• Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand’s election

    Military-backed party takes lead in Thailand’s election

    A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military’s favour. With 93 percent of votes counted late Sunday, the Palang Pracharat party was first with […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Thailand’s pro-army party leads in election; results delayed

    Thailand’s pro-army party leads in election; results delayed

    Thailand’s first general election since a military coup five years ago was thrown into disarray on Monday as two opposition parties alleged cheating and the election commission said it could be weeks until the make-up of parliament becomes clear. Confusion over the outcome of Sunday’s election raised the specter of a protracted struggle to form […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

    Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were to hold talks in Paris on Monday with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front in the face of Beijing’s inroads on the continent. Xi’s visit marks 55 years since French leader Charles de Gaulle established diplomatic relations with Beijing. A […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Former Chinese, US officials joust over China’s role on the world stage

    Former Chinese, US officials joust over China’s role on the world stage

    Former officials from China and the United States jousted on Sunday over China’s role on the world stage and how it should get there. Veteran Chinese diplomat Fu Ying said Washington should not dictate what part China played and that the US should accept Beijing taking a more prominent role. But Fu, a former deputy […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • Trump sends top officials to Beijing to continue China trade talks

    Trump sends top officials to Beijing to continue China trade talks

    President Donald Trump is sending US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing, China, on Thursday to continue US trade talks with China, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday. On February 22 Chinese President Xi Jinping had delivered an optimistic message to Trump, calling on the US and […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM
  • N Koreans prepare for ‘hardship’ as Trump administration struggles to explain sanctions

    N Koreans prepare for ‘hardship’ as Trump administration struggles to explain sanctions

    The president’s comments about sanctions relief reveal the chasm between Trump and his own national security adviser. North Korea is telling its people to prepare for the worst as it becomes clear that that its negotiations with the Trump administration are going nowhere. In a blog post published Sunday, former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | Think Progress | 6:00 AM
  • N. Korea withdraws staff from S. Korea liaison office

    N. Korea withdraws staff from S. Korea liaison office

    North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear programme. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign minister threatened to pull out […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • US ‘freedom of navigation’ operation through Taiwan Strait involves coastguard vessel for the first time

    US ‘freedom of navigation’ operation through Taiwan Strait involves coastguard vessel for the first time

    The United States sent a guided-missile destroyer and a coastguard vessel through the Taiwan Strait at the weekend, the US Seventh Fleet said. It was the first such voyage involving a coastguard ship. “USS Curtis Wilbur and the coastguard cutter USCGC Bertholf conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit [on] March 24-25 in accordance with international […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • Quarry Bay residents in HK form protest group to resist reported subsidised housing plan on nearby Mount Parker

    Quarry Bay residents in HK form protest group to resist reported subsidised housing plan on nearby Mount Parker

    Residents in the Hong Kong Island neighbourhood of Quarry Bay on Sunday formed a concern group to counter a reported government study to build subsidised housing on a two-hectare site at scenic Mount Parker. The group collected about 350 signatures in one week through an online petition to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?

    Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?

    OVER 10 MONTHS, she was caned, barred from using the toilet, forced to eat her own vomit and warned that her relatives could be killed if she complained. It was a life Moe Moe Than, 32, a domestic worker from Myanmar, never imagined when she arrived in Singapore in 2012. Last week, her Singaporean employers, […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • More measles cases likely to hit HK, disease expert warns

    More measles cases likely to hit HK, disease expert warns

    Hong Kong could face a second wave of measles infections, a top disease expert warned on Monday, as health authorities stepped up vaccinations of workers at the city’s airport. The Centre for Health Protection has recorded 20 measles infections so far this year against 15 in all of 2018 five of them involving airport and […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • Gas explosion kills 16 in Burma’s remote Wa state: Wa army

    Gas explosion kills 16 in Burma’s remote Wa state: Wa army

    A gas explosion in a secretive enclave run by the ethnic Wa in Myanmar’s eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured dozens, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said Sunday. Emergency workers could be seen trawling through debris at the explosion site in Mongmaw town in a video posted on Facebook by UWSA spokesman […]

    26-Mar-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

Vietnam police seize 300 kilogram of meth in mansion bust

Vietnam police busted a massive meth ring in a HCM City mansion allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover for the operation, police and state media reported Thursday. Police on Wednesday stormed the luxury property in Vietnam’s largest city, guarded with private security and outfitted with cameras during […]

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

An elephant has been found dead with its tusks and tail sliced off in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where wild elephant numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred due to poaching and deforestation. The Southeast Asian nation has emerged in recent years as a key transit hub for the multi billion dollar illicit […]

African swine fever spreads to fourth Vietnamese provincestate media

African swine fever spreads to fourth Vietnamese provincestate media

African swine fever is spreading in Vietnam hitting two more provinces, after it was first detected in three separate farms in two other provinces earlier this month. The new farms hit by the highly contagious disease are in Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa provinces, 100 km to the east and 160 km to the south […]

Health

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

African swine fever has been detected on three farms in Vietnam, authorities said on Tuesday, the first confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in the Southeast Asia country. All pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, were culled, the Animal Health Department said in […]

Thirteen countries from Asia and the Pacific plan scale-up of PrEP and HIV self-testing

Representatives from 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October to develop road maps to implement and expand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV self-testing in the region. In discussions on building capacity for the rollout of PrEP and HIV testing innovations in Asia and the Pacific, policy-makers, […]

After eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, Malaysia sets sights on Hepatitis B

The health ministry said today it will focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis B, after Malaysia became the first country in the Western Pacific to eradicate such transmissions in HIV and syphilis. Health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said a few states will begin pilot programmes of targeted screening for Hepatitis B among pregnant mothers, after […]

FinanceAsia

Sharala Axryd of CADS named to Five Most Influential Female Online Entrepreneurs by Morgan Philips

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 25, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – In celebration of International Women’s Day recently, Morgan Philips Group paid homage to five inspiring female entrepreneurs within the online arena and named Sharala Axryd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS) as one of the five women who have […]

Mitsubishi: Utilizing Lawson’s Existing “Reverse” Logistics Network Return Service of Rental Products and Online Purchases “SMARI”

Launched on Monday, April 1 at Select Tokyo Stores TOKYO, Mar 25, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – On Monday, April 1, Mitsubishi Corporation and Lawson Co., Ltd. will launch “SMARI”, a return service of rental products or online purchases utilizing Lawson ‘s existing (reverse) logistics network at select (approximately 100) Lawson stores in Tokyo. The […]

TransCanna Receives Third Party Business Valuation of US$50 million – $75 million Range for Facility Acquisition

Vancouver, BC, Mar 25, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE:TCAN, XETR: TH8) (“TransCanna” or “the Company”) recently signed definitive documents to purchase for US$15 million a 196,000 sq ft vertically integrated facility in northern California as announced on March 20, 2018. Included in the purchase is a total of 5.567 acres of […]

Regional

Gas explosion kills 16 in Burma’s remote Wa state: Wa army

Gas explosion kills 16 in Burma’s remote Wa state: Wa army

A gas explosion in a secretive enclave run by the ethnic Wa in Myanmar’s eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured dozens, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said Sunday. Emergency workers could be seen trawling through debris at the explosion site in Mongmaw town in a video posted on Facebook by UWSA spokesman […]

Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking

Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat which was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday. Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of […]

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese ‘colony’ as work on $2 bn road begins

Cambodia broke ground Friday on a $2 billion Chinese-funded expresswaythe country’s firstas strongman premier Hun Sen denied his country was in danger of becoming a colony of Beijing. Once complete in 2023 the expressway will connect the capital Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a southern resort and seaport that has become a honeypot for Chinese gamblers […]

China

Private equity chief says he’s bullish on A.I. in China

The head of one Chinese private equity firm is bullish on China’s technology. “China has the best digital infrastructure, as a sizable economy,” John Zhao, CEO of Hony Capital, said at the China Development Forum in Beijing. “When I talk about the digital infrastructure, it’s not just about how many people are internet-users, or will […]

Not ‘typical foreigners’, says Raffles chair as Singapore hospital operator bets big on China market

Not ‘typical foreigners’, says Raffles chair as Singapore hospital operator bets big on China market Patience is key to international companies cracking China’s health care market, the world’s second-largest, Dr Loo Choon Yong, chair of Singapore-based Raffles Medical Group, said on Saturday. Singapore’s largest private medical services operator, Raffles is betting on mainland China to […]

Wife of vanished Chinese Interpol chief urges Macron to raise case with Xi

The wife of the former Chinese head of Interpol, who has had no news of him for nearly six months since his arrest in China, has asked French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the matter with counterpart Xi Jinping during an official visit to France. In a letter to the Elysee Palace dated March 21, […]

Malaysia

Najib seizes on Nurul Izzah’s warning to mock Pakatan, Mujahid

Malaysians will not accept PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar’s warnings of a crisis in Pakatan Harapan (PH) if it does not come from the “theatrics minister”, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today. In remarks appeared aimed at minister in the prime minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Najib pointedly asked if […]

Deputy minister: Avoid counterfeit liquor

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs deputy minister Chong Chieng Jen today asked beer drinkers to help fill up the national coffers by going for only genuine products. He said for every litre of beer they consume they pay certain percentage of tax to the government. “Let us enjoy our beer, and at the same time, […]

‘We fear no threat,’ UM students assaulted at anti-Najib protest tell attackers

The Universiti Malaya (UM) students, who were assaulted by supporters of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, told their attackers today that they fear nobody and will not be cowed by physical or political threats. Wong Yan Ke, who was among those manhandled at a protest that took place near UM yesterday, said students must be firm […]

Indonesia

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes off Moluccas Islands, Indonesia USGS

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Moluccas Islands on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck in the sea, 147 km (92 miles) northwest of the city of Ternate and at a depth of 76.5 km. There were no immediate tsunami warnings and no immediate reports of damage. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/earthquake-6-3-magnitude-strikes-off-moluccas-islands-052749777.html

Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system

Indonesia’s capital inaugurated its first mass rapid transit system on Sunday, a $1.1 billion project seen as crucial to tackling some of the world’s worst traffic congestion. President Joko Widodo and other officials joined a ceremony in Jakarta to give a green light for the 16-kilometre (10 mile) line, almost six years after construction began […]

No quiet rules at Indonesia’s flyover library

Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes — and opposition from menacing gangsters. There’s no quiet rule at this open-air reading park wedged between two lanes of traffic just outside Indonesia’s capital, a city of some 30 […]

Singapore

SGX-Mainboard listed China Hongxing to acquire gold mine projects in the Philippines

SGX-Mainboard listed China Hongxing Sports Limited (“China Hongxing”) has signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement (the “S&P Agreement”) with Mining and Mineral Industries Holding Pte. Ltd. (the “Vendor”), to acquire (the “Proposed Transaction”) the issued and paid-up share capital in MMJV Pte. Ltd. (the “Target Company”) – a Singapore registered company that holds two […]

Singaporean man charged in toxic waste dumping case in Johor; another Singaporean suspect missing

Two Singaporean men were allegedly involved in the illegal dumping of toxic waste into Sungai Kim Kim an incident that has afflicted thousands of victims in the industrial town of Pasir Gudang in the neighbouring Malaysian state of Johor. One was charged yesterday, while the other remains on the run. The Star reported that 34-year-old […]

These four young Singaporeans are trying to get older people to plan for life emergencies

When you are older and suddenly face the inability to make mental decisions for yourself, the last thing you would want is to be taken care of in a way that you do not like or want. Four young Singapore undergraduates are trying to turn this around with a new social campaign to get older […]

Thailand

PM Prayut shows up late for work but refuses to answer questions

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrived at the government House on Monday, the day after the general election, later than usual. He usually arrives for work around 8.30am but on Monday his vehicle was seen entering the government House at 9.37am. Palang Pracharat party, which nominated Prayut as its sole prime ministerial candidate, is currently neck […]

Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Thailand’s ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country’s first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, election authorities said late Sunday, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom’s pro-democracy camp. The election, which saw an insipid 64 percent turnout, was […]

Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is beaming on tourists, blockchain and cryptocurrencies alike to promote technological innovation

As digital landscapes shift between the new and the old, blockchain and cryptocurrencies have quietly risen in popularity, particularly as countries experiment with emerging technologies. With power increasingly framed by Asia’s soft ambitions as the region embarks on more persuasive methods of influence, the continent’s blockchain market is projected to grow by an estimated 87 […]

Philippines

Lack of death penalty makes PH a favourite trading spot of drug syndicates PDEA

Authorities seized almost 300 kilograms of shabu shipment at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Friday (March 22). Personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) discovered the contraband inside a 40-foot container. The illegal drugs totalling 276 kilograms were concealed inside Chinese tea bags packed in one-kilogram […]

Over 10,000 motorbikers protest at Philippines’ new plate regulation

More than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade on Sunday (March 24) on the main highways of the Philippine capital Manila to protest against new regulations forcing them to display bigger licence plates, saying the measure would not solve the problem. Cases of murders, robberies and other crimes perpetrated by people on motorbikes have been […]

Flood China with lawsuits, analyst urges Philippines

The Philippine government should lodge complaints in all available platforms against China to focus international attention on its incursions in contested waters, a political risk analyst said Sunday. Filipino fishermen and former officials last week filed a complaint before the International Criminal Court, accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity in connection with […]

Japan

Record 2.73 mil foreign residents registered living in Japan in 2018

A record 2,731,093 foreigners were registered living in Japan at the end of 2018, up 6.6 percent from a year earlier, bolstered by a rising number of students and technical trainees, the Justice Ministry says. The government is expecting a further rise in foreign residents under a new visa system to be implemented next month […]

Options for next era name include terms adapted from Japan classics

The options for Japan’s next era name, which will be unveiled on April 1, are believed to include terms adapted from Japanese classics despite past era names typically being drawn from Chinese classics, according to government sources. A Japanese era name is used for the length of an emperor’s reign, appearing in calendars and official […]

Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country’s love affair with plastic. The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to use the […]

Korea

Rubio: Trump reversal on N Korea sanctions ‘shouldn’t have happened that way’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday suggested that President Trump’s reversal of Treasury Department sanctions against North Korea that had not yet been made public could stoke international uncertainty over future punitive measures. “Something happened between the time it was announced and the time that the president put out that statement,” Rubio said on NBC’s […]

N. Korea withdraws staff from S. Korea liaison office

N. Korea withdraws staff from S. Korea liaison office

North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear programme. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign minister threatened to pull out […]

N Koreans prepare for ‘hardship’ as Trump administration struggles to explain sanctions

N Koreans prepare for ‘hardship’ as Trump administration struggles to explain sanctions

The president’s comments about sanctions relief reveal the chasm between Trump and his own national security adviser. North Korea is telling its people to prepare for the worst as it becomes clear that that its negotiations with the Trump administration are going nowhere. In a blog post published Sunday, former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho […]

Hong Kong

Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?

Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?

OVER 10 MONTHS, she was caned, barred from using the toilet, forced to eat her own vomit and warned that her relatives could be killed if she complained. It was a life Moe Moe Than, 32, a domestic worker from Myanmar, never imagined when she arrived in Singapore in 2012. Last week, her Singaporean employers, […]

Man dies after being thrown out of truck in collision with stationary car in HK

A delivery man in the passenger seat of a truck was killed on Sunday morning after he was thrown from the vehicle, which had rammed into a stationary car in the middle of a road in Tai Po. Police said the car was not moving on Tolo Highway because it had run into a kerb […]

More measles cases likely to hit HK, disease expert warns

More measles cases likely to hit HK, disease expert warns

Hong Kong could face a second wave of measles infections, a top disease expert warned on Monday, as health authorities stepped up vaccinations of workers at the city’s airport. The Centre for Health Protection has recorded 20 measles infections so far this year against 15 in all of 2018 five of them involving airport and […]

Taiwan

Sale of Fighter Jets Approved for Taiwan, Delivery Isn’t Scheduled until 2021

Soon after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen admitted to filing an official procurement plan for 66 F-16V to the US, President Trump reportedly provided a “tacit approval” to the matter, even though a formal proposal from Department of Defense and Department of State is needed for Congress to make further decisions. Before the process of the […]

US ‘freedom of navigation’ operation through Taiwan Strait involves coastguard vessel for the first time

US ‘freedom of navigation’ operation through Taiwan Strait involves coastguard vessel for the first time

The United States sent a guided-missile destroyer and a coastguard vessel through the Taiwan Strait at the weekend, the US Seventh Fleet said. It was the first such voyage involving a coastguard ship. “USS Curtis Wilbur and the coastguard cutter USCGC Bertholf conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit [on] March 24-25 in accordance with international […]

US Navy, Coast Guard ships pass through strategic Taiwan Strait

The United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the US military said, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks raising tensions with China further but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 26 March 2019

* Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (CTG) will auction more than 15.1 million shares in Saigon Bank for Industry and Trade (Saigonbank) in the second quarter of this year. With the reserve price of VND20,100 per share, CTG expects to fetch nearly VND304 billion from the sale. The 15.1 million shares are equal to […]

Digitalisation the best way to help Vietnam obtain SDGs, UNDP says

Vietnam is advised to address key emerging factors in order to pursue its development path. Digitalisation has brought numerous changes in Vietnam since the first Internet connection in 1997, enabling the country to obtain a series of socio-economic achievements, mostly the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Nothing else but connection in all parts of the country […]

Vietnam among smallest G-bond markets in Asean: ADB

Among the Asean member economies, the smallest government bond markets were those of Vietnam and the Philippines, with each of their local currency government bonds outstanding still below the $100 billion mark, according to the Asian Development Bank’s latest issue of the quarterly Asia Bond Monitor. The publication reviews recent developments in emerging East Asian […]