• ‘Very Strong’ Typhoon Lionrock Set to Pummel Japan

    ‘Very Strong’ Typhoon Lionrock Set to Pummel Japan

    Typhoon Lionrock is projected to make landfall in Japan in the next day or two and could strike near Tokyo, just a week after another tropical cyclone pummeled the Japanese capital with rain and winds. The large and “very strong” typhoon may make landfall between the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, and northern Japan sometime [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 3:21 PM
  • Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

    Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

    Singapore has stepped up its fight against the Zika virus after confirming 41 locally transmitted cases one day after reporting its first infection. The Ministry of Health said it will continue to screen people who had close contact with those infected. Of the 41 people who contracted the virus in Singapore, 34 have fully recovered, [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 3:17 PM
  • Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte promises to destroy Islamic State’s ‘baby brother’ Abu Sayyaf

    Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte promises to destroy Islamic State’s ‘baby brother’ Abu Sayyaf

    “THE Punisher” has taken no time to settle in to his role and make good on his nickname. Rodrigo Duterte, 71, swept to power in the Philippines seven weeks ago aboard promises of a crackdown on the country’s huge criminal networks. Drug dealers were in his sights. The death toll from his crackdown on that [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | News.com.au | 6:00 AM
  • War with China looms as US ally pledges ‘It will be bloody and we won’t give in’

    War with China looms as US ally pledges ‘It will be bloody and we won’t give in’

    President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines issued the warning to Beijing amid an ongoing territory row. His country wants parts of the disputed South China Sea, but the Chinese have overlapping claims. Now he’s warned them to stay out of his territory, or face the dispute turning violent. Demands for war with America are already [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | Dailystar | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea claims it’s now able to nuke US mainland

    N Korea claims it’s now able to nuke US mainland

    The nation is celebrating its first successful test of a submarine-launched missile. The country’s leader – Kim Jong Un – says the US mainland is now within striking range of his nuclear weapons. That sounds like a threat. Joel Wit, a former US nuclear negotiator with North Korea, says he’s concerned, but not worried. “Because [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | USA today | 6:00 AM
  • ‘Liberate HK’: pre-election calls for independence from China grow

    ‘Liberate HK’: pre-election calls for independence from China grow

    When Edward Leung closes his eyes and dreams of Hong Kong’s future he pictures a utopian metropolis of skyscrapers and social justice, “where people can do whatever they want as long as it isn’t harmful to others”. “It’s an international place. A cosmopolitan state,” says the fashionable 25-year-old politics and philosophy graduate. Is it part [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | The guardian | 6:00 AM
  • Singapore chokes on smoke from Indonesia’s slash-and-burn fires

    Singapore chokes on smoke from Indonesia’s slash-and-burn fires

    A swathe of south-east Asia is blanketed in a smoky haze as smoke from forest fires in Indonesia drifts across the Malacca Strait to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore’s air quality has deteriorated to very unhealthy levels, peaking at a reading of 215 on the National Environment Agency’s Pollutant Standards Index. Levels above 100 are [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | Ibtimes | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine troops kill six militants: military

    Philippine troops kill six militants: military

    Philippine security officials killed six members of militant group Abu Sayyaf on Friday including one involved in the kidnapping of two Canadians who were beheaded in the troubled south, the military said. A military spokesman said soldiers clashed with 100 members of notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang Abu Sayyaf as troops carried out President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Kill drug lords, Philippines’ top cop tells addicts

    Kill drug lords, Philippines’ top cop tells addicts

    The Philippines’ police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, escalating President Rodrigo Duterte’s deeply controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives. “Why don’t you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger,” Ronald dela Rosa said in [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines, Communists sign indefinite ceasefire

    Philippines, Communists sign indefinite ceasefire

    The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas on Friday signed an indefinite ceasefire deal to facilitate peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. “This is a historic and unprecedented event… (but) there is still a lot of work to be done ahead,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s peace adviser Jesus Dureza said at a signing [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US fears over IS group’s SE Asia expansion

    US fears over IS group’s SE Asia expansion

    Islamic State jihadists are eyeing expansion into Southeast Asia by joining forces with local extremists, a senior US counter-terrorism official warned Friday. IS has a history of partnering with militant groups around the world, including in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria, and wants to broaden its reach in the region, according to Justin Siberell, acting coordinator [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • HK Reports First Case of Zika Virus as Disease Begins to Spread in Asia

    HK Reports First Case of Zika Virus as Disease Begins to Spread in Asia

    A woman in Hong Kong has been diagnosed with the Zika virus this week, in the global financial hub’s first case of the mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly across the Americas and parts of Africa over the past year. The 38-year-old patient is currently isolated but in stable condition at a local hospital, the [...]

    29-Aug-2016 Intellasia | Time | 6:00 AM

Society

Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

Singapore has stepped up its fight against the Zika virus after confirming 41 locally transmitted cases one day after reporting its first infection. The Ministry of Health said it will continue to screen people who had close contact with those infected. Of the 41 people who contracted the virus in Singapore, 34 have fully recovered, [...]

Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins

Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said Friday. Police discovered the pangolins, known as “scaly anteaters”, when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java after local residents became suspicious about [...]

One pilot killed in Vietnam army jet crash

A Vietnamese trainee pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed into a rice field, an official said Friday, the third deadly military plane accident since June. The pilot was the only one on board when the plane went down in south-central Vietnam, the Ministry of Defence said on state-run television. The L39 fighter jet [...]

Health

Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

Singapore Steps Up Zika Fight After 41 Local Cases Confirmed

Singapore has stepped up its fight against the Zika virus after confirming 41 locally transmitted cases one day after reporting its first infection. The Ministry of Health said it will continue to screen people who had close contact with those infected. Of the 41 people who contracted the virus in Singapore, 34 have fully recovered, [...]

HK Reports First Case of Zika Virus as Disease Begins to Spread in Asia

HK Reports First Case of Zika Virus as Disease Begins to Spread in Asia

A woman in Hong Kong has been diagnosed with the Zika virus this week, in the global financial hub’s first case of the mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly across the Americas and parts of Africa over the past year. The 38-year-old patient is currently isolated but in stable condition at a local hospital, the [...]

Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert

Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert

Japanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday. A 19-year-old man had a fever of more than 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rash over his body after returning from Indonesia [...]

FinanceAsia

Asian stock markets mixed as investors wait for Fed cue

Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike. Trading volumes and momentum also faded in the backdrop of slumping commodities, weak demand and overcapacity in emerging economies. KEEPING SCORE: [...]

Asia stocks tentative, dollar slips before Yellen’s rates signal

Asian stocks were largely steady on Friday, with modest losses in some markets and gains in others reflecting nervousness before a keenly anticipated speech by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. European markets are also heading for a flat start, with financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expecting Britain’s FTSE 100 (.FTSE) and Germany’s DAX (.GDAXI) to [...]

Gemalto first semester 2016 results

- Revenue of EUR 1.5 billion, up +1% at constant exchange rates and stable at historical exchange rates – Revenue growth in Government Programs up +25%, Enterprise up +12%, Payment up +11% and Machine-to-Machine up +9%, at constant exchange rates, fully offsets lower sales to mobile network operators – Gross margin increases by +92 basis [...]

Regional

AirAsia could sell leasing arm after strategic review

Asia’s biggest budget airline AirAsia Bhd is considering options for its leasing arm, including a potential sale, the company said on Friday. Reuters had reported this month that AirAsia was looking to sell a majority stake in its Asia Aviation Capital (AAC) leasing operation, or possibly the entire business, which the carrier values at 4.1 [...]

Commentary: China-Vietnam maritime cooperation sets example for handling South China Sea disputes

Maritime cooperation between China and Vietnam has set an example for handling South China Sea disputes. The coast guards of China and Vietnam on Friday held their first working meeting during which they signed a conference summary. Friday’s meeting is a key step in enhancing bilateral maritime cooperation between China and Vietnam, which, since 1992, [...]

US fears over IS group’s SE Asia expansion

US fears over IS group’s SE Asia expansion

Islamic State jihadists are eyeing expansion into Southeast Asia by joining forces with local extremists, a senior US counter-terrorism official warned Friday. IS has a history of partnering with militant groups around the world, including in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria, and wants to broaden its reach in the region, according to Justin Siberell, acting coordinator [...]

China

Husband: Texas woman’s treatment in China amounts to torture

The husband of a business consultant detained for more than a year by Chinese authorities says her treatment amounts to torture. Jeff Gillis said Friday that Phan “Sandy” Phan-Gillis is in failing health and her suffering meets the United Nations’ definition of torture. The State Department last month said Chinese authorities informed the US they [...]

Canada PM Trudeau to mount charm offensive in China: officials

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will tour the Great Wall, shoot hoops with retired basketball star Yao Ming and meet with women entrepreneurs when he travels to China next week to bolster trade and diplomatic ties, his office said Friday. There will also be meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior government officials during [...]

‘Liberate HK’: pre-election calls for independence from China grow

‘Liberate HK’: pre-election calls for independence from China grow

When Edward Leung closes his eyes and dreams of Hong Kong’s future he pictures a utopian metropolis of skyscrapers and social justice, “where people can do whatever they want as long as it isn’t harmful to others”. “It’s an international place. A cosmopolitan state,” says the fashionable 25-year-old politics and philosophy graduate. Is it part [...]

Malaysia

Ready to help Indonesia combat haze, says Malaysia

Malaysia has extended its support to Indonesia to tackle the haze created by the constant burning of forest in Kalimantan and Sumatra. After the Disaster Mitigation Agency declared emergency in six provinces in Indonesia, Malaysia offers assistance by deploying manpower and resource. According to Channel NewsAsia, Cabinet minister Shahidan Kassim said Malaysia is ready to [...]

VTTI says suspends operations at Malaysia terminal after oil spill

VTTI, the storage division of the world’s largest oil trader Vitol, said on Friday it has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia after receiving a notice from the authorities following an oil spill. The spill occurred on Wednesday when tanker MT Trident Star was taking on bunker fuel at the terminal, which is [...]

Genting Malaysia’s Q2 profit jumps to $115.9M

Net profit of casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd soared by as much as 108 percent in the second quarter, buoyed by a strong UK casino business that kept the company afloat during a “challenging operating environment. Genting Malaysia’s Q2 profit jumps to $115.9MIn Thursday’s disclosure to Bursa Malaysia, Genting reported that its net profit more [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia claims haze caused by burning 1MDB money

In March of this year, the Malaysian parliamentary committee investigating 1MDB said in a report that the Malaysian sovereign fund sent a total of $3.5 billion to “Aabar BVI”. What happened to the money after it went to the British Virgin Islands could not be determined, the parliamentary report added. Soon after the release of [...]

US-backed Indonesian group supports anti-LGBT crackdown

The US Agency for International Development has given a multimillion-dollar grant to an Indonesian organisation that supports the country’s LGBT rights crackdown. Lembaya Kesehatan Nahdlatul Ulama, which is part of Nahdlatul Ulama, received $2.6 million from USAID in order to increase its ability to detect tuberculosis cases and treat them. The grant began in 2012 [...]

Independence Day celebrations in Indonesia mask dark flaws behind its rampant nationalism

Every Indonesian turns out for the country’s Independence Day celebrations but, as Adam Harvey discovers, the day’s rampant nationalism masks some serious flaws. On Indonesia’s Independence Day my wife and I decide to do something patriotic by bringing our two-year-old son to the presidential palace in central Jakarta, to watch the parading troops and the [...]

Singapore

Singapore chokes on smoke from Indonesia’s slash-and-burn fires

Singapore chokes on smoke from Indonesia’s slash-and-burn fires

A swathe of south-east Asia is blanketed in a smoky haze as smoke from forest fires in Indonesia drifts across the Malacca Strait to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore’s air quality has deteriorated to very unhealthy levels, peaking at a reading of 215 on the National Environment Agency’s Pollutant Standards Index. Levels above 100 are [...]

Smoke from Indonesian fires hits ‘unhealthy’ level in Singapore

Air pollution in Singapore rose to the “unhealthy” level on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said. Every dry season, smoke from fires set to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much [...]

A stout defender of Singapore’s interests

S R Nathan was Singapore’s ambassador to the United States in 1994 when American teenager Michael Fay was sentenced here to be caned for vandalism. Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh and prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said Nathan took the brunt of vicious attacks against Singapore by some in the US media, which campaigned against the sentence. [...]

Thailand

Company brings Taiwanese cosmetics brand into Thailand

TINNAKORN Thongthai has set up his own company for the launch of a Taiwanese cosmetics brand in Thailand for the first time. Tinnakorn, 42, founder of Beauty Connect Co, authorised distributor of 1028 Visual Therapy in Thailand, said he got his bachelor’s degree from Kasetsart University and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from [...]

Attacks Cloud Thailand’s Upcoming Peace Talks

A series of recent bombings in Thailand, including one this week, remain unexplained. But analysts say they cast a shadow over peace talks scheduled to begin next Friday between the Thai government and southern insurgents. On Tuesday, a stolen ambulance truck packed with 80 kilograms of explosives detonated outside the Southern View Hotel in the [...]

Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) don’t just define development in terms of economic growth, they also call for sustainable use of the world’s limited natural resources. For the government of Thailand, one way to achieve the balance between people, planet and prosperity embodied in the SDGs, is by following a development model based [...]

Philippines

War with China looms as US ally pledges ‘It will be bloody and we won’t give in’

War with China looms as US ally pledges ‘It will be bloody and we won’t give in’

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines issued the warning to Beijing amid an ongoing territory row. His country wants parts of the disputed South China Sea, but the Chinese have overlapping claims. Now he’s warned them to stay out of his territory, or face the dispute turning violent. Demands for war with America are already [...]

Philippines, Communists sign indefinite ceasefire

Philippines, Communists sign indefinite ceasefire

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas on Friday signed an indefinite ceasefire deal to facilitate peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. “This is a historic and unprecedented event… (but) there is still a lot of work to be done ahead,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s peace adviser Jesus Dureza said at a signing [...]

China welcomes Duterte’s remarks on not bringing WPS issue in regional meet

The Chinese government has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks that he will not bring up the West Philippine Sea issue in the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and other related regional meetings from September 3 to 8 in Vientiane, Laos. “I will bring only the issue when we are together face to [...]

Japan

‘Very Strong’ Typhoon Lionrock Set to Pummel Japan

‘Very Strong’ Typhoon Lionrock Set to Pummel Japan

Typhoon Lionrock is projected to make landfall in Japan in the next day or two and could strike near Tokyo, just a week after another tropical cyclone pummeled the Japanese capital with rain and winds. The large and “very strong” typhoon may make landfall between the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, and northern Japan sometime [...]

Japanese Robot Maker’s President Says There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Profit

Fanuc Corp., the Japanese robot maker whose profit margins once exceeded 40 percent, may be in for leaner times, according to its new president, Kenji Yamaguchi. The same day in late April that Yamaguchi was named as the right-hand man to Fanuc’s chief executive officer, Yoshiharu Inaba, the company forecast profit would fall by almost [...]

Japan will help Africa realise the African Dream, Abe tells Uhuru

The sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad) kicked off Friday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe holding a joint press conference at State House, Nairobi to outline the agenda of the two-day summit. Speaking at the press briefing, Abe said Japan will work with Africa to realise the “African [...]

Korea

Netflix taunts N Korea on-demand TV service on Twitter

Netflix is poking fun at North Korea’s recent foray into on-demand TV, calling itself a “Manbang knockoff” on its Twitter bio. The tongue-in-cheek change to the Netflix US bio comes after Pyongyang proudly unveiled a video streaming service called Manbang (“Everywhere”), which was instantly described as a Netflix-style service by Western media. The system allows [...]

Spotlight: Anti-THAAD rallies in S. Korea spread on expected site move

Rallies against the deployment of a US missile shield in South Korea spread as people living in the originally designated site officially called for deliberation on another place to install the shield. Thousands of residents in the southeastern city of Gimcheon gathered on Wednesday evening to hold a rally against the unilateral deployment decision concerning [...]

N Korea claims it’s now able to nuke US mainland

N Korea claims it’s now able to nuke US mainland

The nation is celebrating its first successful test of a submarine-launched missile. The country’s leader – Kim Jong Un – says the US mainland is now within striking range of his nuclear weapons. That sounds like a threat. Joel Wit, a former US nuclear negotiator with North Korea, says he’s concerned, but not worried. “Because [...]

Hong Kong

HK tribunal finds short seller Citron culpable of misconduct

US-based short-seller Citron Research was culpable of market misconduct with the publication of a research report in June 2012, a Hong Kong tribunal said on Friday, in a ruling that could redefine the boundaries of company research reports. The decision by Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) is also likely to stoke fears of a [...]

HK Teachers Warned Not to Discuss Independence

In another instance of making a mountain out of a molehill, the Hong Kong government has once again shown the people how incessantly paranoid they are about the subject of independence. This time around, the Education Bureau have warned teachers that they could lose their professional qualifications if they advocate Hong Kong independence in schools. [...]

Several mobile wallets now have license to operate in HK

Ant Financial and Tencent, the parent companies of major Chinese mobile wallets Alipay and WeChat Pay, as well as three other firms, obtained stored-value licenses to operate for customers in Hong Kong, according to Bloomberg. These licenses, issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, allow users to store money in local versions of the wallets, [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

CTBC Financial Holdings (2891.TW), parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp (601998.SS) have canceled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but China CITIC [...]

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

CTBC Financial Holdings (2891.TW), parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp have canceled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but China CITIC Bank’s [...]

Taiwan has potential in industry 4.0 development: economics minister

Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (???) said Taiwan was suited for smart manufacturing development because of its solid foundation in manufacturing, as well as its partnership with Germany, which is known for industry 4.0 development. Lee gave a speech yesterday in the 2016 Taiwan Sustainability Summit: Future of Manufacturing and Digitalisation to explain the [...]

Vietnam

VCB and MSN drive market up

Vietnamese shares ended up on August 26, driven by Vietcombank (VCB) and consumer goods producer Masan Group (MSN) after those two firms announced plans that would benefit shareholders. The benchmark VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange rebounded 1.4 percent from the previous day’s decline to finish the week at 667.75 points, up [...]

Business Briefs Aug 29

* Hoa Binh Rubber Company (HRC) has issued 6.04 million shares to increase its equity, sending its total outstanding volume rising to 30.2 million shares. The new shares will be tradable on September 9. * CII Bridges & Roads Investment Company (LGC) has chosen September 8 as the ex-dividend date to pay a 2016 first [...]

VN firms should focus more on Asean market

Vietnamese businesses should focus more on Asean markets to make use of the advantages created by the establishment of the Asean Community, Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh said. Speaking to Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of the 29th Diplomatic Conference now underway in Hanoi, the ambassador said Vietnamese businesses have not [...]