• Trump, Kim to meet anew in month after N Korean visits White House

    Trump, Kim to meet anew in month after N Korean visits White House

    President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un around the end of February, the White House said Friday, after a top general from Pyongyang paid a rare visit to Washington. Vice Chair Kim Yong Chol, a right-hand man to the North Korean strongman, met the embattled president […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Trump, N Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

    Trump, N Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

    US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator. The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • The Latest: SKorean leader says 2nd summit a turning point

    The Latest: SKorean leader says 2nd summit a turning point

    The Latest on US-North Korea talks (all times local): 9:30 p.m. South Korea says it expects the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be “a turning point in firmly establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Yonhap News Agency quoted a spokesman for the South Korean […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • UN chief calls for US-N Korea roadmap to scrap nuclear weapons

    UN chief calls for US-N Korea roadmap to scrap nuclear weapons

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the United States and North Korea to agree on a roadmap for serious negotiations on scrapping Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic weapons. “We believe it’s high time to make sure that the negotiations between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea start again seriously and that […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea’s bio weapons ‘more of a threat than nuclear arsenal’

    N Korea’s bio weapons ‘more of a threat than nuclear arsenal’

    North Korea’s biological weapons pose a more serious military threat than its nuclear programme, according to defence analysts, while intelligence assessments have identified a sharp increase in internet searches originating in North Korea for “advanced gene and germ research”. A study conducted by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the US in December concluded […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Telegraph | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan steps up probe into surveillance by pro-China media on island

    Taiwan steps up probe into surveillance by pro-China media on island

    Taiwan will step up its investigation of pro-Beijing newspapers accused by politicians on the self-ruled island of spreading fake news and surveillance activities that infringe national security, a security official said on Friday. Claimed by Beijing as its sacred territory, Taiwan is China’s most sensitive issue, with President Xi Jinping having stepped up pressure on […]

    19-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Canada says it won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure

    Canada says it won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure

    Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the growing rift between America’s neighbour and the emerging superpower. There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • How US and China’s African nuclear mission could provide model for disarming N Korea

    How US and China’s African nuclear mission could provide model for disarming N Korea

    China and America’s recent joint nuclear non-proliferation mission in West Africa could provide a precedent for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, analysts have said, but warned that the scale and political complexity of the task will be far greater. This week it emerged that Chinese and American nuclear experts had cooperated on a project to […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM
  • ‘Not partners’: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

    ‘Not partners’: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

    The leaders of Japan and Russia hold crunch summit talks on Tuesday, with the two countries locked in an undiplomatic war of words over a set of disputed islands. Simmering tension between Moscow and Tokyo over the islands has ramped up in recent weeks, with Russia angrily accusing Japan of whipping up tension ahead of […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Burma ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

    Burma ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticised as “too slow” Myanmar’s efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of “enormous frustration.” More than 720,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state during a military campaign […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry denies ‘unofficial blessing’ for Johor Chief minister to visit vessel in Singapore waters

    Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry denies ‘unofficial blessing’ for Johor Chief minister to visit vessel in Singapore waters

    Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday (January 18) denied giving the green light for Johor Chief minister Osman Sapian to visit a Malaysian vessel anchored in Singapore waters. This comes a day after Osman said he had obtained “unofficial blessing” from Malaysian Foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah and his deputy before his “unauthorised visit” to the Pedoman […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM
  • Kit Siang: Najib finally admits to 1MDB scandal but blames it on systematic failure

    Kit Siang: Najib finally admits to 1MDB scandal but blames it on systematic failure

    DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang today said that it was Datuk Seri Najib Razak who approved the “exorbitant fee” for Goldman Sachs after the former prime minister said the investment bank should take responsibility as it failed to take care of the interests of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), “Wasn’t it Najib who approved the ‘exorbitant […]

    21-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM

Society

Vietnam arrests former BIDV banker amid graft crackdown

Police in Vietnam have arrested a former senior executive of BIDV, a bank that has come under scrutiny from an anti-graft campaign in the communist-ruled country, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday. Doan Anh Sang, former deputy chief executive officer of the bank, formally known as Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and […]

Vietnam’s ‘incense village’ blazes pink ahead of lunar new year

In Vietnam’s “incense village”, dozens are hard at work dying, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. It is the most frantic time of year for workers in the cottage industry in Quang Phu Cau village on the outskirts of Hanoi, where families […]

Vietnam criticised for ‘totalitarian’ law banning online criticism of government

Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent. The law, which mirrors China’s draconian internet rules, came into effect on 1 January and forces internet providers to censor content deemed “toxic” […]

Health

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 […]

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on […]

FinanceAsia

Suprema to introduce latest Biometric Security and Identification Solutions at Intersec 2019

SEOUL, KOREA, Jan 18, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – Suprema is set to showcase its latest facial recognition technology, biometric-driven enterprise access control and industry leading-fingerprint identification solutions at Intersec 2019, which will be held in Dubai from January 20 – 22, 2019. Exclusive to Intersec 2019, Suprema will showcase its prototype next-generation facial recognition […]

Singapore government to amend the Copyright Act (CA) to update Singapore’s copyright regime

The government announces it will not allow importers, distributors and retailers to commercially benefit when knowingly dealing with set-top boxes enabled to allow access to unauthorized content. SINGAPORE, Jan 18, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – The Singapore government has announced that it will be amending the Copyright Act to update its copyright regime in an […]

Fujitsu’s Immersion Cooling System Wins the 2018 Energy Conservation Grand Prize

Receives the Prize of Director General, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy TOKYO, Jan 18, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has received the Energy Conservation Grand Prize for 2018 in the Product and Business Model category of the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy Director-General’s Awards for the first […]

Regional

Burma ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

Burma ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticised as “too slow” Myanmar’s efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of “enormous frustration.” More than 720,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state during a military campaign […]

Inspired by the lack of reproductive health awareness in Burma, Myhealthcare makes itself a health platform to chat with doctors

We reached out to Chit Hnin Pwint Wai to talk about her company, Myhealthcare, a mobile-based health consultancy and health checkup booking in Myanmar After winning Startup of the Year last year in ASIAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards in Malaysia, the name Myhealthcare started to gain traction in health tech industry, and that’s not without […]

Asean foreign ministers to focus on a win-win Indo-Pacific strategy

Asean foreign ministers to focus on a win-win Indo-Pacific strategy

Asean foreign ministers will seek to find a common Indo-Pacific strategy during their informal meeting in Chiang Mai today to deal with the changing geopolitical situation. Indonesian Foreign minister Retno Marsudi and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, who had met before the New Year, held talks again yesterday to discuss a revised concept paper to […]

China

Huawei and Apple smartphones are both made in China, so what is the difference?

A flurry of media coverage around Huawei’s security risks over the past year may have put some consumers off buying one of their latest high-tech smartphones. While Huawei has become one of the biggest names in technology next to Samsung and Apple, the brand has also come under increasing scrutiny around the globe over its […]

How US and China’s African nuclear mission could provide model for disarming N Korea

How US and China’s African nuclear mission could provide model for disarming N Korea

China and America’s recent joint nuclear non-proliferation mission in West Africa could provide a precedent for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, analysts have said, but warned that the scale and political complexity of the task will be far greater. This week it emerged that Chinese and American nuclear experts had cooperated on a project to […]

Brazil lawmakers’ trip to China stirs anger

A trip to China by lawmakers from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s party has stirred anger in the far-right leader’s entourage, partly because of his wariness of the Asian power but also because of the group’s stated mission. The delegation of eight members of Bolsonaro’s ultraconservative Social Liberal Party (PSL) said it was on the visit […]

Malaysia

Najib holds Goldman Sachs accountable for 1MDB scandal

Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said US banking giant, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, should take responsibility if it had failed to take care of 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) interests. “We have put up a system. There is a system there to take care of our investment. “If they fail, then they have to take the […]

Malaysia will forget all about the Goldman Sachs 1MDB scandal for the low low price of $7.5 billion

Malaysia’s finance minister has hinted that the country’s government may consider dropping charges against Goldman Sachs over its alleged role in the 1MDB scandal. For a price. Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysia would consider a settlement with the bank to the tune of $7.5 billion. “An apology is just not sufficient. […]

Israel has no right to talk about moral values, Putrajaya says after anti-Semitism label

Putrajaya has hit back at the Israeli Foreign Ministry today for accusing prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of anti-Semitism, pointing out the Jewish state’s audacity to talk about moral values. In a statement, the minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he was “deeply disgusted” by the Israeli ministry for accusing Malaysia of […]

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Rights Struggle: Deciding Which Candidate Is the ‘Lesser Evil’

A debate showed that neither candidate in Indonesia’s presidential race has any plans to address human-rights abuses. Standing on a stage in the Hotel Bidakara’s ballroom in downtown Jakarta during a presidential debate, Indonesia’s incumbent leader, Joko Widodo, meekly defended what has been, at best, a checkered record on human rights. Widodo, popularly known simply […]

Indonesia to free radical cleric linked to Bali bombings

President confirms early jail release of atrocity’s alleged mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesia’s president has said. Bashir, 81, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah […]

Radical cleric behind Bali bombing to be freed from prison

A radical cleric thought to be the spiritual leader of the Bali bombers will be released from prison on medical grounds, Indonesia’s president said Friday. Abu Bakar Bashir, 80, is believed to have been a key figure in terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), which was blamed for the 2002 bombings on the holiday island which […]

Singapore

Singapore ranked 10th most Instagrammable country in the world

Singapore has been ranked the 10th most Instagrammable country in the world. The ranking, which was announced by online travel publication Big 7 Travel on Monday, was based on three factors. The online publication analysed the number of hashtags which used a country’s name over the course of last year. Each country received a score […]

Over 90pct of Singaporeans with this eye condition are unaware they have it

Caption: As it is largely symptom-free, more than 90 per cent of people with glaucoma are unaware they have the condition, hence the condition’s other name “silent thief of sight”. The Glaucoma Service at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), a member of the SingHealth group, shares more about the dangers of glaucoma. (iStock photo) In […]

Singapore to buy a few F-35 jets, eyes fleet replacement

Singapore’s defense minister said on Friday that Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jets were the most suitable replacement for the country’s F-16 fleet, and it planned to initially buy a few for evaluation. With Southeast Asia’s largest defense budget, the wealthy city-state is a key prize for global arms companies as it looks to […]

Thailand

Thailand to hold auction for 700-MHz spectrum licences in Dec

Thailand plans to hold an auction for seven 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum licences in December, aiming to roll out 5G services in 2020, the country’s telecoms regulator said on Friday. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said it would formally announce the bidding and its regulations in April and determine the value of each of […]

Thailand, Czech Republic pursue defence collaboration

Thailand and the Czech Republic have agreed to establish a working group with a view to setting up joint projects in the defence industry, the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following meetings in Bangkok on 16 January between Thai Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, the MoD said the […]

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy

Thailand’s immigration chief vowed not to force refugees to return home “involuntarily”, after a Saudi woman’s desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognise asylum-seekers. The country is not a signatory to a UN convention on refugees and has long come under fire for holding them in detention centres […]

Philippines

Duterte’s drug war ‘example to the world’: Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has praised his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Dutertes brutal war on drugs, which has taken thousands of lives, calling it an “example to the world”. In a speech during a visit to the Philippines this week, Sirisena said he intended to replicate Duterte’s ruthless approach to tackling illegal drug use, the […]

Philippines’ richest man Sy dies at 94

The Philippines’ wealthiest man Henry Sy, who rose from being a penniless Chinese immigrant to leading a multi billion dollar business empire, died on Saturday, his conglomerate has announced. The 94-year-old, from the Chinese city of Xiamen, founded the Philippines’ largest shopping centre chain. He had a net worth of $19 billion as of Friday, […]

Philippines economic growth to fall below expectations

The Philippine economy is expected to grow way below expectations this year and next, but can still be expected to be one of the fastest growing economies in Emerging Asia, according to London-based think tank Capital Economics. In a new report, the research firm said it expects the domestic economy to have grown by 6.2 […]

Japan

‘Not partners’: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

‘Not partners’: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

The leaders of Japan and Russia hold crunch summit talks on Tuesday, with the two countries locked in an undiplomatic war of words over a set of disputed islands. Simmering tension between Moscow and Tokyo over the islands has ramped up in recent weeks, with Russia angrily accusing Japan of whipping up tension ahead of […]

Body of pilot found after two Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan: media

A rescue operation in the Russian Far East found the body of one pilot and rescued another after two fighter jets collided over the Sea of Japan during a training flight on Friday, Russian media reported. Russian news agencies quoted the ministry as saying that the body of one pilot was found “without any sign […]

S. Korea court orders Japanese firm to pay for forced labour

South Korean protesters dressed as colonial-era Japanese soldiers. Relations between the two countries have long been overshadowed by historical issues including Koreans being forced to work at Japanese firms’ factories during WWII A Seoul court on Friday dismissed a Japanese machinery maker’s appeal against an order that it pay 17 South Korean women 100 million […]

Korea

Trump, N Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

Trump, N Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator. The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, […]

Trump, Kim to meet anew in month after N Korean visits White House

Trump, Kim to meet anew in month after N Korean visits White House

President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un around the end of February, the White House said Friday, after a top general from Pyongyang paid a rare visit to Washington. Vice Chair Kim Yong Chol, a right-hand man to the North Korean strongman, met the embattled president […]

The Latest: SKorean leader says 2nd summit a turning point

The Latest: SKorean leader says 2nd summit a turning point

The Latest on US-North Korea talks (all times local): 9:30 p.m. South Korea says it expects the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be “a turning point in firmly establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Yonhap News Agency quoted a spokesman for the South Korean […]

Hong Kong

Spicejet to begin freight services on Guwahati-HK route from Saturday

Budget carrier SpicejetNSE 0.00 percent’s cargo arm SpiceXpress Friday announced launch of dedicated freighter services between Guwahati and Hong Kong with a weekly flight, starting Saturday. With this launch, SpiceXpress will be the first operator to connect the Northeast with Southeast Asia through a freighter route, the airline said in a release. The first flight […]

Man from Pakistan spent almost 20 years unaware how sick he was because he didn’t realise HK public hospitals provide interpreters

For almost two decades, Ali (not his real name) was never clear about how ill he was or how he had been treated, despite regular follow-ups in hospitals. An Urdu-speaker with little English or Chinese, the security guard, 44, was unaware Hong Kong’s public hospitals provide interpretation services for free. The turning point came in […]

HK police urged to pursue attack on HK bus driver by two mainland Chinese women

A legislator has urged Hong Kong police to investigate an alleged attack on a bus driver after viral video clips showed two mainland Chinese women physically abusing the man at a Lantau Island housing estate on Tuesday night. The 46-year-old driver on Discovery Bay Transit Services’ route DP03P was shown in a 90-second clip being […]

Taiwan

Taiwan: Bitcoin Traders Ran $51 Million Crypto Scam, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors in Taiwan indicted seven bitcoin traders for allegedly operating a sham crypto investment scheme that bilked $51 million from more than 1,000 investors. The ringleader was a 47-year-old man whose surname is Lin, Focus Taiwan reported. The alleged scammers were charged with multiple violations of Taiwanese banking and business laws. The group of seven […]

Chinese Ambassador: Stability of US-China Relations Hinges on Taiwan Issue

In Atlanta forum, President Carter says compromise on Taiwan was the ‘breakthrough’ in talks with Deng Xiaoping 40 years ago How well the US and China can work together into the future will depend largely on American posture toward the most crucial of China’s long-standing political concerns: Taiwan, the Chinese ambassador to the US said […]

Taiwan steps up probe into surveillance by pro-China media on island

Taiwan will step up its investigation of pro-Beijing newspapers accused by politicians on the self-ruled island of spreading fake news and surveillance activities that infringe national security, a security official said on Friday. Claimed by Beijing as its sacred territory, Taiwan is China’s most sensitive issue, with President Xi Jinping having stepped up pressure on […]

Vietnam

Vietnam wants to be in top 50 nations in IT, telecom

Vietnam, which is in a lowly 108th place in the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT Development Index, wants to improve its status. Speaking at a Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) conference held this week, prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized the need for the country to improve its ranking in ICT, one of country’s strengths […]

MoMo receives Series C funding from Warburg Pincus

Vietnamese e-wallet and digital financial services platform MoMo announced on January 16 it has received Series C investment led by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. MoMo did not reveal any figures but affirmed that the new funding equips the company with substantial resources to significantly expand its footprint and realise its ambition […]

Stock market briefs

SCIC Investment Company failed to sell 300,000 shares of FPT Corporation (FPT) during the registered period from December 19, 2018 to January 16, 2019. The investor is now holding over 1.5 million shares at the technology group, equivalent to a 0.24 percent stake. HCM City Le Thi Ngoc Diep, wife of Chair Trinh Van Quyet […]