• HK protesters set for the long haul at self-sustaining village

    HK protesters set for the long haul at self-sustaining village

    Hong Kong protesters have created a self-sustaining village within a month of taking their call for democracy to the streets, setting up changing rooms, tents for hire, a study area, first-aid stations and even their own security patrols as they ready for the long haul. What started out as hastily built barricades against police pepper [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth

    Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth

    Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, US deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Countries in the region are looking to boost financing for the construction of roads, bridges and [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Australian Authorities Warn Wreckage Likely to ‘Wash Up on Indonesian Shores’

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Australian Authorities Warn Wreckage Likely to ‘Wash Up on Indonesian Shores’

    Australian authorities leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have alerted Indonesia that wreckage of the airliner may wash up on its coastline. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has issued an update in the hunt for the Boeing 777 which states floating debris from the aircraft may have drifted west, away from Australia’s western [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | IB Times | 6:00 AM
  • China hits PHL’s West Philippine Sea action plan at the UN

    China hits PHL’s West Philippine Sea action plan at the UN

    China has blasted the Philippines at the United Nations for seeking support for its three-pronged approach in resolving the disputes in the contested South China South territories, which includes the promotion of legal arbitration that Beijing strongly opposes. In an October 7 letter to the UN addressed to Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, China rejected Manila’s [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | GMA News | 6:00 AM
  • China criticises US missile defense radar in Japan

    China criticises US missile defense radar in Japan

    The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday. Japan, an ally of the United States, has voiced growing anxiety over China’s more assertive posture in the East China Sea, where the neighbours are locked in a dispute over control of a [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets

    Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets

    China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported Thursday. Three men are being prosecuted over the incident, the China Daily said. It cited prosecutors as saying that 1,226 military personnel, 123 military [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China Moves To Reinforce Rule of Law, With Caveats

    China Moves To Reinforce Rule of Law, With Caveats

    Communist Party leaders, seeking to address widespread dissatisfaction with China’s politicised and corrupt judiciary, endorsed a raft of legal changes on Thursday to foster a more predictable legal system while keeping the courts under the firm control of the party. The proposals, promoted by the state news media as a landmark in “governing the country [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | NY Times | 6:00 AM
  • China’s top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute

    China’s top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute

    China’s top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim. State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China launches first mission to moon and back

    China launches first mission to moon and back

    China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing’s ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth’s only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Tensions rise over planned leaflet launch on Korea border

    Tensions rise over planned leaflet launch on Korea border

    South Korean activists vowed Friday to push ahead with a political leaflet launch over the border with North Korea, despite threats of retaliation from Pyongyang, appeals for restraint from Seoul and the angry opposition of local residents. The activists plan to release balloons carrying around 40,000 leaflets criticising the North’s government across the heavily-militarised frontier [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

    China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

    Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both China’s desire to push investment in the region and its frustration with [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • NK expert says US must apologise to free detainees

    NK expert says US must apologise to free detainees

    After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other US citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologise to Pyongyang, and the country’s leader will consider pardoning them. The suggestion on Thursday [...]

    25-Oct-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Society

India loses dispute over bird flu curbs on US poultry

India broke World Trade Organisation rules by blocking US poultry imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled last week.? India had claimed its import restrictions were justified by international rules on animal health, but the panel agreed with the United States and found that India’s measures were not based on [...]

Ebola could cost Taiwan $200000 per confirmed case

If the Ebola epidemic spreads to Taiwan, each confirmed case could cost the government up to NT$6 million (US$197,000), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. That figure includes NT$1.5 million for involved medical personnel and NT$3.5 million for the hospital receiving the patient, said CDC director-General Steve Kuo. Monitoring people in contact with [...]

Security for polio health workers in Pakistan

The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years. Pakistan is the only country where the virus is spreading fast – showing up in sewage samples all over Karachi. The Taliban imposed a ban on the vaccine in 2012 which has meant nearly 300,000 children [...]

Health

India loses dispute over bird flu curbs on US poultry

India broke World Trade Organisation rules by blocking US poultry imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled last week.? India had claimed its import restrictions were justified by international rules on animal health, but the panel agreed with the United States and found that India’s measures were not based on [...]

Ebola could cost Taiwan $200000 per confirmed case

If the Ebola epidemic spreads to Taiwan, each confirmed case could cost the government up to NT$6 million (US$197,000), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. That figure includes NT$1.5 million for involved medical personnel and NT$3.5 million for the hospital receiving the patient, said CDC director-General Steve Kuo. Monitoring people in contact with [...]

Security for polio health workers in Pakistan

The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years. Pakistan is the only country where the virus is spreading fast – showing up in sewage samples all over Karachi. The Taliban imposed a ban on the vaccine in 2012 which has meant nearly 300,000 children [...]

FinanceAsia

Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth

Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth

Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, US deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Countries in the region are looking to boost financing for the construction of roads, bridges and [...]

China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both China’s desire to push investment in the region and its frustration with [...]

Asia stocks mixed as Ebola, China concerns offset US gains

Asian equities were mixed on the last trading day of the week as concerns over Ebola and China offset gains on Wall Street. A doctor in New York tested positive for the Ebola virus, the New York Times reported early on Friday, after returning from West Africa last week. Speaking at a press conference, New [...]

Regional

US flexes diplomatic muscle in Burma

As donor darling Myanmar gets ready to hold general elections in late 2015, the United States is increasing its diplomatic presence in the former military state – with the US Agency for International Development as one of the main arms. “USAID doesn’t have a traditional development agenda in [Myanmar],” Jason Foley, deputy assistant administrator at [...]

Burma considers legalising gambling

Myanmar plans to legalise some types of gambling, including casinos for foreigners only in upper-tier hotels, an official said. “We have finalised the reformed gambling law and are ready to send it to the parliament for suggestion, discussion and then approval,” said an official of the Home Affairs Ministry, who asked that his name be [...]

Prayut to go to China and Burma next month : spokesman

Prime minister general Prayut Chan-o-cha will be attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in China and Asean Summit in Myanmar next month. Military junta’s spokesman Weerachon Sukonthanpatipak said the premier will be away for five days to attend Apec meeting in Beijing between November 9 and 11 and Asean summit between November 12 and [...]

China

HK architects can now open businesses in mainland

A decade after landmark free trade deal was signed, members of the profession can finally set up their own companies in Guangdong Hong Kong architectural companies can finally open their own divisions on the mainland, a decade after a landmark free trade agreement was signed between Hong Kong and the mainland. Two Hong Kong firms [...]

Gold Demand in India, China on the Rise

Appetite for physical gold in India and China has rebounded in recent days, with low prices boosting demand during India’s Diwali festival, the country’s biggest gold-buying occasion of the year. Demand surrounding this year’s Diwali festival, which was celebrated Thursday, rose by around a third from last year, said Rahul Gupta, managing director of New [...]

China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both China’s desire to push investment in the region and its frustration with [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Australian Authorities Warn Wreckage Likely to ‘Wash Up on Indonesian Shores’

Australian authorities leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have alerted Indonesia that wreckage of the airliner may wash up on its coastline. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has issued an update in the hunt for the Boeing 777 which states floating debris from the aircraft may have drifted west, away from Australia’s western [...]

‘Sex assault’ Malaysia diplomat flown to New Zealand

A Malaysian diplomat, wanted by the New Zealand authorities on allegations of attempted rape in the city of Wellington in May, has been extradited. Muhammad Risalman bin Ismail will arrive in Wellington on Saturday. Shortly after he was charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape, Muhammad Risalman left for Malaysia claiming diplomatic immunity. [...]

Students in Australia act as Malaysia’s ambassadors

Malaysian students studying in Australia can play the role of ambassadors in helping to explain the two airplane tragedies involving Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and MH17. Malaysian Defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that they were the voice of Malaysia when explaining how the country had responded to the tragedies and succeeded in gaining cooperation from [...]

Indonesia

Malaysia battles beer as Indonesia votes for change

If Malaysian leader Najib Razak thought he already had problems at home, now he also needs to worry about a “Jokowi effect” spreading from neighbouring Indonesia. On Monday, fresh-faced Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took the helm of the world’s fourth-most-populous nation. Throughout Southeast Asia, young voters have been gripped by the rise of this small businessperson [...]

In emerging Indonesia, Honda’s Mobilio muscles in on Toyota’s turf

Honda Motor’s Mobilio, a spacious yet affordable multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), has nearly doubled its market share this year, triggering a price war with Toyota Motor in Indonesia, the latest battleground for global carmakers. Toyota and its Daihatsu Motor affiliate have long enjoyed a more than 50 percent market share in Indonesia – where car ownership [...]

Malaysia, Indonesia to sign MoU to tackle haze problem – Bernama

Malaysia and Indonesia will be sharing experience, expertise and information on how to tackle transboundary haze when the two countries sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the matter soon. Department of Environment (DOE) director-general, Datuk Halimah Hassan, said both countries were in the process of drafting the MoU but could not confirm when it [...]

Singapore

33 Singaporean tourists in Hokkaido accident, several injured

A truck and a tour bus with 33 Singaporeans on board collided in Hokkaido’s Nanae Town, reports Japan’s NHK. A number of Singaporeans have been injured in Japan after a truck and a tour bus collided in Hokkaido’s Nanae Town. According to a report on NHK, the drivers of both vehicles have died. There were [...]

State banquet held in London for Singapore’s President

Queen Elisabeth II gave a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London in honour of the President of the Republic of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife on their state visit to the United Kingdom (UK). This is the first time Singapore has been accorded “this most singular honour”, with the State Banquet celebrating [...]

Singapore Airlines signals budget determination with Tiger takeover

Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) is injecting cash into money-losing Tiger Airways Ltd, signalling its resolve to persevere in the low-cost segment even after the budget affiliate bowed out of three regional markets. The flag carrier plans to have Tiger cooperate more closely with its similarly loss-making medium- and long-haul budget airline Scoot, people familiar with [...]

Thailand

Thailand in a race to find new sources of oil and gas

After nearly a decade hiatus, Thailand is getting back on the horse this week and offering new licenses for oil and gas exploration. Due to declines in petroleum supplies from the fields in the Gulf of Thailand, the country is now offering licenses after seven years. The Bangkok Post reported that existing reserves in the [...]

Cash for Thailand farmers ‘a short-term fix’

THE taps are flowing once more for Thailand’s rice farmers, who started receiving 40 billion baht (S$1.6 billion) in handouts this week from a military-dominated government that came into power swearing off rural subsidies. One year ago, they were able to sell as much paddy as they liked to then Puea Thai government at about [...]

As insurgency burns, revival of Thai south script points way to peace

A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand’s insurgency-battered south, as girls in crisp, white hijabs read aloud the curls and flourishes of a homegrown script virtually erased from public life. Thailand annexed the Muslim-majority south more than a century ago and ever since has sought to railroad the distinctive local [...]

Philippines

Taiwan, Philippines to hold economic meeting in Taipei

Taiwan and the Philippines were set to hold an annual economic meeting Thursday in an effort to build stronger economic ties in various areas, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The 20th Taiwan-Philippines Joint Economic Committee meeting was scheduled to begin that afternoon in Taipei, attended by government officials from both [...]

China hits PHL’s West Philippine Sea action plan at the UN

China has blasted the Philippines at the United Nations for seeking support for its three-pronged approach in resolving the disputes in the contested South China South territories, which includes the promotion of legal arbitration that Beijing strongly opposes. In an October 7 letter to the UN addressed to Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, China rejected Manila’s [...]

After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU returns to Japan

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa, Japan, on Thursday after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person. Members of the MEU were aboard the amphibious ship Peleliu. That vessel and other Navy ships were ordered to stay in port in [...]

Japan

After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU returns to Japan

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Okinawa, Japan, on Thursday after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person. Members of the MEU were aboard the amphibious ship Peleliu. That vessel and other Navy ships were ordered to stay in port in [...]

Give Japan’s Abe a Break on Women

Why are Western pundits, inside Japan and out, so down on Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe? I have three theories. First, Abe is a nationalist – sort of a Japanese Ronald Reagan and nationalism scares a lot of people: What if Abe starts a war with China! And when it comes to Japan, most people [...]

Japan’s Life Insurers May Go Cool on Foreign Debt

Concerns about a global slowdown may pour cold water on a spree of buying foreign bonds among Japan’s life-insurance companies. The life insurers have been piling into foreign debt so far this year despite their long-standing preference for the safety and convenience of domestic bonds. That is because the Bank of Japan’s aggressive efforts to [...]

Korea

N Korea Bans All Tourism Over Ebola Concerns

North Korea has banned all foreign tourists from visiting the country over concerns about the Ebola virus. “The country’s closed,” a Beijing-based travel agency specialising in North Korea quoted the state-run Korean International Travel Company as saying in a “panicked” phone call on Thursday, according to the South China Morning Post. “All borders will be [...]

N Korea has list of Japanese residents: sources

North Korea has compiled a list of Japanese nationals who remained there after the end of World War II, and of the Japanese wives of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan who moved to the North under a 1959-1984 repatriation project, sources say. The Japanese government appears to be aware of the list, the sources said [...]

US must formally apologise to N Korea to free prisoners

The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday. Although North Korea released Fowle, getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will likely require an official [...]

Hong Kong

Banker Video-Bombs Live Interview With HK Protesters

A senior J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. banker walking to lunch on Wednesday interrupted a live roundtable webcast on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to express his frustration over the continued street blockage. David Lau, who heads the US investment bank’s China corporate finance division, walked into the interview with protest leaders and a democracy advocate [...]

HK architects can now open businesses in mainland

A decade after landmark free trade deal was signed, members of the profession can finally set up their own companies in Guangdong Hong Kong architectural companies can finally open their own divisions on the mainland, a decade after a landmark free trade agreement was signed between Hong Kong and the mainland. Two Hong Kong firms [...]

HK protesters criticise officials’ reform plan as vague

Student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests said Thursday that they see little point in engaging in further dialogue with the government if officials don’t offer more specific details on a political reform proposal. Yvonne Leung, spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Federation of Students, confirmed that the government has reached out to her organisation through [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan-Slovakia working holiday programme launched

A working holiday programme between Taiwan and Slovakia was launched Thursday, with young adults interested in working and travelling in each other’s country now able to submit their applications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that day. The programme will allow up to 100 young adults aged 18-35 from each country to visit and work [...]

Taiwan’s ocean programme reels from loss of ship, scientists

The sinking of Ocean Researcher V less than 2 years after its maiden scientific cruise and the loss of two scientists are a severe setback for Taiwanese oceanography and related fields. The three small boats previously available to researchers were limited to sailing in coastal waters. The 2700-tonne Ocean Researcher V could cruise for up [...]

Ebola could cost Taiwan $200000 per confirmed case

If the Ebola epidemic spreads to Taiwan, each confirmed case could cost the government up to NT$6 million (US$197,000), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. That figure includes NT$1.5 million for involved medical personnel and NT$3.5 million for the hospital receiving the patient, said CDC director-General Steve Kuo. Monitoring people in contact with [...]

Vietnam

Asean Skills Competition kicks off in Vietnam

The 10th Asean Skills Competition kicked off here on Thursday with the participation of 293 contestants from the 10-member grouping. With theme “Skills – Our intrinsic values,” the 2014 event will see participants compete in 23 occupational skills. The contest also sees the attendance of nearly 700 international teachers and technical experts, among others. Addressing [...]

State budget heavily depends on minerals and petroleum

The top taxpayer in 2013 was the military-run telecom group, Viettel. Although not many enterprises in the mineral and petroleum sector are included in the ranking V1,000 this year, this sector was the champion in terms of corporate income tax (CIT) payment with a contribution ratio of up to 36.4 percent of the total tax [...]

Key economic region urged to deal with urbanisation

The planning and development of the southern key economic zone was discussed at a seminar held in HCM City on October 23 by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Bank (WB) and Vietnam National University-HCM City. Participants discussed regional co-ordination to promote the economy and fully tap each locality’s potential, develop green [...]