• China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist

    China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist

    Malaysia on Tuesday denied entry to a prominent teenage Hong Kong activist for a series of talks on democracy in China, raising concerns that Beijing may have put pressure on Kuala Lumpur. Joshua Wong, 18, was one of the leaders of last year’s pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that paralysed key roads in the city [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 10:21 AM
  • Malaysia bars Hong Kong student leader for ‘anti-China’ views

    Malaysia bars Hong Kong student leader for ‘anti-China’ views

    Hong Kong pro-democracy student leader Joshua Wong was barred Tuesday from entering Malaysia because of fears he would threaten ties with China, the country’s police chief said. Wong was the teenage face of the “Umbrella Movement”, which brought parts of Hong Kong to a standstill for more than two months late last year with mass [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 10:21 AM
  • Sweltering temperatures in India leave 750 dead in 5 weeks

    Sweltering temperatures in India leave 750 dead in 5 weeks

    More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. The southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest. More than 550 people have died from the unrelenting heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, state Deputy [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | AP | 10:30 AM
  • Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

    Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

    Southeast Asian nations are prioritising spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. Annual defence spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $52 billion by 2020, from [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysian PM calls for global support over migrant crisis

    Malaysian PM calls for global support over migrant crisis

    Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday urged Japan and others in the global community to help tackle Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, saying it requires “an international solution”. Najib, on the second day of a three-day visit to Japan, held talks with prime minister Shinzo Abe. “I also took the opportunity to brief [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | The Rakyat Post | 6:00 AM
  • Japan and Malaysia bolster defense ties, with eyes on China

    Japan and Malaysia bolster defense ties, with eyes on China

    Japan and Malaysia agreed to bolster security ties and start talks on transfers of defense equipment and technology, their leaders said on Monday, as both separately wrangle with China over territorial spats. “I’ve agreed with prime minister Najib (Razak) to raise our bilateral ties to strategic partnership,” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe told a joint [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Cops find 100 more grave sites in Perlis, still counting number of bodies

    Cops find 100 more grave sites in Perlis, still counting number of bodies

    Malaysian authorities have found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country’s police chief said today. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major route for smugglers [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from US in South China Sea dispute

    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from US in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a “stronger commitment” from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China lodges complaint with US over spy plane flight

    China lodges complaint with US over spy plane flight

    China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a US spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world’s two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Japan to join major US-Australia military drill

    Japan to join major US-Australia military drill

    Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China. Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) – its army – will send 40 personnel to participate in Talisman Sabre, a two-yearly drill [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China to boost offshore military capability – defence strategy paper

    China to boost offshore military capability – defence strategy paper

    China outlined a defence strategy on Tuesday to boost its naval capability farther from its shores, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, it vowed to continue growing its “open seas [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China to project its military further and stronger

    China to project its military further and stronger

    China said on Tuesday it will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concerns in Washington. The People’s Liberation Army navy will put a greater emphasis on “open seas protection”, rather than “offshore waters defence” alone, the State [...]

    27-May-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

Katy Perry: That interview’s old!

Katy Perry has called out the media for publishing a “really inappropriate” interview with her. Australia’s The Daily Telegraph put out a Q&A article on Saturday May 23, which sees journalist Chris Knowles asking the Dark Horse songstress questions about her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. But on Monday Katy slammed the outlet and the [...]

Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled abbot at Thai temple: doctor

A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said on Monday. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in western Kanchanaburi province – commonly known as the “Tiger Temple” – is home to nearly [...]

Taiwan celebrates Hou’s best director award at Cannes

Taiwan celebrated Monday after Hou Hsiao-hsien took the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival, with the country’s president saying the prize had helped bolster the island’s image on the world stage. Hou’s film “The Assassin”, a slow-burning drama set in ninth-century China, cost Tw$450 million ($14.78 million) and took the Taiwanese director 10 [...]

Health

MERS virus: Some people under quarantine could be released Tuesday

Health officials say that some of the people who were quarantined after coming into close contact with the first person in the country to be diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome could be released starting Tuesday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the people being cleared for release have not shown any [...]

Korea confirms 4th MERS case

Korea confirms 4th MERS case

The new patient is believed to have contracted the virus from the first patient, just as her father did. She stayed for four hours at a hospital room her 76-year-old father shared with the first patient, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After her father was diagnosed with the disease, [...]

Sterile mosquitoes released in China to fight dengue fever

Scientists carry out trial in southern province of Guangdong aimed at reducing population of insects that carry the disease This spring, a team of scientists has been driving around a small island in Guangzhou, southern China, releasing more than half a million mosquitoes from plastic pots on board trucks. Rather than chasing the researchers away, [...]

FinanceAsia

Financial Professionals Say Which Companies Host Japan’s Best Analyst Days

Hitachi, Sony Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. are among the top-ranked companies in Institutional Investor‘s inaugural ranking of Japan’s Best Analyst Days. Complete survey results can be found at www.institutionalinvestor.com/rankings. A spirited discussion of a company’s financial performance and management’s expectations for its future, an overview of its strategy and a tour of its facilities, opportunities to ask [...]

Ooyala Adds Viewability-Based Measurement and Campaign Planning to Europe’s Leading Ad Serving Platform

Ooyala, a leading innovator in video publishing, analytics and monetization, today introduced a new feature in its video ad campaign management workflow that enables clients to book campaigns based on ad completion, in addition to traditional CPMs. In a move to better align the interests of video publishers with video advertisers, customers of Ooyala’s Videoplaza [...]

Most Asia markets advance, Hong Kong and Shanghai lead way

Major Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday May 26, with Hong Kong and Shanghai leading the way, while Tokyo marked an eighth straight gain to a 15-year high. Greece’s snail-pace talks with creditors over reforming its bailout conditions continue to weigh on the euro, with little sign of a deal in sight despite a repayment deadline [...]

Regional

Sweltering temperatures in India leave 750 dead in 5 weeks

Sweltering temperatures in India leave 750 dead in 5 weeks

More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. The southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest. More than 550 people have died from the unrelenting heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, state Deputy [...]

Australia makes its mark on global coffee culture

Australia is world-renowned for its love of beer. But its passion for a different type of brew – coffee – is what has been making global headlines recently. Sasa Sestic, from the capital Canberra, is the second coffee maker from Down Under to win the World Barista Championship in the competition’s 15th year which drew [...]

Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into,” Aquino told reporters when asked whether [...]

China

China: Man reunited with mother 30 years after getting on a train by accident

A man in China has been reunited with his mother after going missing almost 30 years ago. The man, who has not been named, wandered onto a train at a station in his home in Ziyang county, Shaanxi province in 1986, aged just 8-years-old. After he climbed onto one of the carriages, the train moved [...]

Philippines seeks stronger commitment from US in South China Sea dispute

The Philippines is seeking a “stronger commitment” from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, [...]

China Pacific Construction sees no listing before 2020, prefers the US

China Pacific Construction Group (CPCG), China’s largest private builder by revenue, does not expect to list until 2020 and would prefer to list in the United States which has better regulated markets, company founder Yan Jiehe said. “If you’re strong enough, you should list in the US,” he told reporters, adding that expects his firm [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia bars Hong Kong student leader for ‘anti-China’ views

Malaysia bars Hong Kong student leader for ‘anti-China’ views

Hong Kong pro-democracy student leader Joshua Wong was barred Tuesday from entering Malaysia because of fears he would threaten ties with China, the country’s police chief said. Wong was the teenage face of the “Umbrella Movement”, which brought parts of Hong Kong to a standstill for more than two months late last year with mass [...]

Malaysia PM ‘deeply concerned’ by mass graves

Prime minister Najib Razak said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by the first discovery of mass graves of suspected illegal migrants in northern Malaysia and vowed to find those responsible. “I am deeply concerned with graves found on Malaysian soil, purportedly connected to people-smuggling,” he said on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. “We will [...]

Mass graves in Perlis: Victims may have been tortured and killed

Police yesterday discovered 139 mass graves, each believed to be holding the remains of between three and four Rohingya and Bangladeshis, in 28 abandoned migrant “prison camps” a stone’s throw from the Malaysia-Thai border. Inspector general of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they made the gruesome discovery in thick jungle on hilly terrain [...]

Indonesia

61 warships secure western parts of Indonesia

Sixty-one warships have been deployed to secure Indonesia’s maritime territory in the western parts of the country, Navy chief of staff Adm. Ade Supandi has said. The deployment of the warships is also aimed at protecting local fishermen against the threat of illegal fishing by foreign fishermen. “The maritime territory around Riau Islands is among [...]

Govt urged to get closer to Indonesia

The government is being encouraged to boost security ties with Indonesia as it puts together its latest defence strategy Victoria University analysts hope to see Indonesia acknowledged in the government’s 2015 Defence White Paper, which is now up for consultation. Professor Robert Ayson, from the centre for stategic studies at Victoria University, said Indonesia did [...]

Aceh to Provide Roadmap for Indonesia’s Islamic Banking Ambition

Indonesia’s bid to rival Malaysia as a Shariah finance hub just took on greater impetus with a plan by Aceh province to convert its development bank to one that complies with Islamic law. Bank Aceh will become the nation’s first to transform from a non-Shariah-compliant entity, setting a precedent for the national government that is [...]

Singapore

Singapore hands over capital city masterplan to AP government

The masterplan for Andhra Pradesh’s capital city was handed over by Singapore’s Second minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran to Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu here today. Andhra Pradesh’s capital city to be called Amaravati would be constructed on the banks of the Krishna river, between the cities of Vijayawada and Guntur. Naidu thanked [...]

Singapore, Andhra Pradesh unveil capital city master plan

The Republic and Andhra Pradesh on Monday (May 25) unveiled the master plan for the Indian state’s new capital city, Amravati. The master plan will guide the development of Amravati till 2050, said Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in a news release. The capital city will be located on the banks of Krishna [...]

Tax man targets BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto’s ‘Singapore sling’

It’s shaping as a fight that could recover hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue. In one corner is the commissioner of taxation. In the other, Australia’s two biggest miners – BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. At stake is their use of Singapore-based marketing hubs, which until now have remained a closely-guarded secret. “Marketing hubs [...]

Thailand

Thai PM deploys carrier to act as migrant processing centre

Thailand has deployed a helicopter carrier in its waters to serve as a temporary medical and processing centre for migrants found adrift, its prime minister said Monday. The move came as the United States offered to launch reconnaissance flights over the Bay of Bengal to locate any remaining vessels, with thousands of Bangladeshi and Myanmar [...]

Thailand’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pisan Manawapat?

Pisan Manawapat presented his credentials as Thailand’s ambassador to the United States on February 23, 2015. It’s the fourth ambassadorial posting for the long-time member of his country’s foreign service. Pisan was born in 1956. He attended school at Bangkok Christian College and went on to secondary school at Triam U-dom Suksa School, also in [...]

Thailand’s Foreign Trade Remains Weak in April

Thailand reversed to a trade deficit in April as exports fell for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Commerce Ministry. Raw customs data indicated Thailand’s exports were $16.9 billion in April, a 1.7 percent on-year fall, Somkiat Triratpan, director of the Trade and Strategy Bureau at the Commerce Ministry, told a news conference Tuesday. [...]

Philippines

Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into,” Aquino told reporters when asked whether [...]

Canadian Bio-Systems announces Philippines market expansion during trade mission

Delivering the leading edge in feed technology to livestock industry customers in the Philippines and other key parts of Southeast Asia is the focus of a new market expansion by Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. (CBS Inc.). The expansion was announced during the Canadian trade mission to the Philippines led by International Trade minister Ed Fast. It [...]

PHILIPPINES PRESS-AES may bid for Malampaya banked gas – Standard

AES Philippines, the local unit of AES Corp, may bid for the Malampaya banked gas in northwest Palawan, its first natural gas project in the country, The Standard reported, citing AES Philippines Managing director Neeraj Bhat. The Malampaya consortium, composed of Shell Philippines Exploration BV, Chevron Malampaya LLC, PNOC Exploration Corp and state-owned Philippine National [...]

Japan

Nikai’s visit to China gives ties boost

China’s extremely favourable reception given to visiting senior Liberal Democratic Party leader Toshihiro Nikai apparently points to a gradual improvement in strained Japan-China relations, according to observers. This can be illustrated, for example, by Chinese President Xi Jinping expressing his intention to attach importance to bilateral relations. “It is also important for Japan to sincerely [...]

Japan to join US, Australia war games amid growing China tensions

Japan will join a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building in the South China Sea. While only 40 Japanese officers and soldiers will take part in drills involving 30,000 US and Australian troops in early [...]

Quake Hits Tokyo Days After Japan OK’s Third Nuclear Restart

An earthquake shook buildings and halted train lines in Tokyo early Monday, days after Japan’s nuclear regulator green-lighted the restarting of atomic energy at a third plant. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, was centered in Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the country’s capital, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There was no tsunami [...]

Korea

Maryland Gov. to visit S. Korea with Korean-American wife

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will visit South Korea with his Korean-American wife this week for meetings with South Korean business leaders to discuss ways to boost investment and trade between the two sides, officials said Sunday. The six-day visit, which will also include a courtesy call on South Korean President Park Geun-hye, is part of [...]

Women, not men, bring home the bacon in N Korea

North Korea is a militarised, male-dominated society, but it is women who are making the money as the insular nation allows an unofficial market-based economy to take shape. Women earn more than 70 per cent of household income in North Korea, mainly as traders in the informal markets that have proliferated in recent years, research [...]

S. Korea, Uzbekistan discuss biz cooperation

South Korea and Uzbekistan held a forum in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss ways to expand economic and business cooperation. The forum was attended by about 200 businesspeople and high-ranking government officials of the two countries, including deputy prime minister Choi Kyung-hwan, who doubles as finance minister, and his Uzbekistan counterpart, Rustam Azimov. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2015/05/26/0200000000AEN20150526001400320.html

Hong Kong

China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist

China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist

Malaysia on Tuesday denied entry to a prominent teenage Hong Kong activist for a series of talks on democracy in China, raising concerns that Beijing may have put pressure on Kuala Lumpur. Joshua Wong, 18, was one of the leaders of last year’s pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that paralysed key roads in the city [...]

Phl mass transit system vs HK’s MTR

I was in Hong Kong and Macau over the weekend to spend a quiet birthday with my wife Jessica, my daughter Katrina and friends, Boging and Ruth Palacios as it was also Boging’s birthday last Saturday. The Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong last Friday was very convenient as it arrived in Hong Kong’s Chep [...]

Govt fights for Bona’s HK villa

EXPENSIVE Hong Kong lawyers were due in court on Monday representing Zimbabwe’s “secret project”, which is a R7 million villa much loved by first lady Grace Mugabe. Many say she believes she owns the three-storey building. Grace spent time there as her daughter, Bona, used it while she was studying commerce at university in Hong [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan’s security concerns fall on deaf Chinese ears

A senior Taiwanese official on Saturday told his Chinese counterpart that Beijing should respond to the island’s concerns over a new security threat China seems to have posed. The appeal was ignored. The incident reflects ongoing political tensions between the two sides, even though relations have thawed and even warmed since Taiwan’s mainland-friendly President Ma [...]

In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: California is not alone in facing a serious water shortage. Across the Pacific, Taiwan has been facing one of its worst ever droughts. Millions of people [...]

Taiwan’s president to propose peace plan for South China Sea

Taiwan’s president will propose a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbours and with the United States, the official Central News Agency reported. It said President Ma Ying-jeou’s plan would be along the lines of his 2012 proposal for the [...]

Vietnam

Business Brief May 27

* Viet Fund will sell 500,000 shares of Vietnam Sun Corporation (VNS) to reduce its holding to some 4.8 million shares (8.5 percent) from May 28 to June 26. * Tan Binh Import Export Corporation (TIX) has announced June 3 as the ex-dividend date to pay a 2015 first round dividend in cash for shareholders [...]

Foreign investors optimistic about Vietnam’s economy

Vietnam has numerous opportunities for economic development due to its stable economy and ongoing reforms in key sectors, the CEO of Maybank Kim Eng Group, John Chong, said at the Invest Asean 2015 conference in HCM City on May 25. Chong and other foreign investors participating in the conference were optimistic about Vietnam ‘s economy, [...]

Vietnam’s overdue foreign debts at over $310m

According to the report recently released by the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV), to the end of 2013, the total value of foreign loans re-lent by the government was 12.14 billion US dollars. The unpaid overdue loans reached 310.9 million US dollars, mainly from Vietnam Shipping Building Industry Group (Vinashin), later renamed as the [...]