• One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders

    One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders

    Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement turned themselves in to police on Monday, one day after the territory selected a conservative, pro-Beijing politician as its next leader. The arrests of the nine, who led months of protests in 2014, sent shock waves through the city, which has generally tolerated a level of dissent [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | LA Times | 7:36 AM
  • North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

    North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

    Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday. The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology. One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | CNN | 7:33 AM
  • HK leader-elect pledges smooth transfer of power amid divisions

    HK leader-elect pledges smooth transfer of power amid divisions

    Hong Kong’s chief executive-elect Carrie Lam met with the city’s incumbent and unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying on Monday, calling for a “smooth and effective” transition of power amidst heightened tensions. Lam was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing had meddled in the election to ensure her victory and [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • HK’s divisive new leader faces tough task

    HK’s divisive new leader faces tough task

    Hong Kong’s new leader Carrie Lam, seen as tough and capable by supporters but hated by the pro-democracy camp, faces a difficult task in calming political tensions in the divided city. Voted in as chief executive Sunday by a committee weighted towards Beijing, critics say she will only further polarise a society riven by protests [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted president Park

    Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted president Park

    South Korean prosecutors said on Monday they will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-hye, which would see her held in a cell for up to 20 days while being investigated on charges of taking bribes from big businesses. Park, 65, became South Korea’s first democratically elected president to be removed from office [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | The Telegraph | 6:00 AM
  • Former US envoy: No good military options against N Korea

    Former US envoy: No good military options against N Korea

    A former US ambassador to South Korea says Washington has “no good military options” to push back against North Korea other than stronger bilateral cooperation with China. “We say ‘everything is on the table’ is because basically none of the options are particularly good options,” Christopher Hill said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | The Hill | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea’s Missile Failure Won’t Stop Kim Jong Un Trying to Strike US

    N Korea’s Missile Failure Won’t Stop Kim Jong Un Trying to Strike US

    North Korea’s latest attempt to test-fire a missile was a failure, with the rocket exploding seconds after launch, according to American officials monitoring the nation. But experts have warned against reading too much into the misfire. Scant information has been released about Wednesday’s incident and it was not the first time North Korean missiles have [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | NBC News | 6:00 AM
  • US secretly sending strategic weapons to Korea: Report

    US secretly sending strategic weapons to Korea: Report

    Officials said the Trump administration has been increasing its military aid to the country. The US has been sending strategic weapons to South Korea in secret as the United States ramps up pressure against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, reaching dangerous levels over increasingly confrontational policies and rhetoric from Washington. “Surprise dispatch of strategic [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | Telesurtv | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan Might Finally Talk With Its Old Enemy China By Year’s End

    Taiwan Might Finally Talk With Its Old Enemy China By Year’s End

    China hasn’t solved its sovereignty dispute with Taiwan after more than 70 years and that’s a problem for Beijing. That won’t change any time soon, but the two sides may finally talk again. The Chinese leadership claims Taiwan, an island just off its southeast coast and the world’s 22nd strongest economy, but most Taiwanese prefer [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | Forbes | 6:00 AM
  • China’s favourite Lam wins HK leadership, vows to heal rifts

    China’s favourite Lam wins HK leadership, vows to heal rifts

    Hong Kong’s new leader Carrie Lam pledged Sunday to mend political rifts after winning a vote dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms. Hong Kong has been semi-autonomous since it was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain in 1997. But 20 years on, there [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea could nuke AUSTRALIA as Kim’s missiles hit full power

    N Korea could nuke AUSTRALIA as Kim’s missiles hit full power

    AUSTRALIA has been put on high alert that it will soon be in full-range of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Kim Jong-un has sparked worldwide terror by firing missiles at will and pledging to build a nuclear arsenal that could bring about armageddon. The US has been put in North Korea’s sights after angering the dastardly [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | Daily Star | 6:00 AM
  • Security ready for Asean summit

    Security ready for Asean summit

    The Philippines has completed security preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on April 26 to 29 where the 10 leaders of the regional grouping are expected to attend. Director Napoleon Taas, head of the Asean Security Task Force (STF) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief information officer, said everything is in [...]

    28-Mar-2017 Intellasia | Philstar | 6:00 AM

Society

Lady Gaga’s Japanese designers make Tokyo debut

They’ve dressed Lady Gaga and now they want to dress more fashionistas in Asia: the husband-and-wife team behind Japan’s award-winning ROGGYKEI label made their Tokyo Fashion Week debut on Saturday. Their edgy installation made much of the circle symbol of their brand, presenting circular skirts, capes and coats cut in the round, frayed hems and [...]

Indonesian Muslim fashion wants the world’s attention

Loose-fitting “modest wear” combines with monotone sporty minimalism in the unconvential motifs of Rani Hatta’s Muslim-influenced collection. Eschewing the hijab, her female models cover their hair with a baseball-like cap worn over a tight hood and stylish big turtle-neck collar. The up-and-coming Indonesian designer is working to prove that fashionable Islamic style can remain faithful [...]

250 couples race in Thailand’s Running of the Brides

Some 250 couples in wedding dresses and suits raced through a Bangkok park on Saturday in the annual “Running of the Brides” to compete for $28,000 in wedding prizes. Sirada Thamwanna, 29, said she was exhausted after winning the four kilometre foot race with her soon-to-be groom Sittichai Prasongsin, 27. “Just now, I told the [...]

Health

Rise in new tuberculosis cases in Singapore last year

Tuberculosis (TB) remains endemic in Singapore, with the number of new cases of active TB among Singapore residents rising in 2016. In a press statement released on World TB day on Friday (March 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that there were 1,617 new cases of active TB in 2016 – slightly higher than [...]

South China Region Records 20 Cases of Bird Flu in 2017

Twenty cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus have been registered in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region since the beginning of 2017, including seven with lethal outcomes, local media reported Friday, citing health authorities. According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission’s data, six cases of H7N9 avian influenza virus infection, including three [...]

Japan culls 280,000 more birds for avian flu

Japan deployed hundreds of soldiers to help cull more than 280,000 chickens on Friday, officials said as they try to contain further outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu. The latest slaughter means more than 1.67 million birds will have been killed in a dozen mass culls at several farms across the country [...]

FinanceAsia

Litespeed Management Sends Letter to Hitachi Ltd. Chairman Highlighting Significant Corporate Governance Issues at Ansaldo STS S.p.A

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Litespeed Management LLC (“Litespeed”), an event-driven investment firm, today announced that it has sent a letter to Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board and Representative Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), the majority shareholder in Ansaldo STS S.p.A (“STS”). In the letter, Litespeed, a long-term shareholder in STS, highlights significant corporate [...]

Toyota and NTT Agree to Collaborate on ICT Platform R&D for Connected Cars

Collaboration seeks to establish technologies for the creation of a Smart Mobility Society Toyota City, Japan, Mar 27, 2017 – (JCN Newswire) – Toyota Motor Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have agreed to collaborate on developing, verifying, and standardizing technology in the connected car field, combining the automotive vehicle-related technologies of Toyota with [...]

SDK to Apply for Extension of Deadline for Annual Securities Report

TOKYO, Mar 27, 2017 – (JCN Newswire) – Showa Denko (“SDK”; TSE:4004) at its board of directors’ meeting today decided to submit a written application to Kanto Local Finance Bureau, for approval to extend the deadline for submission of its annual securities report in accordance with paragraph 1, Article 15-2 of Cabinet Office Ordinance on [...]

Regional

Burma rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya

Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict. The Geneva-based body agreed Friday to “urgently” dispatch a fact-finding mission to the Southeast Asian country, focusing on claims that police and soldiers have carried [...]

Hollande seeks to boost ties with Asia in face of ‘isolationism’

French President Francois Hollande called Sunday for efforts to intensify the relationship between Europe and Asia in the face of resurgent “isolationism”. He was speaking in Singapore, the first stage of the last international tour of his five-year term which will also take him to Malaysia and Indonesia. “I appeal for us to intensify our [...]

Security ready for Asean summit

Security ready for Asean summit

The Philippines has completed security preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on April 26 to 29 where the 10 leaders of the regional grouping are expected to attend. Director Napoleon Taas, head of the Asean Security Task Force (STF) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief information officer, said everything is in [...]

China

SeaWorld to expand in China after investment deal

A Chinese real estate investment firm has announced it has become the largest shareholder in SeaWorld and intends to import the US company’s controversial theme parks into China. The Zhonghong Zhuoye group said in a statement released Friday night it will buy a 21 per cent stake in SeaWorld Entertainment, whose shows featuring killer whales [...]

China Slinging Salmon on the Internet Lures Norway Seafood Fund

China is the next market to conquer for Norwegian salmon and this seafood investor. “China is too big to ignore,” Hogne I. Tyssoy, portfolio manager of the Holberg Triton fund, said in an interview in Oslo on Tuesday. “Now when it’s opening again, Norwegian seafood has an exciting future in China.” Trade relations between China [...]

China’s HNA Buys $446 Million Stake in Old Mutual US Unit

Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. agreed to buy a 25 percent stake in Old Mutual Plc’s US asset management unit for about $446 million, adding to a $30 billion spending spree since last year. Old Mutual is selling down its holdings in OM Asset Management to HNA Group in two tranches, according to an emailed [...]

Malaysia

Decision on Jong-nam’s remains could be announced today: health ministry

The health ministry’s decision on what to do with the remains of Kim Jong-nam, who was assassinated on February 13, could be announced as early as today. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, said although discussions are ongoing with various parties, including Wisma Putra, the prime minister’s department and North Korean, a decision should [...]

Malaysia to manage basic item prices to combat inflation – Johari

The Malaysian government will continue to manage prices of basic items to mitigate inflation, Second Finance minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said. Johari said the list excluded commodity-related items, such as products linked to crude oil. “Some things that are related to external factors such as oil prices, that thing is beyond us. We cannot [...]

Bilateral trade between Malaysia, OIC countries at RM145b in 2016

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries inched up 0.2 percent to RM145.18 billion in 2016 from RM144.87 billion the previous year. International Trade and Industry deputy minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said exports to the OIC improved 5.1 percent year-on-year to RM82.07 billion, while imports amounted to RM63.11 billion. Ahmad [...]

Indonesia

No bank account, no problem for remittance recipients in Indonesia

Indonesians working in Singapore can now remit money to family members who do not have bank accounts, with the launch of a new service by Singtel. The service, available via the Singtel Dash app, allows customers here to send money to some 4,500 cash-out points at post offices across Indonesia – an expansion of the [...]

France: Press Indonesia on Key Rights Concerns

French President Francois Hollande should publicly urge the Indonesian government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems during his upcoming visit to Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. Hollande is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia for an “economic diplomacy” trip on March 29, 2017. “France should ensure that [...]

Indonesia embraces infra bonds to ease budget constraints

Indonesian companies are embracing the debt market to raise funds for infrastructure spending, as government finances remain constrained by a tight budget. State-owned ports operator Pelindo III; electricity distribution company PLN; construction firms Hutama Karya, Wijaya Karya, Waskita Karya and Adhi Karya; and Indonesia Infrastructure Finance and Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, which lend to the infrastructure [...]

Singapore

Hollande visits Singapore on last foreign tour

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Singapore, the first leg in the final foreign tour of his five-year term, and will go on to Malaysia and Indonesia. The tour in Jakarta is dominated by economic and defence issues and is aimed mainly at strengthening ties with a region with high economic potential, according to the [...]

Values, ties shared by France, S’pore ‘more vital than ever’

Amid uncertainties in the global system and signs that governments are facing pressure to turn inwards, it is even more important for countries like Singapore and France who value openness to work closely together, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Sunday (March 26). Speaking during a state banquet held at the Istana in honour [...]

Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipina maid

A Singaporean couple – Lim Choon Hong and his wife Chong Sui Foon – were jailed on Monday (27 March) for starving their Filipina domestic worker over a period of 15 months between 2013 and 2014. Lim, a trader, was jailed three weeks and fined S$10,000, while Chong was jailed for three months. The couple [...]

Thailand

Thailand’s Road to Election Keeps Getting Longer: QuickTake Q&A

Thailand has endured about a dozen military coups since putting an end to absolute monarchy in 1932. The current stretch of army rule has been the longest since the early 1970s, and there are few signs it will end anytime soon. Junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized power in 2014 and the timetable for elections has [...]

More polygamous Malaysian marriages in South Thailand

The number of Malaysian men entering polygamous marriages in southern Thailand has risen in the last three years, New Sunday Times (NST) reported. The registration of such marriages in Thailand’s Songkhla district at the Malaysian consulate rose to 4,178 last year. It stood at 4,081 in 2015 and 3,831 in 2014. The data captures the [...]

Thailand approves investment pledges worth $4.7 billion, electric car plan

Thailand approved four investment applications worth more than 161 billion baht ($4.65 billion) and a promotion scheme for electric cars, the state investment agency said on Friday. Of the pledges, Thailand’s Gulf Group will invest in two electricity generating projects worth a combined 118 billion baht, the Board of Investment (BOI) said in a statement. [...]

Philippines

Duterte can’t appoint village execs, says solon

President Duterte cannot scrap the barangay elections scheduled for October and just appoint the roughly 42,000 village chiefs because he is barred by law from doing so, according to the chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms. The Local government Code of 1991, or Republic Act No. 7160, mandates that elections be [...]

PEZA assures better investment climate for the Philippines

THE country’s fast growing economy and the brand of governance of the present administration makes the Philippines the best place to invest in Asia. This was the assurance of Philippine Export Zone Authority director general Charito Plaza in presenting the opportunities of investment in economic zones in the country during the Luzon Ecozone Summit at [...]

Senate sets hearing on Benham Rise security, development

The Senate Committee on Economic Affairs will hold a hearing on Wednesday on defense and security concerns in Benham Rise, its chair said. In a statement on the Senate website, Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian said the hearing will be a continuation of a March 7 hearing on a bill filed by Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” [...]

Japan

Toshiba decides on Westinghouse bankruptcy, sees $9 billion in charges – sources

Japan’s Toshiba Corp has informed its main lenders it is planning for US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to file for bankruptcy on March 31, people briefed on the matter said on Friday. Toshiba expects a Chapter 11 filing for Westinghouse would expand charges related to the US unit in the current financial year [...]

Japan sends highest-ranking official since ’72 to Taiwan

Jiro Akama became the highest-ranking Japanese government official to visit Taiwan on official duties since diplomatic ties were severed in 1972, a trip that could spark a backlash from China. Akama, vice minister for internal affairs and communications, arrived in Taiwan on the night of March 24 to attend the opening ceremony of a tourism [...]

Bank of Japan March meeting summary: Policy will remain easy for some time

Bank of Japan board members said easy monetary policy will be in place for some time because consumer price growth is still distant from the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target, a summary of opinions from their March 15-16 meeting showed on Monday. Members dismissed the notion that the BOJ would have to raise its [...]

Korea

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday. The officials said the latest engine trial is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology. One official said that the initial assessment indicates that the engine technology could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental [...]

46 dogs, saved from slaughter, arrive in NY from Korea

Forty-six dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport to find new homes. The animals landed late Saturday and were headed for shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Humane Society International is responsible for saving the dogs that would otherwise have been slaughtered for [...]

Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted president Park

Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted president Park

South Korean prosecutors said on Monday they will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-hye, which would see her held in a cell for up to 20 days while being investigated on charges of taking bribes from big businesses. Park, 65, became South Korea’s first democratically elected president to be removed from office [...]

Hong Kong

One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders

One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders

Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement turned themselves in to police on Monday, one day after the territory selected a conservative, pro-Beijing politician as its next leader. The arrests of the nine, who led months of protests in 2014, sent shock waves through the city, which has generally tolerated a level of dissent [...]

At least 17 people are injured after being thrown to the ground when an escalator in a HK shopping centre suddenly changes direction

Shoppers screamed in terror when a 45-metre escalator suddenly changed directions and hurled people to the floor of a Hong Kong shopping centre. At least 17 people were injured in the incident at Mong Kok mall on Langham Place, including one man who was taken to hospital. In the incident, captured on CCTV, dozens of [...]

Cathay Pacific begins Tel Aviv-HK flight route

As passengers awaited their flights at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday morning, two furry, lion-like creatures began dancing to Chinese music between gates C7 and C8 in Terminal 3. “That’s a ceremony that’s supposed to introduce success, richness and prosperity to the route,” said Jonathan Bailey, Israel country manager for Cathay Pacific. The flag carrier of [...]

Taiwan

In ‘one country,’ China can open market wider to Taiwan: negotiator

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan said Sunday that there will be a problem for Beijing to unilaterally open the Chinese market to Taiwan since both are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). That problem, however, can easily be dismissed if both Taiwan and China – two WTO members – are “in one country.” Chen [...]

Taiwan Might Finally Talk With Its Old Enemy China By Year’s End

China hasn’t solved its sovereignty dispute with Taiwan after more than 70 years and that’s a problem for Beijing. That won’t change any time soon, but the two sides may finally talk again. The Chinese leadership claims Taiwan, an island just off its southeast coast and the world’s 22nd strongest economy, but most Taiwanese prefer [...]

Does Taiwan want more ‘checkbook diplomacy’?

It has been years since observers speculated that Taiwan could gain diplomatic allies – a drought broken after foreign media reported earlier this month that the island is moving closer to the Sovereign Order of Malta. Ralph Jennings, a contributor for Forbes, wrote on March 13 that Taiwan and the Sovereign Order of Malta, a [...]

Vietnam

Vietnam runs $982m trade deficit in first half of March 2017

The latest preliminary statistics of the general Department of Customs show that Vietnam’s total import and export turnover in the first period of March 2017 (from March 1 to March 15) reached more than $16.6 billion, up 18.3 percent over the second period of February 2017. Thus, as of the end of March 15, 2017, [...]

Ministry told to present 2017 power tariff plan

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been urged to have a power tariff and generation plan for this year improved and submitted to the government for consideration before March 25 The ministry is tasked with instructing Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) to refine a comprehensive report on power generation, costs and selling prices in 2016 [...]

US raises bar on seafood imports to curb illegal fishing, fraud

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced the establishment of a new programme that will trace specific fish and fish products from harvest to entry into the US markets. The programme is necessary said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the DOC, to protect the US national economy, global food [...]