• Kim’s family must provide DNA before body released: police

    Kim’s family must provide DNA before body released: police

    Malaysia will not release the body of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader until his family has provided a DNA sample, despite Pyongyang’s request that it be returned, Selangor state police chief told AFP Friday. “So far no family member or next of kin has come to identify or claim the body. We need a [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • HK police jailed over attack on democracy protester

    HK police jailed over attack on democracy protester

    Seven Hong Kong police officers were jailed for two years Friday for what the judge described as a “vicious” attack on a protester during pro-democracy rallies in 2014, captured on film and beamed around the world. All seven were convicted earlier this week of assault causing actual bodily harm to Civic Party activist Ken Tsang, [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, Korea after N Korea missile launch

    US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, Korea after N Korea missile launch

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea if needed. “The United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, including the commitment [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • 3 arrested in NKorean’s death in Malaysia; autopsy completed

    3 arrested in NKorean’s death in Malaysia; autopsy completed

    Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader’s half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood. Investigators were still piecing together details of the case, including the widespread [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

    Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

    Prosecutors on Friday arrested the de facto head of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, Samsung, on bribery and other charges related to a political corruption scandal that triggered the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. In a fresh blow to the electronics giant’s corporate image, a district court cited new evidence in approving the arrest warrant against [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea losing diplomatic status in Asean

    N Korea losing diplomatic status in Asean

    North Korea is losing it status in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the wake of a series of missile launches and its alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of current leader Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia This is likely to further undermine credibility of the reclusive country in the international community [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | Korea Times | 6:00 AM
  • Top diplomats of S. Korea, US agree to respond firmly to N.K. nukes

    Top diplomats of S. Korea, US agree to respond firmly to N.K. nukes

    Top diplomats of South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday to firmly respond to North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats, officials said. South Korean Foreign minister Yun Byung-se and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reached the agreement during their first meeting under the Trump administration on the margins of the Group of [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | Yonhap | 6:00 AM
  • Duterte to Quit If Senator Proves $40 Million in Illegal Wealth

    Duterte to Quit If Senator Proves $40 Million in Illegal Wealth

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s ready to resign if an opponent can prove allegations that he illegally amassed 2 billion pesos ($40 million). Senator Antonio Trillanes, who brought a plunder complaint against Duterte during last year’s presidential campaign, added that the president also failed to disclose 321 million pesos in bank transactions from his [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls

    China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls

    The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu in China is slowing, health authorities said on Thursday, as they vowed to tighten controls on markets and the transport of live poultry to battle the virus. As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in January, the government has said, or up to [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM
  • Dutch say Ukraine will renew search at MH17 crash site

    Dutch say Ukraine will renew search at MH17 crash site

    Ukraine is expected to renew this spring its search for human remains at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dutch Security and Justice minister Stef Blok said Thursday. The passenger jet was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine in mid-2014 on a routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesia diplomats meet with woman arrested in Kim killing

    Indonesia diplomats meet with woman arrested in Kim killing

    Indonesian diplomats have met with a woman arrested in Malaysia for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother and confirmed she is an Indonesian citizen, officials said Thursday. Authorities have identified her as Siti Aisyah, 25, originally from Serang in Banten, a province that neighbours the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. She [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Jakarta election: Ahok leads in first round, but trouble lies ahead

    Jakarta election: Ahok leads in first round, but trouble lies ahead

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is poised to win the first round of the Jakarta governor’s election, leaving the Indonesian capital vulnerable to more religious and racial tension from hardline Muslim groups. Unofficial counts by more than a dozen pollsters yesterday indicated the incumbent Governor, know as Ahok, would face former education minister Anies Baswedan in an [...]

    18-Feb-2017 Intellasia | Agencies | 6:00 AM

Society

First jungle cats seen in Thailand for 40 years

A freelance photographer has taken pictures of jungle cats in the wild in a Chiang Mai forest, four decades after they were thought to be extinct in Thailand. Thanya Netithammakun, director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, said officials at Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary in Chiang Mai province reported that Parinya Phadungthin had [...]

China shuts poultry markets as bird-flu deaths rise

The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak although China health officials have said for this year the worst has probably passed China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since [...]

Dozens die of bird flu in China amid fears of new health crisis

As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record. January’s fatalities were up to four times higher than the same month in past years, and brought the total H7N9 death toll to [...]

Health

China shuts poultry markets as bird-flu deaths rise

The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak although China health officials have said for this year the worst has probably passed China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since [...]

Dozens die of bird flu in China amid fears of new health crisis

As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record. January’s fatalities were up to four times higher than the same month in past years, and brought the total H7N9 death toll to [...]

China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls

China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls

The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu in China is slowing, health authorities said on Thursday, as they vowed to tighten controls on markets and the transport of live poultry to battle the virus. As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in January, the government has said, or up to [...]

FinanceAsia

Asia equities dip as Trump rally fades

Most Asian markets eased further Friday as investors cashed out following a healthy run-up over the past week and after Wall Street’s Trump-fuelled surge finally came to an end. Equity markets around the world are sharply higher since Donald Trump last Thursday pledged a “phenomenal” tax reform package soon, fuelling hopes he would press on [...]

Asia shares ease after run of gains; oil lifted by OPEC cut extension hopes

Asian stock markets took a breather on Friday from their recent surge as investors booked profits, while the dollar inched up after Thursday’s slide and optimism over possible renewed supply cuts by OPEC lifted oil prices. Financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expects Britain’s FTSE 100 to start the day flat, Germany’s DAX (.GDAXI) to be slightly [...]

Asian shares slip after Wall Street fall and Samsung arrest

Asian shares slipped Friday following a drop on Wall Street as the stronger dollar sent Japanese issues lower and the arrest of an executive at Samsung weighed on Korean stocks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.7 percent to 19,220.59.South Korea’s Kospi edged down 0.2 percent to2,077.39. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell nearly 0.2 percent [...]

Regional

Vietnam working with Malaysia to clarify information on killing of Kim Jong-nam

Vietnamese authorities are working closely with Malaysia to clarify information relating to the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Tra as saying. Vietnam was willing to cooperate with other countries in preventing and combating all kinds of [...]

High Yield Hunting: Chinese Investors Look to India and Indonesia

Chinese investors are broadening their horizons as the country’s high-yield issuers lose some of their appeal. India and Indonesia are getting much of the attention, with a rush of dollar bond sales providing opportunities to move beyond Chinese property developers – a staple of Asia’s high-yield bond market, according to CreditSights Inc. “Many of the [...]

Dozens in Vietnam mark anniversary of border war with China

Several dozen people gathered Friday in Hanoi to commemorate Vietnam’s brief but bloody border war with China nearly 40 years ago. The participants laid flowers and lit incense at the statue of King Ly Thai To, the founder of capital Hanoi, amid a heavy police presence. The authorities used loudspeakers to urge the crowd to [...]

China

China awards Donald Trump valuable new trademark

China has awarded President Donald Trump a valuable new trademark. The win comes after a 10-year dispute and raises a host of ethical questions about the president’s foreign intellectual property. China’s Trademark Office posted the registration of Trump’s new mark, which became official February 14, to its website Wednesday. It gives Trump the right to [...]

Mattel partners with parenting website to expand China presence

Barbie maker Mattel Inc (MAT.O) said it would partner with Chinese parenting website Babytree to create an online learning platform for early childhood development, the latest in the No. 1 US toymaker’s push into China. The partnership with Babytree announced on Thursday comes two days after Mattel said it would sell its products on Chinese [...]

Emoluments in China

Did China successfully try to curry favour with Trump in order to influence “One China” policy? China gave Donald Trump something this week that he’s been seeking for more than a decade: the rights to own his name in that country. The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has awarded Trump a 10-year trademark on [...]

Malaysia

The Latest: Vietnam talking to Malaysia over slay suspect

The Latest on the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Vietnamese authorities are in touch with Malaysia over a woman who was arrested as a suspect in the death of the half brother of the North Korean leader. [...]

Third suspect detained over Kim Jong-nam death

Police arrested a man yesterday over suspected involvement in the killing of the estranged brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat confirmed the arrest with Malay Mail Online, bringing the number of suspects arrested to three. “He is not the main suspect. We detained him because we needed [...]

2 More Arrested in Killing of Kim Jong-un’s Half Brother, Malaysia Says

Two more people, one of them a woman with an Indonesian passport, were arrested Thursday in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, the Malaysian authorities said as they continued to hunt for conspirators. The Indonesian, identified as Siti Aishah, 25, is the second woman arrested in [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia’s central bank holds key rate at 4.75pct

Indonesia’s central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged to help shore up the economy in the face of tighter United States monetary policy and the threat of capital outflows. Bank Indonesia governor Agus Martowardojo and his board held the seven-day reverse repurchase rate at 4.75 per cent yesterday Thursday. Six rate cuts in 2016 [...]

Indonesia diplomats meet with woman arrested in Kim killing

Indonesia diplomats meet with woman arrested in Kim killing

Indonesian diplomats have met with a woman arrested in Malaysia for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother and confirmed she is an Indonesian citizen, officials said Thursday. Authorities have identified her as Siti Aisyah, 25, originally from Serang in Banten, a province that neighbours the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. She [...]

Indonesia’s former chief police Badrodin Haiti will not be Grab’s new president commissioner

Grab announced the appointment of Badrodin Haiti as their new president commissioner on January 30 Badrodin Haiti, former Chief of the Indonesian National Police Rumours have been circulating since Thursday morning that Grab’s newly appointed president commissioner Badrodin Haiti, who also happens to be the former Chief of the Indonesian National Police, resigned from the [...]

Singapore

Income inequality at its lowest in 13 years: Singstat data

Singapore’s level of income inequality in 2016 was at its lowest in the last 13 years, based on household income data released by the government on Thursday (16 February). The Republic’s Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, dipped to 0.458 from 0.463 in 2015, according to the report by the Department of Statistics (Singstat). [...]

Israeli PM Netanyahu to meet Jewish community in Singapore on Monday?

According to the Israeli embassy’s website, its Consular Section will be closed on Monday, 20 February, “in lieu of prime minister Netanyahu’s official visit to Singapore”. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be meeting the Jewish community in Singapore next week, following several media reports about his upcoming visit to the Republic. Yahoo Singapore was [...]

Singapore’s Growth Shock Masks a Far Duller Outlook for Economy

Singapore’s government has a message for anyone expecting great things following Friday’s surprise growth bounce: don’t hold your breath. The city-state’s economy will still only expand between 1 percent and 3 percent this year, policy makers said after fourth-quarter growth burst in at an annualised 12.3 percent – the fastest pace in more than five [...]

Thailand

Dire airport, culture hub belie ‘Thailand 4.0′

Thailand is prone to policy faddism. Several years ago, the AEC (Asean Economic Community) was all the rage until it officially came into being with a whimper at the end of 2015. Back then, hardly a day went by without some kind of a workshop or conference in Thailand about the AEC. But it all [...]

Thailand to India: speed up decision on free trade pact

Thailand wants India to fast-track its decision on the proposed full-fledged free trade agreement (FTA) with the country to increase trade and investment flows. With economic uncertainties gripping the West, Bangkok is trying to strengthen its partnership with Asian countries through bilateral FTAs and regional pacts like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), said Somkid [...]

Thailand keen to work with India on FTA

Thailand wants to work with India for conclusion of negotiations for the comprehensive free trade agreement which aims to promote economic cooperation between the two nations. Thailand deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak said, “We really want to work with Indian government to have free trade agreement (FTA) together even though we had some obstacles in [...]

Philippines

Turkey, Philippines ink tourism agreement

Turkish and Filipino tourism ministers sign protocol to boost tourism relations Turkey and the Philippines signed an agreement Thursday to increase cooperation between the two countries in culture and tourism. Talking to reporters after the signing ceremony in Istanbul, Turkish Culture and Tourism minister Nabi Avci said the two countries had the potential to boost [...]

Philippine president asked to release bank account details

An opposition senator pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV first alleged Duterte had unexplained wealth during the presidential campaign last year. He told a news conference he was raising the issue [...]

Philippine visitors to Taiwan up nearly 24pct in 2016

The number of visitors from the Philippines in Taiwan reached over 170,000 in 2016, nearly a 24 percent annual increase that resulted from Taiwan’s streamlined visa procedures and the “New South Bound policy.” Statistics compiled by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau showed total visitors from Philippines in 2016 increased 23.89 percent to reach 172,475. Among the total, [...]

Japan

JGBs edge up on Treasuries, longer-end dip after BOJ

Japanese government bonds edged up on Friday, taking their cues from rising prices for US bonds while super-long debt dipped slightly after the results of the Bank of Japan’s buying underscored lingering selling demand. The price of 10-year JGB futures rose 0.09 point to 149.94, though activity was subdued with trading volume hitting just over [...]

Japan finmin Aso: To start econ dialogue with US as early as in April

Finance minister Taro Aso said Japan and the United States will kick off a bilateral economic dialogue as early as in April, focusing on issues such as economic policies, infrastructure, energy and trade. Prime minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump last week agreed to establish a bilateral economic dialogue, to be led by Aso, [...]

Toshiba shares drop after S&P warns of downgrade risk

Shares in Japan’s Toshiba sank 10 percent on Friday, after credit rating firm S&P Global said it could slash the conglomerate’s rating several notches if financial support from lenders includes any form of debt restructuring. The rating firm said in a note that such a move would be seen as “selective default”. Toshiba, rated CCC+ [...]

Korea

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, Korea after N Korea missile launch

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea if needed. “The United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, including the commitment [...]

Kim assassination: M’sian police visit N. Korean embassy

Two Malaysian police officers today paid a brief visit to the North Korean embassy here, presumably to meet ambassador Kang Chol to discuss the case of Kim Jong-nam, who was killed at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) on Monday. They entered the compound of the embassy at around 12.50pm and left about 15 minutes [...]

Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

Prosecutors on Friday arrested the de facto head of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, Samsung, on bribery and other charges related to a political corruption scandal that triggered the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. In a fresh blow to the electronics giant’s corporate image, a district court cited new evidence in approving the arrest warrant against [...]

Hong Kong

Rivals Singapore and HK Fight to Snag the Hottest IPOs

Hong Kong and Singapore are at it again. The Asian financial hub rivals are reviving a debate on dual-class shares as global competition for the hottest initial public offerings intensifies. Singapore is a few steps ahead. prime minister Lee Hsien Loong last week gave his approval to dual-class shares and other measures proposed by a [...]

John Tsang: CE needs public support to carry out policies

Chief executive contender John Tsang said it would be difficult for Hong Kong’s leader to carry out policies and achieve good governance if there is no sufficient support from the public. In an exclusive interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Tsang said a candidate may win the race by gaining more votes from members [...]

HK’s Bank of East Asia reports 2016 profit at 7-year low

Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) on Friday reported a 33 percent fall in annual profit to its lowest in seven years, meeting analyst estimates, due to slowing loan demand in its main markets of Hong Kong and China as well as a rise in bad loans. Profit fell to HK$3.72 billion ($479.38 million) in [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan courts to review same-sex marriage

Marriage equality advocates in Taiwan are hopeful a decision to hold a constitutional review on same-sex marriage will be a positive step forward. The Council of Grand Justices form the Judicial Yuan (Constitutional Court) which is one of the five branches of government in Taiwan. On Friday it applied for a constitutional interpretation of the [...]

America’s affirmation of the one-China policy pleased Taiwan, too

THE idea that China and Taiwan might be separate countries, rather than estranged parts of “one China”, is anathema in Beijing. So on February 9th, when Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that America would respect the one-China policy after all (having previously questioned this polite fiction), Chinese officials were profoundly relieved. So, [...]

Taiwan achieves best ever ranking in economic freedom index

Taiwan was listed 11th in the 2017 global rankings for economic freedom, jumping three places to gain its highest ranking ever, according to the Heritage Foundation, which released the index Wednesday. Taiwan was ranked ahead of both the United Kingdom (12th) and the United States (17th), the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom showed. Taiwan [...]

Vietnam

Vietnam Shrugs Off the Loss of TPP

Because of its export-driven economy, Vietnam probably would have benefited from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty more than any other nation. Now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from the deal, Vietnam is turning to its Asian neighbours. The end of the treaty “will push us to expand in other markets,” says Nguyen [...]

Industrial production in HCM City falls 13pct in January

Monthly decline put down to rising production during December in preparation for Tet holiday. HCM City’s Industrial Development Index fell 13.06 per cent in January compared to December, according to the city’s industry development report for the first month of the year. Its Industrial Development Index was up 3.82 per cent against January 2016, however, [...]

EU-VN trade treaty new focus after end of TPP

Vietnam’s hopes for a FTA-driven economic rise within Asean must now rely on the only free trade agreement seen as realistically achievable, the EU-Vietnam FTA, experts said at a conference held on February 16 in HCM City. Global uncertainty and challenges have intensified since the beginning of the year, especially after US President Donald Trump [...]