• Latest N. Korean missile test appears to have failed -US government source

    Latest N. Korean missile test appears to have failed -US government source

    A US government source said initial indications suggested a North Korean missile test on Friday was unsuccessful. Further details were not immediately available. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-n-korean-missile-test-213649978.html

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:58 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte says helpless against China

    Philippines’ Duterte says helpless against China

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday there was no point protesting Chinese artificial island building in disputed areas of the South China Sea because it could not be stopped. Duterte made the comments ahead of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit this week, and he confirmed he would not use the event to [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea sets clocks back 30 minutes creating its own time zone

    N Korea sets clocks back 30 minutes creating its own time zone

    North Korea is its own world in many ways. Now, it is getting its own time zone to match. State news agency, KCNA, has announced that North Korea will set its clocks back by 30 minutes to “Pyongyang time” on August 15–the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan. That will reset the time to GMT+08:30, [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM
  • China to conduct live fire drills, test new weapons in response to THAAD

    China to conduct live fire drills, test new weapons in response to THAAD

    China will continue to conduct live fire drills and test new weapons to safeguard its national security, the country’s defence ministry said on Thursday when asked about the deployment of the US anti-missile defence system THAAD in South Korea. Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun made the comment at a monthly news briefing in Beijing. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-conduct-live-fire-drills-075746481.html;_ylt=Ah7cc3HU1GY1cJzgoaUcadP4uYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTExZTUxNmMxBG1pdAMEcG9zAzI4BHNlYwNNZWRpYVRvcFN0b3J5VGVtcA–;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhbmcDZW4tVVM-;_ylv=3

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

    China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

    China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a “blue water” navy and modernise its two million-strong military, the world’s [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea seeks Southeast Asian support in row with US

    N Korea seeks Southeast Asian support in row with US

    North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”, according to a letter obtained by AFP. In the letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ secretary general, North Korean Foreign minister Ri Yong-Ho warned the situation [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump Knows Striking N Korea Is Last Resort, McCain Says

    Trump Knows Striking N Korea Is Last Resort, McCain Says

    President Donald Trump is well aware that a preemptive strike against North Korea must be a last resort, in large part because of the artillery Kim Jong Un’s regime could unleash to devastate South Korea’s capital, Senator John McCain said. “One of the major reasons is because of that artillery that’s north of Seoul that [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

    Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

    TaiwanPresident Tsai Ing-wen said another direct phone call with US President Donald Trump could take place again and she urged the self-ruled island’s political rivalChinato step up to its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation. “We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with theUSgovernment,” Tsai told Reuters in an exclusive [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | CNBC | 8:07 AM
  • HK: Surge in Political Prosecutions

    HK: Surge in Political Prosecutions

    The Hong Kong authorities’ arrest of 11 pro-democracy advocates over two days raises grave concerns of a politically motivated crackdown, Human Rights Watch said today. While all have been released on bail, they face prosecution and possible prison sentences. The authorities should drop all charges based on the advocates’ roles in peaceful protests or other [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | HRW | 6:00 AM
  • Southeast Asia’s leaders steer away from democracy: activists

    Southeast Asia’s leaders steer away from democracy: activists

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday. Duterte has been condemned in the West for the crackdown, which has claimed thousands of lives since he took power last year, but he [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • US warns of possible conflict with N Korea, China says situation could escalate

    US warns of possible conflict with N Korea, China says situation could escalate

    US President Donald Trump said a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control. Trump, speaking to Reuters on Thursday, said he wanted to resolve the crisis peacefully, possibly through the use [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • At UN, Tillerson makes case for tougher stance on N. Korea

    At UN, Tillerson makes case for tougher stance on N. Korea

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Friday to push for a tougher response to North Korea and pile pressure on China to rein in its ally. Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi will attend the meeting that follows weeks of warnings from the US administration that it will [...]

    29-Apr-2017 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

Woman who threw pork at Malay neighbour’s flat in Tampines pleads guilty

The woman who threw pork at a Malay neighbour’s flat in Tampines pleaded guilty to two charges on Thursday (27 April). Lee Dji Lin, 63, admitted to one charge of deliberately wounding the religious and racial feelings of her neighbour and another charge under the Protection of Harassment Act (POHA) before District Judge Eddy Tham [...]

Man, 67, jailed for stealing vibrator from supermarket in Hougang

An elderly man was on Thursday (27 April) jailed one day and fined $600 for stealing a box of Durex vibration stimulator at the Giant supermarket at Hougang Green Shopping Mall. Roy Cheong Weng Kay, 67, pleaded guilty in the State Courts and was sentenced on one count of theft in dwelling, with a separate [...]

Vietnam Says Facebook Has Pledged to Prevent Anti-Government and ‘Offensive’ Content

Vietnam’s government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country’s laws from appearing on its platform. In February, communist Vietnam complained about “toxic” anti-government and offensive content on Facebook (fb, +1.53 percent) and Google’s YouTube and pressured local companies to withdraw advertising until the social media firms found [...]

Health

Why China Is Selling Cheap HIV Tests In Campus Vending Machines

Vending machines are selling increasingly novel items: cupcakes, live crabs and fresh baguettes. In China, you can now add HIV testing kits to that list. China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students who may be reluctant to go to a [...]

Chinese University of HK gets HK$14 million to fund research into Crohn’s disease with Australian scientists

Institution to coordinate studies with foreign and Chinese laboratories into inflammatory bowel disease increasingly prevalent in Hong Kong The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been granted HK$14 million by a charitable trust to fund key research with scientists abroad into an inflammatory bowel disease afflicting seven times more Hongkongers than two decades ago. Vice-chancellor [...]

Appetite in Europe, Philippines may boost Vietnam’s 2017 rice exports – USDA

Vietnam’s global rice export ranking this year is expected to remain unchanged, trailing behind Thailand and India. Preferential import taxes in Eastern European countries and an extended rice supply agreement with the Philippines may help boost Vietnam’s rice exports this year by around 9 percent to 6 million tonnes, a US Department of Agriculture attache [...]

FinanceAsia

Indian Air Purifier Filter Market Analysis and Forecast 2022 – Research and Markets

Indian Air Purifier Filter Market Analysis and Forecast 2022 – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Indian Air Purifier Filter Market Analysis and Forecast 2022″ report to their offering. The Air Purifier Industry is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 27% during the forecasted period of 2017-2022. The Air Purification Industry in India has witnessed enormous transformation owing to rising [...]

Global Bactericides Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023 – Research and Markets

Global Bactericides Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023 – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Bactericides Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023″ report to their offering. The global Bactericide market is estimated to register robust growth in 2016-2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. The Bactericide [...]

Profit-taking trips up Asian stocks, Korean won slips on Trump trade threat

Asian stocks slipped on Friday as investors took profits after a strong week, while the Korean won weakened after US President Donald Trump said he would renegotiate or terminate a trade deal with South Korea. Britain’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 are all poised for a flat start, according to spreadbetter CMC [...]

Regional

Cambodian PM asks US to stop deporting criminals

Cambodian leader Hun Sen called on the United States Thursday to stop forcibly deporting convicts with Cambodian heritage to the Southeast Asian nation, saying they should revise a policy that splits up families. More than 500 felons have been sent to Cambodia through a repatriation deal, though many were raised in the US and arrive [...]

SE Asian militant group JI regaining strength: think-tank

Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for major attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings, has regained strength in Indonesia and could spawn a new generation of extremists, a leading security think-tank warned Thursday. Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) does not pose an immediate threat and its leadership has for some years rejected violence to achieve its [...]

What’s Behind Burma Military Chief’s Europe Voyage?

A closer look at Min Aung Hlaing’s goodwill visit to Germany and stopover in Austria. Starting from April 22, Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing embarked on a goodwill visit to the Federal Republic of Germany with a stopover in Austria. His trip, made at the invitation of his German counterpart, signals the continuing importance [...]

China

China flags global naval role after new carrier launch

China needs to raise its military capabilities to protect its growing overseas interests, its foreign minister said following the launch of China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, while vowing not to pursue expansionism. China launched the carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and regional worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China [...]

China welcomes US ‘path of dialogue’ for N Korea

Chinese leaders say they are glad Washington is open to resolving tensions with Pyongyang through talks. Chinese leaders say dialogue is the only way to resolve the Korean crisis. The threat of more nuclear tests and missile launches is alarming many. But there are concerns that a US missile defence shield in South Korea will [...]

Baidu reports 6.8 pct rise in quarterly revenue

Baidu Inc reported its first rise in revenue in three quarters, showing early signs of recovery, after the Chinese government’s restrictions on healthcare advertising last year slashed the number of ad clients in its core search business. Baidu’s revenue in the first quarter rose to 16.9 billion yuan ($2.45 billion) from 15.82 billion yuan a [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines close to launching A380 charter carrier for pilgrim flights

Malaysia Airlines is close to launching a new airline that will use its six Airbus A380s to fly passengers undertaking the Muslim pilgrimages of Haj and Umrah, Chief Executive Peter Bellew said. Bellew told Reuters that all the key personnel, apart from a chief executive, have been appointed and are likely to be announced in [...]

Unicef urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

The UN children’s agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school. The boy, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohamad Gaddafi, was allegedly whipped with a water hose at a private Islamic boarding school last month, and his legs had [...]

BN: Removing GST or dropping it to 0pct will hurt Malaysia

Removing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), or reducing its rate to zero as proposed by Opposition leaders will harm Malaysia, said the Barisan Nasional strategic communications team. “With all the money foregone as part of the tax reforms and the fall in petroleum revenues, abolishing GST or reducing the GST rate to zero is [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas. “The conclusion of the agreement with the Philippines and the subsequent ratification by Indonesian Parliament constitutes the seriousness of the Indonesian government [...]

Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas

Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas Thursday, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country. The fatwas religious edicts that have no legal force but are influential were issued at the end of a three-day congress of female clerics [...]

Exporters can save 68pct of shipping cost with new route to Indonesia

Exporters from Mindanao can save up to 68 percent of shipping cost with the new Davao-GenSan-Bitung roll on/roll off (RORO) shipping route, said to be the cheapest and fastest route between Mindanao and Indonesia. Data from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) showed exporters pay a shipping cost of P109,098 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) under [...]

Singapore

Unemployment could rise further as Singapore faces structural changes: Lim Swee Say

UNEMPLOYMENT in Singapore could rise further in Singapore as some sectors remained under stress, Manpower minister Lim Swee Say said on Friday in a May Day message. Singapore’s economy is in transition, Lim said. With gross domestic product (GDP) growth at about 2 per cent in the past two years, Singapore’s economy is still growing, [...]

Minister of State Teo Ser Luck stepping down, others promoted: PM Lee

Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck is stepping down from public office, but will continue serving as a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris GRC, said prime minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (27 April). In a Facebook note, Lee said that Teo had requested to return to the private sector. “Ser Luck [...]

A $130 Billion manager Sells Singtel as Competition Intensifies

Rising competition in Singapore Telecommunications Ltd’s key markets across Asia has prompted one of the world’s biggest independent money managers to sell the stock. Henderson Global Investors, which oversees about $130 billion globally, sold its Singtel holdings in Asia-based portfolios last month, said Sat Duhra, who manages Asian dividend-focused investments for Henderson. Singtel’s key markets [...]

Thailand

Thai Red Bull heir threatened with arrest after latest no-show

Thai prosecutors vowed Thursday to seek the first arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull fortune after he dodged the latest summons to hear charges over a 2012 hit-and-run in his Ferrari that left a policeman dead. The threat comes after years of public anger over the lack of progress in a case [...]

Thai Prosecutors to Seek Arrest Warrant for Red Bull Heir

An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest. Prayuth Petchkhun, a deputy spokesman for the attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press [...]

Thailand baby killing: Mother looked on in horror and helplessness

Jiranuj Trairat could hear the sudden panic in her cousin’s voice. One minute the cousin was looking at Facebook on his phone, the next he was suddenly shouting Jiranuj’s daughter’s name: “Beta” “I was panicked, too, from my cousin’s reaction,” Jiranuj told CNN over the phone Thursday, audibly distressed. “I grabbed his phone.” As she [...]

Philippines

A disservice to the Philippines and the Asean community

FOR the sake of decency and correctness, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario should desist from issuing statements and press releases designed to influence the deliberations and decisions of the leaders’ summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which is scheduled to take place in Manila this week. He should not insert [...]

Philippines’ Duterte says helpless against China

Philippines’ Duterte says helpless against China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday there was no point protesting Chinese artificial island building in disputed areas of the South China Sea because it could not be stopped. Duterte made the comments ahead of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit this week, and he confirmed he would not use the event to [...]

Philippines Wants Spotlight on Building Boom, Not Drug War

President Rodrigo Duterte’s team wants investors to focus more on a plan to spend up to 9 trillion pesos ($180 billion) on infrastructure and less on a growing number of dead drug pushers. The administration says too much attention is being focused on Duterte’s drugs war, which has claimed thousands of lives since he was [...]

Japan

Korea-Japan-US: A Window for Trilateral Cooperation

South Korea and Japan should leverage trilateral cooperation soon to deal with North Korea and help shape US policy. Tensions between Japan and South Korea are an ongoing concern, with controversies relating to historical issues periodically souring diplomatic relations. Japan recently sent its ambassador back to South Korea after a three-month absence following the placement [...]

Japan’s JFE to raise steel output this fiscal year amid solid domestic demand

JFE Holdings Inc, Japan’s No.2 steelmaker, said it plans to hoist crude steel output in the current fiscal year, tapping into the solid domestic demand that helped lift earnings in the 12 months that ended last March. With companies raising capital spending and Tokyo’s staging of the 2020 Olympics stoking construction projects, JFE expects to [...]

Putin, Japan’s Abe discuss economy on disputed islands

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II. Japan and Russia both claim four islands north of Japan’s island of Hokkaido that came under Russian control [...]

Korea

Latest N. Korean missile test appears to have failed -US government source

Latest N. Korean missile test appears to have failed -US government source

A US government source said initial indications suggested a North Korean missile test on Friday was unsuccessful. Further details were not immediately available. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-n-korean-missile-test-213649978.html

How N Korea’s Political Ideology Became A De-Facto Religion

A pseudo-religious philosophy promises North Koreans a kind of immortality through their dedication to the state. On Tuesday, the highly insular North Korea conducted a massive artillery drill to mark the foundation of its military as tensions with the United States continued to escalate. Like many aspects of North Korea’s political and economic systems, its [...]

Russia’s Putin, Japan’s Abe call for talks, calm with N. Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on North Korea and other countries to avoid behaviour or rhetoric that could increase tensions around Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow after holding talks, Putin and Abe said they had agreed to cooperate closely to try to [...]

Hong Kong

HK: Surge in Political Prosecutions

HK: Surge in Political Prosecutions

The Hong Kong authorities’ arrest of 11 pro-democracy advocates over two days raises grave concerns of a politically motivated crackdown, Human Rights Watch said today. While all have been released on bail, they face prosecution and possible prison sentences. The authorities should drop all charges based on the advocates’ roles in peaceful protests or other [...]

Sky-High Asset Valuations a Concern for HK’s Regulator

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission plans to look more closely at corporate asset valuations, according to Chief Executive Officer Ashley Alder. Assets such as coal mines or residential property are valued by independent appraisers and their conclusions are used to justify prices paid by companies. It’s time for a “fresh look” at the issue, [...]

HK Protest Organisers Arrested Ahead of Expected Visit by China’s President

The Hong Kong police arrested nine pro-democracy activists on Thursday, adding to a recent crackdown said to be aimed at defanging opposition protests ahead of an expected visit by President Xi Jinping of China in July. “They want to silence the opposition and discourage the general public from participating in protests,” said Avery Ng, chair [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

TaiwanPresident Tsai Ing-wen said another direct phone call with US President Donald Trump could take place again and she urged the self-ruled island’s political rivalChinato step up to its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation. “We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with theUSgovernment,” Tsai told Reuters in an exclusive [...]

Taiwan, not China, is its own worst enemy

Taiwan faces a bigger threat than Chinese invasion: its own economic mismanagement. President Tsai Ing-wen has outlined plans to bolster growth, including a $29 billion stimulus package, but bolder reforms favoured by the business community look hobbled by politics. The irony is that a politician whose party is defined by resistance to Beijing may leave [...]

Majority believe gov’t stance on detained activist: too soft?: poll

Most have found the government’s handling of activist Li Ming-che detention in China to be “too soft” according to poll results publicized today. According to a poll conducted by the pan-green-leaning Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF, ???????), 56 percent of respondents said that the Tsai administration should have taken a harder stance regarding the detained [...]

Vietnam

Deputy PM chairs meeting on ODA, preferential loans use

World Bank (WB) preferential loans during the 2017 fiscal year will be used for sustainable development, infrastructure, improvement of tertiary education, and disaster recovery in the central region, said deputy prime minister and Foreign minister Pham Binh Minh. Minh, also head of the National Steering Committee for Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Preferential Loans, made [...]

Brazil initiates anti-dumping probe on welded steel pipes

The foreign trade secretariat of Brazil has announced it has begun an antidumping duty investigation on imports of welded austenitic stainless steel pipes from Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. The inquiry is predicated upon a complaint filed by Aperam Inox Tubos Brasil Ltda and Marcegaglia do Brasil Ltda covering the period between October 2015 and September [...]

Rice prices rise in India on stronger rupee; stable in Thailand, Vietnam

Rice prices in India rose on a stronger rupee, while markets in Thailand and Vietnam remained quiet, traders said on Thursday. In India, the world’s biggest rice exporter, prices for 5-percent broken parboiled rice rose by $3 to $387-$392 a tonne this week on an appreciation in the rupee and a rise in paddy prices [...]