• N. Korea leader lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions: KCNA

    N. Korea leader lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions: KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked “hostile forces” over “brigandish” sanctions, state media reported Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. Kim and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. But there has been […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:14 AM
  • Russia says US sanctions over N Korea risk undermining peace process

    Russia says US sanctions over N Korea risk undermining peace process

    Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that fresh sanctions, imposed by the United States against a Russian firm and an individual over North Korea, may undermine peace process in the Korean peninsula. In a statement, the ministry also said that Washington “is not aware” of how the “utmost pressure” on Pyongyang is “fraught with danger”. […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:14 AM
  • China rebuffs Philippines president’s South China Seas rebuke

    China rebuffs Philippines president’s South China Seas rebuke

    America is preparing to hand back a relic of a bitterly remembered conflict China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands. Duterte said China has […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:14 AM
  • Pentagon Claims US ‘Better Partner’ for Philippines Than Russia

    Pentagon Claims US ‘Better Partner’ for Philippines Than Russia

    Randall Schriver, the US assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, warned on Thursday that the Philippines’ purchase of Russian military equipment might have an adverse impact on the country’s cooperation with the United States, claiming that Washington was a better partner for Manila than Moscow. The US official addressed reports on Manila’s […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Sputnik News | 6:14 AM
  • Soulik may become a powerful typhoon before threatening Japan next week

    Soulik may become a powerful typhoon before threatening Japan next week

    Residents of Japan are being put on alert for Tropical Storm Soulik to become a powerful typhoon and threaten the country next week. Soulik is currently churning to the northwest of Guam and is “in an environment that is conducive for strengthening in the coming days,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson. Soulik can become […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | ACCU Weather | 6:14 AM
  • Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

    Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

    Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to “fight and win.” The annual report to Congress, released Thursday, highlights China’s growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:14 AM
  • Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets

    Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets

    China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said. The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened US-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:14 AM
  • Typhoon makes landfall in Chinese financial hub Shanghai

    Typhoon makes landfall in Chinese financial hub Shanghai

    Typhoon Rumbia made landfall in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai early on Friday morning, bringing strong winds and rain, state news agency Xinhua said. Shanghai had evacuated 53,000 people in preparation for the typhoon, the state news agency reported. The storm, the 18th typhoon to affect China this year, landed just after 4 a.m., […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:14 AM
  • Trump declares opioids from Mexico, China ‘almost a form of warfare,’ tells Sessions to sue drug makers

    Trump declares opioids from Mexico, China ‘almost a form of warfare,’ tells Sessions to sue drug makers

    Calling opioids coming into the US from China and Mexico “almost a form of warfare,” President Trump on Thursday urged Attorney general Jeff Sessions to investigate foreign sources of fentanyl that he said are “killing our people.” Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump also took the unusual step of urging Sessions to file a […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Fox News | 6:14 AM
  • The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Burma

    The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Burma

    Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh. Yet Mohib Bullah is among a group of refugees who […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:14 AM
  • China has boosted its military’s ability to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force, says Pentagon

    China has boosted its military’s ability to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force, says Pentagon

    China’s military has acquired new capabilities for its overseas bomber aircraft, which are probably training for strikes against US and allied targets, and for the potential use of force against the self-ruled island of Taiwan, according to a new Pentagon report. The annual report to the US Congress on China’s military developments, released on Friday, […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:14 AM
  • Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain

    Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain

    A Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said Friday, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated. The Xiamen Airlines aircraft, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew, landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass and ripping off its left engine, airport […]

    18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:14 AM

Society

Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges

A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government, his lawyer said, in a case decried by international rights groups. The court also sentenced Le Dinh Luong, 53, to five years of house arrest, said his lawyer Ha Huy […]

Storm Bebinca weakens as it makes landfall in northern Vietnam

Tropical storm Bebinca weakened as it made landfall in northern Vietnam on Friday, flooding some villages in one province but there were no reports of major damage. Vietnam had put thousands of soldiers on standby, readied evacuation plans and ordered vessels to stay in port on Thursday ahead of the storm. Bebinca weakened to a […]

Vietnam’s caged bears dying off as bile prices plummet

Two moon bears are gently removed from the cramped cages where they have been held for 13 years, rescuers carefully checking their rotten teeth and matted paws before sending them to their new home in a grassy sanctuary in northern Vietnam. The animals are among the lucky few to be rescued in a country where […]

Health

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 […]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection […]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 […]

FinanceAsia

FASHIONALLY Designers Set to Dazzle CENTRESTAGE 2018

Young Talents&apos Latest Collections to be Paraded on Catwalk HONG KONG, Aug 17, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – With a mission to promote Hong Kong’s young designers, online fashion hub FASHIONALLY will present FASHIONALLY Collection #12 and FASHIONALLY Presentation shows at CENTRESTAGE 2018, featuring spring/summer 2019 (SS19) collections from 13 local designer labels. FASHIONALLY has […]

Los Angeles to host 2018 US China Blockchain and Digital Currency Conference on August 22

– The only Sino-US investment and funding focused event for the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry – HONG KONG & LOS ANGELES, Aug 17, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – The 2018 US China Blockchain and Digital Currency Conference, held at LAX Marriott Hotel on August 22, 2018, is organized by Blockchain China Connect, Artisan Business Group, […]

Four HKTDC Lifestyle Fairs and Chinese Medicine Conference Open

- Food, Tea, Beauty and Home Products in Focus – Record 2,100 Exhibitors Offer One-Stop Sourcing &amp Shopping Experience HONG KONG, Aug 16, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the HKTDC, four concurrent fairs opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC): the 29th Food Expo, the 10th Hong Kong International […]

Regional

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs. Just 1,000 police officers guard the labyrinthine shanties that make up the giant camps and authorities want to more than double the force in […]

The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Burma

The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Burma

Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh. Yet Mohib Bullah is among a group of refugees who […]

Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 parliamentary seats in a national election in July, electoral authorities said on Wednesday as the opposition called the result illegitimate. Within hours of the National Election Committee (NEC) announcement, the United States said it was expanding visa restrictions on individuals responsible for “anti-democratic” actions in the […]

China

China rebuffs Philippines president’s South China Seas rebuke

America is preparing to hand back a relic of a bitterly remembered conflict China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands. Duterte said China has […]

Sleepless in China: here’s what consumers get up to once night falls

Even when night falls, China keeps on shopping. Across the country online orders for supper start coming in at 9pm. Beijingers’ favourites are fried chicken and barbecued sticks of meat. Down south in Chengdu, people spend the most on supper, gathering around tables for hotpot, their evening meal of choice. The city of Hangzhou prefers […]

More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organise it but who requested […]

Malaysia

Malaysia to first prove Jho Low jet in Singapore bought with stolen 1MDB money: PM Mahathir

Malaysia will have to first prove that the private jet owned by businessperson Low Taek Jho, known as Jho Low, was bought with money stolen from the country before it can be brought back from Singapore, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday (August 16). “We have to establish that the jet was bought with […]

Malaysia’s new leaders have found their first 100 days tough

IT IS about 100 days since the leadership of Malaysia changed hands after 61 years of rule by one party. The electoral victory in May of Pakatan Harapan (PH), a coalition of parties, startled many people in Malaysia and beyond. The upset also surprised PH itself. Most members of the cabinet are still struggling to […]

Anwar won his freedom in 100 days, but is he losing the fight?

Like something out of a movie, the narrative seems pretty straightforward: Our protagonist, having been made to suffer years of injustice or torment at the hands of his captors, defies all odds and breaks free. He then topples the regime and kicks out the corrupt leaders who imprisoned him, and is voted in as the […]

Indonesia

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes

The Latest on the murder trial of two Southeast Asian women in the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother (all times local): 2.35 p.m. Indonesian Siti Aisyah will be the first witness to testify when her murder trial in the killing of Kim Jong Nam resumes in November. A Malaysian judge ruled Thursday […]

Indonesia urges exporters to use FX earnings to support rupiah

Indonesia’s government has made a fresh appeal to the country’s exporters to exchange their holdings of foreign currencies to help support the tumbling rupiah, as Turkey’s financial crisis sparks fears of emerging market contagion. The rupiah slipped another 0.2 per cent on Thursday (August 16) to 14,625 to the dollar, quickly shrugging off a surprise […]

Indonesia temporarily revokes nickel ore, bauxite export permits of 4 miners

* Indonesian government temporarily revoked nickel ore and bauxite export permits of four companies citing zero progress in smelter development, energy ministry data showed on Thursday. * Export permits for a combined 4,222,119 tonnes of nickel ore were revoked from PT Surya Saga Utama, PT Modern Cahaya Makmur and PT Integra Mining Nusantara, the data […]

Singapore

Private stock exchanges: What are they and are they allowed to operate in Singapore?

Picture having a meal at your favourite restaurant, and you thoroughly enjoy its food, service, as well as the ambience. Then, you wonder if you could actually own a stake in the restaurant because you love it, and also perhaps you think its business will continue to thrive. However, more often than not, the restaurant […]

Singapore July exports jump 11.8pct, above expectations

Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose more than expected in July from a year earlier thanks to a surge in pharmaceutical shipments, official data showed on Friday (August 17). Exports rose 11.8 per cent in July year-on-year, data from the trade agency Enterprise Singapore showed, accelerating from the revised 0.8 per cent rise the month […]

Singapore couple accused of deviant religious practices counselled by Muis

A couple here, who has been accused of developing deviant religious practices against the teachings of Islam, has been counselled by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). This comes after Muis, the country’s highest Islamic authority, received a complaint. It was responding on Thursday to queries from The Straits Times regarding a Facebook post […]

Thailand

Thailand to ban imports of electronic waste as Southeast Asia nations fear they are new dumping ground

Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China banned the entry of […]

Three-year-old dies in Thailand after being left in school van

A three-year-old kindergartener died after she was left behind in a hot school van in Thailand, police said Thursday (August 16) after arresting the driver. The girl was discovered Wednesday afternoon after her mother went to pick her up at the end of school in the southern province of Pattani and was told the child […]

Impact of Bebinca manageable as storm spares Thailand

THE AUTHORITIES say they are well prepared for tropical storm Bebinca, with disaster prevention and mitigation teams now in full readiness and with the water levels lowered in every dam on the storm’s path. This will leave room for greater water inflows. The Meteorological Department yesterday issued a weather warning, saying the storm will bring […]

Philippines

China rebuffs Philippines president’s South China Seas rebuke

China rebuffs Philippines president’s South China Seas rebuke

America is preparing to hand back a relic of a bitterly remembered conflict China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands. Duterte said China has […]

In the Philippines, church bells may heal old war wounds

THE last time any of the bells of the Church of St Lawrence the Martyr rang out in the central Philippine town of Balangiga was in 1901. Spain had ceded the Philippines to America three years earlier. Filipino independence fighters regarded American soldiers first as liberators to be welcomed, but later as invaders to be […]

Pentagon Claims US ‘Better Partner’ for Philippines Than Russia

Pentagon Claims US ‘Better Partner’ for Philippines Than Russia

Randall Schriver, the US assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, warned on Thursday that the Philippines’ purchase of Russian military equipment might have an adverse impact on the country’s cooperation with the United States, claiming that Washington was a better partner for Manila than Moscow. The US official addressed reports on Manila’s […]

Japan

Be like Japanese fans during World Cup, Mujahid tells pilgrims

In conjunction with the start of Masyair this Sunday, a massive cleanliness campaign has been launched here for the first time to ensure tent sites occupied by Malaysians served as an example to be emulated by other countries. minister in the prime minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, threw […]

Japan ministries may have inflated numbers of disabled employees, media say

Several ministries in Japan may have inflated their numbers of disabled employees for more than four decades, media said on Friday, while companies that miss quotas set by law face fines. Japan, reeling from data-tampering scandals at companies ranging from Kobe Steel to Nissan Motor that prompted government inquiries, has asked all government ministries and […]

Japan welcomes HK lifting food ban, expects export growth

Japan’s agricultural minister on Thursday welcomed Hong Kong’s lifting of a ban on food imported from four Japanese prefectures imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying it will further boost exports to Hong Kong. “We are very grateful that there has been a relaxation on the restrictions on import,” Agriculture, Forestry […]

Korea

Russia says US sanctions over N Korea risk undermining peace process

Russia says US sanctions over N Korea risk undermining peace process

Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that fresh sanctions, imposed by the United States against a Russian firm and an individual over North Korea, may undermine peace process in the Korean peninsula. In a statement, the ministry also said that Washington “is not aware” of how the “utmost pressure” on Pyongyang is “fraught with danger”. […]

N. Korea leader lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions: KCNA

N. Korea leader lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked “hostile forces” over “brigandish” sanctions, state media reported Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. Kim and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. But there has been […]

Japan, Korea steel exports to India surge on tariffs, high-end demand

India is being hit by a wave of steel from producers in Japan and South Korea, a government document showed, as mills there redirect supply after US President Donald Trump slapped an import duty on the alloy earlier this year. During the first quarter of the fiscal year starting in April, India’s steel imports from […]

Hong Kong

MTR Corporation and HK government locked in talks over subsidies for high-speed rail link between city and mainland China

Hong Kong’s rail operator has recently been locked in negotiations with the government over subsidies for the cross-border high-speed rail link, lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun revealed on Friday. The disclosure came a day after Frank Chan Fan, the secretary for transport and housing, said on a visit to Beijing that the government and the MTR […]

Digital payment firms fight for HK market

Hong Kong’s shopping districts are well known for their fierce competition. Now, a new battleground is forming as digital payments firms fight for retailers and shoppers. Chinese tech giants like Tencent and Alibaba are bringing their payment platforms to a city that has long thrived on cash and credit cards, putting them into competition with […]

Beijing wants tighter grip on HK activists

Foreign Correspondents’ Club the focus of Beijing’s ire after pro-independence speech Beijing has stepped up its demands for Hong Kong’s democratic movement to be brought to heel after an activist called for independence for the territory during a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC). It’s the latest sign of ebbing press freedom in Hong […]

Taiwan

US company to pay damages for dumping cancer-causing chemicals in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a US electronic company to pay 500 million dollars in damages to 486 workers and families for dumping cancer-causing chemical solvents at factory sites in Taiwan. In October 2017, the Taiwan High Court ruled that US electronics firm RCA and its successor companies must pay 718.4 million Taiwan dollars […]

Taiwan cafe chain that irked Beijing vanishes from food platforms

A Taiwan coffee chain that faces pressure in China after serving the island’s president has disappeared from Chinese meal-ordering platforms, as Beijing warned it would oppose any businesses that support Taiwanese independence. 85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs of China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan following a visit to one of its stores in […]

Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

Taiwan is still pushing Japan to face the “comfort women” issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday, although it said that the unveiling of the country’s first “comfort women” statue in Tainan a day earlier has nothing to do with the government. A bronze statue symbolising women forced to work in wartime brothels […]

Vietnam

Trade war could benefit Vietnam in long run: FT, VinaCapital

Vietnam is among the most vulnerable economies to the ongoing US-China trade war, but trade tensions could also bring benefits to the country in the longer run. Several major Asean economies including Vietnam could benefit from the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies in the longer run if foreign direct investment shifts […]

Banks reduce fees for customers’ benefits

Electronic banking (e-banking) is having more development opportunities than ever in Vietnam. However, e-banking popularisation still faces many barriers, including cost issue. Many banks have decided to adjust the fee schedule to bring more benefits to customers. E-banking is increasingly plays an important role in business transactions of businesses as well as the lives of […]

VOMF 2018 discusses effectiveness of Chatbot

Chatbot, an automatic chatting app, has proven its efficiency in business activities, helping enterprises save costs and time in sales and creating more benefits, heard participants at the Vietnam Online Marketing Forum (VOMF) 2018. The Chatbot app was the highlight of VOMF 2018, held in HCM City on August 15 by the Vietnam E-Commerce Association […]