• N Korea Blames Seoul’s ‘Improper Control’ For Death Of Fisheries Official

    N Korea Blames Seoul’s ‘Improper Control’ For Death Of Fisheries Official

    North Korea on Friday placed blame for its killing last month of a South Korean fisheries official on Seoul’s “improper control of the citizen”. The incident, which occurred when troops shot the official after he drifted into North Korea’s waters “was the result of improper control of the citizen by the south side in the […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 9:48 AM
  • Pompeo to find ‘new ways’ to cooperate with Indonesia in South China Sea

    Pompeo to find ‘new ways’ to cooperate with Indonesia in South China Sea

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said Washington would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta’s efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China’s “unlawful” claims in the area. Pompeo’s visit to Indonesia comes amid a five-nation swing through Asia, where he has sought […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • S. Korea may find itself on ‘front line of new Cold War’ if it joins US-led, anti-China alliance: adviser

    S. Korea may find itself on ‘front line of new Cold War’ if it joins US-led, anti-China alliance: adviser

    South Korea could be placed onto the “front line of a new Cold War” should it join a US-centric alliance architecture against China, a special security adviser to President Moon Jae-in said Thursday. Moon Chung-in made the remarks during a forum on security, two days after he warned that if the United States forces South […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | YNA | 6:02 AM
  • Pilot killed in Taiwan jet crash, all F-5E fighters grounded

    Pilot killed in Taiwan jet crash, all F-5E fighters grounded

    A Taiwanese air force F-5E fighter jet has crashed in the sea off the coast of the eastern county of Taitung on a routine training mission, killing the pilot and prompting the military to ground all similar ageing aircraft which have been in use for more than four decades. The single-seated F-5E took off from […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Factbox: Key details from fifth plenum of China’s Communist Party

    Factbox: Key details from fifth plenum of China’s Communist Party

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Central Committee, the largest of the ruling Communist Party’s top decision-making bodies, have concluded a four-day meeting on China’s economic and social policy goals for the next five years. The final blueprint will be approved and published when the National People’s Congress, or parliament, meets in its annual session […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • China-US rivalry becomes Aliens vs Predator as Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka takes swipe at Mike Pompeo

    China-US rivalry becomes Aliens vs Predator as Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka takes swipe at Mike Pompeo

    The Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka has likened comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on a visit to Colombo to a gory video game, after the American diplomat accused the Chinese Communist Party of being a “predator”. “Sorry Secretary @SecPompeo, we’re busy promoting #China-#SriLanka friendship and cooperation, not interested in your #AlienVsPredator […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Air pollution may factor in Covid-19 deaths, with East Asia worst hit: study

    Air pollution may factor in Covid-19 deaths, with East Asia worst hit: study

    Air pollution may contribute to deaths among people suffering from Covid-19, according to new research, which estimates 15 per cent of global fatalities from the respiratory disease could be linked to long-term exposure to carbon emissions and other pollutants. Researchers, including those from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • HK lawmakers back appointment of leading British judge to city’s top court

    HK lawmakers back appointment of leading British judge to city’s top court

    Hong Kong lawmakers endorsed the appointment of a veteran British judge to the city’s top court on Wednesday, and some suggested broadening the pool of overseas judges to include more common law jurisdictions such as Singapore and Malaysia. The appointment of Justice Patrick Hodge brings the number of overseas judges serving as non-permanent members of […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • HK graft-buster says it has no power to tackle election fraud in mainland China after minister declares the opposite

    HK graft-buster says it has no power to tackle election fraud in mainland China after minister declares the opposite

    Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency has said it would not have the enforcement powers to tackle election fraud over the border if voting was extended to mainland China, just hours after a minister told lawmakers the opposite was true. The Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on Wednesday issued a clarification to remarks made by […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Korean ex-president Lee ordered back to prison for 17 years

    Korean ex-president Lee ordered back to prison for 17 years

    Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was ordered back to prison Thursday as the country’s Supreme Court upheld a 17-year jail term for bribery and embezzlement offences. The conservative Lee, who served as president from 2008 to 2013, had been out on bail awaiting the ruling and was not in court for the decision, but […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Pompeo encourages closer ties with Indo-Pacific nations amid Chinese influence

    Pompeo encourages closer ties with Indo-Pacific nations amid Chinese influence

    Amid a whirlwind trip across the Indo-Pacific, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that relations between Washington and countries in the region have been strengthening in the face of increasing Chinese influence. Pompeo is set to arrive in Vietnam on Thursday (October 29) to participate in the 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum, which kicked off […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM
  • At least 25 dead, scores missing after typhoon lashes Vietnam

    At least 25 dead, scores missing after typhoon lashes Vietnam

    Vietnam deployed hundreds of soldiers and heavy machinery on Thursday to search for survivors after landslides triggered by torrential rains from Typhoon Molave, one of the strongest typhoons in the region in decades. The landslides, which hit remote areas in the central province of Quang Nam late on Wednesday, killed 13 with 40 missing as […]

    30-Oct-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Society

Masks good, ventilation better at cutting COVID risk at indoor events-study

Face masks and limits on numbers are important, but good ventilation technology is the most essential ingredient of all in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading at public events indoors, according to a German study. And researchers say the study’s results have implications for containing the epidemic among the broader population too. Around 1,500 […]

Activists urge ‘Big Pharma’ to be transparent on COVID-19 vaccine costs

Activists called on pharmaceutical companies on Thursday to be transparent about the costs and terms of providing COVID-19 vaccines, saying they must be available and affordable for all. French drugmaker Sanofi and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday they would supply 200 million doses of their COVID-19 candidate vaccine to the global COVAX vaccine facility backed […]

Vaccine hopes rise as Oxford jab prompts immune response among old as well as young adults

One of the world’s leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces a immune response in both old and young adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca […]

Health

Masks good, ventilation better at cutting COVID risk at indoor events-study

Face masks and limits on numbers are important, but good ventilation technology is the most essential ingredient of all in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading at public events indoors, according to a German study. And researchers say the study’s results have implications for containing the epidemic among the broader population too. Around 1,500 […]

Activists urge ‘Big Pharma’ to be transparent on COVID-19 vaccine costs

Activists called on pharmaceutical companies on Thursday to be transparent about the costs and terms of providing COVID-19 vaccines, saying they must be available and affordable for all. French drugmaker Sanofi and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday they would supply 200 million doses of their COVID-19 candidate vaccine to the global COVAX vaccine facility backed […]

Vaccine hopes rise as Oxford jab prompts immune response among old as well as young adults

One of the world’s leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces a immune response in both old and young adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca […]

FinanceAsia

Tarena to Report Third Quarter of 2020 Financial Results on November 13, 2020

BEIJING, Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tarena International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TEDU)  ("Tarena" or the "Company"), a leading provider of adult professional education and K-12 education service…

Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank Website Now Live

Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank Website Now Live

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three years after its foundation in 2017, the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank launched its official website on Taiwan Culture Day, the 17th of October 2020.

Over the course of the last few years, the Ministry of Culture, w…

Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank Website Now Live

Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank Website Now Live

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three years after its foundation in 2017, the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank launched its official website on Taiwan Culture Day, the 17th of October 2020.

Over the course of the last few years, the Ministry of Culture, w…

Regional

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

U,S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting Hanoi on Friday ostensibly to celebrate 25 years of […]

US boosts energy infrastructure push in Vietnam with raft of LNG-to-power deals

US companies signed several agreements with Vietnamese partners to develop LNG-to-power projects in the Southeast Asian country, as part of Washington’s strategy to bolster regional ties and pave the way for more US LNG exports, US equipment supply, and financial backing for energy infrastructure. The deals were signed at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Hanoi […]

American jailed for attempt to overthrow Vietnam government says he was ‘kidnapped’

American jailed for attempt to overthrow Vietnam government says he was ‘kidnapped’ A US citizen sentenced last year to 12 years in a Vietnamese jail for “attempting to overthrow the state” spoke of his 27-month detention at a Zoom news conference on Wednesday, after he was released and returned to his home in California last […]

China

Analysis: Creeping funding costs skew China Evergrande’s deleverage drive

China Evergrande Group 3333.HK has taken to seeking loans at above-average interest rates in the shadow banking market, where caution even there over its cash flow hints at an increasingly fraught effort to reduce the property sector’s biggest debt. The developer, which owed 835.5 billion yuan ($125 billion) at June-end, has been shopping around for […]

Canada judge sides with Huawei CFO on some claims but does not dismiss US extradition case

A judge has blocked an attempt by Canada’s attorney general to get parts of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s arguments dismissed in the case to extradite her to the United States, according to a ruling released on Thursday. However, the judge sided with the attorney general in agreeing that Meng’s arguments were not strong […]

Wary of security issues, Japan’s government moves to shut China out of its drone supply chain

Japan may effectively shut off China from supplying drones to its government to protect sensitive information, according to six people in government and the ruling party familiar with the matter, as part of a broad effort to bolster national security. The primary concerns, those people said, centred on information technology, supply chains, cyber security and […]

Malaysia

Muslims have ‘right to punish’ French, says Malaysia’s Mahathir

Muslims have ‘right to punish’ French, says Malaysia’s Mahathir

Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday Muslims have a right to “kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past” but he did not approve of the killing of a French teacher over his use of cartoons of the Prophet. In a blog post Mahathir, 95, a respected leader in the […]

Singapore to import electricity from Malaysia for a two year trial

Singapore plans to import 100 megawatts ( MW) of electricity from Malaysia for a two year trial starting next year to diversify the country’s energy supply. The plan “will allow the region to share the clean energy sources that different countries may have”, according to Singapore’s trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing’s announcement in […]

Deputy Health D-G: 8,506 beds to treat Covid-19 in Sabah with 43pct usage rate

There are currently 8,506 hospital beds in Sabah to treat Covid-19 patients, with a 43 per cent usage rate, deputy Health director-General Datuk Dr Rohaisat Yon said today. In a Facebook posting shared by the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Dr Rohaisat said that the MOH also has enough […]

Indonesia

Govt denies ‘Jurassic Park’ claims amid controversy surrounding Rinca Island project

The Environment and Forestry Ministry has denied rumours that the government is developing a “Jurassic Park”-style tourist destination on Rinca Island in Labuan Bajo regency, East Nusa Tenggara, claiming that the ongoing construction of new facilities is a public undertaking aimed at bolstering the local economy, as well as preserving the local Komodo dragon population. […]

Thousand Islands welcomes more visitors thanks to eased virus curbs

The number of tourists visiting Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency is slowly increasing as social restrictions to curb COVID-19 transmission have been relaxed for the second time. Jakarta recently extended the second so-called transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) from October 12 through November 8. Puji Astuti, head of the Thousand Islands Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, […]

Pompeo praises Indonesia’s reform effort to cut red tape

The United States has praised the Indonesian government’s effort in addressing the issues of regulatory roadblocks, corruption and nontransparency in the business sector as it seeks to strengthen economic ties with the archipelagic country. “As I say in most every country looking to create wealth for its people, the private sector needs the right incentives […]

Singapore

COVID-19: Singapore to allow travellers from China, Australia’s Victoria from 6 Nov

Singapore will lift border restrictions for foreign travellers from mainland China and the Australian state of Victoria from 6 November. The move means that these visitors will undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and, if the result is negative, they can go about their activities in Singapore without being quarantined or […]

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 7 new cases, all imported, for 2nd straight day

The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Thursday (29 October), taking its total case count to 57,994. For the second day in a row, all cases are imported. All of them are also asymptomatic and “were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance”, added the MOH. Of them, […]

Migrant workers in dorms allowed to visit recreation centres on rest days

From Saturday (31 October), eligible migrant workers living in dormitories will be allowed to visit recreation centres (RCs) on their rest days. In a media release on Wednesday, the Ministry of Manpower said that this easing of restrictions comes after more than two months of trials, and with COVID-19 infection rates in the community and […]

Thailand

Job sites spring up as unemployed flail

The pandemic has caused mass unemployment globally and domestically, adding pressure to an online employment arena that even before the outbreak failed to provide results for jobseekers in all income stratas. A slew of recruitment startups in Thailand recently received an influx of attention and users thanks to the large pool of unemployed workers and […]

Big bike riders set to face tough tests

The Land Transport Department has issued new criteria for big bike riders, saying they must bring medical certificates when applying for a driving licence. Yongyut Nakdaeng, deputy director-general of the department, said on Wednesday the ministerial regulation on the application, issuance and renewal of driving licences requires big bike riders to have more training and […]

Reminder from Thai Foreign Affairs about staying in Thailand after October 31

The following was sent by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reminding foreigners about staying in Thailand after the current visa amnesty expires… ” Tanee Sangrat, director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson reiterated that all stranded foreign nationals who wish to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand beyond 31 October 2020 need […]

Philippines

Palace: Price cap on COVID-19 tests likely

resident Rodrigo Duterte will likely grant the request of the Department of Health to impose a price cap on coronavirus tests in hospitals and laboratories, Malacanang said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the proposed order on price ceiling on COVID-19 tests is awaiting the president’s signature following the review of the DOH and the […]

UN mobilises P1.4B for Philippines COVID-19 rapid response

The United Nations (UN) in the Philippines has mobilised some P1.4 billion through 150 COVID-19 rapid-response activities being implemented by 20 UN agencies throughout the country. “In the Philippines, the UN has moved swiftly to support the government-led effort to contain COVID-19 and limit its socioeconomic impact,’ said Gustavo Gonzalez, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator […]

San Miguel to scrap pending coal power plants after government ban

San Miguel Corp. is abandoning future plans to construct coal power plants after the government enforced a moratorium on coal-powered generators. Asked if the country’s largest conglomerate would still proceed with its coal power plans, Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer, told Philstar.com in a text message: “No problem. We always follow rules.” He […]

Japan

US approves extradition to Japan over Ghosn escape

The United States has given the green light to extradite a former special forces soldier and his son to Japan for assisting auto executive Carlos Ghosn’s daring escape, although a judge Thursday put their transfer on hold. Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter were arrested in May in the Boston area on […]

US judge delays extradition of Carlos Ghosn’s accused escape plotters to Japan

A federal judge on Thursday granted a last-minute request to stop the US government from turning over to Japan two men accused of helping smuggle former Nissan Motor Co 7201.T Chair Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial on financial crimes. US District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston granted a request […]

Wary of security issues, Japan’s government moves to shut China out of its drone supply chain

Japan may effectively shut off China from supplying drones to its government to protect sensitive information, according to six people in government and the ruling party familiar with the matter, as part of a broad effort to bolster national security. The primary concerns, those people said, centred on information technology, supply chains, cyber security and […]

Korea

N Korea Blames Seoul’s ‘Improper Control’ For Death Of Fisheries Official

N Korea Blames Seoul’s ‘Improper Control’ For Death Of Fisheries Official

North Korea on Friday placed blame for its killing last month of a South Korean fisheries official on Seoul’s “improper control of the citizen”. The incident, which occurred when troops shot the official after he drifted into North Korea’s waters “was the result of improper control of the citizen by the south side in the […]

Moon says S. Korea to keep working with WHO, international community on coronavirus

President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed South Korea’s commitment Thursday to continued cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community against COVID-19. He was replying to a Twitter message by WHO director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus regarding Seoul’s “effective” handling of the pandemic. Moon thanked him for speaking highly of what South Korea has done […]

Will doctors strike again amid unsolved license issue?

The Korea Medical Association (KMA) urged the government, Thursday, to come up with measures to give medical students another opportunity to take the state medical licensing exam, warning they are poised to launch another strike. Doctors and the government are still at odds over whether to give fourth-year medical students another opportunity to take the […]

Hong Kong

Schoolboy arrested over cross-border credit card scam, as HK and Macau officers detain 35 suspected gang members

A 12-year-old boy was among 36 people who were arrested when police in Hong Kong and Macau broke up a fraud syndicate that used stolen credit card data to make online purchases. During the joint operation, code-named Soaringstar, which ran from last Saturday to Wednesday, five Hongkongers, including the boy, were picked up in the […]

HK teen activist Tony Chung charged with secession

A teenage Hong Kong activist was charged on Thursday with secession, the first public political figure to be prosecuted under a sweeping new national security law Beijing imposed on the city. Tony Chung, 19, appeared in court charged with secession, money laundering and conspiring to publish seditious content, two days after he was arrested in […]

HK jobless rate could hit record high this year, experts warn, as unions urge for more relief measures

Hong Kong’s jobless rate could hit a record high at the end of this year if its struggling economy does not improve and relief measures are discontinued, analysts have warned. Experts on Wednesday predicted that within two months at the earliest, the unemployment rate could surpass the record of 8.5 per cent set between April […]

Taiwan

Pilot killed as Taiwan fighter jet crashes into sea

A Taiwanese pilot was killed Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island’s eastern coast during routine training, the air force said, in the second fatal air crash in three months. Pilot Chu Kuang-meng ejected from the F-5E jet after reporting an engine malfunction shortly after take-off, the air force said. The 29-year-old was […]

Taiwan holds trade fair in Somaliland

Taiwan opened its first trade fair in Somaliland on Wednesday (October 28) after the two nations mutually opened representative offices in the past two months. The establishment of a Taiwanese representative office in the East African nation’s capital of Hargeisa in August was seen as a major breakthrough for Taiwan’s diplomacy, as it only has […]

2 US non-profits to open Taiwan offices, promote democracy in Asia-Pacific

Two American non-profit organisations with a focus on promoting democracy are planning to set up new offices in Taipei, as they view Taiwan’s democratic society as a model for Asia. Taiwanese Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim welcomed the decision by both the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) to expand […]

Vietnam

Stock value of state-owned banks rise to VND568.940 trillion

In the report on the health of banks that the government submitted to the National Assembly, there were statistics on the system of state-owned banks. State-owned banks include Commercial Joint Stock Bank for Industry and Trade of Vietnam (VietinBank), Commercial Joint Stock Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), Commercial Joint Stock Bank for […]

Shopee starts 11.11 Big Sale event

E-commer platform Shopee has recently launched its annual 11.11 Big Sale, committing to create a positive impact to uplift communities, create new opportunities for sellers and brands, and create stronger shared experiences for shoppers, as part of its broader vision to make e-commerce for everyone. The 11.11 sale event follows its successful 9.9 and 10.10 […]

Vietnam property luring foreign manufacturers

At Vietnam Industrial Property Forum in 2020 held by VIR, experts highlighted Vietnam as a most attractive spot for enterprises seeking industrial property. Le Trong Hieu, director of Advisory and Transaction Services at CBRE, said that in some northern provinces like Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Hanoi, Hai Duong, and Hung Yen the supply of industrial […]