• Japan agrees to hold bilateral talks with Korea in WTO dispute

    Japan agrees to hold bilateral talks with Korea in WTO dispute

    Japanese Trade minister Isshu Sugawara said on Friday that Tokyo would hold talks with Seoul over Japan’s move to tighten export controls to South Korea, agreeing to Seoul’s request for consultations as part of a dispute settlement through the World Trade Organisation. “We will make arrangements through diplomatic channels,” Sugawara told a news conference. Separately, […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:02 AM
  • China bans S. Korea pig imports on swine fever fears

    China bans S. Korea pig imports on swine fever fears

    China has banned pig imports from South Korea after Seoul became the latest to report an outbreak of the African swine fever that has destroyed hog herds and pushed up prices globally. Beijing has been battling to bring an outbreak of the disease among its own pork supply chain under control after at least 1.1 […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • China to set stricter targets for polluting cities in heating season

    China to set stricter targets for polluting cities in heating season

    China’s environment ministry said on Friday that the anti-pollution campaign for this year’s autumn-winter heating season will set stricter emissions targets for cities that had higher concentrations of damaging particles last time around. Cities that actually met pollution targets last year will be exempt from targets this year, Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) spokesman […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Korea reports 2 more suspected swine fever cases

    Korea reports 2 more suspected swine fever cases

    South Korea said Friday that it is investigating more suspected cases of African swine fever from farms near its border with North Korea, as fears grow over the spread of the illness that has decimated pig herds across Asia. South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Gyeonggi provincial government said officials […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • Giant construction project takes shape in remote N Korea

    Giant construction project takes shape in remote N Korea

    Like a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un. They clamber over wooden scaffolding and dangle from window frames, and whether they are carrying loads, sifting sand or mixing concrete, […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Kim Jong-un vows to strengthen Pyongyang-Beijing ties, amid efforts to restart US talks

    Kim Jong-un vows to strengthen Pyongyang-Beijing ties, amid efforts to restart US talks

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to strengthen ties with China, calling the alliance between the two countries a “strategic option”, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Friday. This comes as the North and the US are widely expected to resume stalled nuclear disarmament talks in a few weeks. Kim made the remarks in response […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:02 AM
  • HK government ignoring Legco on vacancy tax, says developers’ lawmaker Abraham Razack

    HK government ignoring Legco on vacancy tax, says developers’ lawmaker Abraham Razack

    The man representing Hong Kong housing developers in the city’s legislature has blasted the government for pressing ahead with a vacancy tax, saying it was not allowing adequate oversight. Abraham Razack said he would write to the president of the Legislative Council demanding more time for scrutiny. Razack, of the pro-establishment Business and Professionals Alliance […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Amnesty accuses HK police of abuses, torture of protestors

    Amnesty accuses HK police of abuses, torture of protestors

    Amnesty International accused Hong Kong police on Friday of torture and other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy protests, but the police say they have shown restraint on the street in the face of increased violence. Anti-government protesters, many masked and wearing black, have thrown petrol bombs at police and […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea chief negotiator welcomes Trump’s call for ‘new method’ at talks: KCNA

    N Korea chief negotiator welcomes Trump’s call for ‘new method’ at talks: KCNA

    North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator welcomed on Friday US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a “new method” be used in talks on Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. Kim Myong Gil praised Trump’s “wise political decision” to seek a new approach to the stalled talks without a “troublemaker” in the US administrationan apparent reference to John Bolton, Trump’s […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • S. Korea, Japan hold talks over wartime forced labour, trade feud

    S. Korea, Japan hold talks over wartime forced labour, trade feud

    Director general-level diplomats from South Korea and Japan held talks in Tokyo Friday over wartime forced labour and the bilateral trade feud, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry. Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asian and Pacific affairs at South Korea’s foreign ministry, met with his Japanese counterpart Shigeki Takisaki in Tokyo, exchanging opinion about issues of mutual […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Xinhua | 6:02 AM
  • HK lawmaker launches legal bid after court ruled he was ‘not duly elected’ because of invalid ban on activist Agnes Chow

    HK lawmaker launches legal bid after court ruled he was ‘not duly elected’ because of invalid ban on activist Agnes Chow

    A lawmaker fighting to keep his seat in Hong Kong’s legislature has asked a top court to review a landmark ruling on the barring of election candidates. The bid from pro-democracy politician Au Nok-hin came as two legal sources said the government was not planning to appeal their defeat in that case, in which a […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • No loudhailers, umbrellas allowed at talks with HK leader

    No loudhailers, umbrellas allowed at talks with HK leader

    The Hong Kong government on Thursday set the rules for an open dialogue between leader Carrie Lam and the public next week, telling those taking part to be “orderly” and not bring along loudhailers, bunting or umbrellas. Next Thursday’s talks in the Chinese-ruled city, the scene of more than three months of sometimes violent anti-government […]

    21-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Society

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Outbreaks have ravaged Southeast Asia this year, infecting hundreds of thousands, killing hundreds, and crippling health care […]

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 […]

Health

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Outbreaks have ravaged Southeast Asia this year, infecting hundreds of thousands, killing hundreds, and crippling health care […]

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, […]

FinanceAsia

Fresh US-China trade worries erase early gains for stocks

Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble. The selling, which erased modest early gains for the market, snapped a three-week win streak for the S&P 500. The benchmark index is […]

Eisai’s Promotion and Distribution Agreement with Mylan India for Eribulin Second Brand in India

Aiming to Expand Availability of Eribulin to Patients in India with Two Brands Halaven and Teceris TOKYO, Sept 20, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Eisai Co., Ltd. has announced that Eisai’s subsidiary Eisai Pharmaceuticals India Pvt. Ltd. and Mylan N. V. subsidiary Mylan India have entered into a license agreement to promote and distribute the […]

Xiao-i empowers Contact Centers with Cognitive Intelligence

- AI technology becomes a driving force in global customer service HONG KONG, Sept 20, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – Shanghai Xiaoi Robot Technology Co. Ltd (Xiao-i), a leading developer of AI technologies and applications, was asked to represent the AI industry at the annual Contact Center APAC conference on September 9-10 in Jakarta. The […]

Regional

Asia-Pacific students kick off global climate strike with message for government: Do your job

Thousands of students took to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe. “We didn’t light it, but we’re trying to fight it,” read one sign carried by a […]

Students demand change in vast global climate strike

Children across Asia and the Pacific kicked off what are set to be the largest global climate protests in history Friday, demanding adults act now to stop environmental disaster. From Sydney to Seoul, Manila to Mumbai, children heeded the rallying cry of fellow teen activist Greta Thunberg and shut their textbooks in a collective call […]

Why Burma’s Wa always get what they want

Shops, hotels and restaurants in Panghsang, the unofficial capital of Myanmar’s northeastern area controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), display signs in three languages: Wa, Chinese and Bamar. But while Wa, Chinese and other ethnic dialects are widely spoken in the city, very few residents can speak or read, Bamar. Other social and […]

China

A FedEx pilot is detained before boarding a flight in China

FedEx says one of its pilots was detained in China after an item was found in his luggage before he boarded a commercial flight. The company said Thursday the pilot was later released, and it is working with Chinese authorities to understand what happened at the airport in Guangzhou, in southern China. The Wall Street […]

‘The era of economic surrender is over,’ says Mike Pence on trade with China

US vice President Mike Pence on Thursday struck an unyielding tone on America’s position in its trade war with China. “The era of economic surrender is over,” Pence told CNBC’s Joe Kernen at the CNBC Institutional Investor’s Delivering Alpha Conference. Pence said that not only does the US run “$500 billion trade deficits” with China, […]

Chinese internet chef pays compensation to family of girl killed ‘imitating popcorn trick’

An internet celebrity has agreed to pay compensation to a family in east China whose teenage daughter died from injuries suffered in an explosion while trying to make popcorn in a tin can, similar to the way in which the online star did it in a video. The accident happened on August 22 when the […]

Malaysia

Malaysia’s income growth success story is an unequal one, and here’s why

The country’s richest 10 per cent controlled nearly half of total income share from 2002 to 2014 with ultra-wealthy Bumiputeras registering a remarkable 8.3 per cent growth in earnings, a recent study on inequality showed. The study, which aims to determine which ethnicity and class benefited the most from the post-Asian financial crisis period, found […]

Anwar’s aides claim they have not been issued summonses over civil suits

Two of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s aides have not received any court summonses over a suit for assault and defamation by Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who is the grandson of late prominent consumer advocate SM Mohammed Idris. Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador and his press secretary Tunku Nashrul Tunku Abaidah said in a […]

Anwar PM by 2020? Stop harping on power transfer from Dr M, says PKR info chief

PKR has cautioned the public today against dwelling on its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s planned succession from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister. Its information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the party is aware that the issue of power transfer has often been raised by “some quarters with certain motives”. […]

Indonesia

Cocoa, coffee industry cries out for EU pact to sweeten trade

Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance the coffee you sip or chocolate you savor is made from Indonesia’s homegrown beans, as the country ranks fourth in cocoa production and coffee exports. In fact, the EU could soon open its doors for more Indonesian coffee, cocoa and other commodities traded under […]

Indonesia president urges delay in law banning sex outside marriage

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for a delay in passing a new law that would outlaw gay and pre-marital sex after the controversial plan sparked a public outcry. The proposed criminal code overhaul should get a closer look given the backlash, Widodo said, as he asked that parliament scrap a planned vote on […]

New Indonesia capital: Indigenous tribes fear further marginalisation

Long before Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that the country’s capital will move from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, Eko Supriadi knew that his sleepy hometown will one day play an important role in the country. The traditional youth leader of Penajam Paser Utara district said the elders in his community were not surprised at all […]

Singapore

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Singapore’s skies were clearer Friday and air quality improved as smog from Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend’s Formula One race may be affected. Raging blazes in Indonesia have been spewing toxic haze over neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, with Jakarta deploying tens of thousands of personnel and water-bombing aircraft to tackle […]

Head of Singapore sovereign wealth fund sounds alarm bell, again

The head of one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds wants to get one thing straightmarkets are becoming increasingly dire and investors face a very uncertain future. Lim Chow Kiat, the chief executive officer of Singapore’s GIC Pte, has again sounded the alarm about the state of the world’s economy, decrying populism, trade protectionism […]

F1 weekend: Haze levels will range between moderate and unhealthy

Authorities say that haze levels are expected to remain between the high end of the Moderate range and the low end of the Unhealthy range over the weekend, when the Formula One races take place at Marina Bay. For the moderate range, the 24-hour Pollutants Standard Index (PSI) reading is from 51 to 100. If […]

Thailand

Thanathorn richest MP with B5.6bn

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is the richest MP, with net worth of 5.6 billion baht. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) disclosed the net worth of a group of 80 MPs on Friday morning. Of the total, 79 reported the information on the occasion of assuming duty and the other when he left office. […]

Thailand’s August exports fall further than expected

Some more lumpy economic news for Thialand as the focus is on the monthly customs clearances to provide a compass for the country’s economy. Customs-cleared exports dropped in August 4 percent compared to the same month a year earlier. Exports unexpectedly rose in July, according to the commerce ministry today. The decline in August has […]

New traffic laws come into force for Thailand today

From today, an amendment to the Land Transport Act means traffic police can no longer confiscate driving licences. Police can still record the details of a driver’s licence but must then return it. The new system will also remove the risk of licences being lost while in the care of the police, as has happened […]

Philippines

Meat processors appeal against processed meat ban amid ASF scare

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI) has called on local governments not to ban their products especially the holiday favourite ham. The group fears possible impact of the ban on the country’s processed meat industry and to the livelihood of about 150,000 employees. They assure the public and local authorities that their products […]

Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches. A noisy gecko was the latest wildlife contributor to an address by Duterte, interrupting the leader on Thursday evening just as he launched another tirade at human rights groups critical of his bloody war on drugs. The reptile’s persistence caused laugher in the […]

Philippines hit by first polio case since 2001

The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal. Health authorities said a three-year-old girl in a southern province had contracted polio, while the virus was also detected in Manila’s sewage and in waterways of the […]

Japan

N Korea, Japan governments not communicating despite Abe’s summit call

The top North Korean negotiator on normalising ties with Japan said there has been no communication between the two governments since Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in May began calling for a summit, according to a Japanese delegation that returned from Pyongyang on Thursday. Abe has voiced eagerness to meet with North Korean leader Kim […]

Mitsubishi Corp unit loses $320 million on unauthorised trades

Major Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp said Friday it was carrying out an investigation after its Singapore-based subsidiary lost $320 million because of unauthorised trades by an employee. In a statement, the firm said the losses involved a local employee of Petro-Diamond Singapore who was hired “to handle its crude oil trade with China”. The […]

Apple launches iPhone 11 series in Japan

Apple Inc launched the iPhone 11 series Friday in Japan amid increased competition from other major handset manufacturers including those from China and South Korea. More than a hundred customers lined up in front of an Apple store in central Tokyo in the morning for the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, two high-end […]

Korea

Korea’s health ministry advises public to refrain from vaping

South Korea has advised the public to refrain from using liquid e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, due to vaping-related illnesses emerging in the United States, its health ministry said on Friday. “The US government is looking into the cause and effect of vaping and severe respiratory illness, and we advise the public to refrain the […]

Giant construction project takes shape in remote N Korea

Giant construction project takes shape in remote N Korea

Like a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un. They clamber over wooden scaffolding and dangle from window frames, and whether they are carrying loads, sifting sand or mixing concrete, […]

Japan agrees to hold bilateral talks with Korea in WTO dispute

Japanese Trade minister Isshu Sugawara said on Friday that Tokyo would hold talks with Seoul over Japan’s move to tighten export controls to South Korea, agreeing to Seoul’s request for consultations as part of a dispute settlement through the World Trade Organisation. “We will make arrangements through diplomatic channels,” Sugawara told a news conference. Separately, […]

Hong Kong

HK diners offered protest-inspired ‘eyeball’ mocktails and ‘tear gas’ eggs

Pro-democracy protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months are providing culinary inspiration for a restaurant that offers a themed menu with spicy wasabi-spiked “tear gas” eggs and a drink shaped like a bloodied eyeball. The drink, which refers to a gruesome injury suffered by a medic, is on offer along with […]

China releases HK-based FedEx pilot on bail after finding air gun pellets in luggage

A former US Air Force pilot has been released on bail in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after “an item was found in his luggage before a commercial flight”, confirmed current employer FedEx in the latest incident involving the American courier service. According to The Wall Street Journal, former US Air Force colonel Todd […]

Amnesty says HK police using excessive force

Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, criticising a “disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics”. In a report based on interviews with nearly two dozen activists, most of whom were hospitalised after their arrests, the global rights watchdog said the […]

Taiwan

Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, losing another ally amid Chinese pressure on nations with diplomatic relations with the self-ruled island. China claims Taiwan as its territory, and says the democratic island has no right to formal ties with any country. The Kiribati president’s office […]

Taiwan and Kiribati sever ties after Beijing switch: Taipei

China ‘appreciates’ the decision by the tiny Pacific island nation to resume diplomatic ties with Beijing. Taiwan and Kiribati severed ties on Friday after the tiny Pacific nation decided to switch diplomatic recognition to China, the second of the island’s allies to defect this week. “Kiribati today officially notified us that it was cutting diplomatic […]

Taiwan loses second ally in a week as Kiribati switches to China

Pacific nation changes allegiance to Beijing just days after Solomon Islands also cut ties with Taipei Taiwan has lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a week after the Pacific nation of Kiribati moved to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish foreign relations with China. The decision comes after the Solomon Islands announced […]

Vietnam

Planned HRC steel import duty hike aborted

The Ministry of Finance, bowing to strong opposition from steelmakers and industry experts, has abandoned a planned increase of the Most Favoured Nations import duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel from 0 percent to 5 percent. The ministry included the duty increase in a draft government decree to prevent the potential influx of steel from […]

Banks benefit from reducing operating rates

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV)’s decision to reduce operating rates had true value with large balances reflected in banks’ financial statements, especially when entering the peak season. SBV just decided to reduce 0.25 percentage points of operating rates. Accordingly, the refinancing interest rate reduced from 6.25 percent per year to six percent per year. […]

The Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIET) was officially launched in Hanoi on September 19.

Established in late 2018, the VIET works as an independent organisation studying activities related to the transition of the national energy system. Its main activity is hosting exchanges between scientists and policymakers in energy economy and climate protection to find appropriate policies for national energy development. Speaking at the launch ceremony, Chair of the VIET […]