• Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis

    Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis

    US President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to end violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the crisis a threat to world. Speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Singapore’s PM Visits China to Cement Strained Ties

    Singapore’s PM Visits China to Cement Strained Ties

    Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to China this week signals efforts on both sides to bolster relations that have showed strains over the past year — both in its timing and number of high-level meetings. Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed ties while welcoming Lee to Beijing on Wednesday, the high point of a [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • Japan PM says time for N Korea dialogue is over

    Japan PM says time for N Korea dialogue is over

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea to be over and rallied behind a US warning that “all options” are on the table. Addressing the UN general Assembly, Abe said “there is not much time left” to take action on North Korea, which in recent weeks has [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Abe Says Kim Jong Un Is Worse Than Any Dictator Since Cold War

    Abe Says Kim Jong Un Is Worse Than Any Dictator Since Cold War

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea in a speech to the United Nations, saying Kim Jong Un was getting away with worse behavior than any dictator since the end of the Cold War. Abe called for pressure on the regime, rather than talks, and again backed US President Donald [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • US allies say sanctions the key to ending N Korea standoff

    US allies say sanctions the key to ending N Korea standoff

    US allies said on Wednesday that enforcing international sanctions on North Korea, and not mere dialogue, was the key to getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. US President Donald Trump, in a speech on Tuesday to the United Nations general Assembly of world leaders, said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if threatened [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Burma protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

    Burma protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

    Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them. Hundreds of protesters were involved in the attempt to stop Red Cross workers loading a [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesia earthquake: magnitude 5.7 quake as Bali volcano flight chaos looms

    Indonesia earthquake: magnitude 5.7 quake as Bali volcano flight chaos looms

    An undersea earthquake has struck north of Bali, amid volcanic activity which is set to cause flight chaos in the holiday hotspot. The 5.7-magnitude quake was recorded 125km north-east of Surabaya, on Java this morning, the US Geological Survey has confirmed. The quake has reportedly sparked fears of a tsunami and follows a week of [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | The West | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

    Philippines’ Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution. Paolo Duterte, 42, this month appeared before a senate inquiry to deny accusations made by an opposition lawmaker he [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Straits Times | 6:00 AM
  • Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Braces for Another Possible Tsunami After 6.1-Magnitude Shock

    Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Braces for Another Possible Tsunami After 6.1-Magnitude Shock

    A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan Wednesday, just hours after a 7.1-magnitude event leveled central Mexico. The tremors erupted at 2:37 a.m. Tokyo time, and the epicenter was approximately 175 miles east of Kamaishi, not far from the 2011 quake that later sent tsunami waves racing toward Japan. As of this writing, [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Fortune | 6:00 AM
  • China reiterates calls for Korea to remove THAAD

    China reiterates calls for Korea to remove THAAD

    Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi reiterated to his South Korean counterpart Beijing’s demand for the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday. Wang made the comments during a meeting with Kang Kyung-wha on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering in New York on [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Trump, Korea’s Moon to meet amid tensions over N Korea

    Trump, Korea’s Moon to meet amid tensions over N Korea

    US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold talks on North Korea’s nuclear crisis on Thursday amid tensions over whether Trump’s harsh rhetoric against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could lead to a miscalculation. US officials scrambled to stress diplomatic options remained open after Trump used his UN general Assembly [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Korea approves aid to N Korea, North calls Trump ‘barking dog’

    Korea approves aid to N Korea, North calls Trump ‘barking dog’

    South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea’s foreign minister likened US President Donald Trump to a “barking [...]

    22-Sep-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Society

Vietnam’s typhoon disaster highlights the plight of its poorest people

Six people lost their lives when Typhoon Doksuri smashed into central Vietnam on September 16, the most powerful storm in a decade to hit the country. Although widespread evacuations prevented a higher death toll, the impact on the region’s most vulnerable people will be extensive and lasting. Government sources report that more than 193,000 properties [...]

Vietnam jails dissident for five years in crackdown on activists

A court in Vietnam jailed dissident Nguyen Van Oai for a further five years on Monday for violating the terms of his probation after a spell in prison, his lawyer said. Human rights groups have expressed alarm over the Communist-ruled country’s biggest crackdown on activists in years. Oai, 36, was arrested in January while on [...]

Toll from typhoon rises to at least 9 in Vietnam; 4 missing

Toll from typhoon rises to at least 9 in Vietnam; 4 missing

The death toll from Typhoon Doksuri (Philippine name “Maring”) has risen to at least nine, with four people still missing since the storm hit Vietnam last week. The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said Sunday the typhoon that battered the central coast on Friday also injured 112 people and destroyed or damaged more than 150,000 houses [...]

Health

Significant drop in Malaysia’s HIV infection rates

Malaysia has been lauded for its successful progress in the fight against the HIV epidemic, as the number of new infections falls. With new HIV infections dropping to 5,700 cases last year, a dip of 34 per cent from six years ago, Eamonn Murphy, the region’s director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids [...]

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus China

On 4 August 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. Details of the case patients The case was a 58-year-old male from Fujian province. He developed symptoms on 19 July 2017, and was admitted [...]

Dengue fever outbreak in Vietnam sends thousands to hospitals

Dengue fever outbreak in Vietnam sends thousands to hospitals

Dozens of patients have been admitted to a hospital in the Vietnamese capital amid an outbreak of dengue fever, representing just a fraction of the thousands of dengue cases nationwide. About 100 patients, including children, were in Thanh Nhan hospital’s dengue fever ward, with extra beds having been set up in the lobby. The condition [...]

FinanceAsia

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation Adds New Line-up of High Speed Signal Transmission Photorelays with Industry’s Smallest Footprint

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation Adds New Line-up of High Speed Signal Transmission Photorelays with Industry’s Smallest Footprint

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation (TDSC) today announced the launch of two high speed signal transmission photorelays, “TLP3475S” and “TLP3440S,” that realize the industry’s smallest footprint[1]. Shipments start today. The TLP3475S is housed in an S-VSON4 package and features low on-state output resistance. The TLP3440S is housed in a new S-VSON4T package, which [...]

Geniee Establishes New Subsidiary in Thailand

Geniee Establishes New Subsidiary in Thailand

Accelerating overseas expansion by conducting sales in Thailand, the second largest market in Southeast Asia. TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Geniee, Inc. (main office: Shinjuku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Tomoaki Kudo, hereinafter, Geniee) is excited to announce that we established a new subsidiary in Bangkok, Thailand (GENIEE ADTECHNOLOGY (THAILAND) CO., LTD.). The new subsidiary began operations today. 1. ObjectiveAt [...]

Mitsubishi Electric Develops SiC Power Device with Record Power Efficiency

Mitsubishi Electric Develops SiC Power Device with Record Power Efficiency

Will help improve the reliability and energy efficiency of power electronics equipment used in fields ranging from home electronics to industrial machinery TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced that it has developed a silicon carbide (SiC) power device with what is believed to be the world’s highest power efficiency in a device of its type. [...]

Regional

Hindus fleeing Burma violence hope for shelter in Modi’s India

Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar’s military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of prime minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring India. Nearly 500 are sheltered in a cleared-out chicken farm in a Hindu hamlet in Bangladesh’s southeast, a couple of miles [...]

Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis

Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis

US President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to end violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the crisis a threat to world. Speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant [...]

Burma protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

Burma protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them. Hundreds of protesters were involved in the attempt to stop Red Cross workers loading a [...]

China

Ai Wei-Wei critical of China at opening of Swiss exhibit

Ai Wei-Wei denounced China’s crackdown on lawyers and free speech on Wednesday but saw little hope that the upcoming Communist Party Congress would lead to more freedoms. The Chinese dissident artist spoke while inaugurating an exhibit in the Swiss city of Lausanne that includes some of his political works symbolising repression. “They are not accepting [...]

China to halt new projects in pollution ‘red zones’

China will halt major projects in regions with high levels of pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday, underscoring an environmental crackdown that is starting to hit business around the country. Chinese authorities will roll out a new pollution alert system for regions ranging from the cleanest “green non-alert zones” to the [...]

Beijing’s military threats in South China Sea worrying for companies

As the world’s second-largest economy threatens military action in the South China Sea, oil and gas players with interests in the disputed zone are put in a bad place. That was the case for Spanish energy firm Repsol. In July, its subsidiary Talisman-Vietnam was ordered by Hanoi to stop gas drilling in a China-claimed area [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia boosts regional security efforts, tackling transnational crime at 11th AMMTC in Manila

Malaysia further galvanised efforts to bolster regional security and battle transnational crime through a unanimously approved four-point proposal at the 11th Asean ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC), here today. Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, upon handing over chairmanship of the annual meeting to the Philippines head of delegation Catalino S. Cuy, [...]

GE ‘explores selling stake in Malaysian ops for $1.35b’

Insurer Great Eastern Holdings (GE) has reportedly engaged at least one Malaysian bank to explore selling a large stake in its operations over the Causeway for as much as $1 billion (S$1.35 billion). The move likely comes in the wake of a central bank rulewhich has been in place since 2009 but not enforcedthat requires [...]

7 more Abu Sayyaf terrorists who work as security guards in KL arrested

Seven suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists, all Filipinos, were nabbed here where they were working as security guards. The arrests on September 14 follows an earlier operation where eight of their peers were also held for allegedly planning attacks during the 29th Sea Games Kuala Lumpur and 60th Merdeka celebration. Inspector general of Police Tan Sri [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia protests underline threat to free speechFinancial Times

Debates on country’s violent history disrupted by ‘anti-Communist’ demonstrators Indonesian anti-Communist and Islamist protesters have twice disrupted discussions of dark episodes in the country’s modern history in recent days, the latest sign of eroding freedom of speech in one of the world’s largest democracies. On Saturday the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH) organised a seminar [...]

Huge 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia sparking Bali tsunami fears

The quake was initially measured at a 6.0 magnitude by the USGS after it struck around 60.8 miles (98km) north-northeast of Kemeduran at midnight on Thursday. According to local weather services the quake could spark a tsunami on the nearby island of Bali, but this has not been confirmed by authorities. Although an official tsunami [...]

The Trouble With Academic Malpractice in Indonesia

A closer look at a disturbing trend. Recently, Indonesia has been, once again, flooded with news related to academic misconduct in its higher institutions. Two of the most common manifestations of academic malpractice in Indonesia are fake diplomas and document forgery, and they deserve greater attention by the Indonesian state as well as society more [...]

Singapore

Singapore’s PM Visits China to Cement Strained Ties

Singapore’s PM Visits China to Cement Strained Ties

Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to China this week signals efforts on both sides to bolster relations that have showed strains over the past year — both in its timing and number of high-level meetings. Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed ties while welcoming Lee to Beijing on Wednesday, the high point of a [...]

DPM Tharman ‘would have preferred a contest’ for Presidential Election: reports

Deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday that he would have preferred a contest in the recent Presidential Election. Speaking at the first Majulah Lecture organised by the Nanyang Technological University on Wednesday (20 Sept), Tharman was quizzed on the 2017 Presidential Election after the lecture, according to media reports. One student asked if [...]

New service in Singapore lets you pay someone to queue for you

Queueing has always been a big part of Singapore’s culture. We queue to be the first to try the Nasi Lemak burger, to see our favourite K-pop idols or even to get our hands on limited edition branded goods. But if you really hate queuing, then you can now pay someone to do it for [...]

Thailand

What’s in the New Russia-Thailand Military Pact?

A new defense pact inked by the two sides deserves attention despite the few details that have emerged publicly so far. Last week, reports surfaced that Russia and Thailand had inked an agreement to boost military technology cooperation between them. Though no further details have been disclosed about the pact thus far, it nonetheless signifies [...]

Thailand prepares for late king’s funeral to be held in Bangkok over five days

This October sees the funeral take place of late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, an event which will bring Bangkok to a standstill. The king was Thailand’s longest reigning monarch, sitting on the throne for over 70 years from June 1946 until his death, aged 88, in October 2016. Most Thais had never known another king, [...]

UN: Thailand among states punishing human rights activists

As of July 2017, Indonesia has recorded over 20 percent more foreign tourists than it did in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), as the country looks to reach the targeted 15 million foreign tourists in 2017. BPS head Suhariyanto said that in the January-July period this year, the [...]

Philippines

Philippine Congress agrees to restore rights commission budget from $20

The Philippines’ Congress lower house agreed on Wednesday to restore the Commission on Human Rights’ annual budget, which had been slashed to just $20 after lawmakers allied to President Rodrigo Duterte accused it of only investigating government abuses. The head of the house appropriations panel, Karlo Nograles, said the CHR has promised lawmakers to expand [...]

Philippines’ Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

Philippines’ Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution. Paolo Duterte, 42, this month appeared before a senate inquiry to deny accusations made by an opposition lawmaker he [...]

PRRD not interested in appointing brgy. chieftains if October polls will be postponed

“There are about 22,000 policemen all over the country protecting the drug. I won’t force you to believe me. Some say we are giving Duterte the power to appoint, more power to appoint the barangay captains. Hey, I’m not interested in appointing anybody. Whatever you do with barangay elections so be it.” This has been [...]

Japan

More than 60 years on, Japan’s mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning. Forty-five years on, she is travelling again, this time to Geneva, to attend from Sunday a gathering of signatories to the first global [...]

Toshiba prepares to formalise chips sale, even as rejected suitor steps up legal action

Japan’s Toshiba Corp is expected to formalise the sale of its prized memory chip unit on Thursday to a group led by US private equity firm Bain Capital, even as jilted suitor and joint venture partner Western Digital took fresh legal action. The embattled conglomerate said on Wednesday it had agreed to the sale, but [...]

Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Braces for Another Possible Tsunami After 6.1-Magnitude Shock

Japan Earthquake: Fukushima Braces for Another Possible Tsunami After 6.1-Magnitude Shock

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan Wednesday, just hours after a 7.1-magnitude event leveled central Mexico. The tremors erupted at 2:37 a.m. Tokyo time, and the epicenter was approximately 175 miles east of Kamaishi, not far from the 2011 quake that later sent tsunami waves racing toward Japan. As of this writing, [...]

Korea

N Korea grants Malaysian prince access to airspace as soccer match back on

North Korea has granted a soccer loving Malaysian prince access to its airspace “anytime” he wants, his palace said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang prepares finally to host an Asian Cup tie that became a casualty of the assassination in Malaysia of the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother in February. Having been delayed twice due [...]

Korea approves aid to N Korea, North calls Trump ‘barking dog’

Korea approves aid to N Korea, North calls Trump ‘barking dog’

South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea’s foreign minister likened US President Donald Trump to a “barking [...]

Seoul to resume aid to N. Korea but doesn’t set date

South Korea on Thursday decided to resume humanitarian aid to North Korea to help children and pregnant women, but didn’t determine when to provide the $8 million worth of assistance amid tensions created by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. Still, the decision is ensured to trigger heated political debates as many South Koreans have expressed [...]

Hong Kong

HK Dollar’s Not So Boring Now After Options Top $100 Billion

Hong Kong’s dollar is shedding its image as one of the world’s most boring currencies. As swings in the pegged exchange rate increase to the highest level in six months, traders are piling into wagers that stand to benefit from further volatility. The notional value of outstanding Hong Kong dollar options has swelled to about [...]

Former BlackRock Execs Target HK ETFs Where Others Failed

Former executives at BlackRock Inc. think they’ve found a way to succeed with Chinese exchange-traded funds where their erstwhile employer failed to gain traction — in Hong Kong. The key, in a phrase, is multi-factor smart-beta. Premia Partners Co. — established by BlackRock alums Aleksey Mironenko and Rebecca Chua, China Asset Management (Hong Kong) Ltd [...]

HK lacks land for residential use

Hong Kong lacks land for residential use While the Hong Kong government has partly attributed its housing woes to the city’s hilly terrain, which makes development difficult, a market watcher believes… View of old apartment blocks in Hong Kong. While the Hong Kong government has partly attributed its housing woes to the city’s hilly terrain, [...]

Taiwan

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC: report

Google is set to announce it is buying part of Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The deal for HTC’s smartphone design unit would give the US tech giant more control of its mobile handset hardware as it seeks to bolster its challenge to market leaders including Apple and Samsung. Google [...]

Google to buy part of Taiwan smartphone maker HTC for $1.1 bn

Taiwan’s struggling smartphone maker HTC said on Thursday it would sell part of its smartphone business to Google for $1.1 billion as the US giant looks to take greater control of its hardware business. Google will take on half of HTC’s research staff — about 2,000 people — many of whom have already been working [...]

2 killed, 3 injured in rare shooting incident in Taiwan

Taiwan’s official news agency says two people have been killed and three others injured in a rare shooting incident in a suburb of the capital, Taipei. The Central News Agency said rescuers discovered the victims in the town of Tucheng on Wednesday afternoon. It said two men, aged 19 and 30, were killed and a [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 22 September, 2017

* LDG Investment Company (LDG) has sold 53.5 million shares to five investors at VND10,OOO each. Of the amount, Dat Xanh Real Estate Service & Construction Corporation has bought 25.5 million shares, spurring its holding to 26.7%, while Sun Holdings JSC has purchased eight million shares to secure a 5 percent stake. LDG has rais [...]

GMS ministers endorse 5-year action plan

Plan includes projects worth $64 billion in Greater Mekong Sub-region. Ministers from the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) have endorsed a five-year action plan that includes $64 billion in projects to help the sub-region achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development. GMS members are Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan province and the Guangxi [...]

Government regulations still hindering businesses

The government has had many policies encouraging the development of the private sector. But the sector continues to face many government-created hurdles, including regulations and required licences and certificates. Phan Duc Hieu, deputy director the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) discussed with the Vietnam News Agency some potential solutions [...]