• Korea-US summit will focus on reaffirming alliance: Moon

    Korea-US summit will focus on reaffirming alliance: Moon

    President Moon Jae-in on Monday said that his priority in the upcoming Korea-US summit is to reconfirm the bilateral alliance in general, not to discuss the disputed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense issue in detail. The South Korean state chief thereby drew a line to the burgeoning calls, especially from the US political circles, to [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Korea Herald | 6:00 AM
  • US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to Korea

    US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to Korea

    According to local media reports, US forces deployed precision-guided missiles at an airbase in South Korea. US Forces Korea (USFK) purportedly deployed over ten Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) at Kunsan Air Base, located west of Gunsan City in North Jeolla Province, around 180 kilometers south of Seoul, according to South Korean media reports. Multiple [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | The Diplomat | 6:00 AM
  • Joshua Wong reflects on HK’s 1997 handover: ‘We desire and thirst for freedom, democracy’

    Joshua Wong reflects on HK’s 1997 handover: ‘We desire and thirst for freedom, democracy’

    This extract has been excerpted with permission from PEN Hong Kong from the essay “My Journey as a Student Activist,” by Joshua Wong, part of the anthology Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place, out this month from Blacksmith Books. I’m a twenty-year-old university student, born a year before the handover. Having grown up [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Qz | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesia Teams Up With Philippines and Malaysia To Fight Terrorism

    Indonesia Teams Up With Philippines and Malaysia To Fight Terrorism

    Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to join forces and pool intelligence as threats of terrorism loom over Southeast Asia during a trilateral meeting on security last June 22, 2017 in Manila. The ongoing crisis in Marawi City in the southern Philippines has prompted concerns of militant expansion throughout Southeast Asia. The three countries [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Indonesiaexpat | 6:00 AM
  • Korea’s Moon makes second justice minister pick after first falls foul

    Korea’s Moon makes second justice minister pick after first falls foul

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday made a second attempt at appointing a justice minister after his earlier choice withdrew over questions about ethics and views on women. A month-and-a-half after winning a snap election, Moon is still trying to form his cabinet. Whoever fills the justice minister’s post will have a key role [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • N. Korea likens Trump to Hitler

    N. Korea likens Trump to Hitler

    North Korea compared US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler on Tuesday in its latest diatribe, amid high tensions over Pyongyang’s military ambitions and ahead of a visit to Washington by South Korea’s new leader. The latest attack came a week after nuclear-armed Pyongyang called Trump a “lunatic” as tensions rose following the death of [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump, Modi call N Korea’s ‘grave threat’ to peaceWhite House

    Trump, Modi call N Korea’s ‘grave threat’ to peaceWhite House

    US President Donald Trump and prime minister Narendra Modi called North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes a “grave threat” to global peace, the White House said in a statement after a meeting of the two leaders on Monday. Trump and Modi pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s “weapons of mass [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

    Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

    A Roman Catholic priest abducted by Islamist militants who seized parts of a southern Philippine city has been seen alive, the military said Monday as troops pressed on with their offensive. Air and artillery bombardment of enclaves occupied by the militants in the largely Muslim city of Marawi resumed after an eight-hour truce Sunday to [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

    More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

    Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime. Duterte took power on June 30 last year, vowing to halt the drug abuse and [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | NBC News | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

    Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

    The vice president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday for a swift end to an urban siege by Islamist rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo to an evacuation centre in Balo-i for residents [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • US Navy to hold Japan service for sailors killed in crash

    US Navy to hold Japan service for sailors killed in crash

    The US Navy will hold a memorial service Tuesday for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan this month. The private gathering is being held at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, the home port of badly damaged destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, a navy spokesman [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US to list China among worst human trafficking offenderssources

    US to list China among worst human trafficking offenderssources

    The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that have eased under President Donald Trump. The reprimand of China, Washington’s main rival in the [...]

    28-Jun-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Society

Pikotaro of PPAP fame to perform in KL next month

Japanese comedian Pikotaro, who caused a worldwide sensation with his Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song, will hold two performances here on July 27, Japan Expo Malaysia 2017 announced on Facebook. “We are pleased to announce Japan viral-hit pop sensation that goes worldwide, ‘Pen Pineapple Apple Pen’ by Pikotaro, will be performing at Japan Expo Malaysia 2017 for the [...]

Vietnamese-French dissident blogger deported to France

Vietnamese-French dissident blogger deported to France

A Vietnamese dissident blogger with dual French citizenship who arrived in Paris on Sunday said he was “still in shock” after being stripped of his birth nationality by authorities in the one-party state and expelled. Former mathematics lecturer Pham Minh Hoang was put on a plane to Paris late Saturday, weeks after his Vietnamese citizenship [...]

Vietnam exiles dissident after revoking his citizenship

Pham Minh Hoang, who was deported to France, is a member of Vietnam Reform Party, which Hanoi calls a ‘terrorist group’. A Vietnamese dissident blogger with dual French citizenship has arrived in Paris, after he was stripped of his birth nationality by the Asian country and deported. Former mathematics lecturer Pham Minh Hoang was put [...]

Health

In Korea, Being HIV Positive Might Prevent You From Accessing Healthcare

A new survey finds HIV stigma and discrimination rampant in the Republic of Korea. Woo Kim lost several teeth a few years ago and wanted a dental implant but for quite some time he did not have the money for the operation. Earlier this year, the 40-something grocer, who lives in Seoul, South Korea, had [...]

Victorian man dies after contracting Japanese encephalitis in Phuket, Thailand

A Victorian man visiting Thailand has died from the rare virus Japanese encephalitis. It it is believed to be only the 10th case of the disease recorded in Australia and the second case reported in Victoria. The man in his 60s had visited Phuket for 10 days in early May and began to feel lethargic [...]

More than 80pct of Indonesian Kids Had Dengue by Age 10

In Indonesia, more than 80 percent of urban children ages 10 and older were infected with dengue at least once, a representative sample of Indonesian children found. Adjusted national seroprevalence for children ages 10 to 14 was 83.1 percent (95 percent CI 77.1-89.0), which rose to 89.0 percent (95 percent CI 83.9-94.1) among children ages [...]

FinanceAsia

Asian markets higher after Wall Street rebound

Asian markets rose Monday after Wall Street rebounded from losses to end the week higher on stronger oil and natural gas prices. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent to 3,174.73 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5 percent to 25,809.12. Toyko’s Nikkei 225 added 0.1 percent to 20,157.42 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 [...]

MobiCash Announces Launch of MobiSpaza in South Africa

South Africa Spaza sector mobile-based solution introduced as an inclusive business tool bringing affordable products and services to township communities. Johannesburg, S.A., June 27, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – MobiCash, a mobile financial services and technology company, today announced a spaza sector-focused mobile platform called MobiSpaza in South Africa. MobiSpaza is an inclusive business tool [...]

Suprema to Showcase World’s Slimmest FAP20 Fingerprint Scanner at SDW 2017

SEOUL, KOREA, June 27, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Suprema, Inc., a leading global provider of biometrics and ID solutions, today announced that the company will showcase BioMini Slim 2, the World’s slimmest fingerprint authentication scanner at SDW 2017 at London, on JUN 27. As a leading innovator in biometric identity solutions, Suprema will continue [...]

Regional

Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world’s biggest coal users China, the United States and India have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions. Mining data reviewed by The Associated Press show that production through May [...]

Burma, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth $800 million

Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than $800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking. The move came even as authorities struggle to stem the flood of illicit drugs in the region, with Thailand’s justice minister last year saying the country’s war on drugs was [...]

Burma: Release journalists immediately

The Myanmar authorities must immediately release three journalists, who were detained while carrying out their work in conflict-afflicted northern Shan State, Amnesty International said today. Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Naing, both reporters for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Thein Zaw (aka Lawi Weng), a reporter for the Irrawaddy newspaper, were arrested along [...]

China

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

China’s Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been transferred on parole from prison to a hospital for terminal cancer treatment, his lawyer said, but concerned supporters called for his unconditional release. Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23 and granted [...]

China Debt Squeeze Has Moody’s Awaiting First-Ever Local Default

China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818 billion) to bondholders and are seen by some as [...]

China’s Obsessed Dealmaker Passes TPG, Carlyle as Asia PE Booms

Shan Weijian is obsessed with deals. The PAG Asia Capital chair woke at 3:40 a.m. the day of an interview because something about work was nagging at him, and at 6 a.m. he took his daily 10-kilometer jog through Hong Kong to mull some more business. Even though the slender 63-year-old is running on just [...]

Malaysia

Najib congratulates Malaysia’s men archery recurve squad

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has congratulated the national men’s archery recurve squad for winning the bronze medal at the third stage of the Archery World Cup championship on Sunday. “Congratulations Malaysia’s men recurve squad for winning the bronze medal at the third stage of the World Cup Championship 2017. #KamiTeamMalaysia !,” said the prime [...]

M’sian companies ink 4 MOUs over USD50mil at Astana Expo 2017

Malaysia has signed four memorandum of understanding (MOUs) worth over USD50 million this week at the Astana Expo 2017. The MOUs were signed with three Expo participating countries, namely China, India and the Republic of Kazakhstan. Malaysia-based Ronser Bio-Tech Bhd, an integrated wastewater treatment solutions specialist, had appointed Kazakhstan’s MEC LLP as the exclusive representative [...]

Hijacked Thai oil tanker returns safely from Malaysia

Thai navy confirmed that a Thai oil tanker which was hijacked by a pirate vessel in Malaysian waters had returned to Thailand, the media reported. “The hijacked oil tanker C.P. 41 is safe now,” said Thai Navy spokesman Admiral Jumpol Lumphikanont on Monday. Jumpol said the oil tanker were sailing on the right route when [...]

Indonesia

Barack Obama and family go rafting in Indonesia

Former US President Barack Obama and his family have been enjoying a river rafting trip while on holidays in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child. Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, rafted on the Ayung River in Bali, where the family arrived Friday. Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” [...]

Indonesia Teams Up With Philippines and Malaysia To Fight Terrorism

Indonesia Teams Up With Philippines and Malaysia To Fight Terrorism

Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to join forces and pool intelligence as threats of terrorism loom over Southeast Asia during a trilateral meeting on security last June 22, 2017 in Manila. The ongoing crisis in Marawi City in the southern Philippines has prompted concerns of militant expansion throughout Southeast Asia. The three countries [...]

Average ICT salary in Malaysia projected to rise above RM9,000

In 2016, the average monthly salary of an ICT professional in Malaysia increased to RM8,484 from RM8,114 in 2015 a growth rate of 4.6%. This year, on the back of a better-than-expected performance of the economy, the National ICT Association of Malaysia’s (PIKOM) new report projected salaries to increase even further, to RM9,000 an increase [...]

Singapore

Singapore leaders send condolences over deadly China landslide

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and prime minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang respectively to convey their condolences over the deadly landslide which engulfed Xinmo village in Sichuan province on Saturday (Jun 24). Ten people have been confirmed dead and hopes are fast fading of finding [...]

New president of Singapore Rugby Union undecided over head of association’s commercial arm

It was set up two years ago as the commercial and events arm of the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU), and its main purpose is to help the national sports association achieve financial self-sustainability. But while it was former SRU president Low Teo Ping who conceptualised and started Rugby Singapore (RS), whether the 72-year-old veteran sports [...]

$1.2b in GST vouchers, Medisave top-ups for 1.57m Singaporeans

About 1.57 million Singaporeans will get $1.2 billion in GST vouchers and Medisave top-ups, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Tuesday (27 June). A total of 1.37 million eligible Singaporeans will receive up to $500 in cash, which will come in the form of a payment of up to $300 in August and a [...]

Thailand

Thailand: Fulfill Pledge to End Torture

The Thai government should promptly act to fulfill past pledges to make torture a criminal offense, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 26, 2017, on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the government created a committee to receive complaints and investigate allegations of torture and enforced disappearance. But without [...]

Thailand rapped for lack of action on torture

Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists have called on Thailand to follow through on its commitment to prevent torture and ill-treatment. The two bodies said Thailand had pledged 10 years ago to respect and protect the rights of all people to be free from torture and other ill-treatment by ratifying the Convention against [...]

Thailand Charges Activist for Defying Junta Orders

A Thai activist was charged on Monday with defying the orders of the military government, the latest critic to be arrested for activities outlawed since a 2014 coup. Rangsiman Rome, 25, who was arrested on Sunday, was charged by a military prosecutor in Bangkok. He faces four charges including taking part in an illegal gathering [...]

Philippines

Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

Abducted priest seen alive as Islamists hold out in Philippines

A Roman Catholic priest abducted by Islamist militants who seized parts of a southern Philippine city has been seen alive, the military said Monday as troops pressed on with their offensive. Air and artillery bombardment of enclaves occupied by the militants in the largely Muslim city of Marawi resumed after an eight-hour truce Sunday to [...]

What’s Behind the Resumed Vietnam-Philippines South China Sea Activity?

Manila and Hanoi resumed naval personnel interaction on a feature in the disputed waters. On June 22, Vietnam and the Philippines conducted the third iteration of their naval personnel interactions on Southwest Cay in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In doing so, both sides have effectively resumed an intra-Asean confidence-building activity in [...]

Vietnam Faces New Oil Dispute With China After Beijing Cuts Visit Short

China and Vietnam face a stiff new test in avoiding a showdown over undersea oil drilling after Beijing cut short a high-level meeting last week, but experts say the two sides will eventually patch things over. Fan Changlong, vice chair of China’s Central Military Commission left early from a “defense border meeting” in Vietnam Thursday [...]

Japan

US Navy to hold Japan service for sailors killed in crash

US Navy to hold Japan service for sailors killed in crash

The US Navy will hold a memorial service Tuesday for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan this month. The private gathering is being held at a naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, the home port of badly damaged destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, a navy spokesman [...]

Bankrupt Takata faces angry shareholders

Takata executives faced angry investors Tuesday after the company at the centre of the world’s biggest auto safety recall filed for bankruptcy and said it was being bought by a US company. The filing all but destroys any value left in the Japanese airbag maker’s shares, which will be delisted from the Tokyo stock exchange [...]

14-year-old excites Japan with record chess debut

A 14-year-old boy is taking his country by storm with a record-breaking start to his pro career in the Japanese version of chess. Sota Fujii broke a 30-year-old record with his 29th win in a row. His face was plastered across front pages of major newspapers Tuesday, getting bigger display than the bankruptcy filing of [...]

Korea

Trump says N Korea threat must be ‘dealt with rapidly’

Trump says N Korea threat must be ‘dealt with rapidly’

President Donald Trump called on Monday for the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programmes to be “rapidly” tackled, as he thanked visiting Indian leader Narendra Modi for rallying behind sanctions on Pyongyang. “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt [...]

S. Korea in internal review on seat of allied command

South Korea’s new government is reviewing details of a deal with the United States on the seat of the Combined Forces Command (CFC), government sources said Monday. But they stressed the liberal Moon Jae-in administration is not seeking to reverse the 2014 agreement itself to let the headquarters of the command stay at the Yongsan [...]

US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to Korea

US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to Korea

According to local media reports, US forces deployed precision-guided missiles at an airbase in South Korea. US Forces Korea (USFK) purportedly deployed over ten Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) at Kunsan Air Base, located west of Gunsan City in North Jeolla Province, around 180 kilometers south of Seoul, according to South Korean media reports. Multiple [...]

Hong Kong

UK’s last governor demands China honour its word to HK

The world is watching Hong Kong as a “test case” of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain’s last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of its handover from British rule on July 1, and Chris [...]

HK handover predictions: Golden geese and democracy ‘infections’BBC News

In July 1997, more than 150 years of British rule came to an end in Hong Kong with its handover to China, a historic event viewed with a mixture of uncertainty and hope. We asked observers how their predictions turned out 20 years on. Would Hong Kong remain China’s ‘golden goose’? Back then, cosmopolitan and [...]

Five things to know about China aircraft carrier visit to HK

The Liaoning, China’s first carrier, will be making a port call in the city next month as part of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover The PLA’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is to visit Hong Kong to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover back to China. It is [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan-EU industrial dialogue held in Brussels

The dialogue sessions, which take place on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, features seminars on smart manufacturing, circular economy, 5G and clusters cooperation… Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (???) and environmental chief Lee Ying-yuan (???) on Tuesday led a large delegation to Brussels, Belgium to attend the EU-Taiwan Meet on Industry of the Future, a [...]

14 reasons to visit Taiwan

Taiwan has more in common with New Zealand than you may think. It is, for instance, a tiny scrap of land that lives in the shadow of a much, much, much bigger sister to its left (in more ways than one): as we do. And tiny Taiwan’s 23 million inhabitants are preparing to peer out [...]

Panama switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called Panama’s decision “deeply regrettable” and issued a defiant message to Beijing that the island would not back down from its engagement with the worldwide community. Many other countries followed suit, including the United States, which switched diplomatic recognition to the PRC in 1979 but has maintained unofficial ties with Taiwan, [...]

Vietnam

DOC initiates anti-dumping investigations into Vietnam fibre

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has initiated anti-dumping investigations into polyester staple fibre imported from China, India, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Competition Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The inquiry is predicated upon a complaint filed by DAK Americas, Nan Ya Plastics and Augira Polymers. [...]

Monthly import-export tax revenue in HCM City hits record high

The HCM City Customs Department collected a staggering VND10 trillion (US$440.3 million) in import and export taxes from May 15 to June 15, a record high in months. The city’s import and export tax revenue in January-June has amounted to VND53.2 trillion, increasing 9.9 percent compared to the same period last year and accounting for [...]

HCM City seeks to retain 10pct of import-export tariff revenues

HCM City plans to ask the central government for approval to retain 10 percent of import and export tariff revenues so that it could have an extra VND43.4 trillion (US$1.91 billion) in 2017-2020 to finance much-needed investment projects. Under the current regulations, all import and export tariff revenues in the city must go straight to [...]