• China will bring the ‘fear’ to Taiwan if Trump continues questioning ‘one China’ policy, Global Times warns

    China will bring the ‘fear’ to Taiwan if Trump continues questioning ‘one China’ policy, Global Times warns

    Less than a week before his inauguration US President-elect Donald Trump has made himself the target of Chinese state media editorials yet again after stating that the “one China” policy was up for negotiation. “Everything is under negotiation, including ‘one China,’” Trump told The New York Times on Friday, hedging that such a change would [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Shanghaiist | 6:00 AM
  • Japan pledges patrol vessels, aid for Vietnam

    Japan pledges patrol vessels, aid for Vietnam

    Japan pledged new patrol boats and $1.1 billion in aid to Vietnam Monday as part of a sprawling package targeting maritime and security affairs to bolster ties in the face of regional powerhouse China. Hanoi and Tokyo are locked in separate standoffs with Beijing over territorial claims in disputed regional waters, pushing the two countries [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Philippines quietly protests China’s weaponry on artificial islands

    Philippines quietly protests China’s weaponry on artificial islands

    The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest over reports that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven artificial islands in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea. One of islands is within the Philippines’ 200 mile exclusive economic zone. Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay told reporters it was important to raise [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | The Age | 6:00 AM
  • Xi, Unlikely Champion for Business Elites, Takes Davos Spotlight

    Xi, Unlikely Champion for Business Elites, Takes Davos Spotlight

    When Xi Jinping addresses business elites at Davos, the Chinese president will find himself an unlikely champion of the trade-based global order Donald Trump has derided. His new role could prove to be one of his biggest tests. On Tuesday, Xi will become the first Chinese head of state to address the World Economic Forum, [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • Korea’s Feudal Presidency: Ban Ki-moon Returns to Claim the Throne

    Korea’s Feudal Presidency: Ban Ki-moon Returns to Claim the Throne

    Victorious generals of ancient Rome had processions known as triumphus to celebrate their successes abroad. Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, too, got one of a sort when he returned to South Korea on Thursday, January 12. He was mobbed on arrival at Incheon International Airport by well-wishers and journalists. A similar scene unfolded when [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Korea Expose | 6:00 AM
  • HK leadership race heats up as China clears way for top officials to run

    HK leadership race heats up as China clears way for top officials to run

    China on Monday approved the resignations of two of Hong Kong’s top officials, including its financial secretary, paving the way for them to contest a March election to become the next chief executive of the financial hub. China’s State Council has accepted the resignations of financial secretary John Tsang, and of Carrie Lam, the city’s [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Australia, Malaysia, China halt MH370 underwater search

    Australia, Malaysia, China halt MH370 underwater search

    The deep sea hunt for missing flight MH370 has been suspended after nearly three years without result, the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments said Tuesday. The Malaysia Airlines aircraft disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew. The plane “has not been located” in the 120,000 [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Malaysia Airlines | 6:00 AM
  • Five dead in Philippines flash floods

    Five dead in Philippines flash floods

    Five people have been killed by flash floods in the southern Philippines after almost a month’s worth of rain fell in just one day. Nearly 5000 people were also forced to flee their homes from waist-deep floods in the southern region of Mindanao, disaster relief agencies said on Monday. In the most affected province of [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | SBS | 6:00 AM
  • N. Korea tells Obama to get ‘packing’

    N. Korea tells Obama to get ‘packing’

    Nuclear-armed North Korea has carried out a series of atomic tests and missile launches during US President Barack Obama’s time in office North Korea denounced outgoing US President Barack Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on “packing” as he exits the White House. The US Treasury [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Elite N Korean defector says more diplomats waiting to defect to Seoul – Yonhap

    Elite N Korean defector says more diplomats waiting to defect to Seoul – Yonhap

    More high-level North Korean diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang’s former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Thae Yong Ho defected to South Korea in August last year and since December 2016 has been speaking to local media and [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

    Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

    Taiwanese authorities said Monday they were probing criminal gang links to a pro-China protest which targeted Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and rebel legislators in Taiwan. The activists were visiting to attend a forum aimed at linking democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month. They were blasted by pro-China groups on the island [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

    Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

    South Korea has confirmed another case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 18, health authorities said Tuesday. A 40-year-old Korean woman was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus after visiting the Philippines, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [...]

    18-Jan-2017 Intellasia | Yonhap | 6:00 AM

Society

Southeast Asia’s first heart transplant patient dies at 76

Southeast Asia’s first heart transplant patient and one of the world’s longest surviving cases has died, his family said Monday, more than 31 years after his operation. Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Sunday, his wife Patricia Wong told AFP. He was hospitalised in July. [...]

Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

South Korea has confirmed another case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 18, health authorities said Tuesday. A 40-year-old Korean woman was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus after visiting the Philippines, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [...]

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly [...]

Health

Southeast Asia’s first heart transplant patient dies at 76

Southeast Asia’s first heart transplant patient and one of the world’s longest surviving cases has died, his family said Monday, more than 31 years after his operation. Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Sunday, his wife Patricia Wong told AFP. He was hospitalised in July. [...]

Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

Korea confirms 18th Zika virus infection

South Korea has confirmed another case of the Zika virus infection, raising the number of people infected with the virus here to 18, health authorities said Tuesday. A 40-year-old Korean woman was confirmed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus after visiting the Philippines, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [...]

80,000 chickens culled after bird flu detected in Japan

At least 80,000 chickens were culled at a poultry farm in central Japan’s Gifu subdivision, where the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu strain had been detected, local authorities said. Over 100 chickens were found dead at the farm in Yamagata city in the prefecture. Among seven of those carcasses sent for a preliminary test, six [...]

FinanceAsia

Hoshino Resorts Opens Its First Hotel Abroad in Bali, HOSHINOYA Bali in January, 2017

Hoshino Resorts Opens Its First Hotel Abroad in Bali, HOSHINOYA Bali in January, 2017

Leading Japanese luxury resort brand opens its first hotel abroad in Ubud, Bali on January 20th, 2017 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Bali–The leading Japanese hotel management company, Hoshino Resorts Inc. (Yoshiharu Hoshino, CEO) is opening its first HOSHINOYA brand hotel abroad in Bali, the Republic of Indonesia on January 20th, 2017. “HOSHINOYA Bali” is enveloped by the lush [...]

Global Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 2017 – Analysis of Top 7 Pharmaceutical Markets – Research and Markets

Global Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 2017 – Analysis of Top 7 Pharmaceutical Markets – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Epidemiology and Patient Flow Analysis – 2017″ report to their offering. The results of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder patients study are announced in this new report Global Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Epidemiology and Patient Flow Analysis – 2017. The [...]

Takeda and Ovid Therapeutics Announce Innovative Clinical Development and Commercialization Collaboration for TAK-935 in Rare Pediatric Epilepsies

Takeda and Ovid Therapeutics Announce Innovative Clinical Development and Commercialization Collaboration for TAK-935 in Rare Pediatric Epilepsies

Collaboration Between Big Pharma and Small Biotech Underscores Potential for New Approaches to Partnering Ovid and Takeda Will Share Equally in Building on the Discovery from the Laboratories of Takeda, Bringing Together Capabilities of Both Companies in Development, Regulatory and Commercialization Activities OSAKA, Japan & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and Ovid [...]

Regional

Asean 2017 launched: Duterte seeks unity

President Duterte emphasized the need for unity and the importance of the rule of law as the Philippines kicked off yesterday its hosting of this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit. Duterte said while the regional bloc has achieved gains in improving people’s lives and promoting development in the last 50 years, it [...]

China-US Rivalry Spurs Vietnam to Look for New Comrades

Vietnam is intensifying efforts to build stronger trade and security relationships with countries like India, France and Japan Vietnam is using new security and trade partnerships to shore up its ties around Asia and beyond, as it seeks to avoid getting caught up in growing tensions between the US and China, which look set to [...]

Lost Australian family found safe on Japan ski mountain

Heavy snowfall has hit some parts of Japan and the country’s weather agency has warned about snowstorms in coastal areas including Nagano, home to many ski resorts An Australian family who went missing at a Japanese ski resort have been rescued after sending out a social media SOS, and spending a chilly night in a [...]

China

Chinese president to defend globalisation in Davos

Chinese President Xi Jinping will defend globalisation in the face of mounting public hostility in the West on Tuesday in a speech at the World Economic Forum that will underline Beijing’s growing global role. Xi’s appearance, a first for a Chinese leader at the annual meeting of political leaders, CEOs and bankers in Davos, comes [...]

IMF Upgrades China 2017 Growth Forecast to 6.5pct, Warns on Debt

The International Monetary Fund upgraded its growth forecast for China’s economy in 2017 to 6.5 percent, 0.3 percentage points higher than their October forecast, on the back of expectations for continued government stimulus. The world’s second largest economy ended 2016 on a firm note after a rocky start to the year. Consumption is holding up, [...]

Smog-Choked China May Fast-Track Green Bonds, Top Arranger Says

Smog-Choked China May Fast-Track Green Bonds, Top Arranger Says

China’s top underwriter of green bonds said the government may accelerate approvals in 2017 as the nation battles a toxic wave of smog. Guotai Junan Securities Co. said the government should boost incentives for notes with proceeds earmarked for environmental projects, after a People’s Bank of China researcher said it may recommend tax breaks for [...]

Malaysia

Singaporean woman wins RM24m jackpot in Malaysia with RM4 ticket

A 50-year-old Singaporean housewife was shocked to learn that she had struck it big when she won a RM24 million jackpot in Malaysia recently. The woman won the Supreme Toto 6/58 Jackpot on January 4 by asking her uncle in Johor to bid on her behalf with a RM4 ticket, New Straits Times reported. “I [...]

Malaysia urged: Send back Davao bombing suspect to Phl

Two congressmen urged the Malaysian government yesterday to return to Manila the son of a Moro National Liberation Front leader tagged in the bombing of a Davao City market last September. President Duterte has confirmed that Datu Mohammad Abduljabbar Sema, 26, was arrested by Malaysian authorities in November upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International [...]

Malaysian equity market still has investment opportunities

Despite negative trade sentiments and the declining ringgit,Templeton Emerging Markets and Franklin Local Asset Management managing director and chief investment officer Stephen Dover said the Malaysian equity market still provides investment opportunities. According to Dover, the depreciation of the Malaysian currency is beneficial for equity investors as it has become much cheaper to invest. “We [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia may issue new tax rules for mineral exports next week -official

January 17 Indonesia may issue new tax rules for mineral exports next week, a finance ministry official said on Tuesday, after discussions with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, which recently changed rules on domestic mineral processing. “We want the export duties to push domestic processing. That’s the principle,” Suahasil Nazara, head of the Fiscal [...]

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn’t developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership. Boasting more than a million followers on Twitter, three popular television channels and a newly [...]

JP Morgan Reverses Course on Indonesia Stocks

Investment bank says upgrade is not connected with Jakarta’s move to cut ties JPMorgan has upgraded its view on Indonesian stocks just weeks after a negative stance prompted the government to sever all official ties with the bank. Jakarta stopped using the US investment bank as a primary dealer or an underwriter for sovereign bonds [...]

Singapore

Liow: S’pore must understand our stand

The Malaysian government respects Singapore’s decision to carry out the Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) but the latter should also understand Malaysia’s stand on road charges, said Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic). He said Malaysia’s Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) is different compared to that of Singapore’s. “Owners of foreign-registered vehicles would only have [...]

Singapore central bank chief: City-state’s property market stabilising

Singapore’s once-bubbly property market has been stabilising in the wake of a slew of cooling measures, the city-state’s central bank chief said. “The measures that have been taken have – with each passing month and quarter I think we can say with a little more confidence – made a fair amount of progress towards stabilising [...]

Singapore’s Export Growth Beats Forecasts for Second Month

Singapore’s exports surged above economists’ forecasts for a second consecutive month, signaling a recovery in the trade-dependent economy. Key Points Non-oil domestic exports rose 9.4 percent in December from a year ago, International Enterprise Singapore said in a report. The median estimate of 15 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 5.8 percent increase. Electronics [...]

Thailand

Poultry export outlook solidly optimistic

Thailand’s poultry export prospects are looking more promising this year, lifted by higher demand and the resumption of fresh poultry imports by many countries after bird flu was brought under control. According to Agriculture minister Chatchai Sarikulya, the ministry is optimistic Thailand will be able to ship 750,000 tonnes of poultry worth 96 billion baht [...]

Thailand’s CP All and three funds compete for Polish retailer Zabka – sources

Thailand’s top convenience store chain CP All Pcl and three private equity funds are competing to buy Polish retail chain Zabka from Mid Europa Partners, in a deal valued at up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.59 billion), sources familiar with the transaction said. A sale of Zabka comes at a time when some policies of [...]

Thailand investigates crash of Gripen fighter jet

The Thai air force is investigating the crash of one of its Gripen fighter jets Saturday during an incident in which one of its pilots died. The crash took place at an air show Saturday during the country’s Children’s Day, the Associated Press reported. Amateur video footage showed the Gripen jet maneuvering over the Hat [...]

Philippines

400 Children Living In Slums Baptised In The Philippines

Hundreds of children from Manila’s slums were baptised on Saturday during a mass ceremony as part of a Catholic outreach programme. Many poor families are discouraged from taking part in religious rites because they can’t afford to provide the feast that is expected afterwards. The Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation (TNK), which is affiliated with the [...]

PNP: Sema son tagged in Davao blast not arrested

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief director general Ronald dela Rosa clarified yesterday that a lawmaker’s son who reportedly facilitated some kidnap-for-ransom incidents in the country has not yet been arrested. Dela Rosa said the PNP is coordinating with its counterparts in Malaysia and Thailand on the alleged arrest of Mohammad Abduljabbar Sema but could not [...]

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Criticised Over Martial Law Warning

Rights advocates and survivors of the dictatorship of Ferdinand E. Marcos, the former Philippine leader, criticised President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday for saying that he could impose martial law to curb what he has called a runaway drug problem. Duterte has made the war against illicit drugs a centerpiece of his administration. On Saturday, in [...]

Japan

Japan’s Nikkei falls to lowest level since early Dec

Japan’s Nikkei share average hit its lowest level in over five weeks on Tuesday as investors locked in recent gains ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump later in the week. The benchmark Nikkei fell 0.6 percent to 18,990.48, falling below its December 30 trough. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/japans-nikkei-falls-lowest-level-000917726.html

Japanese Vessel Caught With Dead Whale Onboard, Activist Group Says

A Japanese whaling vessel has been photographed with what appears to be a dead minke whale onboard, a violation of a 2014 international court ruling that banned hunting of the animals. The activist group Sea Shepherd published photos Sunday that show the Nisshin Maru whaling ship allegedly hunting in the Australian Whale Sanctuary. A dead [...]

Honda says Takata airbag ruptured in Japan, caused minor injury

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Tuesday that an air bag made by Takata Corp (7312.T) had ruptured in one of its cars in Japan, resulting in a minor injury to the car’s driver. Honda said that the rupture occurred in the passenger-side air bag of one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles late last [...]

Korea

It’s Time to Talk to N Korea

US President-elect Donald Trump sounds awfully certain about one thing. After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared on New Year’s Day that his country was on the verge of testing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US, Trump condescendingly tweeted, “It won’t happen!” As a matter of fact, it will happen – [...]

Samsung Succession in Disarray as Lee Criminal Case Advances

The long-orchestrated plan to cement Jay Y. Lee’s position atop Samsung Group may put him in jail instead, raising questions about who would step in to run South Korea’s biggest conglomerate in the aftermath. Prosecutors are seeking Lee’s arrest on allegations including bribery and embezzlement, which if proven could prompt him to relinquish duties at [...]

More N Korean diplomats are waiting to flee, according to a high-profile defector

More high-level North Korean diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang’s former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Thae Yong Ho defected to South Korea in August last year and since December 2016 has been speaking to local media and [...]

Hong Kong

Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

Taiwanese authorities said Monday they were probing criminal gang links to a pro-China protest which targeted Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and rebel legislators in Taiwan. The activists were visiting to attend a forum aimed at linking democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month. They were blasted by pro-China groups on the island [...]

HK leadership race heats up as China clears way for top officials to run

HK leadership race heats up as China clears way for top officials to run

China on Monday approved the resignations of two of Hong Kong’s top officials, including its financial secretary, paving the way for them to contest a March election to become the next chief executive of the financial hub. China’s State Council has accepted the resignations of financial secretary John Tsang, and of Carrie Lam, the city’s [...]

HK Stocks May Get Boost From China’s Clampdown on Outflows

As China tightens its grip on capital controls, one state-sanctioned haven from a weakening yuan is drawing attention. Mainland investors will turn to buying Hong Kong stocks through cross-border exchange links as other ways of purchasing overseas assets become more difficult, said Kenny Tang, vice chair at Jun Yang Financial Holdings Ltd An increase in [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

Taiwan says gang links in protest against HK activists

Taiwanese authorities said Monday they were probing criminal gang links to a pro-China protest which targeted Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and rebel legislators in Taiwan. The activists were visiting to attend a forum aimed at linking democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month. They were blasted by pro-China groups on the island [...]

Chinese newspapers warn Trump on Taiwan

Chinese newspapers warn Trump on Taiwan

Two Chinese state-run newspapers are warning President-elect Donald Trump against putting the “One China” policy up for debate. “If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves,” wrote China Daily, an English-language [...]

China: ‘One-China’ Policy and Taiwan Not Negotiable

China has criticised United States President-elect Donald Trump for suggesting that the “one-China” policy is negotiable. Trump’s comments came in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday. In future talks with China, he told the newspaper, he believes that “everything is under negotiation, including ‘one-China.’” Under the “one-China” policy, China considers self-ruled [...]

Vietnam

Banks lead Vietnam stock markets

Shares surged on January 17 on the two national stock exchanges, led by bank stocks, on expectations that the government would allow banks to raise the limit of foreign ownership this year. On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN Index recouped the January 16 loss with a rise of 1 percent to close at 684.7 [...]

Business Briefs January 18, 2017

* Saigon Securities Inc. has got permission from the State Securities Commission of Vietnam to revise up its chartered capital from VND4.8 trillion to VND4.9 trillion. * Sao Ta Foods Company (FMC) has set a target of attaining VND3.37 trillion in revenue and at least VND 100 billion in pre- tax profit this year. The [...]

StanChart forecasts GDP growth at 6.6pct

Standard Chartered has forecast Vietnam’s GDP will expand 6.6 percent in 2017 due to the impact of natural disasters. The strong rise of manufacturing and construction will continue to be the main growth driver this year. The forecast was given at the Global Research Briefing 2017 held by Standard Chartered in HCM City last Friday. [...]