• North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile, US and South Korea say

    North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile, US and South Korea say

    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Monday morning that landed in the ocean, the US military said. South Korea and Japan immediately protested the missile launch, the most recent test-firing by North Korea as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach US military bases. The missile was fired at 5:39 a.m. local [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | CNN | 9:58 AM
  • Trump: N Korea ‘will be solved’

    Trump: N Korea ‘will be solved’

    US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea “will be solved”, as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation. Trump’s tough talk came in a meeting with prime minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which along with South Korea is most immediately threatened by North [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • China arrests Taiwanese activist for ‘subversion’

    China arrests Taiwanese activist for ‘subversion’

    China has arrested a visiting Taiwanese rights activist on suspicion of subverting state power, according to reports. Lee Ming-che, a 42-year-old INGO worker, had been unreachable since March 19 after he entered the southeastern Chinese city of Zhuhai from Macau, according to Taiwan’s government. On Friday China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported that he [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | Thestar | 6:00 AM
  • HK independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos

    HK independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos

    Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers last year pleaded not guilty Friday to charges over chaos at the city’s parliament. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested last month and charged with unlawful assembly and attempted forcible entry into the legislative chamber. They belong to a new movement [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea

    Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea

    The Pentagon on Friday said it was concerned by an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter between two Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea. The Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P-3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. “The aircrew deemed the intercept [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • THAAD Deployment Will Weaken Kim Jong Un’s Leverage

    THAAD Deployment Will Weaken Kim Jong Un’s Leverage

    Amid growing tensions in the Korean peninsula over North Korea’s continued missile tests, the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea is seen as a critical part of efforts to lessen North Korea’s leverage from asymmetric weapons, a top American military commander in Seoul said Thursday. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who leads [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | IBT | 6:00 AM
  • US, Japan agree to enhance N Korea sanctions – White House

    US, Japan agree to enhance N Korea sanctions – White House

    US President Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday to expand sanctions against North Korea over its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House said. Pyongyang has carried out repeated missile tests in the past year, prompting an array of countries to demand tougher economic sanctions to [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Foreigners have been aiding terrorists in Philippines for ‘a long time’, says army spokesman

    Foreigners have been aiding terrorists in Philippines for ‘a long time’, says army spokesman

    The Philippines authorities said outsiders have been aiding terrorists in the country for a long time, including by sharing ‘bomb-making skills’. Philippines Armed Forces (AFP) spokesman Brigadier general Restituto Padilla said this following the revelation that six foreigners, including Malaysians, were among the 31 militants killed during the battles with Philippine forces at Marawi City [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | NST | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

    Philippines’ Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law. Duterte, who often peppers his language with man-on-the-street curses, made the comments in jest during a speech at a military base to lift the spirits of [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

    Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to Islamist militants on Friday to abandon hostilities and start dialogue in an effort to end their bloody occupation of a southern city that experts called a major blow to regional security. Duterte said the presence of foreign fighters in street battles that have raged since Tuesday in Marawi City [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesia makes arrests over suicide attack claimed by IS

    Indonesia makes arrests over suicide attack claimed by IS

    Indonesian authorities have arrested three men in connection with a twin suicide bombing at a Jakarta bus terminal that killed three police officers, an official said Friday, as the Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack. The elite anti-terror squad working with regular police Thursday detained the suspects around Bandung in the west of Java [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:00 AM
  • Vietnam is in a pivotal position as it balances the US and China

    Vietnam is in a pivotal position as it balances the US and China

    All are signs of a US commitment which Vietnam had feared was waning under President Donald Trump just as the Southeast Asian country has emerged as the most forceful opponent of China’s claim to one of the world’s most important seaways. But uncertain over how enduring US support will be and wary of relying on [...]

    29-May-2017 Intellasia | Businessinsider | 6:00 AM

Society

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn’t over in a region where gay sex remains illegal in some countries. Challenges to an Asia-wide embrace of same-sex unions were highlighted by this week’s caning of two Indonesian men as punishment for gay sex and [...]

Rain and Kim Tae-hee are expecting their first child

South Korean celebrity couple Kim Tae-hee and Rain are expecting their first child, according to media reports. Kim Tae-hee’s agency, Lua Entertainment, reportedly released a statement on Tuesday (23 May) saying that the 37-year-old actress is 15 weeks pregnant and will be focusing on her health for the time being. The statement added that the [...]

Baby bump: China eatery in Japan soars on pregnant panda hopes

Swelling hopes for a baby panda in Tokyo have bumped up the stock price of a Chinese restaurant chain in the area, with locals setting their sights on a flurry of tourists. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with [...]

Health

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infection

China will shut poultry markets in certain districts of two cities after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected, state media reported on Sunday, the latest incidents in this year’s more severe outbreak of the virus. A 44-year-old man who sold poultry at a farmers market in southwestern Sichuan province’s Zigong city was diagnosed with H7N9, [...]

China reports 23 more H7N9 cases, 7 fatal

Reports of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China continued at a steady pace last week, with 23 more cases reported. Many of the new cases are in the north, which has reported a late-season surge, according to an update today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP). China is in its fifth and [...]

China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April – health authority

China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said on Friday, compared with 47 deaths in March. It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission. [...]

FinanceAsia

Asian energy firms sink as OPEC output deal disappoints

Energy firms took a hit on Friday after crude prices plunged almost five percent the previous day as traders were left disappointed by OPEC’s latest output cuts. Keenly awaited talks between the bloc and Russia ended Thursday with news that a deal to reduce output for six months until the end of June would be [...]

Technavio Reveals Cost Saving Opportunities for the Media Monitoring Market

Technavio Reveals Cost Saving Opportunities for the Media Monitoring Market

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CategorySpendIntelligence–According to the latest procurement intelligence report from Technavio, the global media monitoring market is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% over the next five years due to the growth in a number of interactive media platforms. The research report titled ‘Global Media Monitoring Market: Procurement Market Intelligence Report 2017-2021’ provides [...]

Cost Saving Opportunities for the Global Deep Sea Freight Market: Technavio

Cost Saving Opportunities for the Global Deep Sea Freight Market: Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CategorySpendIntelligence–According to the latest procurement intelligence report from Technavio, the global deep sea freight market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.24% over the next five years due to the rearrangement of global shipping routes. The research report titled ‘Global Deep Sea Freight Market: Procurement Market Intelligence Report 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth [...]

Regional

Vietnam is in a pivotal position as it balances the US and China

Vietnam is in a pivotal position as it balances the US and China

All are signs of a US commitment which Vietnam had feared was waning under President Donald Trump just as the Southeast Asian country has emerged as the most forceful opponent of China’s claim to one of the world’s most important seaways. But uncertain over how enduring US support will be and wary of relying on [...]

Google will work with Vietnam to remove ‘toxic’ content

In line with recent agreements to prune their internet content in certain countries, Google’s parent company Alphabet will now work with Vietnam’s government to remove “toxic” information from its sites. The announcement came today following a meeting between Alphabet chair Eric Schmidt and Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Earlier this year, Vietnam urged domestic [...]

US delivers ship to Vietnam coast guard

The US Coast Guard transferred a high-endurance cutter to its Vietnamese counterpart in Honolulu, the US Embassy in Hanoi said on Friday, in the latest effort to deepen ties with its former foe. The move follows an increase in exchanges between the two countries, ahead of a visit to the United States next week by [...]

China

Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea

Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea

The Pentagon on Friday said it was concerned by an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter between two Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea. The Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P-3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. “The aircrew deemed the intercept [...]

China’s Dahua Tech plans up to $1b HK share sale: sources

China’s Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co Ltd , a maker of security products, is planning to raise as much as $1 billion through a share offering in Hong Kong, three people with direct knowledge of the move told Reuters. The company, whose main products include access control, advanced video surveillance systems and remote image monitoring products, [...]

China’s reforms not enough to arrest mounting debt – Moody’s

China’s structural reforms will slow the pace of its debt build-up but will not be enough to arrest it, and another credit rating cut for the country is possible down the road unless it gets its ballooning credit in check, officials at Moody’s said. The comments came two days after Moody’s downgraded China’s sovereign ratings [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia to make history by being first SEA nation to host ‘Going Global’

Malaysia is set to make history by being the first Southeast Asian nation to host the ‘Going Global’ international education conference. Going Global 2018, organised by British Council, which will draw government agencies, ministers, policy makers, institutions and senior education leaders from across the world, will be held on May 2 to 4 next year [...]

Malaysia Airlines sees strong bookings after tough Q1

Malaysia Airlines continued to see strong bookings after a tough Q1 FY17 with a 45 percent improvement in forward bookings for the next six months from June to November 2017 compared with a year ago. Announcing the results of its performance, the national carrier said on Friday it was maintaining its cautious outlook for the [...]

China’s Geely Buys Stakes In Malaysia’s Proton, Lotus

The Chinese owner of Sweden’s Volvo Cars agreed Wednesday to buy 49.9 percent of Malaysian automaker Proton, gaining a platform to expand into Southeast Asia. The deal gives Geely a distribution network in Southeast Asia, where non-Japanese brands have struggled. Proton gets a financially strong partner and possibly more advanced technology. Proton Holdings Bhd. was [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia makes arrests over suicide attack claimed by IS

Indonesia makes arrests over suicide attack claimed by IS

Indonesian authorities have arrested three men in connection with a twin suicide bombing at a Jakarta bus terminal that killed three police officers, an official said Friday, as the Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack. The elite anti-terror squad working with regular police Thursday detained the suspects around Bandung in the west of Java [...]

Indonesia military identifies three graft suspects over helicopter deal

Indonesia’s military and anti-corruption agency have identified three suspects in a corruption investigation into the controversial purchase of an AgustaWestland helicopter, the military chief said on Friday. General Gatot Nurmantyo said the investigation, in which the police, state auditors and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) participated, found the deal did not follow proper procedures, causing [...]

Is this a time of living dangerously for netisens in Indonesia?

WEDNESDAY morning. It was just like any other ordinary working day… until I flipped open my laptop and got online. “Someone” showed me an old photograph from when I was still doing my graduate study about media and journalism. It was a picture of me during a presentation about the case of Alexander Aan, the [...]

Singapore

Singapore Athletics VP charged with five counts of outrage of modesty

A Singapore track and field coach has been charged with five counts of outrage of modesty. Loh Chan Pew, 72, was charged in court on Thursday (25 May), reported the Straits Times. Loh is the vice-president (competitions organising) of Singapore Athletics (SA). He allegedly used criminal force to molest two female victims, then aged 16 [...]

Singapore Airlines warns of free air ticket scam

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has warned of a scam where members of the public receive calls or emails from people claiming to be employees of the airline to solicit their personal data. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, SIA said, “It has come to our attention that there are contests, emails and calls that [...]

Pedra Branca case: Singapore files written observations with ICJ

Singapore has filed its written observations on the admissibility of Malaysia’s application to revise the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 judgement on the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (25 May). “Singapore’s written observations are a comprehensive rebuttal to Malaysia’s application. Singapore [...]

Thailand

Peace eludes Thailand’s mainly Muslim south

Thailand’s government is under pressure to resolve a festering ethnic conflict in the country’s deep south. The country’s southernmost provinces have a population of 80 percent Malay-speaking Muslims. The land used to be a Muslim sultanate but was annexed by Bangkok more than a century ago. There has always been a campaign for independence from [...]

Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US

Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the US and forced to be “modern day sex slaves”, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday that charges high-level members of what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that concealed millions of dollars in earnings. The indictment brings the total number of people charged to 38, making [...]

21 Indicted in Thailand-to-US Sex-Trafficking Ring with Tie to Minnesota

Twenty-one people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a sophisticated, international sex-trafficking ring that brought hundreds of women from Thailand to America and forced them to work as prostitutes. Authorities in Minnesota were part of an Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team dedicated to tracking and stopping sex trafficking operations. That team assisted in the investigation [...]

Philippines

Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to Islamist militants on Friday to abandon hostilities and start dialogue in an effort to end their bloody occupation of a southern city that experts called a major blow to regional security. Duterte said the presence of foreign fighters in street battles that have raged since Tuesday in Marawi City [...]

Ukraine Offers Military Equipment to the Philippines

A Ukrainian defense export agency said this week that it was in discussions with the Philippines to expand defense cooperation. The development illustrates Kiev’s continued interest in expanding into Asean markets and the Philippines in particular given the country’s recent alignment shifts. Ukraine has not been a traditional partner for the Philippines in the military [...]

Analyst: US presence near reef a sign of support to Philippines

The move of the US Navy to sail near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands shows Washington’s support for the Philippines’ claims over the South China Sea. US officials earlier confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of China’s artificial islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has [...]

Japan

5 things to know about the Japanese royals

Japan is setting the stage for its first imperial abdication in two centuries after the government approved a bill on May 19 that will eventually allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to step down. Here are five things to know about Japan’s royals: Ancient history: The Japanese imperial family is believed to be the world’s oldest, with [...]

Japan, Korea drive global bitcoin prices as retail investor pile in

Japanese and South Korean buying helped drive the price of bitcoin to an all-time high this week, with the digital currency more than doubling its value since the start of the year, analysts and market practitioners said on Friday. Frenzied buying as the price peaked at $2,760.10 on Thursday caused website outages on Coinbase, the [...]

Sharp forecasts first profit in four years, confirms Toshiba chip bid

Japan’s Sharp Corp on Friday forecast its first net profit in four years following cost-cutting under new Taiwanese owner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (Foxconn), and said it would resume making active investments. With Foxconn turning around the struggling liquid crystal display (LCD) maker since last year’s $3.8 billion acquisition, Sharp is now looking [...]

Korea

North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile, US and South Korea say

North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile, US and South Korea say

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Monday morning that landed in the ocean, the US military said. South Korea and Japan immediately protested the missile launch, the most recent test-firing by North Korea as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach US military bases. The missile was fired at 5:39 a.m. local [...]

Pyongyang gas price surge: Bad news for Kim Jong Un?

While world attention has focused on Kim Jong Un’s recent missile tests, a monthlong surge in gasoline prices in Pyongyang is showing no signs of letting up – a puzzling problem that if allowed to drag on could be very bad news for the North Korean economy. Prices have shot up to about $2.30 per [...]

THAAD Deployment Will Weaken Kim Jong Un’s Leverage

THAAD Deployment Will Weaken Kim Jong Un’s Leverage

Amid growing tensions in the Korean peninsula over North Korea’s continued missile tests, the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea is seen as a critical part of efforts to lessen North Korea’s leverage from asymmetric weapons, a top American military commander in Seoul said Thursday. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who leads [...]

Hong Kong

HK-China consortium buys New Territories land plot for $1.07 billion

A Hong Kong-China consortium of property developers on Friday won an auction for a plot of land in Hong Kong’s New Territories with a bid of HK$8.33 billion ($1.07 billion), beating market expectations. State-owned China Overseas Land & Investment Limited, and Hong Kong’s Sino Land Company Limited and K. Wah International Holdings Limited beat seven [...]

HK independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos

HK independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers last year pleaded not guilty Friday to charges over chaos at the city’s parliament. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested last month and charged with unlawful assembly and attempted forcible entry into the legislative chamber. They belong to a new movement [...]

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower review – a HK schoolboy takes the fight to China

The Joshua of the title is Joshua Wong, an unassuming Hong Kong schoolboy who decided to pick a fight with the next global superpower, and won, at least initially. In 2011 14-year-old Wong and his Scholarism movement managed to defeat an effort to make China’s communist National Education curriculum mandatory in Hong Kong schools through [...]

Taiwan

China arrests Taiwanese activist for ‘subversion’

China arrests Taiwanese activist for ‘subversion’

China has arrested a visiting Taiwanese rights activist on suspicion of subverting state power, according to reports. Lee Ming-che, a 42-year-old INGO worker, had been unreachable since March 19 after he entered the southeastern Chinese city of Zhuhai from Macau, according to Taiwan’s government. On Friday China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported that he [...]

Taiwan Tells China Don’t Use ‘Black Box’ Hearing Against Detained Activist

China must not conduct a “black box” hearing against a Taiwan activist arrested on suspicion of subversion, but openly judge his case and disclose all the evidence, Taiwan’s ruling party said on Saturday. Activist Li Ming-che, a community college worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in China on March 19, straining already poor [...]

Taiwan suspect arrested on mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson said Friday that Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che is under arrest on suspicions of “subverting the state power.” According to the country’s security authorities, Lee has been arrested in accordance with the law by the Hunan provincial security organ, said An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. [...]

Vietnam

VN firms eye untapped foreign markets

The Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency held a workshop in the capital on Thursday on trade promotion to the Middle East and Africa, which followed a conference on South American trade promotion on Wednesday. Khai Hoan, deputy director of the Africa, Western and South Asia Markets Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, told Thursday’s [...]

VN Index advances on energy stocks

The benchmark VN Index added 0.33 per cent to close Thursday’s morning trade at 745.21 points after blue chips continued to grow. Eighteen of the top 30 largest shares by market value and liquidity on the HCM Stock Exchange advanced while 11 slumped. Energy stocks were the market driver as the largest companies in this [...]

Two new FDI projects licensed in HCM City

Both projects located at industrial zones, which the local government hopes to support. The Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee granted investment licenses to two foreign direct investment (FDI) project on May 24: the Cau Tre Export Goods Processing Joint Stock Company and the Vietnam Paiho Limited Company. The Cau Tre Export Goods Processing JSC is [...]