• Defiant Malaysian PM rejects calls that he step down

    Defiant Malaysian PM rejects calls that he step down

    Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal. Large crowds of protesters camped overnight on the streets of Kuala Lumpur wearing yellow shirts of the Bersih movement — a coalition for clean and fair [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AP | 9:32 AM
  • Police say Bangkok bombing suspect is not cooperating

    Police say Bangkok bombing suspect is not cooperating

    Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. The unnamed foreigner was arrested Saturday at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok where police seized bomb-making equipment and fake [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AP | 9:30 AM
  • US, China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

    US, China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

    China and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between US National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a US visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. While the world’s two largest economies have important mutual interests, like trying to rein in North Korea’s [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Teen leader of HK’s student protests: I do not regret it even if I go to jail

    Teen leader of HK’s student protests: I do not regret it even if I go to jail

    Joshua Wong, leader of the Umbrella Movement, appeared in court on Friday related to obstructing police during a protest in June last year The eighteen-year-old leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has said he does not regret last year’s protests even if he must “pay the price”. Joshua Wong, the teenage leader of Scholarism, a [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | Telegraph | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade

    Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade

    Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Kim Jong-Un brags that N Korea’s nukes are helping to keep the peace

    Kim Jong-Un brags that N Korea’s nukes are helping to keep the peace

    There’s nothing like the threat of nukes to help you get your way, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who bragged that peace negotiations with South Korea last week were successful due to his nation’s potential threat of nuclear attack. While Kim agrees that both nations are now on the path of “reconciliation [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | The Week | 6:00 AM
  • China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea

    China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea

    China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands. While it’s unclear [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | The Guardian | 6:00 AM
  • US national security adviser in China ahead of Xi’s US trip

    US national security adviser in China ahead of Xi’s US trip

    The US national security adviser met with President Xi Jinping on Friday amid final preparations for the Chinese leader’s visit to Washington next month, with both sides expressing optimism despite their differences. Susan Rice’s visit to Beijing comes as China is dealing with fallout from a sharply sliding stock market and slowing economic growth that [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Unseen security footage underscores patchy Bangkok blast probe

    Unseen security footage underscores patchy Bangkok blast probe

    Eleven days after Thailand’s deadliest bombing police have yet to review CCTV footage taken minutes after the blast which features a man dressed like the chief suspect, Reuters has found. The blast tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17, killing 20 people, most of them tourists, and injuring scores. Within minutes of the [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Thai police question Uighur trio over Bangkok blast

    Thai police question Uighur trio over Bangkok blast

    Thai police on Friday said three Uighur Muslims, among dozens detained in the kingdom for illegal entry last year, have been questioned over the deadly Bangkok bombing. Eleven days on from the bombing at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people and wounded scores more, authorities are hunting for a prime suspect who police describe as [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Search for wreck of Malaysia Airlines MH370 thousands of kilometres off target, say experts

    Search for wreck of Malaysia Airlines MH370 thousands of kilometres off target, say experts

    OCEANOGRAPHERS in Germany claim the search for the wreck of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is thousands of kilometres off-beam. A wing part from the plane that washed up a month ago on the island of Reunion “probably came from the eastern equatorial Indian Ocean,” said Andreas Villwock of the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Oceanography in [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | News | 6:00 AM
  • Burma parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

    Burma parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

    Myanmar lawmakers on Friday held their last meetings at parliament as the body was suspended ahead of crucial general elections set to redraw the former junta-ruled nation’s political landscape. The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested [...]

    31-Aug-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

US National Zoo’s surviving newborn panda is male

The National Zoo’s panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son. The zoo announced Friday that the surviving panda cub is male and the son of the zoo’s male panda Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to fraternal twins Saturday, but the smaller cub – also a male fathered by Tian Tian – [...]

Vietnam to free 18,200 prisoners in amnesty but no activists

Vietnam to free 18,200 prisoners in amnesty but no activists

Vietnam on Friday said it will free more than 18,200 prisoners to mark its independence day celebrations, but political activists will be excluded from the country’s second biggest-ever amnesty. The detainees will be released in batches starting from Monday ahead of the communist nation’s 70th National Day anniversary, which falls on September 2. “The President [...]

The ‘Rainbow Grandpa’ saving a Taiwan village with art

Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers’ bulldozers. At 93 years old, the former soldier still gets up at 3am every day to spend four hours [...]

Health

Taiwan confirms first case of Brucellosis in four years

Taiwan on Thursday reported its first case of Brucellosis since 2011, saying that the patient, a 35-year-old caregiver from Indonesia, is believed to have contracted the bacterial disease abroad. The woman was hospitalised on August 3 after she developed a fever and backache, and was diagnosed with Brucellosis, a bacterial infection usually transmitted from animals [...]

Near-record cases of HFMD in Japan

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) (see below) is running rampant this summer. There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients infected with the viral disease, which causes a rash on infants’ hands and feet and in their mouths, according to preliminary figures released by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) [...]

Vietnam to tackle growing antibiotic overuse

The growing abuse of antibiotics is causing a resistance to the drug, the Ministry of Health has warned. The ministry established last week a special unit to study the problem and would soon propose solutions, said Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department, who leads the unit. The widespread sale [...]

FinanceAsia

China fears keep markets on edge as stocks rally

Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world’s number two economy will drag down global growth. After a bout of violent selloffs, the final tally for many stocks was deceptively benign, with the US and European equity markets actually mustering [...]

Carnival Group International Announces 40% Increase in First Half Profit

- Diversified Business Lines including the opening of Flagship resort project Rio Carnival (Qingdao) and Touring Carnival will provide strong support to performance in Second Half HONG KONG, Aug 30, 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – Carnival Group International Holdings Limited (“Carnival Group International” or the “Group”; HKSe: 996), China’s only publicly listed company principally engaged [...]

Binhai Investment 2015 Interim Results Gratifying; Gross Profit Increased by 32% to HK$284 million

HONG KONG, Aug 30, 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – Binhai Investment Company Limited (“Binhai Investment” or the “Company”, stock code: 2886.HK) and its subsidiaries(the “Group”) are principally engaged in the construction of gas pipeline networks, provision of connection services, sale of piped gas. Binhai Investment is pleased to announce the consolidated results of the Group [...]

Regional

Maduro off to China, Vietnam in ‘difficult times’

Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession. Maduro, under pressure to alleviate crippling shortages of even the most basic everyday goods, announced the trip Friday at a rally outside the presidential palace in Caracas. Venezuela, hard-hit by plunging [...]

New Asian ‘boat people’ crisis feared when rains end – UNHCR

New Asian ‘boat people’ crisis feared when rains end – UNHCR

A fresh surge of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in smugglers’ rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday. Boatloads of minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home were turned [...]

Burma parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

Burma parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

Myanmar lawmakers on Friday held their last meetings at parliament as the body was suspended ahead of crucial general elections set to redraw the former junta-ruled nation’s political landscape. The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested [...]

China

China’s Vulnerability Is a Test for US Presidential Candidates

For two decades, American politicians have been escalating their rhetoric about how to confront a rising China, one that grabs territory in the South China Sea, vacuums up American jobs and mounts cyber attacks on the United States. But now both Republicans and Democrats face a different challenge: how to deal with a weakening China, [...]

A Military Game of Chicken in the South China Sea?

Despite China’s protestations against discussing the issue, the South China Sea was front and centre at this month’s meetings between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and other regional players in Kuala Lumpur. Amid criticisms of China’s island-reclamation activities, the US and China continued to trade accusations that the other is militarising the South [...]

China’s richest man just gave Beijing a reality check

China’s richest man thinks Beijing needs to cut its growth forecast and deal with it. Real estate mogul Wang Jianlin told Sandy Li at the South China Morning Post that the country needs to accept lower growth and transform the economy. “China needs to drop the fantasy of keeping a high growth rate of 7 [...]

Malaysia

Defiant Malaysian PM rejects calls that he step down

Defiant Malaysian PM rejects calls that he step down

Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal. Large crowds of protesters camped overnight on the streets of Kuala Lumpur wearing yellow shirts of the Bersih movement — a coalition for clean and fair [...]

Undeterred by threat of arrest, Malaysians abroad cross oceans for Bersih 4

Local enforcers have repeatedly labelled Bersih 4 “illegal” and warned of consequences should the rally proceed but the threats seem to have fallen on deaf ears as many, including even Malaysians residing overseas, are determined to crowd the city’s streets tomorrow. Not wanting to be left out of what they believe will be a historic [...]

Malaysia Braces for Protests Against prime minister Najib

Malaysian police were bracing Friday for what is expected to be a massive weekend protest in Kuala Lumpur against prime minister Najib Razak’s management of the economy and the growing debt problems at a state investment fund. Authorities said the planned protest is illegal while the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, a government agency, said [...]

Indonesia

Indonesian soldier kills two civilians in Papua: military

Two people died and three others were injured Friday when a solider opened fire on a group of civilians in Indonesia’s restive Papua province, a military official said Friday. Papua military spokesman Teguh Pudji Rahardjo said the incident began when a soldier was attacked by a mob in Timika. A second soldier who came to [...]

Indonesia’s Widodo slaps down changes to foreign press laws

New restrictions on foreign journalists in Indonesia have been dumped just a day after being announced, with President Joko Widodo directly intervening to kill off the controversial changes. Indonesia’s interior minister this week unveiled tighter rules for visiting press, including requirements that journalists obtain a second working permit and report their activities to all levels [...]

Indonesia’s leader launches mega power plant, well, sort of

August 28 Indonesia’s president declared with great fanfare on Friday that construction of a mega power plant is now set to start after years of delay, proof he said that the government was starting to resolve its infrastructure failings. A group of students led a hearty rendition of the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony [...]

Singapore

GE2015: SDP reveals Bryan Lim, Damanhuri in fourth batch of candidates

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) announced its fourth batch of candidates on Friday afternoon. They are Damanhuri Abas, 45, an ex-director of Muhammadiyah Islamic College and hospital manager Bryan Lim, 38. SDP chair Jeffrey George, who announced the candidates, did not specify where the men would be competing. The latter had previously contested in the [...]

GE2015: Reform Party unveils Ang Mo Kio GRC team, includes Roy Ngerng

The Reform Party (RP) unveiled on Friday afternoon its six-member team that will contest Ang Mo Kio Group Representative Constituency (GRC) in the upcoming general elections. Blogger Roy Ngerng, 34, was confirmed as part of the slate that will go up against incumbents People’s Action Party (PAP), who will be led by prime minister PM [...]

Singapore cannot exist in a cocoon: minister

Singapore enjoys good relations with Malaysia and Indonesia, but Singaporeans need to be more aware of trends and developments in these countries, Foreign minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. His remarks came four days after prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singaporeans should pay attention to the world around them. In a speech to media professionals, [...]

Thailand

Police say Bangkok bombing suspect is not cooperating

Police say Bangkok bombing suspect is not cooperating

Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least seven days. The unnamed foreigner was arrested Saturday at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok where police seized bomb-making equipment and fake [...]

Thai police question Uighur trio over Bangkok blast

Thai police question Uighur trio over Bangkok blast

Thai police on Friday said three Uighur Muslims, among dozens detained in the kingdom for illegal entry last year, have been questioned over the deadly Bangkok bombing. Eleven days on from the bombing at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people and wounded scores more, authorities are hunting for a prime suspect who police describe as [...]

Unseen security footage underscores patchy Bangkok blast probe

Unseen security footage underscores patchy Bangkok blast probe

Eleven days after Thailand’s deadliest bombing police have yet to review CCTV footage taken minutes after the blast which features a man dressed like the chief suspect, Reuters has found. The blast tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17, killing 20 people, most of them tourists, and injuring scores. Within minutes of the [...]

Philippines

Philippines and Thailand eye stronger bilateral trade, investment

TRADE and investments were among the subjects of a bilateral meeting between President Benigno S. C. Aquino III and visiting Thailand prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday, with both leaders highlighting the benefits of the countries’ relations. “Our discussions specifically focused on trade and investments, security, and the strengthening of our people-to-people ties,” Aquino said [...]

Thai prime minister Chan-o-cha visits the Philippines

Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited Malacanang on Friday (August 28) and was welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III himself. This is the first time the Thai leader visited the country since he assumed office a year ago. He was with his wife Nara-porn Chan-o-cha for a two day official visit in the country which [...]

Flights between UAE, Philippines raised by 25pct

Flights between the UAE and the Philippines will see a 25 per cent increase soon, possibly connecting more regional airports in the south-east Asian nation to the hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a senior Philippine aviation official confirmed to Gulf News on Friday night. While the increase is modest, it would help address the [...]

Japan

Japan organisers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied

Tokyo Olympic organisers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater. At a news conference in Tokyo, the organisers disclosed designer Kenjiro Sano’s initially submitted logo, saying its emphasis on a “T” shape bore no resemblance to that of [...]

Messaging app Line says still considering IPO

Popular Japanese messaging app Line said Friday it was still considering plans for an initial public offering, after a report said it had shelved the sale for a second year in a row. Line’s owner, South Korean Internet firm Naver, was preparing an IPO for the company in 2014, but reportedly postponed it to focus [...]

Japan protests China news agency’s call for emperor apology

Japanese lawmakers approved a law Friday requiring large employers to set and publicise targets for hiring or promoting women as managers. The law approved by a vote of 230-1 in the House of Councillors is intended to promote greater gender equality and counter labour shortages that are arising as Japan’s population ages and declines. The [...]

Korea

Firepower up close: Witnessing a Korean military drill

On the side of a hill in Pocheon, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the Demilitarised Zone that separates North and South Korea, targets are laid out. They’re huge painted numbers and drawings of tanks bearing the North Korean star emblem. Through a megaphone, a soldier announces what target to watch. A South Korean F-16 [...]

Kim Jong-Un brags that N Korea’s nukes are helping to keep the peace

Kim Jong-Un brags that N Korea’s nukes are helping to keep the peace

There’s nothing like the threat of nukes to help you get your way, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who bragged that peace negotiations with South Korea last week were successful due to his nation’s potential threat of nuclear attack. While Kim agrees that both nations are now on the path of “reconciliation [...]

Dozens Killed, Thousands Homeless in N Korean Floods

Floods in North Korea have left at least 24 people killed and 14 missing, Radio Free Asia reported last week. North Korea has sent a request to the UN for inspectors to visit. Roads were damaged in over 100 places across the country, and 2,600 houses were flooded in Anju, South Pyongan Province, displacing some [...]

Hong Kong

Leung tells Jin Liqun of HK’s desire to join development bank

Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, met Jin Liqun, (Pictured, left) who has been nominated by China as president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at government House this afternoon. Leung said he hoped that under the “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong could become a member of the bank as soon as possible. Jin, the former [...]

Teen leader of HK’s student protests: I do not regret it even if I go to jail

Teen leader of HK’s student protests: I do not regret it even if I go to jail

Joshua Wong, leader of the Umbrella Movement, appeared in court on Friday related to obstructing police during a protest in June last year The eighteen-year-old leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has said he does not regret last year’s protests even if he must “pay the price”. Joshua Wong, the teenage leader of Scholarism, a [...]

Joshua Wong charged amid cries of persecution

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and two other democracy protesters were formally charged with illegal assembly Thursday amid cries of political persecution from their supporters. Police pressed charges against Wong, founder of student activist group Scholarism, as well as Alex Chow and Nathan Law, former and sitting chair of the Hong Kong Federation of [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade

Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army [...]

Taiwan and Its South China Sea Peace Initiative

For many years, the international community has been less than fair in its treatment of Taiwan. Nevertheless, the government and people of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan are committed to having their nation be a capable, responsible stakeholder as well as a facilitator and protector of peace in the region and across the [...]

Ex-Singaporean FM optimistic about Taiwan-Singapore ties

Former Singaporean minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo (???) has shown his optimism toward the relations between his country and Taiwan, saying no matter who is elected as Taiwan’s president, relations will not be affected. Yeo conveyed the sense of optimism while addressing a ceremony marking the launch of his new book, titled: “George Yeo [...]

Vietnam

N. Korea committed to improving ties with South: N.K. official

N. Korea committed to improving ties with South: N.K. official

A senior North Korean official said Thursday his country will work “actively” to improve relations with South Korea based on the spirit of a recent landmark agreement between the two sides. Kim Yang-gon, Pyongyang’s top official handling inter-Korean ties, also called on the two sides to move in a constructive direction toward the reunification of [...]

January-August FDI approvals surge 30.4pct

After seven consecutive months of decline, an upsurge in foreign direct investment approvals this month have led the total pledged FDI in Vietnam in January-August to soar 30.4 percent over the same period last year. According to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA), foreign investors have registered a total of $4.5 billion for fresh and operational [...]

Government: Economy bucks regional slump

Prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung said despite recent negative regional and global market developments, Vietnam’s economy has bucked the trend. Dung on Tuesday chaired a meeting with relevant ministries and agencies to evaluate impact of regional and world economic woes on Vietnam and find ways to stabilise the macro economy, and achieve the socio-economic goals [...]