announced that its EC-SXII series of all-electric injection molding machines, one of the best-selling products in Japan, will add the EC280SXII, featuring a clamping force of 2,744 kN (280 tf), and the [...]

Regional

Policy shifts in Burma’s ties with major powers

Myanmar has made substantial shifts in its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in South-east Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar. In the first half of this year, China has made impressive diplomatic inroads throughout [...]

Burma Police Arrest Married Couple in Murder of Yangon Publisher

Myanmar police have arrested cargo ship officer Aung Ko Ko for the murder of magazine publisher Wai Yan Heinn, April 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of Yangon Police/Facebook Myanmar police on Friday said they have arrested two suspects in the murder of a news magazine publisher, saying the crime was in retaliation for a romantic affair, [...]

Why Vietnamese villagers are holding police hostage

Residents of a village outside Hanoi are holding policemen and officials hostage in a week-long stand-off over a land dispute. Local authorities have fled and residents now control the village. They have built barricades to keep police out and the situation is very tense, as the BBC’s Vietnamese Service explains. How did the dispute start? [...]

China

Ivanka Trump’s brand ramped up China trademark work in 2016

Ivanka Trump’s brand intensified its work in China as her father closed in on the Republican nomination for US president, with her company applying for nearly twice as many trademarks in a five-month span as it had in the preceding eight years. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for 36 trademarks in China between March and [...]

China Should Open Service Sector to Boost Trade Flows, IMF Says

China should open up its services sector to ease trade tensions with the US and bolster global trade, according to a senior official from the International Monetary Fund. The medical, health, legal and financial services sectors are among areas that could be liberalised, Changyong Rhee, the Asia-Pacific director at the IMF, said in an interview [...]

PBOC’s Yi Says SDR Market Won’t Work With Policy Support Alone

A top Chinese central banker said the nascent market for investment products denominated in Special Drawing Rights needs more than just support from governments and policy makers to succeed, even as the nation helps get it started. “If you just rely on the IMF, or just rely on some central bank subsidy, it never will [...]

Malaysia

M’sian explorers reach North Pole five days ahead of schedule

Three members of the Malaysian Seven Continents Exploration Club (KE7B) managed to complete their 111-kilometre skiing expedition to the North Pole at 5.06pm North Pole time (or 11.06 pm Malaysian time) yesterday, five days ahead of schedule. KE7B advisor Datuk Akmar Hisham Mohd Yusof said he was informed about the news by expedition head, Muhammad [...]

Morgan Stanley initiates Malaysia market coverage ahead of election

Morgan Stanley is upbeat on Malaysian stocks, expecting them to benefit from a likely fiscal boost ahead of an election that could be called as early as September. The US bank initiated coverage on Malaysia in a note released on Thursday, with an ‘overweight’ recommendation on what it called its “second most-preferred market in Asean [...]

Malaysia’s cbank reserves slightly up at $95.7b as of April 14

Malaysia’s gross international reserves stood at $95.7 billion as of April 14, compared with $95.4 billion on March 31, the central bank said on Friday. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said reserves were sufficient to finance 8.2 months of retained imports and were 1.1 times the short-term external debt. The central bank released the following international [...]

Indonesia

Pence Hails $10 Billion in Indonesia Deals, From Exxon to GE

Pence Hails $10 Billion in Indonesia Deals, From Exxon to GE

Vice President Mike Pence announced 11 major deals valued at more than $10 billion between US and Indonesian companies, mostly in energy and defense. The agreements include ExxonMobil Mobil Corp. supplying liquid natural gas, general Electric Co. building electrical infrastructure and Lockheed Martin Corp. providing technology for F-16 fighter jets, according to a statement on [...]

US, Indonesia sign $10b deals

Indonesia and the United States signed US$10 billion worth of agreements on trade and investment in a ceremony attended by vice President Jusuf Kalla and his US counterpart Mike Pence in Jakarta on Friday. A majority of the deals were in the energy sector, including a $6 billion deal between US-based ExxonMobil and state-owned oil [...]

US vice President Pence Trusts Indonesia in Fighting Terrorism

United States vice President Michael R. Pence said that the US and Indonesia will continue to work together in the war against terrorism. Pence said that Indonesia is a US strategic partner in the war against terrorism. “I can convince the Indonesian people that we won’t stop fighting terrorism,” he said in Jakarta on Friday, [...]

Singapore

American slapped on MRT train thanks Singaporeans for support

A viral video of a man who harassed and slapped an American on an MRT train earlier this week has prompted an outpouring of support from Singaporeans for the victim. Joe DeMarini, who is on a working holiday here as a TV development producer, told Yahoo Singapore on Friday (21 April) that he was touched [...]

Singapore researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’ but is it tart enough?

It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water. Researchers in Singapore say they have invented a “virtual lemonade”, using electrodes to mimic the flavor of the beverage and LED lights to imitate its color, that could one day allow people to digitally share drinks over the internet. “We are primarily motivated by [...]

Singapore raises voice against rising protectionism

Rising protectionism in the West has become a threat to Asia’s prosperity, Tommy Koh, ambassador-at-large for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Thursday. “I worry about the rise of protectionism and economic nationalism in the US and in Europe. I see this as a direct threat to the prosperity and prospects of Asia,” Koh said [...]

Thailand

Thailand ‘well suited’ to host global tourism conference

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, talks with The Nation on Thailand’s readiness to host the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit, which will take place in Bangkok from Tuesday to Thursday next week. The summit will be a platform for Thailand to present itself as a hub for tourism and [...]

Spaniard sentenced to death in Thailand for grisly murder

Spanish national Artur Segarra has been convicted of kidnapping and killing 40-year-old compatriot David Bernat in an effort to steal tens of millions of baht from the businessperson A Spanish man was sentenced to death by a Thai court Friday for the grisly murder of a fellow Spaniard whose dismembered body parts were discovered in [...]

Ford Thailand sales jump 50pct in first quarter

Ford Thailand on Thursday said its first-quarter sales jumped 50 per cent year over year to 12,938 vehicles, driven by continued strength in demand for the Ranger pickup and its Everest and EcoSport SUVs. The strong first quarter allowed Ford to continue outpacing the overall Thai industry, and boost its total market share for the [...]

Philippines

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday, brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region. “This is just a normal visit within our territory, which we believe and we know is (our) territory,” the minister told reporters who [...]

Philippines Slammed for Senator’s Politically Motivated Prosecution

Philippines Slammed for Senator’s Politically Motivated Prosecution

An international monitoring organisation for the rights of elected lawmakers issued a scathing report on Friday, accusing the Philippine government of pursuing politically motived criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima. De Lima, a former justice secretary, is the highest-profile critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive anti-drug campaign. The Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) castigated the [...]

Philippines’ Duterte tours Russian warship

Philippines’ Duterte tours Russian warship

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured a visiting Russian warship on Friday for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow. “The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid,” Duterte was quoted as saying during a visit to the Russian guided missile cruiser ‘Varyag’ which is on [...]

Japan

What are Japan’s options against N Korea?

What are Japan’s options against N Korea?

North Korea has been a threat to Japan for decades – and it’s a problem for which there is no perfect solution. It’s an issue important enough to have forced Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to fly to New York just days after Donald Trump won the US election last November to seek reassurance of [...]

Japan Issues Advice on How to Prepare for a Missile Strike

Get indoors, keep away from windows and switch on the TV. That’s the latest advice from Japan’s government on how to prepare for a ballistic missile strike. Japan has an early-warning system designed to issue alerts across the country from loudspeakers and mobile phones if a missile is thought to be heading its way. The [...]

Abe sends offering to shrine honoring Japan’s war dead

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering Friday to the controversial Yasukuni shrine that honors Japan’s war dead, including convicted war criminals. The leafy “masakaki” plant was sent for the shrine’s spring festival the same day that more than 90 Japanese lawmakers and Internal Affairs minister Sanae Takaichi visited Yasukuni. Abe has made [...]

Korea

North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing toward the reclusive Asian nation “with a single strike” — just days after Vice President Pence sternly warned “the era of strategic patience is over” while touring the Demilitarized Zone. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with [...]

North Korea detains third US citizen

North Korea detains third US citizen

North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Park said Kim, who is in [...]

War With N Korea Could Mean A Refugee Crisis No One Is Ready For

Much of the discussion around North Korea has focused on a nuclear or conventional war between Pyongyang and Washington, but little has been mentioned about one crucial topic: if the Kim regime fails and the country collapses, it will result in an unprecedented refugee crisis. For all of the tough talk by the US as [...]

Hong Kong

HK’s I-Cable Set for $129 Million Refinancing

Struggling Hong Kong pay-TV platform, I-Cable is seeking $91 million (HK$704 million) of refinancing through a share issue expected to bring in new investors. I-Cable is Hong Kong’s leading conventional cable TV provider, though it has been overtaken by PCCW’s Now TV, which is delivered as an IPTV service. Its news channel is regarded as [...]

HK man is jailed for having sex with a dog

A father who had unprotected sex with a dog was jailed for seven months today. Chung Lin Fai, 58, pleaded guilty on the count of bestiality. He told the probation officer at West Kowloon Magistrate’s Court that he had been suffering memory loss from alcoholism and at the time of the incident, he ‘heard a [...]

HK faces an uncertain future as dynamism fades

The territory risks being left behind by Chinese rivals To lunch at the Hong Kong Club, founded in 1846 as a watering hole for the British ruling elite. My host is CH Tung, Anglophile, tycoon, and the territory’s first chief executive after the British handover to China in 1997. CH is 79 but still sprightly. [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan still has a long way to go on foreign worker rights

The government’s recent introduction of a bill that would relax restrictions for foreign workers and foreigners seeking jobs in Taiwan is welcome. The nation has a graying population and a need to increase its exposure to the global community. Opening our doors to people passionate about building a life or a career in Taiwan helps [...]

Six hopefuls in Kuomintang leadership race in Taiwan

Six candidates have garnered enough support to qualify for the race to lead Taiwan’s embattled Kuomintang (KMT), in what is believed to be one of the most hotly contested leadership elections in the party’s history. The new party chief will have the difficult task of rebuilding the KMT, more than a year after it lost [...]

Taiwan still seeks invite to WHA

Despite dim outlook, Taiwan is still working to secure an invitation to this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the nation’s foreign ministry said Thursday. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been sending out invitations for the 2017 WHA meeting since March, for which Taiwan still anxiously awaits. With the deadline for the online registration approaching, [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs April 24, 2017

* Superdong Fast Ferry Kien Giang Company (SKG) will seek shareholder approval to increase its dividend payment from 30 percent to 50 percent for 2016, including a cash dividend ofVND1,000 per share and a share dividend of 40 percent. The company is also planning a 40 percent dividend payment for 2017. The enterprise’s 2017 revenue [...]

Petroleum prices increased by VND350 per litre

The ministries of industry and trade and finance decided to raise retail petrol prices as of 3pm on Thursday. The retail prices of all petroleum products were increased by VND350. Accordingly, RON 92 petrol will trade at a maximum price of VND17,583 (78 US cents) per litre and E5 bio-fuel will trade at VND17,382 per [...]

Over 92pct of VN’s rice export in Q1 under firms’ deals

More than 92 percent of Vietnam’s rice exports in the first three months of the year was under trade deals of businesses, according to the latest report of the Vietnam Food Association (VFA). The report also said Vietnam exported 1.1 million tonnes of rice, down 23 percent in volume and 18 percent in value compared [...]