• White House: Trump may visit Malaysia in November

    White House: Trump may visit Malaysia in November

    US President Donald Trump could travel to Malaysia in November after the 33rd Asean Summit held in Singapore, an official from the White House has indicated. Following the change of government here, US National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Matthew Pottinger said Trump has expressed hopes to strengthen the comprehensive partnership between both […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180: police

    Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180: police

    Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, police said Wednesday, almost tripling initial estimatesbut the search-and-rescue agency cautioned it was still unclear how many people were aboard the vessel when it capsized. The wooden boat, which sank Monday on Sumatra’s Lake Toba, a popular […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

    Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

    Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February. The junta seized power from an elected government in May 2014 and has repeatedly pushed back promised dates for holding new […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec

    China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec

    A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday. Symantec said the effort appeared to be driven by national espionage goals, such as the interception of military and civilian communications. […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • China’s pledges more military aid as Cambodia prepares for controversial election

    China’s pledges more military aid as Cambodia prepares for controversial election

    China has vowed to grant more than $100 million in military aid to Cambodia as it promised to boost ties with the Southeast Asian nation ahead of its election next month. The pledges came during Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Cambodia, where the two sides also agreed to increase military cooperation, including future […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • China’s Xi praises N Korea’s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

    China’s Xi praises N Korea’s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

    Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the “positive” outcome of his historic summit with US President Donald Trump and promising unwavering friendship. Meeting Kim on his third trip to China this year, and just a week after Kim met Trump in Singapore on […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea, China discuss ‘true peace’, denuclearisation KCNA

    N Korea, China discuss ‘true peace’, denuclearisation KCNA

    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues that were discussed at a summit between the two leaders, including denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Wednesday. Kim and Xi assessed the historic meeting Kim had with US President Donald Trump in Singapore […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea expected to begin transferring remains of US troops soon officials

    N Korea expected to begin transferring remains of US troops soon officials

    North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two US officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea would hand over the remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea’s Kim hails ‘unity’ with China in new visit

    N Korea’s Kim hails ‘unity’ with China in new visit

    Kim Jong Un declared North Korea’s unstinting “friendship, unity and cooperation” with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump. The two-day visit which ends Wednesday is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea’s Xi thanks China for support with Trump summit

    N Korea’s Xi thanks China for support with Trump summit

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week’s groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump, the North’s official media reported Wednesday. Kim is in Beijing on his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbours. A report by the […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM
  • Philippines, China, Vietnam should draft rules on common fishing in Scarborough – Carpio

    Philippines, China, Vietnam should draft rules on common fishing in Scarborough – Carpio

    The Philippines, Vietnam and China should set rules on common fishing in Scarborough Shoal, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Wednesday. “You cannot just overfish there because you have to have sustainable fishing. We must have rules and we should go to the tribunal, ask that China and Vietnam sit down with us to draft […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:54 AM
  • US security adviser: Trump looking forward to building better ties with Malaysia

    US security adviser: Trump looking forward to building better ties with Malaysia

    United States President Donald Trump is looking forward to building deepening American partnerships with Malaysia under prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. White House National Security Council senior Asian affairs director Matthew Pottinger said Trump, through a letter sent to the Malaysian government, congratulated Dr Mahathir on the recent electoral victory. “I had the pleasure […]

    21-Jun-2018 Intellasia | | 6:02 AM

Society

Thousands hold peaceful protests in Vietnam against foreign investment plans

Thousands of people in central Vietnam demonstrated peacefully on Sunday against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign investors, witnesses told Reuters, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed with police. Protesters fear the leases may be snapped up by investors from powerful neighbour China, with which Vietnam has a […]

American Will Nguyen held in Vietnam after protests

An American is being held for “disrupting public order” in Vietnam after joining recent economic protests. Will Nguyen, 32, was detained on Sunday in HCM City during demonstrations against new economic zones in the country. Protesters believe the law is a means to grant Chinese companies lengthy leases on Vietnamese land. Foreign ministry spokesperson Le […]

Anti-China protests in Vietnam set to aggravate tensions with Beijing

Around 100 arrested during demonstrations over draft law for special economic zones that workers fear will be dominated by Chinese interests Vietnam’s worst flare-up of anti-Chinese sentiment in years could strain already troubled relations with the country’s powerful neighbour, as the government tries to keep a lid on nationwide protests. About 100 people have been […]

Health

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on […]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection […]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 […]

FinanceAsia

Heron Awards Concentrate Logistics Contract

Heron Awards Concentrate Logistics Contract

Highlights: * Award of Goulburn-based road and rail services contract to Crawfords Freightlines Pty Ltd * Provides a cost-effective, safe and efficient logistics solution between the Woodlawn Mine and export ports * Brings community and employment benefits through use of Goulburn intermodal facility * Use of rail reduces up to 6,000 annual road movements between […]

Asian stocks take a breather from trade tensions; markets up

Asian markets were mostly higher on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the US and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.2 percent to 22,540.07 and South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.4 percent to 2,373.50. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rebounded […]

Asian markets mostly up but trade war fears keep dealers on edge

Asian equities rose Wednesday on bargain-buying after the previous day’s battering, but investors remain anxious as the threat of a China-US trade war hangs over markets. Shanghai and Hong Kong bore the brunt of the sell-off Tuesday after Beijing warned it would retaliate in kind to Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs on hundreds of billions […]

Regional

Cambodian opposition figure faces royal insult charge

Cambodia’s former opposition leader faces royal insult charges punishable by a jail term, according to a court summons, the first prominent figure to be accused under the new law. The adoption of the law in February triggered alarm from rights groups who warned it would become another tool for prime minister Hun Sen to stifle […]

East Timor to swear in former independence fighter as prime minister

Former East Timor president and independence fighter Jose Maria de Vasconcelos will be sworn in as prime minister on Friday, ending months of political deadlock in the tiny Southeast Asian nation. “I have issued a decree on the nomination of Taur Matan Ruak as prime minister,” President Francisco Guteres told a news conference on Wednesday, […]

CorrectedIn Vietnam, distrust of government’s China policy fuels protests

Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilise dissent when an issue has one key ingredient: China. The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for […]

China

European firms say China business ‘more difficult’

The study comes as President Xi Jinping looks to portray the world’s number two as being at the forefront of the globalisation while trade tensions with the United States rise. “The root of the tension we see today starts with a China that has not opened up and reformed as quickly as it promised in […]

N Korea’s Xi thanks China for support with Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week’s groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump, the North’s official media reported Wednesday. Kim is in Beijing on his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbours. A report by the […]

China’s pledges more military aid as Cambodia prepares for controversial election

China’s pledges more military aid as Cambodia prepares for controversial election

China has vowed to grant more than $100 million in military aid to Cambodia as it promised to boost ties with the Southeast Asian nation ahead of its election next month. The pledges came during Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Cambodia, where the two sides also agreed to increase military cooperation, including future […]

Malaysia

1MDB: Mahathir claims he has ‘an almost perfect case’ against former PM Najib

Malaysia’s new prime minister has claimed that investigators have an “almost perfect case” against former leader Najib Razak, who will face charges of bribery, theft of government funds and embezzlement for his role in the 1MDB scandal. Mahathir Mohamad described on Wednesday how Najib’s signature was on all the 1MDB transaction documents. In an interview […]

Is PH willing to gamble away Malaysia’s economic stability, asks Umno

Umno has voiced its concern over the downward trend seen in Bursa Malaysia, which it says could affect the performance of fund investment entities if it is allowed to decline even further. Umno, in a statement via its Strategic Communications Unit, said the situation affects entities such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in issuing […]

Osaka quake: Malaysia Airlines’ passengers allowed to postpone travels

Following the strong earthquake that struck Osaka, Japan yesterday, Malaysia Airlines announced that it will allow passengers to postpone travels between Kuala Lumpur and Kansai. “Passengers travelling from 19 until 30 June 2018 will be able to postpone their travels before 15 July 2018, subject to flight availability,” the national carrier said in a statement. […]

Indonesia

Families plea for bigger search for 178 from Indonesia ferry

Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for at least 178 people missing since a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week. The wooden vessel, overcrowded with passengers as well as dozens of motorbikes, didn’t have a […]

Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 166

Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 166

Indonesian officials said that 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking early this week at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed, as distraught and angry relatives pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort. The boat, overcrowded with passengers and motorbikes, didn’t have a manifest and disaster officials have […]

Indonesia lists 180 missing on doomed ferry, launches underwater search

The death toll from an Indonesian ferry disaster could top 180, as authorities raised an estimate of the number of people missing two days after the wooden tourist boat sank in a lake formed in the crater of an ancient volcano. Divers and an underwater drone joined the search of Lake Toba on Sumatra island […]

Singapore

Time to beat Singapore, says Guan Eng

It was time Malaysia beat Singapore at its own game and gave the island nation healthy economic competition, Finance minister Lim Guan Eng said today. Speaking to entrepreneurs at the launch of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre’s (MaGIC) second cohort Global Accelerator Programme today, Lim noted that Malaysians and the government needed a […]

Singapore was the top cyber attack target during Trump-Kim talks, says report

Singapore was the top cyber attack target around the world during the Trump-Kim summit, with the country experiencing close to 40,000 attacks during the June 12 meeting, according to data collected by American technology company F5 Networks and its data partner Loryka. Data analysis by F5 Networks’ Threat Research Intelligence team, which monitors global attacks, […]

Is Singapore really going completely cashless?

In a move towards a cashless nation, two more banks, OCBC Bank and UOB have joined the Nets to allow payment through a mobile wallet application. This allows users to make payment using their mobile phones instead of ATM cards. OCBC Bank and UOB join DBS and POSB to allow over 11 million Nets cardholders […]

Thailand

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February. The junta seized power from an elected government in May 2014 and has repeatedly pushed back promised dates for holding new […]

Thailand banks on tech to end slavery at sea as workers push for rights

Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation)Enslaved on a Thai fishing vessel for 11 years, Tun Lin saw his fellow workers lose their minds one after another, with one fisherman jumping into the sea to end his life. Some would start murmuring or laughing to themselves as they worked day and night in Indonesian waters on the cramped […]

Thailand will wait for Malaysia’s decision on Southern Thailand peace talks

Thailand will have to wait for a decision by the new Malaysian government regarding the future of the southern Thailand peace process following the defeat of the Barisan Nasional government in last month’s 14th general Election. “We have to wait for the confirmation whether the facilitator (of the peace talks) will be the same or […]

Philippines

Philippines, China, Vietnam should draft rules on common fishing in Scarborough – Carpio

Philippines, China, Vietnam should draft rules on common fishing in Scarborough – Carpio

The Philippines, Vietnam and China should set rules on common fishing in Scarborough Shoal, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Wednesday. “You cannot just overfish there because you have to have sustainable fishing. We must have rules and we should go to the tribunal, ask that China and Vietnam sit down with us to draft […]

Philippines’ ousted Supreme Court chief lambastes Duterte

The ousted Philippine Supreme Court chief justice launched a blistering attack on President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, calling him a “self-styled savior who is willing to kill”, after she lost an appeal against her removal from office. Maria Lourdes Sereno, the first woman chief justice of the Philippines who Duterte denounced as an “enemy” for […]

Philippines to import rice through 2020 despite rising output minister

The Philippines’ paddy rice output is expected to rise to meet 95-96 per cent of the country’s annual requirement by 2020, from 93 percent last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Tuesday. The latest forecast misses Pinol’s own target for the Philippines to be self-suffient in rice production by 2020, but is in line […]

Japan

Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos

At a casino school in Tokyo, croupier-in-training Takuto Saito settles behind a green table and reaches for the roulette wheel, addressing a group of imaginary punters: “Spin up. Place your bets.” The 24-year-old has never set foot in a casino, but he is gambling that new laws opening up the lucrative sector will soon create […]

Japan calls for UN talk on funding N Korean denuclearisation

Japan PM Shinzo Abe seeks to firm up commitments and details about paying to neutralise Pyongyang’s nuclear programme The Japanese government is arranging a meeting, to be held during the United Nations general Assembly gathering in September in New York, to discuss how to share the financing of North Korea’s complete denuclearisation, government sources said […]

Silicon Valley-style coding boot camp seeks to reset Japan Inc

Barely six months after inaugurating a tiny software-coding boot camp in a basement in Tokyo, Silicon Valley transplant Kani Munidasa stood before some of Japan’s top business leaders in February with a warning: software was threatening their future.A Sri Lankan native with a Japanese mother and wife, Munidasa was speaking at the invitation of Nobuyuki […]

Korea

N Korea’s Kim visits Beijing as Korea and the US halt military drills

* Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday. * The North Korean leader will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with US President Donald Trump last week. * North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit […]

N Korea, China discuss ‘a new future’, denuclearisation KCNA

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues that were discussed at a summit between the two leaders, including denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Wednesday. Kim and Xi assessed the historic meeting Kim had with US President Donald Trump in Singapore […]

US forces preparing for N Korea to hand over war dead

US military in South Korea expect to receive remains of unknown number of missing US or allied service members US forces in South Korea are preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of US or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean war, US officials […]

Hong Kong

Climate change leading to spike in allergies among city dwellers and Hongkongers won’t be spared

Climate change is not just hurting the environment as it worsens, there has been a rise of between 300 and 500 per cent of city dwellers suffering from allergic diseases, according to local paediatricians. Writing in the June issue of the Hong Kong Medical Journal, the doctors said the rapid increase could not be explained […]

Woman and husband found guilty in HK neglect trial over treatment of her daughter, 7

A woman accused of depriving her seven-year-old daughter of medical treatment and starving the girl until she became “corpse-like” was found guilty of neglect on Wednesday, while her husband was held culpable for covering up the crime. After five hours of deliberation, a panel of seven jurors at the High Court decided that Mandy Wong […]

ZTE’s HK shares rise after clarification of US bill impact

Shares of China’s ZTE Corp rose as much as 18 percent in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the impact of a US Senate bill that threatens to restore penalties on the company became clearer. In clarification announcements during the noon trading break, ZTE said a National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) passed by the US Senate […]

Taiwan

Taiwan’s China Airlines to launch Kaohsiung-Jakarta flights via HK

China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s leading carriers, said Tuesday it will launch a new route on July 1 from Kaohsiung to Jakarta via Hong Kong to continue exploring the Southeast Asia travel market. Its Boeing B737-800 passenger aircraft will be used on the route, departing from Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan at 2:10 […]

Taiwan Central Bank Expected to Hold Rates as Trade War Escalates

Taiwan’s central bank will keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged Thursday as a brewing trade war adds to risks facing the export-oriented economy, according to a Bloomberg survey. A majority of 33 economists said Taiwan will hold the discount rate for banks at an eight-year low of 1.375 percent, while only three predicted an increase […]

The US government has opened a huge new facility in Taiwan, and China isn’t happy

While the world’s eyes were glued to events in Singapore last week, the United States was holding another important and controversial diplomatic ceremony in Taiwan. On June 11, the United States formally opened a new $255 million building housing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto US Embassy in the country. Moving the […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 21 Jun 2018

* Everpia Company (EVE) will issue US$10.1 million worth of international unsecured convertible bonds in a private placement in South Korea. The five-year debt will carry a fixed coupon rate of 1 % per year for the semiannual payments. The bonds will be converted at the price ofVND 18,245 per share after a year from […]

Sales of domestically-assembled cars overwhelm imported vehicles

A total of 23,065 automobiles were sold in the domestic market in May, up 9 per cent against the previous month, the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) said. Sales of passenger cars increased 13 per cent, with 15,397 units sold. Meanwhile, 6,890 commercial and 778 special-purpose vehicles were sold in May, representing a decrease of […]

Tighter rules for banks

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has decided to push ahead with restructuring the banking system, applying stricter measures to effectively prevent cross-ownership at commercial banks. The SBV recently announced it is drafting a circular in a move to discourage cross-ownership among banks and encourage transparency in the capital contribution sources of shareholders. Under the […]