• Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded

    Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded

    A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 22 others on Monday (Jan 22) morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials said, the first such attack on a “soft target” in the Muslim-majority region for months. A rebellion against Thai rule in the culturally distinct Thai “Deep South” bordering Malaysia has left nearly [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 1:24 PM
  • China Accuses US Warship of Trespassing, Says It Will Take ‘Necessary Measures’ to Ensure Sovereignty

    China Accuses US Warship of Trespassing, Says It Will Take ‘Necessary Measures’ to Ensure Sovereignty

    China says it will take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty after a U.S. warship sailed near a group of disputed islets in the South China Sea last week. The country’s foreign ministry Lu Kang said on Saturday that the USS Hopper, a guided missile destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island, also [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | News Week | 8:51 AM
  • N Korea Reveals How It Defied US and Other Nations Failed

    N Korea Reveals How It Defied US and Other Nations Failed

    North Korea’s defiance of US foreign policy has earned it a top spot on the lists of foes compiled by various administrations, with President Donald Trump being no exception. Despite decades of overwhelming pressure, North Korea revealed Friday how it has managed to develop nuclear weapons and openly work on missiles capable of delivering them [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Newsweek | 6:00 AM
  • Russia tells US to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting

    Russia tells US to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting

    Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the United States has yet to produce evidence that Russia is helping North Korea evade sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile tests. US President Donald Trump has accused Russia of “not helping us at all with North Korea” which has come under tough economic sanctions intended [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Trump’s defense strategy sees China and Russia as biggest threats

    Trump’s defense strategy sees China and Russia as biggest threats

    The Pentagon now sees China and Russia as “the central challenge” facing the US military, according to the unclassified pages of the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy. “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security,” the document, which was made available to reporters Friday, says, adding “long-term strategic [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM
  • Mattis warns of ‘growing threats’ from Russia, China

    Mattis warns of ‘growing threats’ from Russia, China

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing “growing threats” from China and Russia, and warned that the US military’s advantages have eroded in recent years. Mattis’s assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon’s vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defense strategy. “We face growing threats from revisionist [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Will Kim Jong Un go to jail? Relatives of Japan kidnapping victims ask court for justice

    Will Kim Jong Un go to jail? Relatives of Japan kidnapping victims ask court for justice

    The family members of Japanese abduction victims want to take North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to court for what they say are human rights abuses. The relatives are heading to The Hague next week to ask the International Criminal Court to launch a case against the North Korean leader for failing to provide information [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Newsweek | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesian leader’s third cabinet reshuffle could have elections implications

    Indonesian leader’s third cabinet reshuffle could have elections implications

    A recent cabinet reshuffle in Indonesia is the latest move from the country’s leader to firm up support ahead of presidential elections next year, according to a Singapore-based advisory firm. On Wednesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo oversaw the third reshuffle of his cabinet since assuming office in 2014. The reshuffle has political implications, with Widodo [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM
  • China to enshrine Xi’s thought into state constitution amid national ‘fervor’

    China to enshrine Xi’s thought into state constitution amid national ‘fervor’

    China’s ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution. The arguably more important party constitution was amended at the once-in-five-years 19th Party Congress in October to include Xi’s political thought. The [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Nypost | 6:00 AM
  • Trump administration says US mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

    Trump administration says US mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

    The United States mistakenly supported China’s membership of the World Trade Organisation in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade. “It seems clear that the United States erred in supporting China’s entry into the [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte: from War on Drugs to War on Media?

    Philippines’ Duterte: from War on Drugs to War on Media?

    Even for a president famed for turning the air blue, it was a colourful way to conduct a press conference. “You are not only throwing toilet paper – you are throwing s*** at us,” snarled Rodrigo Duterte at hapless Rappler journalist Pia Ranada as he brandished a copy of the news site’s latest expose, railing [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan’s President calls for Beijing to resolve aviation issue: spokesman

    Taiwan’s President calls for Beijing to resolve aviation issue: spokesman

    Taiwan is calling for discussions with Beijing on aviation issues related to its recent unilateral decision to launch a northbound M503 route, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (???) said Friday. President Tsai Ing-wen has condemned the move, reiterating that Beijing’s unilateral announcement has not only affected aviation safety but also hurt the stability of the [...]

    22-Jan-2018 Intellasia | Taiwannews | 6:00 AM

Society

Foreign Investors Will Take Heart in Vietnam’s Anti-Graft Crackdown

Foreign investors in Vietnam will welcome a fairer, more predictable set of business practices as the government pursues the heads of local firms over corruption, analysts believe. Some foreign companies might review their own books to ensure clean accounting, as prosecutors investigate executives in Vietnamese firms over suspected graft. Most will laud the crackdown as [...]

Vietnam Oil Executives Apologise to Communist Party in Corruption Trial

Vietnamese executives on trial for losses at a scandal-hit state oil firm used their final statement in court on Wednesday to apologise to the ruling Communist Party, media said, as Vietnam’s biggest corruption trial for years draws to a close. The trial of 22 former PetroVietam employees, which ends on Monday, is part of a [...]

Vietnam’s corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?

The world learned of Vietnam’s anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park goers reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car. Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chair of a construction company tied to state energy giant PetroVietnam. Vietnamese officials say [...]

Health

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 [...]

Philippines prepared for ‘worst-case scenario’ after 733,000 given dengue vaccine that could worsen disease

Philippines prepared for ‘worst-case scenario’ after 733,000 given dengue vaccine that could worsen disease

The Philippines is prepared for a “worst-case scenario” after warnings that a vaccine against dengue fever could cause symptoms of the disease to become more severe. French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur on Wednesday admitted clinical data showed Dengvaxia the first licensed dengue vaccine could make the disease worse in people who had not previously been [...]

361 new HIV cases in Singapore in first 10 months of 2017: MOH

From January to October, 361 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections were reported among Singapore citizens and permanent residents, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (1 December). In a press release on World Aids Day, MOH noted that about 43 per cent of these new cases over the period were detected [...]

FinanceAsia

Korean Urologist Dr. Dori Kim Got Praises for SVF Applied ‘SST phalloplasty’

Korean Urologist Dr. Dori Kim Got Praises for SVF Applied ‘SST phalloplasty’

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stantop Urology Clinic, located in Gangman, Seoul, announced that allogenic derma applied SST phalloplasty developed by its representative doctor Dori Kim is getting praises from customers. SST phalloplasty is a surgery that uses allogenic derma to procure the survival rate of tissues and the stabilities. With regard to phalloplasty, it has been [...]

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Supports Yasunaga Ogita, a Polar Explorer, in Japan’s First Solo South Pole Expedition Without Resupplies

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Supports Yasunaga Ogita, a Polar Explorer, in Japan’s First Solo South Pole Expedition Without Resupplies

Contributing to Capture Precious Moments in Harsh Cold Climates TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#LUMIXGH5–Panasonic Corporation supported Polar explorer Yasunaga Ogita, the first Japanese explorer to successfully reach the South Pole in a sole expedition on foot and without resupplies, by providing a LUMIX GH5 Camera, an equipment to record the journey in still and video images. Mr. Ogita [...]

Medrobotics® Corporation Receives FDA Clearance for World’s First and Only Flexible Transabdominal and Transthoracic Robotic Scope

Medrobotics® Corporation Receives FDA Clearance for World’s First and Only Flexible Transabdominal and Transthoracic Robotic Scope

Company Now Cleared to Market Flex® Robotic System for Robot-Assisted Visualization in General Surgical, Gynecological and Thoracic Procedures RAYNHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medrobotics Corp., a medical robotics company, announced today it has received FDA regulatory clearance to market the Flex® Robotic System for robot-assisted visualization in general surgical, gynecological and thoracic procedures in the United States. This [...]

Regional

Burma’s manufacturing sector attracts over 1.5 billion USD of foreign investment in 9 months

Myanmar’s manufacturing sector attracted 1.55 billion US dollars of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of present fiscal year 2017-2018, according to the directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Friday. It was followed by real estate sector with 1.06 billion US dollars and other service sectors with 804 million US dollars [...]

‘It’s Dangerous to Write the Truth.’ Journalists Fear the End of Press Freedom in Burma

‘It’s Dangerous to Write the Truth.’ Journalists Fear the End of Press Freedom in Burma

The arrest and prosecution of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar has cast a pall over media workers in the country, with veteran reporters and editors conveying fears that any journalist could be the next victim of intolerant authorities and colonial-era laws. Reporters have expressed frustration with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government, which [...]

Burma makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

Myanmar has seized 30 million meth pills along with more than two tonnes of “ice” and heroin in a record bust, the government said Thursday, as drugs pour from labs in lawless border regions. The operation in a remote part of northern Myanmar came after the Tuesday arrests of four suspected traffickers who led police [...]

China

China Accuses US Warship of Trespassing, Says It Will Take ‘Necessary Measures’ to Ensure Sovereignty

China Accuses US Warship of Trespassing, Says It Will Take ‘Necessary Measures’ to Ensure Sovereignty

China says it will take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty after a U.S. warship sailed near a group of disputed islets in the South China Sea last week. The country’s foreign ministry Lu Kang said on Saturday that the USS Hopper, a guided missile destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island, also [...]

Europe brings on charm and blue skies to lure Chinese tourists

Chinese tourists are big spenders and with the numbers visiting Europe set to soar by nearly 70 percent over the next five years, the countries of the Old Continent are rolling out the red carpet to make the guests feel welcome. A total 12.4 million Chinese, mostly in guided tour groups, came to Europe in [...]

How a Billionaire Investor’s ‘Unhinged’ China Freakout Explains Donald Trump

Sequoia Capital Chair Michael Moritz is rightly being raked over the coals for an ill-considered column this week in the Financial Times, in which Moritz argues, among other things, that “soul-sapping discussions” about gender imbalances and political correctness in Silicon Valley have become “unwarranted distractions” from the principal business of making money. “In recent months, [...]

Malaysia

Higher convictions of 147 for human trafficking cases last year

Malaysia has recorded 147 convictions of human trafficking-related cases last year compared to 100 convictions in 2016. Home Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim was upbeat by the higher number of convictions, saying the government would continue with its efforts with various stakeholders to address human trafficking issues. “Non-governmental organisations’ active involvement in managing victims [...]

Female passenger complains to Malaysian government about Air Asia’s revealing uniforms and ‘short skirts’

The disgruntled doc vented her fury in a letter to Malaysian senator Hanafi Mamat, which has been posted on Facebook. In the letter, Dr Robertson said she “felt very offended by the extremely short skirts these females wear on Air Asia”. She wrote: “I found it quite disgusting myself as not everyone appreciates this. “One [...]

Malaysia Airlines apologises for emergency landing

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said yesterday that it will provide an aircraft to fly its passengers in Alice Springs to Kuala Lumpur, after one of its jets made an emergency landing at an airfield in the Australian desert town on Thursday. The airline’s chief executive Izham Ismail has apologised for the incident. MAS said it was [...]

Indonesia

Bitcoin use under scrutiny in Indonesian island of Bali

Indonesian authorities are investigating the use of bitcoin in the holiday island of Bali, amid warnings by the central bank in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy over the risks posed by virtual currencies, an official said. The probe started after the central bank on December 7, 2017 issued a regulation banning the use of cryptocurrencies in [...]

Indonesian leader’s third cabinet reshuffle could have elections implications

Indonesian leader’s third cabinet reshuffle could have elections implications

A recent cabinet reshuffle in Indonesia is the latest move from the country’s leader to firm up support ahead of presidential elections next year, according to a Singapore-based advisory firm. On Wednesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo oversaw the third reshuffle of his cabinet since assuming office in 2014. The reshuffle has political implications, with Widodo [...]

Woman publicly whipped in Indonesia for getting ‘too close’ to her boyfriend days before wedding

THIS is the shocking moment an Indonesian woman is publicly whipped for getting ‘too close’ to her partner in the days before their wedding. Closeness is seen as a prelude to pre-marital sex in the far eastern nation which strongly adheres to Sharia Law. The woman and her partner both received 20 lashes each, as [...]

Singapore

Singapore Exchange to allow dual-class shares to boost listings

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) is to allow companies to list with dual-class shares, a move which aims to attract blockbuster tech listings and follows a similar action by its Hong Kong rival. SGX’s move is designed to make it the go-to-place for potential initial public offerings of Southeast Asian start-ups, such as ride-hailing services Grab [...]

Uber partners with traditional taxi firm in Singapore

Uber will launch a new service in Singapore, dubbed UberFLASH, in partnership with the city-state’s largest taxi operator, ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd, to combat rival Grab, Reuters reports. The new service will connect Uber riders with the closest available vehicle, whether it’s an Uber car or ComfortDelGro taxi. This is the first collaboration between the two [...]

Thai police nab man with fake Singapore passports

Three fake Singapore passports were found by Thai police who nabbed a Pakistani national suspected of producing fraudulent travel documents. But Thai officials denied the fake passports were landing in the hands of Islamist militants. While better technology is used in passport production and authentication, experts say the problem of fake passports still persists. The [...]

Thailand

Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded

Motorcycle bomb in southern Thailand market kills 3, more than 20 wounded

A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 22 others on Monday (Jan 22) morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials said, the first such attack on a “soft target” in the Muslim-majority region for months. A rebellion against Thai rule in the culturally distinct Thai “Deep South” bordering Malaysia has left nearly [...]

‘IS-linked’ Pakistani passport forger caught by police in Thailand

A Pakistani passport forger, who allegedly supplied fakes to Islamic State, has been arrested in Thailand. Police confirmed 52-year-old Mohammad Iqbal was detained on 14 January outside his apartment in the capital Bangkok. Officers found fake passports from Singapore and India as well as material to forge entry visas into France, Italy and Spain. They [...]

Thailand’s D-NEXT provides free acceleration for zero equity in your startup

It is notable because it is the brought to the ecosystem by a Thailand state-owned Oil & Gas giant A new accelerator programme launched in Thailand today provides yet another data point highlighting the influence the startup economy is having in Southeast Asia. PTT Group, a state-owned energy company has partnered with RISE Accel Co., [...]

Philippines

Philippines stops sending workers to Kuwait over abuse fears

The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait, while it investigates the deaths of several Filipinos there. The ban comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed abusive employers in the Gulf state had driven four domestic workers to suicide. He said he was aware of many Filipina women who had suffered sexual abuse in [...]

Kuwait regrets Philippine president’s remarks on workers ban

Deputy Foreign minister Khaled Al-Jarallah on Friday regretted remarks made by the Filipino president regarding the Philippine community in Kuwait. Affirming that the two countries have maintained distinguished ties, Al-Jarallah indicated that his department had immediately contacted the Philippines’ authorities to determine motives behind the president’s statement and refute the erroneous information in it. The [...]

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) ordered on Friday the immediate suspension of the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. In Administrative Order No. 25, Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to stop the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OEC) to all Kuwait-bound workers as [...]

Japan

Watch Japan’s Epsilon Rocket Launch the ASNARO-2 Radar Earth Satellite

A Japanese Epsilon rocket launched a new Earth-observation satellite into space this week, notching a third successful flight for the solid-fueled booster. The Epsilon rocket lifted off the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Uchinoura Space centre at 6:06 a.m. Japan Standard Time on January 18, JAXA officials said. Just under an hour later, the rocket delivered [...]

Japan looks at building new whaling ship

The Fisheries Agency plans to introduce a new vessel that will replace the aging Nisshin Maru, the 8,145-tonne mother ship of the Japanese research whaling fleet in the Antarctic and Pacific oceans. The agency plans to begin work on a basic plan in fiscal 2018 for the introduction of a new mother ship. The introduction [...]

Singaporean arrested in Japan with S$2m worth of drugs in suitcase

A Singaporean man has been arrested at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka with nearly 3kg of stimulant drugs in his suitcase, Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun reported on Wednesday (January 17). The drugs are believed to have a street value of 190 million yen (S$2.26 million). The report identified the man as Bahktier Awal, 37, [...]

Korea

Russia tells US to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting

Russia tells US to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the United States has yet to produce evidence that Russia is helping North Korea evade sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile tests. US President Donald Trump has accused Russia of “not helping us at all with North Korea” which has come under tough economic sanctions intended [...]

Tales from the crypto: Korea frets over crackdown on virtual economy

In South Korea, more than 200,000 people have now signed a presidential petition imploring the government to reconsider a proposal to crack down on cryptocurrency – – an extraordinary public outcry and a clear sign that in South Korea, the failure of a virtual economy would have very real consequences. South Koreans have good reason [...]

The US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with N Korea

While much of the world has celebrated the progress in talks between North Korea and South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, as well as an apparent thaw in tensions with North Korea, the US has taken steps to move heavy firepower to the region. And though the US says it [...]

Hong Kong

Belarus, HK to start visa-free regime next month

Belarus and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will waive visas and start visa-free regime on February 13, 2018, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dmitry Mironchik told the media on Thursday. According to the document, the Belarusians and the Chinese citizens living in Hong Kong will be allowed to enter, leave, remain within, or [...]

HK pro-independence protest leader appears in court for ‘rioting’

HK pro-independence protest leader appears in court for ‘rioting’

A young protest leader calling for Hong Kong’s independence from China appeared in court on the rare charge of rioting on Thursday as two co-defendants failed to show up, the latest case highlighting a new generation of opposition to Chinese rule. The former head of radical group Hong Kong Indigenous, Edward Leung, 26, faces four [...]

HK Airlines Expanding In US Market With Affordable Luxury Flights

Hong Kong Airlines, which is expanding in the US market, is quietly becoming one of the world’s best airlines. It was recently ranked the second best regional carrier in the world, has a stellar on-time performance record and is rapidly expanding its long-haul service. Hong Kong Airlines niche is “affordable luxury” and it now offers [...]

Taiwan

Airliners Have Become China’s Newest Means of Pressuring Taiwan

China has ratcheted up the pressure on Taiwan, an island democracy that it views as a breakaway province, by deploying a new tool: civilian airliners. Earlier this month, China announced that it has opened a new air route that will allow its commercial airliners to fly northward up the centre of the narrow strait separating [...]

Taiwan’s President calls for Beijing to resolve aviation issue: spokesman

Taiwan’s President calls for Beijing to resolve aviation issue: spokesman

Taiwan is calling for discussions with Beijing on aviation issues related to its recent unilateral decision to launch a northbound M503 route, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (???) said Friday. President Tsai Ing-wen has condemned the move, reiterating that Beijing’s unilateral announcement has not only affected aviation safety but also hurt the stability of the [...]

Taiwan blocks China flights after route row

Taiwan has blocked nearly 200 flights by Chinese airlines over the strait that separates the two rivals due to the carriers’ use of controversial new travel routes introduced by China. Taipei has repeatedly called for four new flight paths to be cancelled since China launched them earlier in January, but their complaints have fallen on [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 22 January, 2018

* Viet Capital Securities Company (VCI) has announced to issue VND500 billion worth of inconvertible bonds. The papers will have a tenor of two years and face value ofVND 10 million each. VCI will offer the maximum coupon at the average deposit rate of BIDV and VietinBank plus 4.5 percent. It will conduct the pian [...]

Govt relaxes rules on e-commerce sites

It is now easier to launch e-commerce websites as a new government decree removes a number of restrictive rules provided in Decree 52/2013/ND-CP on e-commerce. Under Decree 08/2018/ND-CP, individual and institutional traders can set up e-commerce websites if they have personal income tax codes, and give prior notices to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. [...]

Vietnam promotes prosperous growth, sustainable environment

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung suggested completing mechanisms to facilitate smooth operation of the market economy, creating equal business environment and pushing the restructuring process in state owned enterprises as solutions to achieve prosperous growth and sustainable environment in Vietnam. He was speaking at the Vietnam Sustainability Forum 2018 which was held [...]