• Vietnam calls for Chinese vessels to leave Vanguard Bank in South China Sea

    Vietnam calls for Chinese vessels to leave Vanguard Bank in South China Sea

    Vietnam has called on China to remove a survey vessel and coastguard ships from disputed waters in the South China Sea, amid a tense stand-off between the two countries since early July. The statement from Hanoi was the first clear demand for Chinese ships to leave Vanguard Bank the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratly […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Japan’s Abe claims victory in upper house election

    Japan’s Abe claims victory in upper house election

    Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan’s upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow. Yasuhiko Funago, a vice president of a company that provides elderly and patient care, has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Japan undecided on response to US plan for Mideast maritime coalition: PM Abe

    Japan undecided on response to US plan for Mideast maritime coalition: PM Abe

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he had not yet decided on how to respond to an expected US request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen. “We’ve started to hear the United States’ thinking on this and we want to keep listening […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • China state media takes aim at ‘violent extremists’ in Hong Kong

    China state media takes aim at ‘violent extremists’ in Hong Kong

    China’s main official news outlets have accused “extremists” of using the “chaos” and violence in Hong Kong to disrupt the country’s development in commentaries published late on Saturday, ahead of the latest rally against the now-suspended extradition bill on Sunday afternoon. The tone of the commentaries – by Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily and state news agency […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:32 AM
  • Police launch tear gas as HK protest turns violent

    Police launch tear gas as HK protest turns violent

    Clashes involving Hong Kong’s protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn’t disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear gas was the latest confrontation between police and protesters who have taken […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as HK returns to chaos

    Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as HK returns to chaos

    Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters hours after China’s office in the city was daubed with eggs and graffiti in a vivid rebuke to Beijing’s rule. Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city’s densely packed commercial district as police battled […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Former HK leader C Y Leung tells younger generation to become ‘good’ people to seize opportunities from Beijing’s Greater Bay Area economic master plan

    Former HK leader C Y Leung tells younger generation to become ‘good’ people to seize opportunities from Beijing’s Greater Bay Area economic master plan

    Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying has urged the younger generation to focus on being “good” people to avoid damaging society, as he blamed schools and parents for not doing enough to support their development as citizens. The former chief executive’s comments came as an organiser estimate of 430,000 demonstrators, including many young people, took […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Tens of thousands march again in huge HK anti-government rally

    Tens of thousands march again in huge HK anti-government rally

    Hong Kong witnessed another huge anti-government march on Sunday with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub, sparked by years of rising anger over Beijing’s rule. The city has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Top Beijing representative in HK condemns attack on liaison office during extradition protest, says rioters will be punished

    Top Beijing representative in HK condemns attack on liaison office during extradition protest, says rioters will be punished

    Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong has slammed Sunday’s unprecedented attack on his office by anti-government protesters who defaced the national emblem on the building front, saying their radical actions had offended all Chinese people. In a rare personal statement in front of the cameras on Monday, liaison office director Wang Zhimin said he was […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • N. Korea leader votes in elections with 99.98pct turnout: KCNA

    N. Korea leader votes in elections with 99.98pct turnout: KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un voted in nationwide local elections on Sunday that registered the near 100 percent turnout claimed for every ballot held in the nuclear-armed state. Given the absence of any competition among candidates, elections in the North are essentially a political ritual which, observers say, allows the authorities to claim a […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Taiwan foreign minister calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK

    Taiwan foreign minister calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK

    Taiwan’s foreign minister on Monday called for “genuine” democratic elections to be held in Hong Kong after the city was rocked by fresh political violence, comments that will likely infuriate Beijing. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Anger soars over vicious mob attack on HK protesters

    Anger soars over vicious mob attack on HK protesters

    Anger soared in Hong Kong on Monday over a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded, a dramatic escalation of the political turmoil plaguing the Chinese city. The financial hub’s roiling unrest took a dark turn late Sunday when gangs of menmost wearing white T-shirts and carrying bats, sticks […]

    23-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 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

Last chance to enjoy the Hong Kong Book Fair and Sports and Leisure Expo

HKTDC Chairman encourages the public to enjoy this event and support exhibitors HONG KONG, July 22, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – The seven-day HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) […]

Asian shares lower, Shanghai STAR tech board shares surge

Asian shares were mostly lower Monday, tracking losses on Wall Street, though a newly launched technology stocks market in Shanghai soared with its trading debut. Prices of the 25 companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s STAR Market more than doubled, with one company, Anji Microelectronics Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, logging a 415 percent advance. […]

Toyota Robots Help People Experience Their Dreams of Attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Dedicated to &quotMobility For All,&quot Toyota robots augment and amplify human capabilities TOKYO, July 22, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Toyota Motor Corporation, as a worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to provide mobility solutions that go beyond providing official vehicles for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. One way Toyota […]

Regional

Dharma Dogs: Buddhist chants calm stray Burma mutts

Pumped out over speakers, Buddhist chants play for packs of stray dogs at a Yangon shelter in an unusual effort to calm them down as Myanmar struggles to control a ballooning canine population and a deadly rabies scourge. “We find that the dogs don’t mate… when we play Dharma preaching,” says Maung Maung Oo, the […]

Beach hustle: Thousands pack popular Vietnam shore

Thousands of daytrippers jostled for selfie space and elbowed their way to the sea at a popular north Vietnam beach over the weekend, with extra vigilant lifeguards watching worriedly over the summer surge. There are few beaches in this part of the country, and Sam Son in Thanh Hoa province has long been a go-to […]

Vietnam calls for Chinese vessels to leave Vanguard Bank in South China Sea

Vietnam has called on China to remove a survey vessel and coastguard ships from disputed waters in the South China Sea, amid a tense stand-off between the two countries since early July. The statement from Hanoi was the first clear demand for Chinese ships to leave Vanguard Bank the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratly […]

China

China state media takes aim at ‘violent extremists’ in Hong Kong

China state media takes aim at ‘violent extremists’ in Hong Kong

China’s main official news outlets have accused “extremists” of using the “chaos” and violence in Hong Kong to disrupt the country’s development in commentaries published late on Saturday, ahead of the latest rally against the now-suspended extradition bill on Sunday afternoon. The tone of the commentaries – by Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily and state news agency […]

China lashes out at HK protest targeting its office

China on Monday harshly criticised a demonstration in which eggs were thrown at its office in Hong Kong, accusing the demonstrators of violence without mentioning a violent attack against protesters and civilians in the same night. The official People’s Daily newspaper, in a front-page commentary headlined “Central Authority Cannot be Challenged,” called the protesters’ actions […]

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei predicts 30 per cent gain in global handset shipments in 2019 despite US trade blacklist

Huawei Technologies founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei said he expects the Chinese telecom giant to ship 30 per cent more handsets globally this year despite being blacklisted by the US from doing business with American suppliers. The Shenzhen-based company’s two smartphone brands, Huawei and Honor, will ship an estimated 270 million handsets globally in […]

Malaysia

Anwar: Johor PKR chief resigned over party issues and spat with ruler

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today explained that the resignation of the party’s Johor state chief Hassan Abdul Karim, was the latter’s personal decision, as he felt that he was a burden to the party. According to Anwar, two incidents led to Hassan’s resignation, one was his internal issues with the party members and […]

Ghost Smoke fears: Concern over kids ‘smoking’ vape-like candies after viral videos

A viral video reportedly showing three children from SK Pekan Papar in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah mimicking the act of smoking using a packet of vape-like candy has raised concerns from the Malaysian Community Concerns Foundation (MCCF) and authorities. The matter recently came to light by a school teacher, Mohd Fadli Salleh, who posted the video […]

IGP: Bigger K9 unit, more tasers, and better training to handle autistic suspects on Bukit Aman’s cards

Federal police are currently engaged in an exercise to relook some outdated standard operating procedures (SOP) involving their daily operations. Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said it is time for some of the SOPs to be revised, after the modus operandi utilised in several recent cases caused public outrage. Abdul Hamid said […]

Indonesia

Commentary: Indonesia’s aircraft industry wants to take off but face immense challenges

Indonesia’s aircraft industry is still behind others in the region despite its huge potential, says Tangguh Chairil. Indonesia’s aircraft industry is ready to take off again after collapsing as a result of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Before the devastating crisis, Indonesia’s aircraft industry supplied major jetliner makers like Boeing and Airbus in the 1980s. […]

Palm oil set for bull run after Indonesia supply plateau nears

A palm oil bull run could begin with Indonesia’s production decelerating, even before palm oil output plateaus by 2021. Coupled with rising domestic consumption, global supply will dwindle, driving prices higher. The shortage will affect the global edible oil balance as palm oil has the largest share with 31 percent. Indonesia’s structural output high should […]

China to impose anti-dumping tax on stainless steel from Indonesia, EU, Japan, Korea

China said on Monday it will impose anti-dumping duties on some stainless steel products imported from the European Union, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. Anti-dumping tariffs of 18.1 percent to 103.1 percent will be applied to stainless steel billets and hot-rolled stainless steel plates from companies in the EU and the three Asian nations, effective […]

Singapore

What Singapore’s slowing GDP growth means for the jobs market

As Singapore’s outlook darkens with growth cooling to levels last seen a decade ago, there could be more retrenchments and fewer job vacancies ahead, said economists. The job losses will likely come from outward-oriented sectors, which have been hit by a protracted trade spat between the United States and China. Already for the first quarter, […]

Pirates attack Korean cargo ship near Singapore Strait

Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship near the Singapore Strait on Monday (July 22) morning, assaulting the crew and making off with thousands of dollars in cash, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Two people sustained minor injuries when seven pirates boarded the CK Bluebell and made off with $13,000 (S$17,700) and belongings including […]

Gray fingers: Aging Singapore uses gardening to fight loneliness

Since her mother died last year, 74-year-old Lim Yeo Hong has been living alone in a flat on the outskirts of Singapore, scavenging for cardboard scraps which she sells for a living. The only time she meets anyone is once a month when she collects food from a charity. “There’s nothing else I can do […]

Thailand

Khao San footpaths to be levelled, repaved

Footpaths on the famous tourist strip of Khao San Road will be revamped, with clear vendor zoning established to ensure orderliness and safety, according to City Hall. The re-landscaping is set to begin in October and finish in February next year at a cost of 48 million baht, said deputy Bangkok governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul. He […]

Rescued human trafficking victims in Thailand nears record high

The number of human trafficking victims rescued in Thailand is set to hit a record high this year, according to government data, with demand for cheap labour in neighbouring Malaysia causing a jump in the illegal trade. Thai police have rescued 974 trafficking victimsmostly from Myanmarfor the year to date, compared to 622 for the […]

Exports dip for fourth straight month in June

Thailand’s exports dropped for the fourth straight month in June, attributed to weak global demand because of the world’s economic slowdown, ongoing international trade tensions between the US and China, and lower oil prices. The Commerce Ministry said on Monday customs-cleared outbound shipments remained in the red, down by 2.15 percent year-on-year in June to […]

Philippines

LIST: Celebrities arrested in Duterte’s drug war since 2016

With President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, his war on drugs remains a top priority of his government and could be a topic in today’s SONA. Philstar.com lists down celebrities who were arrested for illegal drugs since Duterte’s drug war started in 2016. Mark Anthony Fernandez The son […]

Duterte supporters to stage rally for SONA

At least 15,000 people are expected to stage a rally to express support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday. Among the pro-Duterte groups who have begun to gather at the Batasan Hills are Friends of Rody Duterte (FORD), Koalisyon […]

Amid protests, Duterte to address Congress led by his allies

At least 15,000 people are expected to stage a rally to express support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday. Among the pro-Duterte groups who have begun to gather at the Batasan Hills are Friends of Rody Duterte (FORD), Koalisyon […]

Japan

Fearing Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home

Japan’s famously diligent workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year’s Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Olympic and Paralympic events in Tokyo during the 2020 Games, putting additional strain on […]

Activists hail Japan election of lawmakers with serious disabilities

The election of two candidates with serious disabilities to Japan’s parliament was hailed by activists Monday, saying it could help boost understanding and improve infrastructure for those in the community. Yasuhiko Funago has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurological disease that causes loss of muscle control, and Eiko Kimura has cerebral palsy, which can affect […]

Abe aims to revise Constitution following election victory

Following the results of the upper house election on Sunday in which the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito won more than a majority of the contested seats, prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is also president of the LDP, will focus on the implementation of his campaign promises. Abe aims to hold […]

Korea

‘Japan takes swipe at Korea’s jurisdiction, sovereignty’

Japan is threatening South Korea’s sovereignty as Tokyo has consistently failed to accept South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate the victims of wartime forced labour, a senior presidential aide said. “It is not proper to advocate Japan’s assertion at a time when Korea’s legitimacy and judicial power are under attack by Japan, […]

N Korea blasts Japan for wartime past

North Korea verbally attacked Japan on state propaganda Sunday, accusing Tokyo for not atoning for its wartime past. Pyongyang propaganda service Maeari said Sunday “even if the entire island of Japan was sold as compensation” for past misdeeds it would not be enough to offset the “eternal sins” of the world’s third-largest economy. Japan occupied […]

Moon eyes opportunity for local industry

President Moon Jae-in called on government agencies Monday to cooperate in boosting the competitiveness of the local parts and materials industry to counter Japan’s expanding trade offensive. Moon underlined that the situation stemming from Tokyo’s export restrictions “should be seen as an opportunity,” and vowed full-scale support for industrial countermeasures. “Innovative startups founded on new […]

Hong Kong

HK police launch tear gas at protesters as democracy march descends into chaos

Police in Hong Kong fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters after hundreds of thousands of people staged a pro-democracy march as unrest in the city continues. Demonstrators hurled eggs and sprayed graffiti at the Liaison Office, which represents China’s Communist Party-led central government within the city. Some members of the large crowd, which […]

Top Beijing representative in HK condemns attack on liaison office during extradition protest, says rioters will be punished

Top Beijing representative in HK condemns attack on liaison office during extradition protest, says rioters will be punished

Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong has slammed Sunday’s unprecedented attack on his office by anti-government protesters who defaced the national emblem on the building front, saying their radical actions had offended all Chinese people. In a rare personal statement in front of the cameras on Monday, liaison office director Wang Zhimin said he was […]

HK police criticised over failure to stop attacks on protesters

Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by suspected gang members at a train station on the weekend. The attack on Sunday came during a night of violence that opened new fronts in Hong Kong’s widening political crisis over an extradition bill, that […]

Taiwan

Taiwanese travellers warned to be on alert against chikungunya, dengue

Taiwan’s health authorities on Sunday warned that people travelling abroad this summer should be vigilant against mosquito-borne diseases like chikungunya and dengue fever, which have been on the rise in recent months. All of the chikungunya cases confirmed in Taiwan this year have been imported, from Myanmar (3), the Maldives (3), Indonesia (2), Thailand (1), […]

Taiwan government to intervene in solar industry unemployment

Nearly, 6,000 solar energy workers reportedly dismissed over last two years The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said on Sunday (July 21) that it would set up a platform to help employees recently laid off by solar energy-related companies to find jobs. The solar power industry has reportedly let go nearly 6,000 workers over the […]

Taiwan foreign minister calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK

Taiwan foreign minister calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Monday called for “genuine” democratic elections to be held in Hong Kong after the city was rocked by fresh political violence, comments that will likely infuriate Beijing. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 23 Jul 2019

* VietJetAviation Company (VJC) has announced that the State Securities Commission had approved its plan to buy back a maximum of 25 million’shares, or a 4.61 % stake, from July 26 to August 23. Vietjet made over VND13.6 trillion in revenue and VND1.6 trillion in pre-tax profit in the first quarter. * A source from […]

Farm produce quality needs improving

Local farmers, farm produce processors and traders should meet local and international standards to increase the consumption of agricultural products and also enhance competitiveness against foreign rivals, heard a forum on farm produce consumption on July 19. The forum, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Dong Thap government in HCM […]

State Treasury raises over $343m via G-bonds

The State Treasury of Vietnam mobilised VND8 trillion (US$343 million) through government bond auctions on the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) on Wednesday. Some VND5.5 trillion worth of G-bonds were offered, including five-year bonds valued at VND500 billion; 10-year bonds and 15-year bonds valued at VND2 trillion each and 20-year bonds valued at VND1 trillion. The […]