• EXCLUSIVE China to unveil tough new rules for private tutoring sector-sources

    EXCLUSIVE China to unveil tough new rules for private tutoring sector-sources

    China is poised to unveil a much tougher than anticipated crackdown on the country’s $120 billion private tutoring industry, four sources told Reuters, including trial bans on vacation tutoring and restrictions on advertising. The new rules, which aim to both to ease pressure on school children and boost the country’s birth rate by lowering family […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:55 AM
  • Biden’s Asia nominee says US should develop Taiwan ties in every sector

    Biden’s Asia nominee says US should develop Taiwan ties in every sector

    The nominee to be the top US diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday that Washington should develop its relationship with Taiwan in every sector, hours after China’s largest reported incursion to date into the island’s air defense identification zone. Daniel Kritenbrink said it was important for Washington to demonstrate its resolve to meet its […]

    16-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 12:26 PM
  • Beijing’s top diplomat in HK doubles down on warnings to ‘foreign forces’ in first public appearance

    Beijing’s top diplomat in HK doubles down on warnings to ‘foreign forces’ in first public appearance

    Beijing’s new top diplomat in Hong Kong, who called the battle against “foreign forces” his top priority after taking the job last month, has doubled down on that message, saying those seeking to curb China’s growth or undermine its dignity are “doomed to fail”. In his first public appearance as commissioner of the Chinese Ministry […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • 2 years after mass protests rocked HK, will unrest return to city’s streets as Beijing tightens grip?

    2 years after mass protests rocked HK, will unrest return to city’s streets as Beijing tightens grip?

    It seemed like a lifetime ago that Jerry Yuen Tak-chi remembered meeting close friends and fellow Hong Kong opposition activists regularly over hotpot and beer, sharing their political ideals and frustrations or laughing over insider jokes. The group included Lester Shum, Owen Chow Ka-shing, Fergus Leung Fong-wai and Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a fan of Gundam […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • Malaysia’s king calls for early resumption of parliament

    Malaysia’s king calls for early resumption of parliament

    Malaysia’s king calls for early resumption of parliamentMalaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah said on Wednesday the country’s parliament should reconvene as soon as possible, to allow emergency ordinances and a coronavirus recovery plan to be debated by lawmakers. The king’s remarks come a day after prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said parliament could reopen by September at […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • US envoy for N Korea to visit Korea for three-way meet Kyodo

    US envoy for N Korea to visit Korea for three-way meet Kyodo

    The newly appointed US envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, will make his first visit to neighbouring South Korea this week for a possible three-way meeting with counterparts from Seoul and Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency said on Wednesday. The visit, from Saturday to June 24, comes after President Joe Biden and South Korean President […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • Vietnam sees 423 new COVID-19 cases, highest since April outbreak

    Vietnam sees 423 new COVID-19 cases, highest since April outbreak

    Vietnam on Wednesday reported 423 new coronavirus cases, the highest number of new infections reported since the start of its latest outbreak late in April. Most cases were in the business hub HCM City and the northern province of Bac Giang, home to suppliers to global tech firms. Vietnam has recorded 11,635 infections overall, 72 […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • Thailand to fully reopen to visitors within 120 days-PM

    Thailand to fully reopen to visitors within 120 days-PM

    Thailand will fully reopen to visitors within 120 days after more than a year of coronavirus travel restrictions, a calculated risk required to support the economy, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday. Thailand was ahead of target in securing 105.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine for this year, and would seek more supplies next […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • China, Russia have ‘no choice’ but to strengthen strategic and military ties in face of G7 and Nato, observer says

    China, Russia have ‘no choice’ but to strengthen strategic and military ties in face of G7 and Nato, observer says

    Moscow and Beijing, both facing confrontation from the West, are likely to strengthen their alliance regardless of the outcome of a US-Russia summit, observers say. US President Joe Biden is expected to raise contentious issues with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when they meet in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • China says radiation levels are normal around Taishan nuclear power plant after reported leak

    China says radiation levels are normal around Taishan nuclear power plant after reported leak

    China said Tuesday that radiation levels around the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant are normal, following CNN’s exclusive report the United States government was assessing a reported leak at the facility. “There is no abnormality in the radiation environment around the nuclear power plant. Its safety is guaranteed,” foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a news […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | CNN | 5:02 AM
  • China ramps up vaccinations, but uneven rollout leaves borders closed

    China ramps up vaccinations, but uneven rollout leaves borders closed

    China has tripled its daily COVID-19 vaccine rollout in June, inoculating 44 percent of its population with at least one dose, but its health experts warn against a quick border reopening, citing an uneven rollout and the low rate of full vaccinations. China rolled out 17.3 million doses per day in June on average, up […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds Covid for mass graduation

    Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds Covid for mass graduation

    A huge red banner welcomed more than 11,000 students in Wuhan for a massive graduation ceremony over a year after the city was battered by the first global outbreak of Covid-19. Students in navy gowns and mortarboards sat in crowded rows, without social distancing or face masks, beneath the sign that read: “Welcoming the graduates […]

    17-Jun-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 5:02 AM

Society

Astra antibody cocktail fails to prevent COVID-19 symptoms in large trial

AstraZeneca (AZN.L) said on Tuesday a late-stage trial failed to provide evidence that its COVID-19 antibody therapy protected people who had contact with an infected person from the disease, a small setback in its efforts to find alternatives to vaccines. The study assessed whether therapy, a cocktail of two types of antibodies, could prevent adults […]

WHO warns virus quicker than vaccines after G7 doses pledge

The WHO warned Monday that Covid-19 was moving faster than the vaccines, and said the G7′s vow to share a billion doses with poorer nations was simply not enough. Global health leaders also warned the pledge was too little, too late, with more than 11 billion shots needed. Faced with outrage over disparities in jab […]

Outgoing U.N. aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

15/Jun/2021 Intellasia| Reuters Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a “small step.” “These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from […]

Health

Astra antibody cocktail fails to prevent COVID-19 symptoms in large trial

AstraZeneca (AZN.L) said on Tuesday a late-stage trial failed to provide evidence that its COVID-19 antibody therapy protected people who had contact with an infected person from the disease, a small setback in its efforts to find alternatives to vaccines. The study assessed whether therapy, a cocktail of two types of antibodies, could prevent adults […]

WHO warns virus quicker than vaccines after G7 doses pledge

The WHO warned Monday that Covid-19 was moving faster than the vaccines, and said the G7′s vow to share a billion doses with poorer nations was simply not enough. Global health leaders also warned the pledge was too little, too late, with more than 11 billion shots needed. Faced with outrage over disparities in jab […]

Outgoing U.N. aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

15/Jun/2021 Intellasia| Reuters Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a “small step.” “These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from […]

FinanceAsia

LTI Awarded Snowflake Global Innovation Partner of the Year

LTI Awarded Snowflake Global Innovation Partner of the Year

The award recognizes innovations like LTI Canvas PolarSled and the maiden Snowcase that accelerate cloud data transformation
MUMBAI, India, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –&n…

Waterdrop Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results

BEIJING, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Waterdrop Inc. ("Waterdrop", the "Company" or "we") (NYSE: WDH), a leading technology platform dedicated to insurance and healthcare service with a p…

Calabrio Extends Cloud Workforce Engagement Management Capabilities in Southeast Asia

Calabrio Extends Cloud Workforce Engagement Management Capabilities in Southeast Asia

Cloud-first workforce engagement management provider announces roadmap for data sovereignty across Southeast Asia
SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BusinessIntelligence–Calabrio, the customer experience intelligence company, has announced the availability…

Regional

Burma village burned after fighting; residents blame security forces

Security forces set ablaze a village in central Myanmar after clashing there with opponents of the ruling junta, leaving at least two elderly people burned to death, several village residents said on Wednesday. MRTV state television said the blaze on Tuesday at Kin Ma, a village of about 800 people in the Magway Region, was […]

Southeast Asia’s IPO market is ‘still hot’-and Thailand appears to be leading the way

Thailand could see a record number of IPOs this year, says Dealogic’s Ken Fong. Data shows it’s been a standout in Southeast Asia’s public listing space. “Thailand is doing really well. It continues the good trend from last year,” said Fong, head of equity capital market research for Asia-Pacific at Dealogic. The deals so far […]

Australia minimum wage to rise 2.5pct as economy rebounds from COVID-19

Australia’s minimum wage will rise by 2.5 percent for the financial year starting in July, a faster pace than this year, which the country’s independent wage-setting body said reflected its strong economic recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession. The lowest paid employees will now receive A$20.33 ($15.65) an hour, totalling A$772.60 per week for full-time workers. […]

China

EXCLUSIVE Argentine meat packers reach preliminary export deal with government, says source

Argentine meat packers have reached a preliminary deal with the government that will allow them to partially reopen beef exports after a month-long suspension aimed at cutting domestic food price inflation, an industry source said on Wednesday. Argentina, China’s second-biggest beef supplier after Brazil, halted exports for a month in mid-May as it grapples with […]

China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in historic mission

China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in historic mission

China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to part of a space station still under construction for the longest stay in low Earth orbit by any Chinese national. A Long March 2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-12, or “Divine Vessel”, bound for the space station module Tianhe blasted off at 9:22 a.m. Beijing time […]

EXCLUSIVE China’s IPO-bound Didi probed for antitrust violations sources

China’s market regulator has begun an antitrust probe into Didi Chuxing, three people with knowledge of the matter said, just as the ride-hailing giant is pushing ahead with what could be the largest initial public offering in the United States this year. The probe, reported here for the first time, is the latest in a […]

Malaysia

Malay Rulers decree that Emergency need not be extended beyond August 1

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Conference of Rulers have said today that there is no need for the ongoing State of Emergency to be extended past its original end date of August 1. Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said in a statement that this was one of seven […]

Khairy: Govt may authorise mixing of AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines if data supports it

The government is currently studying the feasibility of heterologous vaccinations, or a mixture of two different types of vaccines, to be employed as part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP), Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin revealed. Speaking at a webinar organised by the Oxford & Cambridge Alumni Network Malaysia, Khairy revealed how the data of […]

Ex-education minister suggests vaccinating SPM, STPM students to facilitate return to schools in post-Covid recovery plan

Schools could be reopened earlier than September if the government considers Covid-19 vaccinations for teachers and students sitting for the STPM and SPM examinations this year, Maszlee Malik suggested. The former education minister from May 2018 to January 2020 was weighing in on the recently announced National Recovery Plan (NRP) and expressed concern for the […]

Indonesia

Local govts asked to offer services for violence, trafficking victims

The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) has encouraged regional governments to offer services to those who fell victim to domestic abuse and human trafficking in the area. “In order to support the provision of services, we encourage regional governments to form a Regional Technical Management Unit (UPTD) guided by PPPA minister Regulation […]

Earthquake: Mamuju assessment team validating data on incurred damage

The Mamuju district government’s assessment team has commenced its work on validating data on the local residents’ houses damaged by a strong earthquake that hit early this year. “The assessment team members will work for 20 days to complete the process of validating data on all affected houses to provide more accurate data,” Mamuju District […]

Indonesia reports 9,944 new coronavirus daily infections

Indonesia reported 9,944 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, its highest daily number of new cases since February 22, with 196 new deaths. Indonesia’s total infections are 1,937,652, with 53,476 fatalities overall, according to data from its COVID-19 task force. https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-indonesia-idUSJ9N2KW028

Singapore

Singapore Ministry of Manpower: Two in three retrenched residents got new job in Q1 in return to pre-Covid levels, but recovery ‘not a straight road’

For the second straight quarter, about two in three retrenched residents picked up a new job in the January-to-March period, bringing this rate to levels last seen in 2018 and 2019, data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) showed. This upbeat finding from MOM’s latest labour market report was just one of several indicators that […]

Singapore evaluating easing of restrictions after new Covid-19 cluster

Singapore is evaluating the timing and scope of the next stage of its easing of coronavirus measures, originally planned for next Monday, after a new coronavirus cluster and cases were detected, its finance minister said today. The government was studying the situation carefully with public health experts and will provide further updates soon, said Lawrence […]

Of 24 new COVID cases in Singapore, 19 in community

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (16 June) confirmed 24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 62,339. Of them, 19 are local cases in the community, of whom 10 of 16 linked cases had been quarantined earlier. Five remaining cases are imported, including two returning Singapore residents. Wednesday […]

Thailand

Vietnam imposes 47.64pct anti-dumping tax on some sugar imports from Thailand

Vietnam has imposed an anti-dumping levy of 47.64 percent on some sugar products from Thailand for five years to replace a temporary tax introduced in February, the country’s industry and trade ministry said on Wednesday. The decision comes after the ministry finished an anti-dumping investigation that started last September on behalf of the domestic industry. […]

Thai government apologises for data leak, blames ‘temporary glitch’

The Thai government has released a statement apologising for the data leak on Monday which saw people who registered for a Covid vaccine have their personal information revealed. The government says there was a “temporary glitch” on the thailandintervac.com vaccination booking website and the error was because of “urgent system maintenance”. Soon after the website […]

Great Wall Motors starts selling Haval H6 hybrid electric vehicles in Thailand in overseas expansion drive

Great Wall Motors, China’s largest maker of SUVs, plans to deliver its first locally-built Haval H6s in Thailand later this month, marking another milestone in its global expansion drive. The carmaker is taking orders from customers for its H6 hybrid electric vehicle from Tuesday, it said in a statement. This came after the carmaker put […]

Philippines

Philippines denies report it intends to buy COVID vaccines from Taiwan

The Philippines has rebutted media reports that it is seeking to procure jabs of Taiwan’s home-grown COVID-19 vaccines. Philippine presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has denied a Taiwanese report that the Southeast Asian country had written a letter to the government of Taiwan about vaccine procurement, wrote ABC-CBN. Mirror Media suggested that the Philippines is considering […]

NEDA sees positive Q2 GDP

The Philippine economy is expected to turn in a strong second quarter performance, but sustaining such growth hinges on the reopening of economic activities to bring back consumption and boost business confidence, the country’s top economic planner said. During the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines forum yesterday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said the […]

Philippines logs 5,414 new COVID-19 cases, death toll tops 23,000

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported Wednesday 5,414 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,332,832. The death toll climbed to 23,121 after 158 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. The Philippines, which has more than 110 million population, has tested […]

Japan

Toshiba chair says he may leave once problems fixed-WSJ

The chair of Toshiba Corp (6502.T), facing calls to resign amid a corporate governance scandal, said he may step down after revamping its board and appointing a new CEO, according to the Wall Street Journal. An independent investigation has alleged that Toshiba management colluded with Japan’s trade ministry to block foreign investors from gaining board […]

Japan May exports log sharpest rise in 41 years on pandemic recovery

Japan’s exports in May jumped 49.6 percent from a year ago to post the sharpest rise in over four decades, with their rebound from a coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn driven by solid demand for cars and auto parts, government data showed Wednesday. Exports of goods surged to JPY 6.26 trillion ($57 billion) in the reporting month, […]

‘No time to waste’ warns Japan climate activist

‘No time to waste’ warns Japan climate activist

Kimiko Hirata has spent nearly half her life fighting to wean Japan off its dependence on coal, and now isn’t the time to slow down, the award-winning activist warns. “I’m hopeful, but we have no time to waste,” said Hirata, the international director of Japan’s Kiko Network INGO. “Our future will be gone if we […]

Korea

Korea-Spain ties elevated to strategic partnership

President Moon Jae-in and Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez agreed Wednesday (local time) to elevate the two countries’ relations to a strategic partnership. They also signed multiple agreements on diplomatic, multilateral, economic, technological and cultural ties. During their meeting at Moncloa Palace, which is the official residence of the prime minister, the leaders recognised the […]

Korea set to return to normal life amid lingering resurgence concerns

Korea is getting ready to return to pre-COVID normal life with the health authorities having eased some of their antivirus measures, allowing more people to enjoy sports events and concerts, and more students to attend in-person classes. The government’s move to gradually ease its anti-coronavirus rules comes as the country’s vaccination rate has been picking […]

Sudden delisting of digital coins rattles investors

Major cryptocurrency exchanges in Korea have been focusing on delisting some of their digital coins following the government’s recent announcement that the Financial Services Commission (FSC) will take charge of cryptocurrency-related policies and management. The move is seen as an attempt by the exchanges to distance themselves from risky virtual assets ahead of a mandatory […]

Hong Kong

HK national security police arrest Apple Daily executives, seize reporting materials

Hong Kong police arrested five executives of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper on Thursday with a warrant to seize journalistic materials for the first time, in the latest blow to Jimmy Lai, the tabloid’s owner and a staunch Beijing critic. The warrant, which police said was aimed at gathering evidence for a case involving the […]

Cathay working with Airbus on single-pilot system for long-haul

Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) is working with Airbus (AIR.PA) to introduce “reduced crew” long-haul flights with a sole pilot in the cockpit much of the time, industry sources told Reuters. The programme, known within Airbus as Project Connect, aims to certify its A350 jet for single-pilot operations during high-altitude cruise, starting in 2025 on Cathay passenger […]

Coronavirus: almost 2,400 HK youths vaccinated in first two days after programme expands

Nearly 2,400 Hong Kong youths aged 12 to 15 received coronavirus jabs in the first two days vaccines were available for their group, government data shows. According to figures from the health authorities, 2,381 children in that category received their first dose of the German-made BioNTech vaccine on Monday or Tuesday, accounting for about 1 […]

Taiwan

Pushing against China, US lawmakers plan pro-Taiwan bill

Democratic and Republican members of the US House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week seeking to boost US support for Taiwan, part of an effort in Congress to take a hard line in dealings with China. Representatives Ami Bera and Steve Chabot, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Asia […]

Philippines denies report it intends to buy COVID vaccines from Taiwan

The Philippines has rebutted media reports that it is seeking to procure jabs of Taiwan’s home-grown COVID-19 vaccines. Philippine presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has denied a Taiwanese report that the Southeast Asian country had written a letter to the government of Taiwan about vaccine procurement, wrote ABC-CBN. Mirror Media suggested that the Philippines is considering […]

EU discussing whether to lift travel restrictions for Taiwan

Taiwan is among a list of countries from which the European Union (EU) is considering removing travel restrictions as members gather in Brussels to review relevant policies on Wednesday (June 16), an EU official has confirmed. CNA reported that an EU official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Taiwan and the United States are […]

Vietnam

Telemedicine services save lives at grassroots-level hospitals

Online consultations offered by doctors at Hue Central Hospital helped save the life of a critically ill, pregnant woman at the Vietnam Cuba Friendship Hospital in Dong Hoi City in the central province of Quang Binh Province last September. The 30-year-old woman was at high risk for preterm delivery and had a vascular occlusion, but […]

Vinh Hoan posts great results in May on recoveries of export markets

Vinh Hoan Corporation (VHC) just published its May business results with total revenue rising 35 per cent over the same period last year to VND473 billion (US$20.5 million). The gain was mainly due to growth in pangasius products (up 46 per cent), by-products (up 51 per cent) and added value products. On the exporting front, […]

Vietnam calls for community support to buy vaccines

Vietnam is seeking support from the private sector to secure enough funding to nail deals of 150 million COVID-19 doses in 2021 in an effort to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible. Massive inoculation is crucial in the pandemic battle It is not only Vietnam, but governments around the globe are speeding up COVID-19 […]