• Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

    Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

    Thailand’s army is investigating how a detained suspected insurgent in the Muslim-majority south was left unconscious hours after being taken to a notorious military camp. The Malay-Muslim south has been in the grip of a bloody insurgency that has killed nearly 7,000 people over the last 15 years, and allegations of abuse and impunity against […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • US-Japan trade and the auto sector will be high on Abe’s agenda as he claims victory at the polls

    US-Japan trade and the auto sector will be high on Abe’s agenda as he claims victory at the polls

    * Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, the Komeito Party, won at least 69 of the 124 seats contested in parliament’s 245-seat upper house, according to Japanese media reports. * Speaking on Monday after the election results, Abe pledged to make the economy his top priority and signaled that there […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Shinzo Abe declares victory in Japan election but fails to win super majority

    Shinzo Abe declares victory in Japan election but fails to win super majority

    Shinzo Abe has declared victory in Japan’s national elections with polls indicating his party has won a majority of seats in the upper house of Parliament, and is now set to become the country’s longest-serving prime minister. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won 71 of the 124 seats in the 245-member House of Councillors, […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | CNN | 6:02 AM
  • Trump praises China response to HK protests

    Trump praises China response to HK protests

    US President Donald Trump on Monday praised Beijing’s handling of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a day after suspected triad gangsters attacked demonstrators in a bloody escalation. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches, which drew millions, and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • China says US criticism over South China Sea is slander

    China says US criticism over South China Sea is slander

    Remarks by US officials on China’s role in the South China Sea are slanderous, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States voiced concern over reports of Chinese interference with oil and gas activities in the disputed waters. China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Trump: Positive N Korea correspondence, but no time yet for talks

    Trump: Positive N Korea correspondence, but no time yet for talks

    US President Donald Trump said on Monday his administration had very positive correspondence recently with North Korea, but the two sides have yet to set a time to restart talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Asked at the White House if a new round of talks had been scheduled with North Korea, Trump said: […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Taiwan calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK, irking Beijing

    Taiwan calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK, irking Beijing

    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 infuriated 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 of hardcore […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • ‘Triad’ attack on HK protesters sparks anger

    ‘Triad’ attack on HK protesters sparks anger

    An assault on pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded sparked a firestorm of outrage in Hong Kong on Monday, in a dramatic escalation of political turmoil plaguing the Chinese city. Gangs of menmost wearing white T-shirts and carrying bats, sticks and metal polesset upon anti-government demonstrators late Sunday who had been […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • HK police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests

    HK police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests

    Six men were arrested on Monday night as Hong Kong police began hunting down the mob responsible for an unprecedented rampage at a train station in the northern town of Yuen Long that left 45 people injured the night before. Sources told the Post more than 100 men in white T-shirts were involved in Sunday […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Japan not now considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalitionSuga

    Japan not now considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalitionSuga

    Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday that there was no change in the country’s stance that it was not considering sending its Self-Defence Forces for a US-proposed maritime coalition in the Middle East. Asked if there was a change in the position previously stated by Defence minister Takeshi Iwaya, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • SKorea fires 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane

    SKorea fires 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane

    South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea’s airspace off the country’s east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia. South Korea said three Russian military planes two Tu-95 bombers and one A-50 airborne early warning […]

    24-Jul-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • 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

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

Asian stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new US-China talks despite heightened Middle East tensions. In early trading, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 7,556.70 and Frankfurt’s DAX climbed 0.85 percent to 12,392.70. France’s CAC-40 jumped 0.3 percent to 5584.15. On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index […]

Asian markets rise as earnings, trade hopes provide cheer

The pound dipped toward recent lows Tuesday, with arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson set to win the race to become Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson, who has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union on the October 31 deadline with or without a deal, is widely forecast to beat rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle […]

Toyota to Bring Various Mobility to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Toyota City, Japan, July 23, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Toyota’s three main pillars for Tokyo 2020 center on (1) Mobility for All, or allowing all people the freedom to move, (2) Sustainability, centering on the realization of a hydrogen society (environment/safety), and (3) Transportation support for the Games using the Toyota Production System (TPS). […]

Regional

Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Southeast Asiastudy

Strains of malaria resistant to two key anti-malarial medicines are becoming more dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand after spreading rapidly from Cambodia, scientists warned on Monday. Using genomic surveillance to track the spread of drug-resistant malaria, the scientists found that the strain, known as KEL1/PLA1, has also evolved and picked up new genetic […]

Cambodia, China ink secret naval port deal: report

WSJ reports China has secured exclusive access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, giving Beijing a new southern flank on the South China Sea Chinese armed forces will be allowed 30 years of exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted anonymous US […]

Survivors of deadly Laos dam collapse homeless a year on: report

Thousands are languishing in displacement camps in Laos a year after a dam break unleashed floodwaters and killed dozens of people in the impoverished state, a new report on the anniversary of the disaster said Tuesday. For the past decade, Laos has been on a dam-building spree to serve as the “battery of Asia”, but […]

China

Trump praises China response to HK protests

Trump praises China response to HK protests

US President Donald Trump on Monday praised Beijing’s handling of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a day after suspected triad gangsters attacked demonstrators in a bloody escalation. Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches, which drew millions, and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of […]

China’s BAIC takes 5pct stake in Daimler: German carmaker

China’s state-owned BAIC has taken a 5 percent stake in Daimler, whose top shareholder for the past year has been rival Chinese carmaker Geely, the luxury German automaker said Tuesday. Daimler, which produces the luxury brand Mercedes-Benz, has long worked with BAIC in China and has previously said it was possible that BAIC could purchase […]

US e-commerce platforms ‘far behind’ Alibaba on anti-counterfeiting efforts, US subcommittee hears

E-commerce platforms in the US have much catching up to do when it comes to preventing counterfeit activities, compared to platforms such as Alibaba, according to a US congressional hearing on counterfeiting and trademarks. At a recent round table with brand owners and platforms, “we learned Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting policies and programmes are significantly more effective […]

Malaysia

Dr M: Sex video not a moral issue but a political matter, I won’t be manipulated

As Pakatan Harapan (PH) continues to be rocked by a sex scandal, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he is not a tool for anyone, let alone those who employ gutter tactics, to impede the political career of a member of his Cabinet. Taking to his blog and without naming anyone, Dr Mahathir […]

‘We didn’t want it to come out that PM of Malaysia didn’t have funds’, ex-AmBank manager tells Najib trial

A former AmBank relationship manager disclosed in court today that Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reputation as then prime minister would have been badly damaged if word had leaked that cheques he issued from an overdrawn account had bounced. The prosecution’s 54th witness, Joanna Yu Ging Ping, explained why she would contact Low Taek Jho better […]

Debt not a bane, all countries have debt, says Bersatu lawmaker

Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed said debt is not necessarily a bad thing as all countries carry debt. The chair of the Special Select Committee was talking on RTM talk show Ruang Bicara: Naratif Rakyat earlier this evening. Tok Pa, as he is more popularly called, said the other good thing is Malaysia has a good […]

Indonesia

2 Australian men arrested in drug cases in Bali

Two Australian men have been arrested with cocaine on Bali and could face long prison terms if convicted, Indonesian police said Tuesday. William Cabantog and David van Iersel were paraded at a police news conference in handcuffs and leg shackles. A police statement said they were arrested on Friday at the Lost City Club in […]

Indonesia agrees to extend Corridor natural gas block contract for 20 years

Indonesia has agreed to extend the production sharing contract for the Corridor natural gas block with ConocoPhillips, Spain’s Repsol SA and Pertamina [PERTM.UL], deputy Energy minister Arcandra Tahar said on Monday. The existing contract will expire in December 2023 and the ministry has agreed to extend the contract by 20 years to 2043. ConocoPhillips will […]

Indonesia, US remain upbeat despite lull in strategic ties

At a recent Fourth of July commemoration in Jakarta, United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. described how close Indonesia-US engagement had been even before the two countries established diplomatic ties almost 70 years ago. Some years before that, 11 American sailors and airmen were saved and sheltered for five years by local […]

Singapore

PM Lee 8th most admired man by Singaporeans, Halimah 11th most admired woman: survey

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong was ranked the eighth most admired man by Singaporeans for the second year running, according to survey findings released on Tuesday (23 July). The only other Singaporean among the top 10 most admired men in the Singapore list is Mandarin pop singer JJ Lin, who took the 10th spot, the […]

Cooler, smarter HDB flats possible in future under new research tie-ups

As temperatures rise, residents in Housing Board flats could have cooler homes with integrated smart systemswithout having to turn on the air-conditioner or switches. HDB is working with industrial giant Evonik to study incorporating a high-performance insulation material into the roof panels of apartment blocks to reduce heat gain and transmission. The aim is to […]

Singapore seizes largest haul of elephant ivory, along with pangolin scales, worth a total of S$66 million

The Singaporean authorities recently conducted an inspection that resulted in the largest seizure of elephant ivory in the country to date, and the third major seizure of pangolin scales here this year. On Sunday, the National Parks Board (NParks) teamed up with Singapore Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to examine a shipment […]

Thailand

Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

Thai army vows probe after rebel suspect left unconscious

Thailand’s army is investigating how a detained suspected insurgent in the Muslim-majority south was left unconscious hours after being taken to a notorious military camp. The Malay-Muslim south has been in the grip of a bloody insurgency that has killed nearly 7,000 people over the last 15 years, and allegations of abuse and impunity against […]

IMF urges Thailand to adopt fiscal reforms, monetary easing to support growth

Thailand should adopt an expansionary policy mix, including fiscal reforms and monetary easing to help support growth, which has slowed amid rising global trade tensions, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. The Thai economy grew by 4.1 percent in 2018, but growth in 2019-20 is expected to slow as uncertainty over trade tensions weigh […]

Calm before the chaos in democratic Thailand

Prayut Chan-ocha’s elected government is now up and running four months after general elections. But for how long? Coup leader Prayut Chan-ocha ended his military junta’s five-year rule when his new government was sworn in on July 16, nearly four months after a democracy-restoring election that reaffirmed him as national leader. Wearing identical white uniforms, […]

Philippines

Philippines mulls tourists for Thitu, bolstering South China Sea claims

The Philippines is considering inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, part of efforts to assert its claim to sovereignty over some of the world’s most contested islands. Thitu island in the Spratly archipelago is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities, playing catch-up […]

Trial opens for Philippine journalist critical of Duterte

High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa’s libel trial opened Tuesday in a case that she and press freedom advocates see as government retaliation for her news site’s critical reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa, who leads online outlet Rappler and was named a Time Magazine “Person of the Year” in 2018 for her journalism, is out […]

Philippines: People protest against Duterte’s address to nation

Police estimate more than 30,000 protesters marched in Manila to denounce President Duterte’s state of the nation speech. Thousands of protesters marched in the Philippines to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of the nation speech. They condemned his bloody campaign against illegal drugs and his friendly relations with China. But it was a different picture […]

Japan

Decades of distrust: Koreans angry at Japan’s export curbs

Many people in South Korea have never forgiven Japan for wartime atrocities, resulting in periodic trade disputes. This is the first of a two-part series looking at the economic implications of the long-running dispute between South Korea and Japan. There was apparently no suicide note, just a phone call to an acquaintance to say he […]

US-Japan trade and the auto sector will be high on Abe’s agenda as he claims victory at the polls

US-Japan trade and the auto sector will be high on Abe’s agenda as he claims victory at the polls

* Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, the Komeito Party, won at least 69 of the 124 seats contested in parliament’s 245-seat upper house, according to Japanese media reports. * Speaking on Monday after the election results, Abe pledged to make the economy his top priority and signaled that there […]

Japan not now considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalitionSuga

Japan not now considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalitionSuga

Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday that there was no change in the country’s stance that it was not considering sending its Self-Defence Forces for a US-proposed maritime coalition in the Middle East. Asked if there was a change in the position previously stated by Defence minister Takeshi Iwaya, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga […]

Korea

Korea complains to Russia about airspace violation, warns of tougher response

South Korea’s top security adviser lodged a strong objection with Russian after its military aircraft violated South Korean airspace on Tuesday, South Korea’s presidential office said, and will take stronger action if it happens again. South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong, chief of the National Security Office, sent a strong objection to Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the […]

S. Korea says fired warning shots at Russian military jet

South Korean fighter jets fired over 400 warning shots and Japan complained to Moscow on Tuesday after a Russian military plane violated airspace claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul said a Russian A-50 warplane twice entered South Korean airspace near the disputed Dokdo isletswhich Japan calls Takeshima. Seoul officials said they responded by scrambling […]

Trump: Positive N Korea correspondence, but no time yet for talks

Trump: Positive N Korea correspondence, but no time yet for talks

US President Donald Trump said on Monday his administration had very positive correspondence recently with North Korea, but the two sides have yet to set a time to restart talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Asked at the White House if a new round of talks had been scheduled with North Korea, Trump said: […]

Hong Kong

Five things to know about HK’s masked mob

Shadowy group wielding rudimentary weapons injures dozens in Hong Kong as protests continue to rock the city. A mob of thugs dressed in white shirts wielding sticks and metal rods stormed into a Hong Kong subway station and indiscriminately beat passengers and black-clad protesters. The unprecedented attack on Sunday night follows seven weeks of mass […]

HK police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests

HK police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests

Six men were arrested on Monday night as Hong Kong police began hunting down the mob responsible for an unprecedented rampage at a train station in the northern town of Yuen Long that left 45 people injured the night before. Sources told the Post more than 100 men in white T-shirts were involved in Sunday […]

UK will keep ‘close eye’ on HK violence probe

Britain “will be keeping a close eye” on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s investigation into a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters, a junior foreign minister said Monday. “I welcome Carrie Lam’s statement today saying she has asked the Commissioner of Police to investigate this incident fully and pursue any lawbreakers,” Andrew Murrison told the House […]

Taiwan

Taiwan calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK, irking Beijing

Taiwan calls for ‘genuine’ elections in HK, irking Beijing

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 infuriated 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 of hardcore […]

Streaming media strive to cash in on Taiwan market: experts

Streaming media outlets are striving to cash in on the Taiwan market by producing more attractive content, innovating advertisement models and diversifying product portfolios, according to experts at a forum held Sunday in Taipei. Yang Ming, vice president of iQIYI.com, a major online video broadcasting platform from the Chinese mainland, said the company has gained […]

Taiwan ranked 10th for foreign travel

Around 16.64 million Taiwanese visited foreign countries in 2018 and they were also big spenders, according to a new survey Taiwan is ranked in the top 10 for the number of nationals visiting overseas destinations, according to Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index, Liberty Times reported on Monday (July 22). The same index also showed […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 24 Jul 2019

* FLC Group JSC (FLC) has announced a plan to transfer its entire capital of VND50 billion, or a 100% stake, in FLC Holiday Service Trading Company. The transfer date is slated for this third quarter. FLC Group on July 21 broke ground for a high-end 15-hectare urban complex La Vista Sadec in Dong Thap […]

How should Vietnam regulate cryptocurrencies?

Experts believe that cryptocurrency is a growing international trend which Vietnam cannot resist. On June 18, Facebook stated it will launch Libra, a cryptocurrency, in the first half of 2020, allowing billions of users of the social network to make online financial transactions. How should Vietnam respond to the news that there will be a […]

Motorbike market sees an H1 cooling down

Just over 1.5 million motorbikes were sold in Vietnam in the first half of 2019, down 6 percent year-on-year, as the market is close to saturation. In the second quarter of this year, the top five popular brands in the country sold 749,516 units, a decrease of 4.39 percent year-on-year, according to the Vietnam Association […]