• US envoy in Japan, Korea amid deepening rift between neighbours

    US envoy in Japan, Korea amid deepening rift between neighbours

    A US-led effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons will continue this week as US envoy Stephen Biegun holds talks in Japan and South Korea, amid a deepening rift between the two neighbours. The United States envoy to North Korea is holding meetings here in Japan and in South Korea, days […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | VaticanNews | 6:02 AM
  • US and China seeking to revive trade talks: Trump advisor

    US and China seeking to revive trade talks: Trump advisor

    Washington and Beijing are working to revive pivotal talks aimed at ending the trade war that has roiled world markets, Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor said Sunday. If calls between both sides’ deputies pan out in the next 10 days “and we can have a substantive renewal of negotiations,” Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • No reason for Beijing to send troops to HK to deal with protests, says former justice secretary Elsie Leung

    No reason for Beijing to send troops to HK to deal with protests, says former justice secretary Elsie Leung

    Hong Kong has not yet warranted any call for Beijing to send troops to the city for security purposes amid ongoing protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill, top Beijing adviser and the city’s former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie said on Sunday. Leung said on a radio programme that even if the People’s Liberation Army […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • Hundreds of thousands march for democracy in latest HK protest against China

    Hundreds of thousands march for democracy in latest HK protest against China

    Heavy rain failed to keep hundreds of thousands of protesters from swarming Hong Kong streets Sunday as pro-democracy demonstrators rallied against the slowly tightening grip of the Beijing government. A section of downtown was paralysed when protesters, crowded out of a park that had been the protest’s focal point, marched through the streets despite a […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | USAToday | 6:02 AM
  • US-China Trade War: It’s Time For A Change In Strategy

    US-China Trade War: It’s Time For A Change In Strategy

    The June 29 truce in the trade war between the United States and China lasted just over one month. Thirty-three days after the presidents of the two countries met in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to resume negotiations, President Trump, frustrated by the slow progress of negotiations, announced that the US would impose a 10 percent […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | Forbes | 6:02 AM
  • Trump warns China against ‘another Tiananmen Square,’ says Tim Cook made ‘compelling’ tariff case

    Trump warns China against ‘another Tiananmen Square,’ says Tim Cook made ‘compelling’ tariff case

    President Trump told reporters on Sunday that Apple CEO Tim Cook privately made a “very compelling argument” that the administration’s tariffs on Chinese-assembled goods have made an unfair impact on the California-based tech giant, because its chief rival, Samsung, has conducted most of its manufacturing in South Korea and did not have to pay the […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | FoxNews | 6:02 AM
  • S. Korea-Asean summit in November to address free trade amid Japan’s export curbs: Cheong Wa Dae

    S. Korea-Asean summit in November to address free trade amid Japan’s export curbs: Cheong Wa Dae

    South Korea plans to focus on seeking ways to bolster the free trade order during a November special group summit with Southeast Asian nations, Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday, as Tokyo maintains its retaliatory export restrictions against Seoul. The office of President Moon Jae-in revealed the scheme in a press briefing on its preparations for […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | KoreaHerald | 6:02 AM
  • N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

    N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

    North Korea on Friday bluntly criticised South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • Violence poses conundrum to HK protest movement

    Violence poses conundrum to HK protest movement

    With a gas mask in her bag at Sunday’s peaceful rally, Hong Kong protester Kelly said she disagreed with the violence which has enveloped her city, but refused to disown the more radical elements of the pro-democracy movement. “Even though I want the protests to remain peaceful, we will still support each other,” said the […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Some 1.7 million take part in 11th week of HK protests

    Some 1.7 million take part in 11th week of HK protests

    Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement took to the streets again Sunday for a massive and peaceful march. An estimated 1.7 million people a quarter of the territory’s population took part. Defying a police ban and bad weather, Hong Kongers marched in peace, fueled by anger. Overflowing Victoria Park the city’s historic site for people power protests […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | CBSNews | 6:02 AM
  • China hits out at Taiwan over asylum offer to HK protesters

    China hits out at Taiwan over asylum offer to HK protesters

    China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest in a series of massive demonstrations in the Chinese territory. The government of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own […]

    20-Aug-2019 Intellasia | The Telegraph | 6:02 AM
  • HK readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally

    HK readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally

    Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes. Sunday’s massive turnout, which organisers put at 1.7 million, showed that the movement still has widespread support despite chaotic scenes […]

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

Society

Leave those kids alone

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

Ha Long heli: Vietnam launches chopper rides in famous bay

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

Vietnam police seize a tonne of meth stashed in loudspeakers

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

Health

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

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

Thirteen countries from Asia and the Pacific plan scale-up of PrEP and HIV self-testing

Representatives from 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October to develop road maps to implement and expand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV self-testing in the region. In discussions on building capacity for the rollout of PrEP and HIV testing innovations in Asia and the Pacific, policy-makers, […]

After eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, Malaysia sets sights on Hepatitis B

The health ministry said today it will focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis B, after Malaysia became the first country in the Western Pacific to eradicate such transmissions in HIV and syphilis. Health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said a few states will begin pilot programmes of targeted screening for Hepatitis B among pregnant mothers, after […]

FinanceAsia

New Combustor Center for Manufacturing Aero Engine Parts to be Established within MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

- Targets Set on World-class Efficiency: Response to Expanding Aircraft Engine Production – – Plant will serve as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines&apos Nagasaki Works construction to be completed in July 2020 – Fully integrated production of combustor parts for PW1100G-JM engines TOKYO, Aug 19, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) […]

JCB partners with EVO Payments to enable JCB card acceptance for merchants in the UK and Ireland

London, Aug 19, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International, Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., today announces a partnership with EVO Payments to enable JCB payment acceptance across the UK and Ireland. The enabling of the EVO merchant portfolio increases JCB acceptance at small-to-medium sized businesses, particularly merchants utilizing integrated […]

Four HKTDC August fairs and ICMCM draw to a close

Nearly 450,000 visitors attend Food Expo and concurrent fairs HONG KONG, Aug 19, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – The 30th HKTDC Food Expo, the 11th HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the fourth HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, the sixth HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & […]

Regional

Cambodia to ban online gambling, cites threat to social order

Cambodia said on Sunday it is banning online gambling, which helped propel a wave of Chinese investment in casinos in the country, saying that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money. The southern coastal city of Sihanoukville has emerged as a particular centre for gambling and many of the dozens of […]

Correction: Burma-Asean story

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that Myanmar’s government must pursue justice for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority so that hundreds of thousands who fled a brutal military crackdown can return safely to the country. The call came ahead of a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Bangkok this week. It […]

‘Until her bones are broken’: Burma activists fight to outlaw domestic violence

Cradling her one-year-old daughter in a house in southern Myanmar, 22-year-old Nu Nu Aye recalled the reasons her husband gave for beating her. She hadn’t looked after his rooster. She wouldn’t have sex with him. In a meeting brokered by a village elder, he said he would beat her when “necessary”. “His abuse got worse […]

China

Traditional medicine hospital in China accused of setting ‘sales targets’ for staff

A hospital in central China has been accused of requiring its staff to meet admissions targets for patients, and of responding violently to reporters’ requests for comment. Practices at the Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in Zheng Zhou county, Henan province, were exposed on Friday in a report by the local television station which included an […]

Chinese state media pump up the jam to slam HK protests

“Get those foreign agents outta town”, roars a music video by a patriotic Chinese rap group, one of a slew of creative efforts by Beijing attacking Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement as violent and spurred on by overseas governments. The rap video, overlaid with clips of protesters clashing with police and breaking into Hong Kong’s legislative […]

China’s military is stronger than ever, so why does it still need the humble yak?

China’s meteoric economic rise has benefitted many pillars of the Chinese state, but one area that has arguably reaped the most benefits has been its military, officially known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Military analysis website Global Firepower listed the PLA including the army, navy, and air force as the world’s third most powerful […]

Malaysia

At statistics congress, Dr M calls on nations to forge ideology of unity

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged the global community to use the 2019 International Statistics Congress here as a platform to forge an ideology that represents unity and one that is willing to share data. Reiterating the Malaysian government’s commitment to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr Mahathir said nations […]

PM: It’s quite clear Zakir wants to play racial politics, he overstepped the line

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today “it was quite clear” Dr Zakir Naik had attempted to incite racial hate. The prime minister’s comment is likely the strongest censure made so far towards the controversial preacher. Dr Mahathir said Dr Zakir overstepped the line when he told ethnic Chinese to “go back first” and questioned the […]

Penang to be the first to put local council polls to the test, says minister

Penang will be the first state to conduct local council elections after they are approved by the federal government for implementation, Housing and Local government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has said. According to the Sunday Star, she said Penang’s interest in carrying out local council elections was evident even when Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in Opposition. […]

Indonesia

Indonesian police regain control after demonstrators torch local parliament

Indonesia’s police chief said on Monday that authorities in the easternmost Papua region were regaining control after protesters set fire to tyres and torched a local parliament building over the recent detention of scores of Papuan students. A separatist movement has simmered for decades in Papua, while there have also been frequent complaints of rights […]

Despite bleak outlook, foreign investors flock to Indonesian stock market

The inflow of foreign funds into the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) remained high in the past few weeks despite the country’s bleak economic outlook as seen in the country’s weak export performance and sluggish economic growth. Analysts believe that many foreign fund managers entered the local stock exchange to benefit from the low share prices. […]

Indonesia arrests dozens of West Papuans over claim flag was thrown in sewer

Indonesian authorities raided a university dormitory in Surabaya on Saturday and arrested dozens of West Papuan students after a standoff over allegations the Indonesian flag was thrown into a sewer. Officers broke down the gates of the Surabaya building and used teargas to clear the rooms, taking 43 people into custody on the Indonesian Independence […]

Singapore

NDR 2019: China and US have yet to find ‘magic pill’ for their differences

The United States and China have yet to find the “magic pill” to manage their differences, which has left countries like Singapore in a dilemma, said prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in his annual National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Sunday (18 August). Speaking during the Mandarin portion of his speech, the 67-year-old added, “Their […]

NDR 2019: Household income ceiling for additional preschool subsidies to be raised to $12,000

The long-term costs of protecting Singapore from the effects of rising sea levels could cost more than $100 billion over the next 50-100 years, warned prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in his annual National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Sunday (18 August). Speaking during the English portion of his 16th NDR speech, Lee compared the […]

NDR 2019: Protecting Singapore from rising sea levels in the long-term could cost at least $100B

The long-term costs of protecting Singapore from the effects of rising sea levels could cost more than $100 billion over the next 50-100 years, warned prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in his annual National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Sunday (18 August). Speaking during the English portion of his 16th NDR speech, Lee compared the […]

Thailand

PM calls for Thai Army’s support on drought, security and tourist safety

The Thai PM has chaired the first Defence Assembly session in his role of minister of Defence, urging the armed forces to support the government’s work in realising policies such as cybersecurity enhancement, drought mitigation, and tourist safety. In the first Defence Assembly session, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha urged leaders of the armed forces and related […]

Thai official dismisses Muslim insurgent demand on detainees

A Thai deputy prime minister dismissed on Monday a demand made by a Malay Muslim group to free those detained over alleged links to the long-running insurgency in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south as a pre-condition for formal talks. Officials of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) met a Thai delegation at an undisclosed location in Southeast […]

‘Government stimulus package for Thai economy is unsustainable’

Anusorn Tamajai, an economist from Rangsit University, says he expects the proposed package to make little difference and has declared it unsustainable. The package, which should be approved this week, is worth 370 billion baht and includes cash handouts for farmers and low-income earners, grants for children, incentives for domestic travellers, and tax incentives for […]

Philippines

Philippines checks for African swine fever as pig deaths rise

The Philippines has set up a crisis management team to determine if the deadly African swine fever virus has reached the country after officials detected a rise in pig deaths in some areas. The Bureau of Animal Industry had reported an increased mortality of pigs “raised by farmers in their backyards”, but further laboratory tests […]

Govt blacklists 21 foreign recruiters, suspends erring agencies

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has blacklisted 21 foreign recruitment agencies and direct employers while suspending 19 local recruitment firms in an effort to protect Filipino workers seeking employment abroad. In a news release on Sunday (August 18), the DOLE, citing Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said the […]

3 Filipino elderly sisters reported missing in China ‘now returning to PH’

A relative says the 3 sisters, who should have been back in the Philippines on August 10, have been found Three Filipino elderly sisters who were reported missing for a week in China have been found and are on their way back to the Philippines, their relative said on Sunday evening, August 18. Linda Varela […]

Japan

Shippers experiment with wind, battery power to navigate tough new rules to combat their role in global warming

Shipping companies in Europe and Japan are looking to their past the wind and the sun as they anticipate new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The shipping industry is estimated to account for three per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. What was once considered a very dirty business is beginning to imagine […]

Environmental, regulatory and tax policy in Japan

Japan has inadequate energy resources and imports 87.4 percent of its hydrocarbon energy. It is the world’s largest importer of liquefied natural gas and third-largest importer of oil and coal. Japan has lower levels of subsidies for fossil fuel consumption when compared to other G-7 countries, but higher subsidies for oil and gas exploration and […]

China and Taiwan to Japan on alert for new tropical development later this week

A new tropical threat may brew in the Western Pacific Ocean later this week. While AccuWeather meteorologists are keeping a close eye on other areas across the basin, the one that has the highest probability to develop is churning south and west of Guam. “This feature will gradually strengthen and could become a depression or […]

Korea

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

North Korea on Friday bluntly criticised South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles […]

‘Seoul, Washington, Pyongyang speeding up denuke talks’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday personal diplomacy between the leaders of the United States and North Korea and Moon himself are still working toward the North’s denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. “What really matters is that South and North Korea, as well as the United States, come to the negotiating […]

S. Korean banks criticised for ‘irresponsible selling’ of DLS products

South Korean banks and brokerages are in hot water for selling high-risk derivatives-linked securities and related funds to their customers, mostly retail investors, allegedly without providing sufficient warnings or instructions. According to the watchdog Financial Supervisory Service on Monday, eight major financial institutions here sold a combined 822.4 billion ($678.8 million) worth of DLS and […]

Hong Kong

Three nights of tear gas-free protests as HK’s anti-government movement gives peace a chance

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters braved torrential rains on Sunday as they marched along the main thoroughfares of Hong Kong Island, determined to show the movement could regain its peaceful moorings despite the recent escalation of violence. By night’s end, the city had wrapped up its eleventh consecutive weekend of protests, without any tear […]

HK protests: Generation gap on the streets

Pro-China crowds are mostly middle-aged or older, the pro-democracy group is mostly made up of the younger generation. In a few hours, crowds are expected to begin gathering for another mass rally in Hong Kong. But police have denied permission for them to march through the centre of the city. Saturday saw crowds turn out […]

No reason for Beijing to send troops to HK to deal with protests, says former justice secretary Elsie Leung

No reason for Beijing to send troops to HK to deal with protests, says former justice secretary Elsie Leung

Hong Kong has not yet warranted any call for Beijing to send troops to the city for security purposes amid ongoing protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill, top Beijing adviser and the city’s former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie said on Sunday. Leung said on a radio programme that even if the People’s Liberation Army […]

Taiwan

China hits out at Taiwan over asylum offer to HK protesters

China hits out at Taiwan over asylum offer to HK protesters

China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest in a series of massive demonstrations in the Chinese territory. The government of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own […]

Taiwan leader lauds Cathay CEO for listing self instead of giving names to CCP

Taiwan legislator praises Cathay CEO as ‘true warrior’ for refusing to give list of striking employees to CCP Supporters of the Hong Kong protests, including Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Wang Ting-yu, are praising former Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg for taking a principled stand and protecting his employees at the expense of his own […]

Taiwan starts checking carry-on baggage from PH due to alleged African Swine Fever

The Taiwan government has started checking carry-on baggage of travellers coming from the Philippines for entry of pork and pork based products. The new policy was announced on Sunday (August 18) by Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation centre (CEOC) as a precaution against African Swine Fever (ASF). Under the new rule, all carry-on bags from the […]

Vietnam

VN stocks predicted to swing for another week

Investors may want to brace for a bumpy trading week as the Vietnamese stock market is still vulnerable to the unpredictability of global shocks in geographic, political and economic conditions. The benchmark VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange increased by total 0.58 per cent to finish last week at 980.00 points. On […]

Vietnam to host international aviation expo 2019 for first time

The year 2020 will mark 65 years of Vietnam`s civil aviation industry which has developed rapidly in the past decade with 10 airports capable of serving international flights and 12 domestic airports. Vietnam International Aviation Expo 2019 will be held by Vietnam Association on Aviation Science and Technology (VAAST) and GK Wintron in HCM City […]

Vietnam strives to realise goal of becoming powerful marine nation

Boasting great potential of marine economy in terms of natural resources, transport, fisheries, tourism and coastal economic zones, Vietnam has set the target to become a powerful marine nation, which meets all standards on sustainable development of sea-based economy. Immense marine economic potential The East Sea has been deemed as the second busiest international transport […]