• Trump to N Korea’s Kim: ‘Get rid of nukes’

    Trump to N Korea’s Kim: ‘Get rid of nukes’

    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, ahead of an expected summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un. Earlier, the US leaderwho spent the day in talks with French President Emmanuel Macronhad described Kim as “very open” and “very honorable”his most positive comments yet about a [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump hails N Korea’s ‘honourable’ Kim but tempers summit expectations

    Trump hails N Korea’s ‘honourable’ Kim but tempers summit expectations

    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been “very honourable” and discussions on a planned summit were going well, but tempered expectations for any quick denuclearisation deal by saying “it may be we’re all wasting a lot of time.” Trump told reporters during a meeting with French President [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Kim and Moon: the heir born to rule and the escapee’s son

    Kim and Moon: the heir born to rule and the escapee’s son

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in have followed paths to power as radically different as their two countries, but they will come together at a summit in the Demilitarised Zone on Friday. Moon’s parents were both born in a small village in Hungnam, in what is now North Korea, [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump administration plans to nominate Harry Harris as Korea envoy

    Trump administration plans to nominate Harry Harris as Korea envoy

    The Trump administration plans to nominate Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the US Pacific Command already nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia, to fill the long-vacant post of ambassador to South Korea instead, US officials said on Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had asked [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • US trade officials to visit China soon, Trump says

    US trade officials to visit China soon, Trump says

    President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that top US trade officials would soon travel to China as Washington and Beijing seek to resolve a trade dispute that has roiled markets and left exporters on edge. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser and other officials will make the trip at Beijing’s behest, the president [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • China unveils monument to South China Sea island building

    China unveils monument to South China Sea island building

    China has unveiled a monument to mark its construction work in the disputed South China Sea, which has included reclaiming land for artificial islands, the Chinese military’s official newspaper said on Tuesday. China’s building work has unnerved its neighbours and caused alarm in Washington, especially as much of the construction has been for military facilities [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Japan’s Abe says upcoming N Korea summits could mend ties between North, Japan

    Japan’s Abe says upcoming N Korea summits could mend ties between North, Japan

    Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said success at upcoming summits North Korea has planned with South Korea and the United States could also mean North Korea and Japan could normalise ties, the South’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday. “The success of the two summits means North Korea’s nuclear and missiles issue as well as [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Singapore PM reshuffles cabinet with succession question looming

    Singapore PM reshuffles cabinet with succession question looming

    Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, naming one of his potential successors, Chan Chun Sing, as trade minister and giving additional duties to two other ministers tipped as contenders. Lee, the eldest son of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, has made clear he is ready to stand down in [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions

    Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions

    Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week, the defense ministry said on Tuesday amid growing tensions with China. Over the past year or so, China has ramped up military drills around self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

    China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

    China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Asean summit to focus on Burma, South China Sea but little progress expected

    Asean summit to focus on Burma, South China Sea but little progress expected

    Southeast Asian leaders will focus on trade wars, the crisis in Myanmar and security tensions in the disputed South China Sea at a summit this weekend, but it’s highly unlikely there will be any headline-grabbing progress on the issues. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), formed more than half a century ago, has historically [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesia child marriage sparks controversy

    Indonesia child marriage sparks controversy

    Two Indonesian children got married in Sulawesi this week, after a long battle to do so which drew nationwide attention and criticism. The 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl had sought permission from a religious court for their wedding. The case triggered strong criticism at home and abroad. The government is now planning changes to the [...]

    26-Apr-2018 Intellasia | BBC | 6:00 AM

Society

German court tries Vietnam man over ‘Cold War-style’ abduction

Germany will put on trial Tuesday the only suspect held over what it calls a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping by Vietnamese secret agents that has badly bruised bilateral ties. The accuseda Vietnamese-Czech man identified only as 47-year-old Long N.H.allegedly rented and drove the van used in last year’s abduction of a fugitive Vietnamese state company [...]

This social network is where China’s plastic surgery fans share their nose jobs

Mian Duo considers herself to be quite pretty but what she really wanted was to be beautiful like her idols on television. So three years ago, she hopped on a plane to South Korea to have her jaw and cheekbones broken. For seven hours, Mian laid unconscious on an operating table in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam [...]

Vietnam warns against ‘inappropriate’ statues after nude sculpture cover-up

Vietnam’s culture ministry has issued a directive against “inappropriate” statues after images of godlike sculptures with animal heads and human genitalia stoked controversy. The statues on display at a holiday resort in the city of Hai Phong, have had their offending parts modestly covered up with bikinis and other swim wear, but that has only [...]

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

Toyota: Plan to Develop Aichi Low-carbon Hydrogen Supply Chain Moves Forward

Toyota City, Japan, Apr 25, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – The Aichi Low-carbon Hydrogen Supply Chain Promotion Association(1), a body which includes the Aichi prefectural government, companies operating within the prefecture, municipal authorities, and experts, has developed the Aichi Low-carbon Hydrogen Supply Chain 2030 Vision, in addition to a corresponding roadmap. The goal of all [...]

MHI and NTT Group Begin Sales of “InteRSePT” Cyber Security Technology Providing Safe and Secure Operation of Control Systemse

- Advanced Security at All Operating States with Low Cost and Space Savings – TOKYO, Apr 25, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DATA Corporation (NTT DATA), and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) have commercialized “InteRSePT(R)”(1), a jointly developed cyber security technology for critical [...]

Mitsubishi Motors Launches XPANDER Exports from Indonesia

- Announcement marks the first time Mitsubishi Motors has exported on a mass scale from Indonesia – Mitsubishi Motors expects to export around 30,000 units of the new MPV within the next year – Decision follows the opening of the state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Motors manufacturing facilities in Bekasi in 2017 TOKYO, Apr 25, 2018 – (JCN [...]

Regional

Asean summit to focus on Burma, South China Sea but little progress expected

Asean summit to focus on Burma, South China Sea but little progress expected

Southeast Asian leaders will focus on trade wars, the crisis in Myanmar and security tensions in the disputed South China Sea at a summit this weekend, but it’s highly unlikely there will be any headline-grabbing progress on the issues. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), formed more than half a century ago, has historically [...]

Online skin trade fuels Burma elephant slaughter: conservation group

An emerging online market for elephant skin in China is threatening the survival of the creatures in neighbouring Myanmar as poaching intensifies to meet demand, conservationists warned Tuesday. Myanmar has watched with alarm as the number of slain elephants found in the country’s forests rises each year, with many blaming the trade in the mammal’s [...]

Suu Kyi’s Silence: Why Burma’s Leader Is Ignoring The Rohingya Genocide

Suu Kyi’s Silence: Why Burma’s Leader Is Ignoring The Rohingya Genocide

Once hailed as one of the world’s most revered human rights defenders, Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s stunning fall from grace has left heads spinning around the globe. The freedom fighter-turned-politician has watched impassively as a genocide unfolds before her eyes, and she continues to ignore international pleas for action. Suu Kyi spent [...]

China

Softbank, Google join $1.9 billion investment in China truck-hailing firm

Japan’s Softbank Group and Alphabet Inc’s venture capital fund CapitalG are among investors pouring $1.9 billion into a truck hailing service platform Manbang, the Chinese company said in a statement on Tuesday. Manbang, formally known as Full Truck Alliance Group, said the investment was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fundwhich counts Apple Inc, Foxconn and Saudi [...]

US Commerce Secretary calls China 2025 plan ‘frightening’

China’s plan to transform itself into the global technology nexus is a “frightening” one that puts American intellectual property at risk, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday. “It’s a huge, huge problem,” Ross told a gathering of fabric industry executives about the repeated theft of technology. “And it’s not going away.” He said Beijing’s [...]

Beijing auto show opens in world’s largest market

Global carmakers will take the stage in Beijing on Wednesday with new car models to woo the world’s largest auto market as China promises to liberalise the industry. Industry behemoths like Volkswagen, Daimler, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and others will display more than 1,000 models and dozens of concept cars at the Beijing auto show. Thousands [...]

Malaysia

Shahrisat: Only BN can realise hopes, dreams of nation’s women

Only Barisan Nasional can realise the hopes and dreams of the nation’s women who make up 51 per cent of the electorate for the impending general election. Wanita BN chair Tan Sri Shahrisat Abdul Jalil said there were 364 initiatives in the BN election manifesto, and 25 of these were exclusively for women. This, she [...]

Women have welcomed BN manifesto initiatives dealing with their issues

Women, as a whole, have welcomed the 25 initiatives specifically touching on women outline in the Barisan Nasional election manifesto. Political researcher Noor Aisyah Rahmad, 25, said the initiatives which call for greater involvement of women in decision making was proof that the government believed in the importance of women. “Malaysia has many great women [...]

13-year-old rape victim exempted from paying hospital bill

Hospital Serdang clarified that the 13-year-old rape victim has been exempted from paying the hospital bill after the victim reported the matter to the New Straits Times. The hospital director Dr Rohana Johan in a statement said the victim’s guardian was informed that they need not pay the bill. “The claim letter is charged for [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia child marriage sparks controversy

Indonesia child marriage sparks controversy

Two Indonesian children got married in Sulawesi this week, after a long battle to do so which drew nationwide attention and criticism. The 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl had sought permission from a religious court for their wedding. The case triggered strong criticism at home and abroad. The government is now planning changes to the [...]

Freeport Plunges After Indonesia Toughens Environmental Rules

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. says it would be impossible to keep mining Grasberg, its flagship copper-and-gold asset in Indonesia, if it were to adopt new environmental standards unveiled by the state this month. Within the last two weeks, the Phoenix-based miner was blindsided by “shocking and disappointing” environmental claims from the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, [...]

Indonesia’s Traffic Woes

Congested roads and few traffic laws are proving to be a deadly combination. The security, safety, order, and smoothness of traffic have become a big dilemma in the world’s fourth most populous country. While previously Jakarta was the only city associated with widespread traffic congestion, now other cities such as Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya [...]

Singapore

Singapore is far from being ‘inclusive’ for special needs children: industry professionals

While over nine out of 10 early intervention professionals who work with young children diagnosed with developmental or special needs feel that the sector has made “considerable strides in the last five to ten years”, only a small fraction of them think of Singapore as an inclusive society, according to a survey released on Tuesday [...]

4G ministers take centrestage in Cabinet reshuffle announced by PMO

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (24 April) announced new roles for Singapore’s fourth-generation (4G) leaders as he unveiled the closely watched Cabinet reshuffle and other political appointments. A statement from the prime minister’s Office (PMO) indicates the following changes: Chan Chun Sing, 48, will be the minister for Trade and Industry and relinquish [...]

Younger ministers to ‘take over more responsibility for governing Singapore’: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said younger ministers will progressively take over more responsibility for governing Singapore after he unveiled his “more extensive than usual” Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday (24 April). In a post on his Facebook page, Lee said that he has decided to “stretch the younger ones” by giving many of them two [...]

Thailand

Thailand volunteers to host Trump-Kim summit

Thailand on Tuesday (April 24) volunteered to host the hotly-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as speculation swirls about the venue. “Thailand is ready to facilitate and host the talks,” Foreign minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters, though he stressed that the kingdom has not been contacted about [...]

US-Thailand Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Kicks off in Andaman Sea

Development spotlights ongoing defense cooperation between the two allies, despite deeper challenges. This week, the navies from the United States and Thailand kicked off this year’s iteration of their anti-submarine warfare exercise. The development put the spotlight on the ongoing defense collaboration between the United States and Thailand, which has continued in spite of the [...]

Experts worried about lack of digital skills in Thailand

The hype over Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s $300mil (RM1.1bil) investment in Thailand, and its huge Tmall online platform has only masked the country’s fundamental weaknesses in embracing the digital technology for economic and social benefits, according to experts. Even though there were as many as 60,000 online orders for Thai durians in one day on [...]

Philippines

Philippines ‘apologises’ to Kuwait after rescuing domestic workers

The Philippines apologised on Tuesday for what Kuwait viewed as violation of its sovereignty after the Southeast Asian nation’s embassy “rescued” several domestic workers from their employers’ homes amid reports of abuse. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the embassy was forced to “assist” Filipino workers who sought help because some situations were a matter [...]

Exclusive: After crackdown, Philippines plans fresh mining curbs

The Philippines is planning to limit the amount of land that miners can develop at any one time to boost environmental rehabilitation, a move that miners say may cut output of nickel ore in last year’s top supplier to China. The new curbs, contained in a draft government order reviewed by Reuters and confirmed by [...]

Kuwait accuses Philippines of violating its sovereignty over rescues of domestic workers

A video apparently of Philippines embassy staff rescuing a maid from a Kuwaiti home has deepened a diplomatic dispute between the two countries A diplomatic row between Kuwait and the Philippines has intensified following the publication of a video apparently showing Filipino embassy staff removing one of its nationals from a domestic role in Kuwait. [...]

Japan

Japan and China vow to cooperate on sports and youth exchanges in first cultural talks in nine years

Japan and China agreed on Monday to bolster sports and youth exchanges in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, during their first political dialogue on cultural exchange in nine years. The talks are part of preparations for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s expected visit to Japan next [...]

Japan says trade talks with US under new framework won’t start until June

Japan’s Economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that bilateral talks on trade under a new framework led by him and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser won’t begin until mid-June at the earliest. In a summit last week, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed to set up a new framework [...]

Japan’s Abe says upcoming N Korea summits could mend ties between North, Japan

Japan’s Abe says upcoming N Korea summits could mend ties between North, Japan

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said success at upcoming summits North Korea has planned with South Korea and the United States could also mean North Korea and Japan could normalise ties, the South’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday. “The success of the two summits means North Korea’s nuclear and missiles issue as well as [...]

Korea

N Korea’s Economic CrisisWhat Crisis?

Much ink has been spilled recently about how economic sanctions have crushed the North Korean economy and brought its leader Kim Jong-un to the bargaining table. Not so fast. For starters, there wasn’t much to crush. Never mind. And, contrary to repeated conjectures by experts in international affairs, whatever there is of a North Korean [...]

Preview: Korea seen returning to growth in first quarter as memory chips lead robust exports

South Korea’s economy is expected to have returned to growth in the first quarter as exports of memory chips were strong enough to partly offset a steep decline in construction investment. Gross domestic product data due on Thursday is forecast to show growth of 1.0 percent in the January-March period, rebounding from a shock 0.2 [...]

GM Korea averts bankruptcy but how long will it stay?

General Motors’ South Korean unit has averted a bankruptcy filing, but analysts and customers, as well as the South Korean government, are debating how long the loss-making company will remain in business. GM Korea agreed a last-minute wage deal with its union on Monday, paving the way for nearly $500 million in fresh capital injection [...]

Hong Kong

HK Approves Dual-Class Shares, Paving Way for Tech Titans

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd approved the biggest change to its initial public offering rules in two decades, putting it in a position to battle New York for some of the world’s hottest companies. Technology firms that have shares with different voting rights will now be allowed to go public in Hong Kong, overturning [...]

HK’s ‘cardboard grannies’: the elderly box collectors living in poverty

Inadequate support for Hong Kong’s ageing population means for some older citizens, scavenging and selling boxes and scrap is the only way to scrape by iss Wong, 65, scavenges the streets of Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui area in search of disused cardboard to sell to local recycling plants. She starts her day at 7am and [...]

HK country club bans domestic helpers from pool

Sign at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club barring domestic helpers from pool area prompts anger on social media A sign at a country club in Hong Kong prohibiting domestic helpers from its pool has prompted anger after it was circulated on social media. Hong Kong is home to more than 350,000 domestic helpers, mostly [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan Fights Off Chinese Invasion In Mock Warfare Drills

Taiwan will simulate taking on an invading force in war games next week amid its increasing tensions with China. Taipei will conduct exercises in which it will repair a major air base and use civilian operated drones, Reuters reported. The annual Han Kuang drills, which start on April 30, make no mention of China, only [...]

Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions

Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions

Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week, the defense ministry said on Tuesday amid growing tensions with China. Over the past year or so, China has ramped up military drills around self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including [...]

Taiwan is prepping for a full military invasion by China

Taiwan will stage a mock military invasion by China, the country’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, as tensions rise over Beijing’s increasingly strident claims over the island. “Simply put, the main goal of the drills is to make any Chinese communist military mission to invade Taiwan fail,” Ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi told reporters. This year’s edition [...]

Vietnam

Petrol prices remain stable, oil prices slightly rise

The price of bio-fuel E5 was kept unchanged while those of diesel 0.05S and kerosene increased slightly by 380 VND and 500 VND per litre respectively in the latest regular adjustment of petrol and oil prices on April 23. The Ministries of Industry-Trade and Finance announced that the prices of E5 are not higher than [...]

PM Phuc underscores comprehensive solutions for increased exports

Prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for combined efforts to deal with difficulties in exporting key products and emphasized strict controls on markets as a good way for the national economy to flourish in the not too distant future. On April 23, prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a national conference in Hanoi discussing [...]

Silt buildup, high logistics costs hinder Mekong Delta’s export

Sedimentation in waterways along the Hau River and high logistics costs are causing difficulties for the Mekong Delta to export goods straight to foreign markets. Delegates at a meeting of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, Can Tho authorities and relevant agencies in Can Tho City last week said the delta holds great export potential. Vu Khanh [...]