• Malaysian king treated for food poisoning and sports injuries: Istana Negara

    Malaysian king treated for food poisoning and sports injuries: Istana Negara

    The Malaysian king was treated for food poisoning and underwent intervention for sports injuries at the National Heart Institute (IJN), the palace said on Monday (Sep 28). In a statement issued by palace comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, he said that Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah received treatment for food poisoning after he was admitted […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | CNA | 6:02 AM
  • What’s behind the China-Taiwan divide?

    What’s behind the China-Taiwan divide?

    The Chinese government sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again. While some Taiwanese think this might happen in the future, others now feel that they already effectively have a separate nation whether or not independence is ever officially declared. The dispute with China has left relations frayed […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | BBC | 6:02 AM
  • Taiwan defence chief says no signs China is preparing for war

    Taiwan defence chief says no signs China is preparing for war

    There are no signs that China is preparing for all-out war with Taiwan, such as massing troops along its eastern coast, Taiwan’s defence chief said on Tuesday, after repeated Chinese drills near the island that China claims as its own. Democratic Taiwan has denounced China’s manoeuvres, including flying fighter jets over the sensitive mid-line of […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • All eyes on China: what to look out for at the UN biodiversity summit

    All eyes on China: what to look out for at the UN biodiversity summit

    The year 2020 was meant to be a super year for nature and biodiversity, according to the UN. But with swathes of the planet in lockdown, Covid-19 has highlighted the risk of humanity’s unstable relationship with nature, with repeated warnings linking the pandemic with the destruction of ecosystems and species. On Wednesday, the world will […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | TheGuardian | 6:02 AM
  • Do Chinese Covid-19 vaccines work, and which countries will get them?

    Do Chinese Covid-19 vaccines work, and which countries will get them?

    China is among the world’s front-runners in developing Covid-19 vaccines. Its indications that mass production of vaccines is imminent has raised questions about capacity, efficacy and availability. Out of 300 vaccine candidates around the world, nine are in phase 3 human trials, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Four of those are being produced […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Keep China out of US presidential election drama, Beijing tells Trump, Biden

    Keep China out of US presidential election drama, Beijing tells Trump, Biden

    With just hours to go until the first US presidential debate, China has warned American politicians not to use the “China problem [to] create drama”. “It is already an expected plot that the US presidential election will create talks about a ‘China threat’ in order to emphasize the need to ‘protect US benefits’. It has […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • China holds simultaneous military drills in four seas: Report

    China holds simultaneous military drills in four seas: Report

    China has begun five military exercises simultaneously along different parts of its coast, the second time in two months it will have such concurrent drills against a backdrop of rising regional tensions. A Reuters news agency report on Monday said two of the exercises are being held near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Aljazeera | 6:02 AM
  • HK leader Carrie Lam says work of journalists cannot take precedence over curbs in place to restore order

    HK leader Carrie Lam says work of journalists cannot take precedence over curbs in place to restore order

    The work of journalists cannot override the restrictions put in place by the authorities to help restore order, Hong Kong’s leader has said. Addressing the media at her weekly briefing, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday again backed the city’s police force, which has changed its guidelines for defining journalists. Starting from last […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • HK social-distancing rules to remain, Carrie Lam says, as city faces four Covid-19 cases

    HK social-distancing rules to remain, Carrie Lam says, as city faces four Covid-19 cases

    Hong Kong’s leader said most social-distancing measures would remain in place for the coming week, as the city reported no locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. Health authorities recorded four imported cases two from India and one each from Canada and France taking the city’s tally to 5,079, with 105 related deaths. On Saturday, the […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • HK teen jailed for nearly four years over police station petrol bomb attack

    HK teen jailed for nearly four years over police station petrol bomb attack

    A Hong Kong teenager who threw petrol bombs outside a police station early this year has been jailed for almost four years, with the judge saying any mental issues could not mitigate the defendant’s culpability for “perpetuating violence” amid civil unrest. The District Court sentenced Kelvin Chan Chun-fai to 46 months behind bars on Monday, […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • HK opposition poll shows supporters narrowly back lawmakers serving out extended term in Legislative Council, source says

    HK opposition poll shows supporters narrowly back lawmakers serving out extended term in Legislative Council, source says

    Supporters of Hong Kong’s opposition camp have narrowly backed lawmakers serving out their extended term at the Legislative Council, the Post has learned, even as a localist lawmaker said his colleagues needed to prepare for life outside the city’s legislature. Eddie Chu Hoi-dick’s remarks came hours before the opposition was set to announce the result […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Indonesia landslides kill 11 including infant twins

    Indonesia landslides kill 11 including infant twins

    Two 10-month-old twins were among at least 11 people killed in landslides across an Indonesian city early on Monday, a search and rescue officer said. Several houses were buried in four separate locations around Tarakan on Borneo island after hours of heavy rain and strong winds. Five children were among the dead while four other […]

    30-Sep-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Society

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces strong immune response in early trial

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response against the novel coronavirus in an early-to-mid stage clinical trial, according to interim results published on Friday. The vaccine, called Ad26.COV2.S, was equally well-tolerated at two different doses, the results showed. A single shot, versus a rival two-dose approach being […]

WHO says no change to COVID-19 transmission guidance after US draft change

The World Health Organization has not changed its policy on aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, it said on Monday after US health officials published draft new guidance by mistake warning that it can spread through airborne particles. Mike Ryan, executive director of the UN agency’s emergencies programme, said he would follow up with the US […]

Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Burma amber

Scientists find world’s oldest sperm in Burma amber

A team of palaeontologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest animal sperm, frozen 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in tree resin in Myanmar. The oldest known examples of fossilised animal sperm were previously a mere 17 million years old, according to the team of experts led by Wang He […]

Health

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces strong immune response in early trial

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response against the novel coronavirus in an early-to-mid stage clinical trial, according to interim results published on Friday. The vaccine, called Ad26.COV2.S, was equally well-tolerated at two different doses, the results showed. A single shot, versus a rival two-dose approach being […]

WHO says no change to COVID-19 transmission guidance after US draft change

The World Health Organization has not changed its policy on aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, it said on Monday after US health officials published draft new guidance by mistake warning that it can spread through airborne particles. Mike Ryan, executive director of the UN agency’s emergencies programme, said he would follow up with the US […]

Asia offers more flu shots to head off COVID-19 complications

Some Asian countries are rolling out early and more aggressive influenza vaccination programmes this year, seeking to reduce the potential of people contracting the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, crippling healthcare systems. With a second or third wave of the coronavirus pandemic looming for many countries, tackling this year’s flu seasontypically December through Februaryhas taken on […]

FinanceAsia

Filipino Rum Brand Tanduay Continues US Market Growth Trajectory Amid Pandemic, Eyes Europe Distribution in Q4

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Even as most businesses are reeling under the effect of the pandemic, Filipino rum maker Tanduay’s growth continues on an upwards trajectory. Now headed by Lucio Tan III, …

GlobalTech Outlook Announces ‘Top Revolutionary Tech Companies of The Year 2020′

GlobalTech Outlook Announces ‘Top Revolutionary Tech Companies of The Year 2020′

SAN JOSE, Calif. & HYDERABAD, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Disruption–GlobalTech Outlook has announced ‘Top Revolutionary Tech Companies of The Year 2020′ in its September magazine issue.

The issue features companies whose contributions to society by lev…

Guangzhou Award Invites Cities to Take Joint Action to Address Global Problems

Guangzhou Award Invites Cities to Take Joint Action to Address Global Problems

GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On 15 September 2020, the 75th session of the UN General Assembly was opened. World leaders called for efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a sha…

Regional

One major Asian economy besides China is set for growth this yearand its GDP just rose 2.6pct

Upticks in manufacturing and exports helped Vietnam’s gross domestic product rise 2.62 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, accelerating the country’s economic recovery from a slowdown in the first half of 2020 that was caused by the pandemic. Exports jumped 11 percent in the third quarter, thanks in large part to a 20 percent increase […]

Taiwan-Vietnam air links could resume next month: office

Direct flight services between Taiwan and Vietnam could restart by mid-October after being suspended for six months because of the improving COVID-19 situation, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vietnam said Monday. Vietnam-based Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet, as well as Taiwan’s China Airlines and EVA Airways, are currently following the necessary procedures for resuming […]

Asia Today: South Korea’s daily virus cases at another low

South Korea’s daily coronavirus increase was the lowest in about 50 days Tuesday as new infections trend lower. Many experts have warned, however, that the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays, when people usually travel to visit their relatives. Health authorities have urged people to refrain from traveling this year […]

China

Chinese city seeks technological breakthroughs to help nation survive restrictions imposed by United States

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, used to be known as a laid-back city full of teahouses and mahjong a food paradise with a particular chilli flavour and plenty of cute pandas. But bustling construction in the far south urban area tells another story the city is building itself into a national innovation centre that […]

China real estate takes back seat as hopes pinned on consumption to drive recovery

China is tapping the brakes on property prices and cutting the availability of mortgage loans to spur households to spend instead of repaying debt, as policymakers try to ignite private consumption and stimulate the pandemic-stricken economy. China’s household leverage ratio had soared to a record by the end of June, prodded by a jump in […]

China steps up scrutiny of illegal foreign exchange flows as market opening accelerates

China is stepping up scrutiny of illegal foreign exchange flows amid concern they could cause destabilising swings in the yuan and domestic financial markets, analysts said. The nation’s currency regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), announced last week it would strengthen supervision and standardising procedures, as well as punish firms and individuals for […]

Malaysia

Malaysia reopening slated in Q1 2021 starting with Asean countries

A report quoted Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Musa Yusof saying that he is hopeful to resume leisure travel and to welcome international tourists provided that Malaysia will be able to keep its COVID-19 cases low. “From the tourism point of view, hopefully, we should see some movement by the first quarter of next year. This […]

Anthony Loke admits DAP still can’t parry rivals’ claim that party is against Malays

DAP parliamentary leader Anthony Loke said his party remained vulnerable to rivals’ allegations that it was an enemy of the Malay community as it lacked the grassroots network to dispel such claims. Loke told Utusan Malaysia in an interview that opponents continue to falsely portray DAP as being against the Malays, which he said was […]

COVID-19 cases in Malaysia could possibly spike in the next 3 months

It’s almost the beginning of the last quarter of 2020, and we’re no where close to getting a vaccine yet. Not until mid-2021 according to some sources. While most countries have begun to open up their economies since COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. But the deadly virus is showing […]

Indonesia

At least 123 doctors die of coronavirus in Indonesia

At least 123 doctors have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus in Indonesia since the pandemic started in March, a doctors’ association said on Monday. Halik Malik, spokesman of Indonesian Doctors Association, told Anadolu Agency that among them were general practitioners, specialists, professors. “The highest number of fatalities was recorded in the East Java […]

Govt to proceed with logistics system reform amid high costs

The government is going ahead with the plan to carry out the so-called National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE) platform, expected to cut red-tape, reduce high logistics costs and boost the country’s competitiveness, a senior minister has said. The platform is expected to reduce logistics costs from the current 23.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product […]

Papaya, anyone? Govt urges SMEs to export food, beverages

The government is urging small and medium enterprises (SME) to export food and beverage products that have gained popularity in overseas markets amid the slowdown in global trade due to the COVID-19 crisis. Victoria Simulangkit, the deputy of production and marketing at the Cooperatives and SME Ministry, said on Monday that products like carica (mountain […]

Singapore

Singapore’s new patrol craft display capabilities as first responder in oil spill exercise

There was little time to waste as around 10,000 tonnes of crude oil had “spilled” after a collision of two oil tankers in Singapore’s waters on Tuesday morning (September 29). The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) next-generation patrol craft sprung into action once they reached the scene, swiftly setting up portable water booms […]

8 F&B outlets ordered to close, 32 diners fined for breaching safe management measures

Eight food-and-beverage (F&B) outlets have been ordered to close, while 14 other outlets and 32 diners were fined for breaching COVID-19 safe-management measures. According to a media release by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) on Tuesday (29 September), the eight outlets are: Brewerkz at Riverside Point: On 12 September, officers detected a […]

Singapore Airlines drops ‘flights to nowhere’ after outcry

Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it had scrapped plans for “flights to nowhere” aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry over the environmental impact. With the aviation industry in deep crisis, several carriersincluding in Australia, Japan and Taiwanhave been offering short flights that start and end at the same airport to raise cash. They […]

Thailand

India opens dumping probe on Thai copper tube, pipe exports

India is investigating imports of copper tubes and pipes from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam to determine whether producers in these countries were receiving unfair subsidies, the government said. The investigation by India’s directorate general of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said a government […]

Thailand to slowly restart tourism with flight from China

Thailand will receive its first foreign vacationers when a flight from China arrives next week, marking the gradual restart of a vital tourism sector battered by coronavirus travel curbs, a senior official said on Tuesday. The first flight will have about 120 tourists from Guangzhou, flying directly to the resort island of Phuket, Tourism Authority […]

PM rules out Prasong as finance minister option

The new finance minister will be announced next week, said prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday. He also ended speculation that outgoing finance permanent secretary Prasong Poontaneat could be the new finance minister. He said the new finance minister will be a familiar name, but it will not be Prasong. Gen Prayut said reports that […]

Philippines

World Bank sees 2 million more poor Filipinos from pandemic

Around 2 million Filipinos would slide back to poverty this year because of the pandemic, nearly erasing gains over the past 5 years and making a rebound to pre-pandemic growth a struggle for the Philippines. The poverty rate could rise to 20.5 percent this year and 22.4 percent next year from the official 16.7 percent […]

COVID-19 now in all Philippine provinces after Batanes logs first case

The new coronavirus has reached all 81 provinces in the Philippines nearly eight months since local health authorities first detected a COVID-19 case. This, after the northernmost province of Batanes reported Tuesday its first confirmed COVID-19 case. The patient is a “locally-stranded individual” who returned to Batanes on September 22. “Locally-stranded individual” is a government […]

85pct of Pinoys still worried about getting COVID-19-SWS

Almost nine in every 10 Filipinos are worried that their family members would contract the coronavirus disease, a Social Weather Stations survey showed. The latest SWS poll released Monday night found that 85 percent of the 1,249 adult Filipinos surveyed are worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch COVID-19. Of the figure, 63 […]

Japan

NTT to take mobile unit Docomo private for JPY 4 trillion, Nikkei reports

The board of NTT Docomo Inc. is holding a board meeting Tuesday to discuss Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.’s plans to turn its wireless carrier unit into a wholly owned subsidiary, suggesting that a deal may be announced as soon as today. The buyout could be worth JPY 4 trillion ($38 billion), based on a […]

Toshiba plans to exit money-losing LSI chip business

Toshiba Corp 6502.T on Tuesday said it will exit the money-losing system LSI chip business as the Japanese conglomerate aims to boost the group’s profit margins. The chip business includes image recognition processors supplied to Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T, although Toshiba said it would continue sales and support operations for existing customers. Toshiba plans to […]

Why the true coronavirus death toll may be way over 1 million

The world has officially recorded 1 million deaths from COVID-19 in one of the most sobering milestones of the pandemic, but the real tally might be almost double that. Actual fatalities from the worst outbreak in a century may be closer to 1.8 million a toll that could grow to as high as 3 million […]

Korea

KDB criticised for allowing unfair competition

The Korea Development Bank (KDB) is facing sharp criticism over KDB Investment’s recent attempts to acquire Doosan Infracore and Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction. Given that both Doosan and Hanjin are undergoing large-scale restructuring under the supervision of the state-run lender, critics pointed out the KDB subsidiary’s bid to take over the key affiliates of […]

Koreans urged to avoid a surge of coronavirus over harvest holiday

South Korea appealed on Tuesday for people to stick to social-distancing even as they prepared to celebrate a major holiday, with the novel coronavirus posing a once-in-a-century threat even though the number of new cases has been edging lower. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 38 new infections by midnight on Monday, […]

Top diplomats of Korea, Britain hold talks

The top diplomats of South Korea and Britain held talks in Seoul on Tuesday about ways to enhance bilateral relations after Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) and the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and her British counterpart, Dominic Raab, held the fifth South Korea-Britain Strategic Dialogue to discuss a broad range of […]

Hong Kong

Nearly a third of HK’s beef comes from deforested areas of Amazon rainforest, new Greenpeace study shows

Hong Kong’s supermarkets and businesses should stop selling imported beef from Brazilian ranches located in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest, an environmental INGO has said after finding nearly one-third of the city’s supply comes from such sources. A Greenpeace survey in August found imported frozen beef from Marfrig, JBS and Minerva Foods, three meat-packers […]

Cinemas, karaoke lounges play catch up on design shifts as HK makes progress in Covid-19 fight

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted design shifts in homes and offices to adapt to the public health crisis. Cinemas and karaoke lounges, premises that probably require them the most, appear to be behind the curve. Recreational and entertainment facility owners can follow in the same footsteps by banning food inside theatres or using materials that will […]

HK leader Carrie Lam says work of journalists cannot take precedence over curbs in place to restore order

HK leader Carrie Lam says work of journalists cannot take precedence over curbs in place to restore order

The work of journalists cannot override the restrictions put in place by the authorities to help restore order, Hong Kong’s leader has said. Addressing the media at her weekly briefing, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday again backed the city’s police force, which has changed its guidelines for defining journalists. Starting from last […]

Taiwan

Taiwan to begin construction of domestic submarine on November 3

The construction of Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine prototype will officially begin on November 3. A ceremony will be held that day at CSBC’s Kaohsiung shipbuilding plant and will be hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen. The submarine is expected to be ready for launch in the third quarter of 2024 at the earliest and will be […]

What’s behind the China-Taiwan divide?

What’s behind the China-Taiwan divide?

The Chinese government sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again. While some Taiwanese think this might happen in the future, others now feel that they already effectively have a separate nation whether or not independence is ever officially declared. The dispute with China has left relations frayed […]

15 indicted for illegally helping multiple Chinese enter Taiwan

Fifteen people affiliated with an online company were indicted Monday by Tainan prosecutors for unlawfully helping over 1,000 Chinese nationals enter Taiwan. The 15 are linked to WISBET Digital Entertainment Developing Co., Ltd, including the company’s acting CEO surnamed Pan, who is the girlfriend of the man in charge of the company. The company’s head, […]

Vietnam

$4 billion LNG project helps Bac Lieu lead in FDI attraction

Bac Lieu ranked first among 63 provinces and cities in term of foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction in the first nine months of this year, with projects including an LNG-to-power project worth $4 billion from Singapore, according to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA). This project alone accounted for 18.8 per cent of total registered FDI […]

Investing in innovation to aid growth potential

Vietnamese commercial lender Techcombank has been positioning itself at the forefront of innovation in the country’s financial sector. While acknowledging that the bank has established a strong track record as a financial services innovator in Vietnam, new CEO Jens Lottner explains to VIR’s Tuan Khanh how there is still much to do for it to […]

Vietnam a bright destination: French investors

Dozens of French groups and major companies operating in different fields joined an online conference on September 28 that sought ways to promote French investments in Vietnam after the COVID-19. The conference was co-organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the French Embassy in Vietnam, and MEDEF International a non-profit private-funded organisation created in […]