• President Moon blamed for nuclear tech leak to US, UAE

    President Moon blamed for nuclear tech leak to US, UAE

    President Moon Jae-in’s policy to phase out nuclear energy from Korea’s power planning is sparking concerns over leaks in core technologies for nuclear reactors, industry analysts said Tuesday. The analysts said the risks of a further nuclear power technology leak are growing because an increasing number of nuclear scientists and engineers at Korea Hydro & […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 6:02 AM
  • Authorities can easily prove you wrong, ex-defence minister tells US writer after attack over MH370 probe

    Authorities can easily prove you wrong, ex-defence minister tells US writer after attack over MH370 probe

    Former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has taken US writer and former pilot William Langewiesche to task for resurrecting an old and unproven theory that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah hijacked flight MH370. Hishammuddin, who was picked as the government spokesman in the aftermath of one of the aviation industry’s biggest […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:02 AM
  • Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing

    Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing

    International investigators are set on Wednesday to launch criminal proceedings against suspects in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly five years ago. The Dutch-led international team tasked with assigning criminal responsibility for the plane’s destruction is to inform victims’ families of progress in their case on Wednesday morning, followed […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Duterte crosses his armed forces to placate China

    Duterte crosses his armed forces to placate China

    Philippine leader ignores top brass dismay and a public outcry in downplaying China’s recent sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in the contested South China Sea After days of top-level silence, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte finally spoke out on the June 9 collision between a Chinese and Filipino vessel that sank the latter in the […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | AsiaTimes | 6:02 AM
  • Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

    Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

    A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 21 people and a brief evacuation of coastal homes until the risk of a tsunami passed. Store floors were littered with goods that fell off shelves, and roofs of homes showed bare spots where tiles had shaken loose. But business was returning to […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • Trump says he’ll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan

    Trump says he’ll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan

    President Donald Trump said he’ll hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at a summit of nations in Japan. And US and Chinese negotiators will resume talks before the leaders meet. Financial markets greeted the news with relief Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1.4 percent higher, adding 353 points. Investors […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • China earthquake kills 13, injures 199

    China earthquake kills 13, injures 199

    The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 13 dead and 199 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. More than 8,000 people were relocated as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed after the quake struck late Monday near Yibin, in Sichuan province, […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | | 7:32 AM
  • US, China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting

    US, China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting

    China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets on hopes that an escalating trade war between the two countries would abate. Trump said on Tuesday that teams from the two sides would begin preparations for the leaders to […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | | 7:28 AM
  • Trump-Xi meeting planned for G20 raises hope for trade truce

    Trump-Xi meeting planned for G20 raises hope for trade truce

    US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Japan next week, raising hopes for a truce in the bruising trade war between the world’s top two economies. The two leaders spoke on the phone on Tuesday, weeks after negotiations broke down when Trump accused Beijing […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | | 7:20 AM
  • What China, N Korea are looking to achieve with summit

    What China, N Korea are looking to achieve with summit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons. Here’s a look at what both Xi and Kim may be […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | FoxNews | 6:02 AM
  • Carrie Lam’s failures have radicalised new generation, says freed activist

    Carrie Lam’s failures have radicalised new generation, says freed activist

    Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, is the person responsible for mobilising the biggest protests in the city’s history, the freed student activist Joshua Wong has said. The 22-year-old, who was the face of the last major demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2014, was released from jail on Monday following a two-month term for contempt of […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | | 6:56 AM
  • Xi says China backs N Korea’s efforts to solve Korean Peninsula issueRodong Sinmun

    Xi says China backs N Korea’s efforts to solve Korean Peninsula issueRodong Sinmun

    Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea’s “correct direction” in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula. The front-page op-ed is an honour rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on […]

    20-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Society

Leave those kids alone

New Unicef campaign aims to make violence against children a thing of the past A father begins to raise his voice at the back of a restaurant, complaining about his daughter’s bad grades. The conversation ends with the sound of slaps. The customers, who have heard the girl plead for her father to stop, look […]

Ha Long heli: Vietnam launches chopper rides in famous bay

Most visitors to Vietnam’s famed Ha Long Bay opt for cruise views of the UNESCO heritage site but from Friday tourists can hop on a helicopter to see the area’s famous karst rock formations from the skies. Nervous flyers beware. A pair of five-seater helicopters soared up to 300 metres (1,000 feet) to offer passengers […]

Vietnam police seize a tonne of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Much of Vietnam’s illegal supply floods in from the lawless “Golden Triangle” zone that straddles Laos, Thailand and Myanmar Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than a tonne of methamphetamine after uncovering a smuggling operation involving at least two Taiwanese nationals and a Vietnamese man, the third massive bust in a week in the […]

Health

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

African swine fever has been detected on three farms in Vietnam, authorities said on Tuesday, the first confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in the Southeast Asia country. All pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, were culled, the Animal Health Department said in […]

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 […]

FinanceAsia

Hitachi Automotive Systems to Accelerate Its Transformation Toward Operational Excellence and Industry Leadership

Signs a put-option agreement to acquire Chassis Brakes International, to create an industry leader in automotive safety solutions TOKYO, June 19, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has granted KPS Capital Partners, LP a put-option agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Chassis […]

Top Victorian Tech Companies Eye Southeast Asia to Boost Collaboration and Accelerate Digital Transformation Across the Region

- 29 Tech Cos are at ConnecTechAsia 2019 to highlight the latest innovations in telecommunications, cybersecurity, e-commerce, data management and more SINGAPORE, June 19, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – In a bid to enhance collaboration with Southeast Asian businesses, the State Government of Victoria has brought experts from industries such as telecommunications, cybersecurity, e-commerce and […]

CITIC Telecom CPC Actively Expands Global Business and Partnership Development with New Veteran Appointment

HONG KONG, June 19, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (“CITIC Telecom CPC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Frank Ip as Senior Vice President, Global Business and Partnership, to further strengthen the company’s continued strong global growth. […]

Regional

Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak: officials

Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. The virus, which is deadly to pigs, was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to farms […]

Vietnam has a new partner in its old rivalry with China the US

When Dang Duc Toai completed the Aviation Leadership Programme at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi last month, he became a trailblazer among pilots from his native Vietnam. Dang, a captain in the Vietnam People’s Air Force, was the first of his countrymen to graduate from the programme, through which the United States Air Force […]

‘Systemic failure’ of UN ahead of Burma military crackdown: review

There was a “systemic failure” of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. UN investigators […]

China

In China’s Chongqing, high-rises buck property slowdown

In many Chinese cities, government restrictions have cooled formerly feverish property markets, but in the southwestern city of Chongqing, construction is booming and sales soaring as investors rush in. The most audacious evidence is one of the newest additions to the city’s skyline, a mega project of eight futuristic high-rises, six of which are connected […]

China earthquake kills 13, injures 199

China earthquake kills 13, injures 199

The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 13 dead and 199 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. More than 8,000 people were relocated as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed after the quake struck late Monday near Yibin, in Sichuan province, […]

US, China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting

US, China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting

China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets on hopes that an escalating trade war between the two countries would abate. Trump said on Tuesday that teams from the two sides would begin preparations for the leaders to […]

Malaysia

Anwar’s aide says Azmin should resign if sex video authentic, insists attack not from PKR

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali should quit his positions if he is proven to have been involved in a recent sex video scandal, an aide to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today. The aide also asserted that there was no internal attack within PKR against Azmin. Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa […]

US writer resurrects MH370 conspiracy, blames Malaysian officials for bungling protocol

Five years after the disappearance of Flight MH370 and all 239 people aboard, US writer and former pilot William Langewiesche returned to an old and unproven theory that posited its Malaysia Airlines pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as the person who hijacked the Boeing 777 plane in a murder-suicide plot. In a very long article […]

PKR endgame in sight if besieged Azmin runs for president

PKR is heading for self-destruction as the two top party leaders president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali attack each other behind the scenes, following the leak of sex videos implicating Azmin. Anwar has categorically denied his supporters were involved in the so-called expose by PKR member Haziq Abdullah Abdul […]

Indonesia

Indonesia to begin new capital city construction in 2021

The construction of Indonesia’s new capital city was scheduled for 2021 and allocation to finance related projects will be set in the 2020 state budget, Indonesia Development Planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said here Tuesday. The allocation was prepared to finance the designing of the new capital city, the minister said, hinting that the location is […]

UPDATE 1-Indonesia’s Amman Mineral to cut copper concentrate exports, boost local sales

* Amman multiply copper concentrate supply to local smelter * New smelter on track for late 2023 operation (Adds details on new smelter) JAKARTA, June 18 (Reuters)Indonesian copper miner Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara said on Tuesday it expects to export about 236,000 tonnes of copper concentrate in 2019, below its export quota, as it increases […]

Overloaded boat capsizes in Indonesia, at least 17 dead

Indonesian police say an overloaded passenger boat has capsized off the main island of Java, killing at least 17 people and leaving four others missing. East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said Tuesday the Arim Jaya was travelling from Sumenep on Madura island to neighbouring Sampang when it capsized Monday after being hit by […]

Singapore

Teen admits to kicking and shattering Orchard MRT screen door, costing LTA S$3,000

A 19-year-old man admitted on Wednesday (Jun 19) to kicking a screen door at a train platform, shattering it. The door, which belonged to the Land Transport Authority, had to be repaired for S$3,061, the court heard. Mohamad Adib Azfar Mohamad pleaded guilty to one charge of mischief resulting in damages worth more than S$500. […]

Almost an accident a day on Singapore’s escalators, and the reasons why

Most of these accidents were caused by “user behaviour”, such as using prams on escalators, running on them and not holding the handrails. Talking Point investigates. She has seen patients as young as one month old suffer from serious escalator-related injuries, such as to the head or spine. And more than half of those who […]

Singapore Airlines completes first A380 retrofit

Singapore Airlines has completed the retrofit of the first of 14 of its original A380 superjumbos. The aircraft now features the same cabins also offered on the carrier’s five newer A380s, with a total of 471 seats 343 in economy, 44 in premium economy, 78 in business and six first class suites. Airbus said that […]

Thailand

Pannika apologises in Parliament for ‘inappropriate’ picture

Future Forward Party MP Pannika Wanich on Wednesday apologised in Parliament for posting an “inappropriate” photo that included a portrait of the late monarch. The party spokeswoman said she was sorry for her action, which had also caused problems for her friends, family members and other persons. Ms Pannika said she was disturbed that the […]

PM cannot legally attend cabinet meetings or Asean Summit Future Forward

…but we bet he will. Future Forward’s secretary-general says the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has violated the Constitution by chairing cabinet meetings both last week and yesterday. He also cast doubt over Prayut’s capacity to host next week’s Asean Summit in Bangkok as Thailand’s PM. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul claims that PM Prayut was appointed the post-election prime […]

Tesco looks to open 750 new convenience stores in Thailand

Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has announced that it could grow its business in Thailand by opening 750 new convenience-style stores. There are currently1,583 Tesco stores in Thailand. Tesco’s Asian investment plunge will likely target the Chinese and South Korean markets as well. The Thai subsidiary, Tesco Lotus, was the first western supermarket to set […]

Philippines

Philippines spokesman talks invoking US defense treaty as Duterte downplays sinking of fishing boat

The Philippines may invoke its mutual defense treaty with the United States if it finds the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat this month was the result of an armed attack by the Chinese, a spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said at press briefing Monday. Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Philippines will invoke the […]

Philippines: UN Leading Advocate for the Protection of Children Welcomes New Measures to Prevent Grave Violations

The recent signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Law to protect Children in Situations of Armed Conflict is a positive step for children in the Philippines who will benefit from strengthened mechanisms to end and prevent grave violations, commended the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) […]

Philippines, Japan focus on speedy implementation of infra projects

The Philippines and Japan are now focusing on the speedy implementation of big-ticket infrastructure projects as Manila had already secured a chunk of the intended financing from Tokyo for the ambitious “Build, Build, Build” programme. Finance Undersecretary Mark Dennis Y.C. Joven told reporters that Filipino and Japanese officials were expected to sign on Tuesday the […]

Japan

Haruhiko Kuroda says BoJ will debate rising overseas economic risks this week

The trade frictions and slowing global demand have cast doubt on the BOJ’s forecast that Japan’s economy will continue to expand moderately, pressuring central bank to deploy additional monetary easing to underpin growth. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank will “certainly” debate heightening overseas risks at a rate review this week, […]

Tsunamis expected in Japanese coastal regions after earthquake

Japan’s meteorological agency has lifted an earlier tsunami warning, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday (9:22 a.m. ET) off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the north of the country. The agency had originally warned that tsunamis were “expected to arrive imminently” in the coastal areas of Yamagata, Niigata and […]

Japan quake causes minor tsunami, 16 hurt

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan, sparking a tsunami advisory that was later lifted with no reports Wednesday of major damage and only a handful of light injuries. The nation’s meteorological agency had warned Tuesday that a wave of one metre (three feet) could hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, […]

Korea

Japan just did this to 300 N Korean fishing boats

Japan’s coast guard said Tuesday its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan’s northern coast. More than 300 North Korean boats have been forced out of Japan’s exclusive economic zone near Yamatotai since May, the coast guard said in a […]

China’s Xi Jinping will reportedly give Kim Jon Un 100,000 tonnes of food to feed hungry N Koreans

Chinese President Xi Jinping may be offering up to 100,000 tonnes of food in humanitarian aid to North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a historic visit later this week. Both Chinese and North Korea state-run media announced Xi’s state visitthe first of its kind since their predecessors met in Pyongyang in 2005on […]

What China, N Korea are looking to achieve with summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons. Here’s a look at what both Xi and Kim may be […]

Hong Kong

Leaked video exposes how patient data in HK public hospitals can be accessed by any user without needing a password

Patient data at Hong Kong’s public hospitals can be accessed by any user with no need for a password, a leaked video shown to the Post and verified by multiple hospital sources has revealed. Software developer Wong Ho-wa warned the programme used in public accident and emergency (A&E) wards called AEIS carried a huge risk […]

Why don’t HK Canadians just say they are Chinese? Because of subethnicity, and this is why it matters

Hong Kong people come from a colony and ought to act “more civilised”. Taiwanese are “old-fashioned”. Mainland Chinese are “rich but rude”. Welcome to the awkward world of Chinese subethnicity in Canada, where its various communities tend to self-segregate, discriminate against each other and generally defy assumptions of homogeneity among “Chinese Canadians” that are imposed […]

HK’s struggle is ours too. It’s a wake-up call to defend all basic human rights

Why do the Hong Kong activists matter to us? Because their cause is universal. Aerial images of vast crowds flooding the streets of the skyscraper-studded island are of course riveting. Equally fascinating is that, with China fast emerging as a global behemoth and surveillance state, this crisis serves as a barometer of what we might […]

Taiwan

Taiwan can count on US’ commitment to a shared future: AIT director

Taiwan can count on the United States’ “unwavering commitment to our future together,” while China is cause for concern, Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said Tuesday at a forum in Taipei. “The United States has serious concerns about China’s market distorting subsidies, threats, theft of intellectual property, and lack of […]

TFTC looks at competition law

Taiwan Fair Trade Commission also discussed the wider impact of changes in the digital era The conference “Challenges of Competition Law Enforcement in Digital Era” (CCLEDE), featuring 15 delegations from abroad, got underway at Taipei Grand Hotel on Tuesday (June 18) and ends Wednesday (June 19). Part of the international conference, Taiwan Competition Policies and […]

Bamboo Airways launches inaugural flight from Taiwan to Da Nang

The airline uses an A320neo jet to fly the Taoyuan to central Vietnam route Vietnam-based Bamboo Airways launched its inaugural flight from Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport to Da Nang in central Vietnam on Tuesday (June 18), marking the inception of the airline’s first international route, Liberty Times reported. The ceremony for the inaugural flight was […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 20 Jun 2019

* PetroVietnam Power Corporation (POW) had generated a total electricity output of 9.4 billion kilowatt hours in the year to May, with total turnover exceeding VND14 trillion. Its after-tax profit hit VND1.3 trillion, which is 29% higher than its target for the January-May period, according to Cafef.vn. The State-owned electricity firm looks to earn over […]

HCM City, US seek to forge ties in manpower development

Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan held talks with Senior vice President of the US-Asean Business Council Michael Michalak on Monday to discuss ways to bolster cooperation in improving the quality of local human resource. At the meeting, the municipal Party chief spoke highly of efforts by Michalak, who is also […]

Local stocks quiet ahead of key events

Vietnamese shares slid on Tuesday as investors remained quiet ahead of key events that focus on the global economy, finance and trade issues. The benchmark VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange shed 0.31 per cent to close at 944.01 points. The VN Index lost 0.70 per cent on Monday. The market trading […]