• Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

    Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

    A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. The Seoul Central District Court said Choi Soon-sil “committed so many illegal activities” as she pressured Ewha Womans University to [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Washington Post | 2:15 PM
  • China Cancels Military Meeting With Vietnam Over Territorial Dispute

    China Cancels Military Meeting With Vietnam Over Territorial Dispute

    State-run newspapers in Vietnam and China reported in recent days that senior military officials from the two countries would hold a fence-mending gathering along a border where their militaries fought a brief but bloody war in 1979. But Tuesday, the scheduled start of the gathering, came and went without any of the coverage in the [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | NY Times | 6:00 AM
  • New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees

    New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees

    Indonesia is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The tightening of anti-terrorism laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country comes as concern grows about the spread of influence of Islamic State, and fears it wants [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

    German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

    Thailand’s king was targeted by two teenagers firing rubber pellets while he was cycling in southern Germany’s Bavaria, prosecutors told AFP on Wednesday. “I can confirm that on June 10 at around 11pm, two young boys aged 13 and 14 fired rubber pellets with a toy that we call an airsoft gun at a group [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Islamic militants attack Philippine village: army

    Islamic militants attack Philippine village: army

    Islamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday, a few hours drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a month-long war, authorities said. Hundreds of gunmen initially attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn, with about 30 then taking over the school and using [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine police use chaos of Duterte’s drug war to extort families in distress

    Philippine police use chaos of Duterte’s drug war to extort families in distress

    When investigators from the Philippine Commission on Human Rights arrived at Police Station No. 1, nothing seemed amiss. They were working a tip about people being plucked from the slums by police, held captive at the station and ransomed for money. But as they surveyed the office of the local anti-drug unit, things looked normal: [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Washington Post | 6:00 AM
  • China Counters Trump, Says N Korea Role `Indispensable’ (1)

    China Counters Trump, Says N Korea Role `Indispensable’ (1)

    China hit back at US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying its efforts on North Korea have been “indispensable.” China has “played an important and constructive role” in seeking peace on the Korean peninsula, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing. China strictly implements United Nations Security Council resolutions and isn’t the crux [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • Trump says ‘we have a great relationship with China’ after critical tweet

    Trump says ‘we have a great relationship with China’ after critical tweet

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States had a “great relationship with China” as he stood beside former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the new US ambassador to Beijing. “We have a great relationship with China and I really like President Xi,” Trump said in a speech at an Iowa community college. The comment [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • ‘It has not worked out’: Trump tweet hints that the US might take action on N Korea

    ‘It has not worked out’: Trump tweet hints that the US might take action on N Korea

    A tweet from President Donald Trump on Tuesday hinted at a change in direction on North Korea policy. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” he tweeted. “At least I know China tried!” The president made the comments a day after [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Business Insider | 6:00 AM
  • Tillerson urges China to put more pressure on N. Korea

    Tillerson urges China to put more pressure on N. Korea

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday urged Chinese officials to apply greater diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to force Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear weapons programme. Tillerson’s remarks came after he and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis met with the Chinese visitors at the State Department, where the former general said [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Family of Canadian imprisoned in N Korea wants more action

    Family of Canadian imprisoned in N Korea wants more action

    The family of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea is concerned for his welfare after the death of an American student after imprisonment there, and wants Canada to work harder to secure his release, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Hyeon Soo Lim, who served at one of the largest churches in [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China’s Xi Mines State Firms for Political Jobs Before Reshuffle

    China’s Xi Mines State Firms for Political Jobs Before Reshuffle

    As President Xi Jinping prepares for a shuffling of China’s senior leaders later this year, a new path to power has emerged: the $20 trillion state sector. Over the past two years, Xi has installed eight former executives from state-owned enterprises in top provincial leadership posts across China. That’s double the four ex-corporate managers who [...]

    23-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Society

China celebrates International Yoga Day

Thousands turned up in various cities of China to celebrate the third International Yoga Day on Wednesday. The Indian Embassy in Beijing and consulates in other cities organised yoga events, well-attended by people from all walks of life. About 1,000 Indians and Chinese yoga lovers performed various postures and did breathing exercises (Pranayam) in a [...]

Vietnam environment official sacked over mass fish kill

A senior Vietnamese environment official has been fired for negligence over a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in a major environmental crisis last year, according to officials and state media. Luong Duy Hanh, director of Vietnam’s Environment Protection Management Department, is the latest official to be punished over the toxic leak, which [...]

Victorian man dies after contracting Japanese encephalitis in Phuket, Thailand

A Victorian man visiting Thailand has died from the rare virus Japanese encephalitis. It it is believed to be only the 10th case of the disease recorded in Australia and the second case reported in Victoria. The man in his 60s had visited Phuket for 10 days in early May and began to feel lethargic [...]

Health

Victorian man dies after contracting Japanese encephalitis in Phuket, Thailand

A Victorian man visiting Thailand has died from the rare virus Japanese encephalitis. It it is believed to be only the 10th case of the disease recorded in Australia and the second case reported in Victoria. The man in his 60s had visited Phuket for 10 days in early May and began to feel lethargic [...]

More than 80pct of Indonesian Kids Had Dengue by Age 10

In Indonesia, more than 80 percent of urban children ages 10 and older were infected with dengue at least once, a representative sample of Indonesian children found. Adjusted national seroprevalence for children ages 10 to 14 was 83.1 percent (95 percent CI 77.1-89.0), which rose to 89.0 percent (95 percent CI 83.9-94.1) among children ages [...]

Chinese app to aid diagnosis of skin diseases

A university hospital in Hunan province is developing an online service to accurately diagnose skin conditions in seconds, as well as offer advice on where to seek treatment. The service, an app that works with WeChat, will require users to upload a photo of the affected area. An artificial intelligence-assisted system will then scan the [...]

FinanceAsia

Takeda Presents Data from Phase 1/2 Studies for NINLARO™ (ixazomib) in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients and in the Maintenance Setting

Takeda Presents Data from Phase 1/2 Studies for NINLARO™ (ixazomib) in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients and in the Maintenance Setting

– Early studies of weekly and twice-weekly ixazomib plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone demonstrate deep responses after induction, with deepening responses seen after single-agent ixazomib maintenance – – Data to be presented during two oral sessions at the 2017 European Hematology Association (EHA) Annual Meeting – CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: [...]

PacSci EMC Completes Successful Launch of Company-Owned Demonstrator Satellite

Launch of PACSCISAT seeks to establish flight heritage for new technologies used in all phases of commercial space flight CHANDLER, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PacSci EMC has successfully launched its own on-orbit technology demonstrator satellite, PACSCISAT. The company will conduct payload tests to prove the performance of several of its commercial space technologies once the satellite is commissioned [...]

Asian central banks have cause to keep holding rates while the Fed hikes

Asian central banks have not blinked since the Federal Reserve raised US rates for the third time in six months last week. New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines are all expected to hold rates on Thursday. Indonesia and Japan stood pat last week, as Australia and India did earlier in June. China’s central bank, which [...]

Regional

Compelling Vietnam: Foreign investors unfazed by Trump’s trade deal rebuff

Every 45 seconds or so, a neatly wrapped VanHeusen dress shirt destined for a J C Penney store in the United States drops off a new production line at a factory north of Vietnam’s capital. Next door, rice paddies the size of 40 football fields have been filled for the $320 million textile mill which [...]

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Is Not Doing the Press any Favours

Just as the National League for Democracy (NLD) led government in Myanmar completes its first year in office, questions are being asked in different circles whether Aung San Suu Kyi epitomises the above quote, which she herself made before the 1990 general election in Myanmar. There is no doubt that her government exhibits a palpable [...]

Burma govt expected to earn Ks 1.8 trillion from natural resources this year

State-owned enterprises extracting natural resources are expected to earn over Ks 1.8 trillion during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, according to this year’s budget statement. Those enterprises are the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, the No 1 Mine Industry, the No 2 Mine Industry and the Myanmar Gems Enterprise. Between April 2017and March 2018, the Myanmar [...]

China

Looming Chinese refinery cuts to hit oil demand

Some of China’s top oil refineries are having to take the highly unusual step of cutting operations during what is typically the peak demand summer season when hot weather drives up power usage and families take to the road during school holidays. Almost 10 percent of China’s refining capacity is set to be shut down [...]

Beijing fears anti-China sentiment in US from Mueller investigation

The political hysteria sweeping Washington over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election is reverberating in China. The communist government is worried that a similar wave of anti-China sentiment will take hold in the United States. According to China watchers in and out of government, what Beijing fears most is that special counsel Robert [...]

China is trying to pull Middle East countries into its version of NATO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Central Asian security bloc led by China and Russia that is often described as a future Eastern counterweight to NATO. It held its annual summit last week in Kazakhstan, and the most significant outcome was the announcement that India and Pakistan became its first new members since being [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia to investigate decades-old foreign-exchange scandal

Malaysia will form a royal commission to investigate a multi billion-dollar foreign-exchange scandal involving the central bank, over two decades after the issue first came to light, the government said on Wednesday. A preliminary investigation found evidence of a possible cover-up of the case, which occurred during the tenure of then-Prime minister Mahathir Mohamed, in [...]

AirAsia crowned World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 9th time at Skytrax

PARIS: If one has to compare one’s achievement to another, AirAsia Group has arguably done better than national football team, Brazil and NBA player, Michael Jordan in terms of breaking own records, group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said today. The airline now has an unmatched record, widening the gap with other airlines [...]

Why PPBM feels it should lead Pakatan Harapan

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has defended its proposal for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to respectively be Pakatan Harapan’s chair and president, calling them realistic choices. This comes after the Opposition party’s proposal was rejected and criticised by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday. PPBM chief [...]

Indonesia

New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees

New Indonesia law to allow jailing of militant returnees

Indonesia is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The tightening of anti-terrorism laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country comes as concern grows about the spread of influence of Islamic State, and fears it wants [...]

Obama headed to Indonesia: Report

Former President Barack Obama reportedly will travel in July to Indonesia, a country where he spent four years of his childhood. According to The Jakarta Post, Obama plans to give the keynote address at the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress, which takes place on July 1. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has also invited Obama to visit [...]

Indonesia tackles illegal gold rush

Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape. It is one of a huge number of illegal gold mines that have sprung up across the resource-rich archipelago as the price of the precious metal has soared. Now [...]

Singapore

Singapore investor makes move in city’s hotel sector

Singapore investors have bought a city hotel for GBP 26m as international money pours into the Manchester hospitality sector. A subsidiary of Hiap Hoe, the Singapore investment business, has bought the Holiday Inn Express, Trafford City from a joint venture between Topland, Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates. The 220-bedroom hotel opened in May. It [...]

Singapore is fifth most expensive city for expatriates: survey

Singapore is the world’s fifth most expensive city for expatriates in a new ranking that also puts four other Asian centres in the top 10. Angolan capital Luanda took the top spot followed by Hong Kong and Tokyo. Seoul was on six and Shanghai on eight. “This year’s movements were due mainly to currency fluctuations, [...]

HK, Singapore remains top choice for job relocation

According to Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey five Asian cities made it in this year’s top 10: Hong Kong (2), Tokyo (3), Singapore (5), Seoul (6) and Shanghai (8). The survey findings showed Asian, African, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad. It also showed the following: Rankings [...]

Thailand

German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

Thailand’s king was targeted by two teenagers firing rubber pellets while he was cycling in southern Germany’s Bavaria, prosecutors told AFP on Wednesday. “I can confirm that on June 10 at around 11pm, two young boys aged 13 and 14 fired rubber pellets with a toy that we call an airsoft gun at a group [...]

Thailand failing to live up to its Asean goals: The Nation columnist

Kudos must go to prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. He understands very well the importance of Thailand’s integration with Asean and its implications for the future and regional leadership, not to mention his own legacy. However, three years since the power seizure, it is clear that the prime minister has been unable to persuade all the [...]

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn shot at with air pistol

The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkornwho spends much of his time in Germanywas cycling late at night with his entourage near Munich airport. The boysaged 13 and 14shot at him from the window [...]

Philippines

Islamic militants attack Philippine village: army

Islamic militants attack Philippine village: army

Islamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday, a few hours drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a month-long war, authorities said. Hundreds of gunmen initially attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn, with about 30 then taking over the school and using [...]

Widodo reaffirms Indonesian support vs terror in phone call to Duterte

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support Philippine efforts to stamp out terrorism and restore peace in Mindanao, Malacanang said Thursday. Widodo’s made his assurance in a phone call to President Rodrigo Duterte around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said. He described the conversation as “meaningful and productive.” “President Widodo [...]

Philippines: LGBT Students Face Bullying, Abuse

Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Philippine law provides protections against discrimination and exclusion in schools, lawmakers and school administrators need to take steps [...]

Japan

Japan trade ministry asks Western Digital to join Japan government-Bain consortium for Toshiba chip unit: sources

The Japanese trade ministry is in talks with Western Digital Corp about the US firm joining a government-led consortium chosen as the preferred bidder for Toshiba Corp’s chip business, people familiar with the matter said. Western Digital, which jointly operates Toshiba’s main chip plant, has sought a court injunction to prevent its partner from selling [...]

Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort

Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters. But the conditions inside many of them are so regimented that the children can find the experience harrowing, according to interviews with more than a dozen people who have stayed or worked [...]

Japan firms keen to invest more

At least 50 Japanese companies that have invested in Thailand have said they will definitely expand their investment further, mostly in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), according to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok (JCC). Industry minister Uttama Savanayana said he had been informed by the JCC that its latest survey found most Japanese investors [...]

Korea

Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. The Seoul Central District Court said Choi Soon-sil “committed so many illegal activities” as she pressured Ewha Womans University to [...]

‘It has not worked out’: Trump tweet hints that the US might take action on N Korea

‘It has not worked out’: Trump tweet hints that the US might take action on N Korea

A tweet from President Donald Trump on Tuesday hinted at a change in direction on North Korea policy. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” he tweeted. “At least I know China tried!” The president made the comments a day after [...]

N Korea begins journey from feudalism to crony capitalism

Kim’s reforms have led to higher wages and private enterprisemaking it harder to pressure the state with sanctions Woken before dawn, the group of foreign journalists were stripped of their mobile phones and piled on to a bus. They were in Pyongyang and, officials insisted, about to witness a “big and important event”. Tensions were [...]

Hong Kong

HK’s Gambling Empire Is Losing Horsepower

Before Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, Communist leader Deng Xiaoping had a reassuring message for those worried about the departure of the British from the capitalist enclave. Don’t fret, the architect of the handover said: “Horses will still run, stocks will still sizzle, dancers will still dance.” The dancing has continued, the stock market [...]

The good, bad and ugly sides to HKfor us and for visitors

Safe streets, efficient transport, restaurants around every corner, the Sevensthere’s lots to like about Hong Kong. Then there’s the wealth gap, pricey property, smog and the plight of domestic helpers and pink dolphins THE GOOD You can’t argue with 26 million tourists. For the seventh year in a row, Hong Kong has been ranked as [...]

The all-so-familiar cabinet of HK leader in waiting Carrie Lam

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam unveils ‘ideal team’ comprising mainly old hands and civil servants, despite promise to assemble diverse group July 1 is a big day for Hong Kong’s leader-in-waiting, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who will be sworn in along with her new team even as the city celebrates the 20th anniversary of its handover [...]

Taiwan

5.0 quake hits Northern Taiwan

An earthquake registering magnitude 5.0 struck just off northeastern Taiwan this afternoon. The quake hit at 3:25 p.m. It’s epicenter was 16.3 km east of the Yilan County government building, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Although striking quite deep, at 61.5 km, it was still felt throughout Northern Taiwan. It registered a magnitude of [...]

Earthquake measuring 4.4 magnitude hits Taiwan

The quake hit at around 3.25pm local time (8.25am BST) around 33 miles from Taipei, home to 2.7 million people. It stuck at a depth of 37 miles and measured 5 magnitude. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was initially registered at 5 magnitude by EMSC CSEM before being downgraded. In [...]

Taiwan’s Foxconn says Toshiba deal ‘not over’

The head of Taiwan’s tech giant Foxconn said Thursday its pursuit of Toshiba “is not yet over”, a day after the Japanese firm announced it preferred another group of bidders to acquire its prized chip business. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai, is controlled by billionaire Terry Gou and reportedly had Apple as a financial [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs Jun 23, 2017

* Hau Giang Pharmaceutical Company (DHG) will hold an extraordinary shareholder meeting next month to pass a plan to remove the foreign ownership limit at the firm. It will also seek shareholder approval to dissolve TOT Pharma Co Ltd and raise its stake at Song Hau Pharmaceutical Company from 51 percent to 100 percent. Earlier, [...]

ICAEW: 2017 growth at more than 6.5pct

Stronger export growth and a continued rise in investment confirm that Vietnam’s GDP growth will go back to above 6.5 per cent in 2017 after a slowdown to 6.2 per cent in 2016, experts from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) have forecast. According to its South East Asia Q2 report, [...]

Are doors opened to small businesses?

The doors for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access to supports on credit, market and technology, etc. have been opened. But, there are still concerns in business community. At the meeting of the National Assembly on June 12, the Law on SME support was officially passed with only 30 votes of disagreement. Under this [...]