• Korea talks: Moon to visit Pyongyang in September

    Korea talks: Moon to visit Pyongyang in September

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang next month to meet the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. It will be the first time in more than a decade that a South Korean leader has visited Pyongyang and it comes after cultural and sporting exchanges. Moon has already met Kim twice […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | BBC | 7:13 AM
  • Senior US politician calls for Taiwan’s president to be granted trip to Washington

    Senior US politician calls for Taiwan’s president to be granted trip to Washington

    A trio of pro-Taiwan US House representatives in California joined Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen during her stopover in Los Angeles with one of them calling on the US government to grant her an unprecedented visit in the US capital. The three US House lawmakers, including Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ed Royce, the committee’s Asia and […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Politico | 7:13 AM
  • China angered at new US defense act, to assess content

    China angered at new US defense act, to assess content

    China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new US defense act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals. China’s complaints about the act come as the world’s two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:13 AM
  • Beijing blames ‘anti-China forces’ for criticism of its Xinjiang policy

    Beijing blames ‘anti-China forces’ for criticism of its Xinjiang policy

    Anti-China forces are behind criticism of policies in the far western region of Xinjiang, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after a UN panel aired accusations that a million ethnic Uighurs may be held in internment camps there. China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:17 AM
  • Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

    Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

    A former South Korean presidential contender was found not guilty on all charges on Tuesday in a trial stemming from allegations he raped a female aide several times, prompting immediate controversy. The case involving Ahn Hee-jungwho before the scandal was widely seen as a strong candidate to replace President Moon Jae-in when his term ends […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 7:16 AM
  • Korea marks first ‘comfort women’ day, joined by protestors in Taiwan

    Korea marks first ‘comfort women’ day, joined by protestors in Taiwan

    People in South Korea and Taiwan unveiled monuments and staged protests on Tuesday to mark Japan’s wartime use of “comfort women”, a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels. In South Korea, a new monument was unveiled as part of its first “Memorial Day for Japanese Forces’ Comfort Women Victims,” […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:15 AM
  • HK independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

    HK independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

    Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city’s press club which Beijing wanted cancelled. In comments that will incense Chinese authorities, Chan, who leads the tiny Hong Kong National Party, said Beijing was semi-autonomous Hong Kong’s […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 7:14 AM
  • Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

    Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

    Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor, a water treaty with Singapore and the country’s financial mess in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. Here are excerpts: ___ AX CHINA-BACKED PROJECTS Days before heading to Beijing for his first visit since […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AP | 7:13 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte sacks 20 for graft in military medical buys

    Philippines’ Duterte sacks 20 for graft in military medical buys

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud and graft in purchases of military medical supplies, his spokesman said on Monday, the latest step in a sweeping battle on graft. Reining in government corruption was a key election plank for Duterte, who has been a big […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:11 AM
  • Trump signs defence policy bill with watered-down China measures

    Trump signs defence policy bill with watered-down China measures

    US President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defence policy bill on Monday that authorises military spending and includes watered-down controls on US government contracts with China’s ZTE Corp <000063.SZ> and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Trump signed the law at the US Army’s Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:10 AM
  • Bevin promotes Chinese partnership amid US trade dispute

    Bevin promotes Chinese partnership amid US trade dispute

    Facing a growing trade dispute between the world’s largest economies that threatens Kentucky’s growing auto industry, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin struck an optimistic tone during a meeting with China’s ambassador to the US as he pledged to woo more Chinese-owned companies to the state. Bevin and Ambassador Cui Tiankai (suwee’ tee-ahn-khi) met Monday in the […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AP | 7:09 AM
  • ‘When can we meet?’: Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

    ‘When can we meet?’: Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

    Retired South Korean farmer Hwang Rae-ha would love to see his mother again, but nearly 70 years after he last set eyes on her, he says he would settle for a photograph. “Too much time has passed by, and it is over now,” he told Reuters, standing near his home within sight of the North […]

    15-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:07 AM

Society

Handy engineering: Vietnam’s ‘Golden Bridge’ has giant support

In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs. “I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” said Vuong Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi. “It’s so unique”. Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam’s […]

Vietnam Floods Kill 3, Threaten to Submerge Parts of Hanoi

Seasonal floods have killed three people and threaten to submerge parts of Vietnam’s capital, officials said Tuesday. Two children and a man drowned Monday in Chuong My district, a suburb of Hanoi, where water has overflowed one bank of the Bui River and engulfed several villages, the officials said. On the other side of the […]

Fugitive spy jailed in Vietnam for ‘leaking state secrets’

A fugitive spy was jailed for nine years in Vietnam on Monday for “divulging state secrets” after he tried to flee to Europe holding a forged passport in a rare case involving a high-ranking intelligence officer. The runaway spy Phan Van Anh Vu was arrested in Singapore in January with two passports — one fake, […]

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

Swick crosses the 10 million metre mark

Swick crosses the 10 million metre mark

Swick Mining Services (“Swick”) has reached a major milestone by drilling 10 million metres of diamond core, a rare feat for a drilling contractor. The milestone comes after Swick first started drilling diamond core in 2004 with just one mobile underground drill rig at a nickel mine in Kambalda, Western Australia. Since then, the Company […]

Barminco to be acquired by Ausdrill

Leading underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco Holdings Limited (Barminco or the Company) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by ASX-listed diversified mining services company Ausdrill Limited (ASX: ASL). Ausdrill will acquire all of the equity and equity-like instruments in Barminco, and assume Barminco’s debt, in exchange for 150.7 […]

Asian markets mixed after Wall St falls on Turkey jitters

Most Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street declined as Turkey’s central bank struggled to contain a currency crisis that is feeding fears about other emerging markets. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.5 percent to 2,771.81 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.9 percent to 27,686.99. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 1.8 […]

Regional

Cambodia launches crackdown on Chinese prostitution rings

Up to 50 Chinese nationals have been detained in Cambodia as part of a crackdown on prostitution rings in Sihanoukville province, a Chinese investment hub, the provincial governor said on Tuesday. Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen is a close ally of Beijing and the Southeast Asian country has attracted a surge of Chinese investment in […]

Fire hits Burma hospital, patients evacuated on stretchers

A fire broke out in a hospital in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon late on Monday, forcing staff to evacuate patients on stretchers and in wheelchairs, rescuers said. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries from the blaze that started in a room in Yangon general Hospital’s cancer department, a fire department official […]

Wider Image: ‘Hijab is like a key’Burma blogger battles bias with beauty campaign

Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar usually keep a low profile for fear of intimidation, but Win Lae Phyu Sin, one of the community’s rare bloggers on beauty care, has gone the other way. The 19-year-old was the centre of attraction at a recent launch of beauty products in Yangon, her striking multi-coloured make-up offset by a […]

China

Beijing blames ‘anti-China forces’ for criticism of its Xinjiang policy

Beijing blames ‘anti-China forces’ for criticism of its Xinjiang policy

Anti-China forces are behind criticism of policies in the far western region of Xinjiang, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after a UN panel aired accusations that a million ethnic Uighurs may be held in internment camps there. China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks […]

China education firms see no immediate impact from draft law

Chinese schools operator Wisdom Education International Holdings said on Tuesday it did not expect a draft law related to the private education sector to have an impact on it, as it seeks to reassure investors after its shares plunged. The statement came a day after Wisdom’s shares led falls in Hong Kong-listed education firms after […]

China to ‘comprehensively’ assess new US defence act

China to ‘comprehensively’ assess new US defence act

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new US defence act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals. China’s complaints about the act come as the world’s two biggest economies engage in an increasingly bitter fight over trade, levying tariffs […]

Malaysia

Melaka posts second-highest GDP growth in Malaysia

Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob says the services sector remains the main contributor to the state’s economy. Melaka recorded a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 8.1 percent last year, the second highest in the country after Sabah. Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob said the services sector remained the main contributor to the state’s economy at 44.8 […]

PM: We’ll have Jho Low’s jet once ‘it can fly’

Putrajaya will need to service the private jet belonging to billionaire Low Taek Jho before having it flown back to Malaysia, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said the jet, suspected to have been bought using stolen money from troubled fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, has remain grounded for some time. However, no […]

Najib: Yes, debt increased, but Malaysia averted economic crisis

Former prime minister says failure to talk up BN’s efforts sees him being continuously attacked over the national debt. Najib Razak today defended some of the economic policies he executed when he helmed the country, claiming it had prevented Malaysia from experiencing one of the worst financial crises in the nation’s history. However, the former […]

Indonesia

Indonesia sets August HBA thermal coal price at 6-year high of $107.83/mt

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set its August thermal coal reference price, also known as Harga Batubara Acuan or HBA, at a six-year high of $107.83/mt, recording a rise of 3 percent month on month and 28.4 percent year-on-year. The ministry had set the price for July at $104.65/mt, and for August 2017 […]

HERE’S WHY INDONESIA IS PRONE TO EARTHQUAKES

Thousands of buildings are damaged and rescue efforts are being hampered by power outages, a lack of phone reception in some areas and limited evacuation options. Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 98 people and injuring hundreds more. Thousands of […]

Indonesia often quakes, but tourists to its beaches and jungles hold key to economic growth

On August 6, the Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken for the second time in 10 days. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the tourist haven, razing buildings, shattering roads and cutting off electricity. A government-issued tsunami warning added to the panic, sending people running for higher ground, though the ensuing wave proved small. Thousands of people […]

Singapore

Trump did not solve the N Korea problem in Singaporein fact, the threat has only grown

President Donald Trump took a gamble meeting face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June. In justifying his decision, Trump argued that past attempts to dispatch experts to negotiate nuclear disarmament agreements with North Korea had failed, but that he would achieve better results by meeting directly with the decisionmaker. Mounting evidence […]

Singapore police dogs to help recover bodies in Laos after dam collapse

Three Singapore Police Force (SPF) sniffer dogs have been deployed to Laos to help recover bodies in the aftermath of the massive dam collapse last month that swept entire villages and farmland away. This is the first time that the police’s K9 dogs are being deployed for an overseas mission, the SPF and Singapore Civil […]

MTI flags brewing trade tensions as a threat to Singapore economy

Loss of business confidence could be the ‘most worrisome’ effect of escalating US-China row As the US and China continue to lob new tariffs at each other, the resulting loss of business confidence may become the biggest threat to Singapore’s economy. Poor business sentiment was possibly the “most worrisome” effect that could come out of […]

Thailand

Thailand takes over the chair for Asean next year. What’s at stake?

“As Thailand takes over the Asean chairmanship next year, it is important for the country to drive Asean forward to achieve the utmost benefits for Thais and peoples across the Asean region.” The integration story of Southeast Asian nations, widely known as Asean, began in 1967 and has since brought about significant changes to the […]

Egypt, Thailand to adopt five-year joint action plan in economic activity: Thai ambassador

Over the last four decades, Thailand has achieved remarkable progress in social and economic development, moving from a low-income country to an upper-income country in less than a generation, according to the ambassador of Thailand to Egypt Chainarong Keratiyut-wong, who was a guest at a roundtable held by Daily News Egypt, along with representatives from […]

Thailand to step up safety standards for tourists following tour boat sinking

Thailand is aiming to restore confidence in the destination in the wake of the Phuket boat disaster, in which 47 Chinese holidaymakers died, with the launch of a National Tourism Safety and Security Committee. The committe will be overseen by tourism and sports minister Weerasak Kowsurat. Weerasak said guidance issued by the committee will not […]

Philippines

Philippines’ Duterte to visit Israel next month

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to make an official visit to Israel next month, his government said on Monday (August 13), nearly two years after he sparked outrage by likening his deadly drug war to the Holocaust. The Sep 2-5 trip will be the first by a Filipino leader since diplomatic ties were established between […]

Philippines volcano is shooting out ‘lava bombs’

The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Philippines is shooting boulders out of its crater like fireworks. The “lava bombs” (yep, that’s a real thing) hurled into the sky on Saturday were as big as trucks, according to James Reynolds, the natural disaster chaser who shot video of the event. Anak is only a century old […]

Carrie Lam appeals for Philippine president Duterte’s ‘personal attention’ in case of HK man serving 40-year jail sentence

The city’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has called on Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to urge immigration authorities to hasten their search for records that may support a Hong Kong man’s appeal against his 40-year jail sentence. Tang Lung-wai, 47, has been languishing in New Bilibid prison outside Manila for 18 years. He entered the […]

Japan

Severe Tropical Storm Leepi to slam southern Japan on Tuesday

The tropics remain full of life in the West Pacific as Severe Tropical Storm Leepi takes aim at southern Japan Tuesday into Tuesday night. The small size of Leepi will limit the radius of its impacts as the storm crosses Kyushu Tuesday into Tuesday night. Kyushu will face the heaviest rain and strongest winds, with […]

Japan’s cybersecurity must address gaps in IoT and cloud security

In July 2018, the Japanese government released a new cybersecurity strategy to share its vision for strengthening Japan’s cybersecurity capabilities. This is the first national security document in which endpoint security to defend computers, servers, and wireless devices is mentioned. But the next cybersecurity strategy should also refer to cloud security to ensure comprehensive protection […]

Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore

A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation. “Sun Child”, a 6.2-metre (20-foot) figure sporting a yellow protective suit with a digital display on its chest showing “000″symbolising no nuclear […]

Korea

Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

A former South Korean presidential contender was found not guilty on all charges on Tuesday in a trial stemming from allegations he raped a female aide several times, prompting immediate controversy. The case involving Ahn Hee-jungwho before the scandal was widely seen as a strong candidate to replace President Moon Jae-in when his term ends […]

Korea marks first ‘comfort women’ day, joined by protestors in Taiwan

Korea marks first ‘comfort women’ day, joined by protestors in Taiwan

People in South Korea and Taiwan unveiled monuments and staged protests on Tuesday to mark Japan’s wartime use of “comfort women”, a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels. In South Korea, a new monument was unveiled as part of its first “Memorial Day for Japanese Forces’ Comfort Women Victims,” […]

S. Korea bans recalled BMWs from streets pending safety inspections

South Korea Tuesday temporarily banned from the streets all recalled BMW cars that have not yet passed safety checks following a spate of engine fires. BMW Korea last month started recalling 106,000 vehicles with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module, which it says caused the recent fires. The recall applies to 42 models, all with […]

Hong Kong

HK independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

HK independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city’s press club which Beijing wanted cancelled. In comments that will incense Chinese authorities, Chan, who leads the tiny Hong Kong National Party, said Beijing was semi-autonomous Hong Kong’s […]

HK stars and fans bid final farewell to late Canto-pop singer Ellen Joyce Loo, 32

Scores of celebrities and fans bid farewell to Canto-pop singer Ellen Joyce Loo on Tuesday as a funeral service was held for the star, who died earlier this month. Fellow local Canto-pop stars Denise Ho Wan-sze, Joey Yung Cho-yee, Miriam Yeung Chin-wah and Kay Tse On-kei were among those paying their last respects at the […]

Activist compares Beijing’s rule in HK to colonialism

A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing’s rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists’ association that defied the Chinese government’s demand to cancel the event. The government’s demand raised questions about Beijing’s growing influence in the former British colony, which was promised semi-autonomy and freedom of speech as part of […]

Taiwan

Taiwan leader makes rare US speech

Taiwan’s president has given a speech in the United Statesthe first time in 15 years that a leader of the island has spoken publicly on American soilprompting a rapid response from Beijing. During a stopover en route to Paraguay, Tsai Ing-wen, whose government refuses to endorse Beijing’s view that Taiwan is part of China, vowed […]

Taiwan nursing home fire kills nine people, authorities confirm

A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan has left nine people dead and 16 injured. Authorities were still investigating the cause of the blaze that broke out before 5am, and was extinguished roughly one hour later. No details were immediately available about those who had died, although the fire department said 10 of the […]

Foxconn profit below forecast on soaring operating costs, shares fall

Foxconn posted second-quarter net profit well below expectations as a rise in component costs and unsold inventory weighed on the performance of the Apple supplier and world’s top contract electronics maker, analysts said. The company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, reported net profit of T$17.49 billion ($567.25 million) late on Monday, […]

Vietnam

Foreign investment into Ba Ria-Vung Tau soars 30pct

The southern province of Ba RiaVung Tau has attracted $2.15 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI) since the beginning of this year, up 30.6 per cent over the same period last year. The province ranks third in FDI attraction in the country. To date, FDI enterprises have invested in 360 projects in the province with […]

Adjusted land planning to contribute to HCM City’s development: HCM City Chair

The adjustment of land use planning will meet the development requirements of industries, commerce and services and will help upgrade the urban infrastructure, noted HCM City Chair Nguyen Thanh Phong at a recent meeting. On August 11, the HCM City government held a meeting to announce the government’s Resolution 80/NQ-CP, dated June 19, on adjusting […]

VN Index rises nearly 10 points

The VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) gained 9.57 points to settle at 978.04 points on August 13, with 213 million shares worth over 5 trillion VND (215 million USD) traded. On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index increased by 2.05 points to end at 110.46 points, with 59.7 million shares […]