• Corrected: US hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of N Korea sanctions

    Corrected: US hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of N Korea sanctions

    The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms on Wednesday for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to North Korea in breach of US sanctions aimed at pressuring it to end its nuclear programmes. The US Treasury said in a statement China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:27 AM
  • Senior Chinese government delegation to visit US for trade war talks

    Senior Chinese government delegation to visit US for trade war talks

    A senior Chinese delegation will visit the United States for trade talks later this month, the Commerce Ministry announced on Thursday. A statement from the ministry said commerce vice-minister Wang Shouwen would lead the delegation that will meet US Treasury undersecretary David Malpass to discuss “economic and trade issues between China and the US”. The […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:27 AM
  • Top S. Korea Buddhist in corruption, fatherhood allegations

    Top S. Korea Buddhist in corruption, fatherhood allegations

    South Korea’s biggest Buddhist denomination ordered its executive head to step down Thursday amid mounting allegations he forged his academic credentials, accumulated vast wealth, and broke his vows of celibacy. The 56-14 vote of no confidence in Seoljeong, president of the Jogye Order, by its central committee is the first in a history that dates […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:27 AM
  • US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking N Korea embargo

    US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking N Korea embargo

    The US Treasury announced sanctions on Russian and Chinese companies Wednesday for violating the economic embargo on North Korea as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. The Treasury accused China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co and its Singapore-based affiliate, SINSMS Pte., of falsifying documents to facilitate shipments […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:27 AM
  • Korean family reunion brings no end to heartache

    Korean family reunion brings no end to heartache

    The first reunions in years of families divided by the Korean War evoke bittersweet memories for Kim Jong-gyu, whose few hours with her brother in 2014– under the watchful eyes of the North’s agents– were probably their last ever together. “I felt so lucky and so happy to see that my brother was alive,” said […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:27 AM
  • Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

    Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

    Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 parliamentary seats in a national election in July, electoral authorities said on Wednesday as the opposition called the result illegitimate. Within hours of the National Election Committee (NEC) announcement, the United States said it was expanding visa restrictions on individuals responsible for “anti-democratic” actions in the […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:27 AM
  • Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing brother of N. Korean leader

    Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing brother of N. Korean leader

    A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or acquit them. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese, could face the death penalty on charges of murdering Kim Jong Nam […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:27 AM
  • Japan volcano eruption: Japan prepares to evacuate island as eruption warning level rises

    Japan volcano eruption: Japan prepares to evacuate island as eruption warning level rises

    A VOLCANO warning on southern Japanese island Kuchinoerabu has been raised to the second highest level, asking residents to prepare to evacuate. The level four warning issued for Kuchinoerabuor Kuchinoerabujimatells residents to prepare to evacuate and is only one step away from mandatory evacuation orders. Kuchinoerabu is located to the south of Japan roughly 1,000km […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Express | 6:27 AM
  • Chinese vaccine maker made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines  Xinhua

    Chinese vaccine maker made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines Xinhua

    A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. China’s drug regulator in July accused Changsheng Bio-technology Co Ltd of selling 252,600 doses of ineffective DPT vaccines to inoculate children against diphtheria, whooping cough and […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:27 AM
  • Putin says China’s Xi to Visit Russia in September

    Putin says China’s Xi to Visit Russia in September

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Chinese President Xi Jinping would visit Russia in September, Russian news agencies RIA and Tass reported on Wednesday. Xi will visit eastern Russian city of Vladivostok where he will take part in an economic forum, Putin was quoted as saying. https://www.voanews.com/a/putin-says-china-s-xi-to-visit-russia-in-Sep/4529795.html

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | VOA News | 6:27 AM
  • Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

    Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

    Taiwan is still pushing Japan to face the “comfort women” issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday, although it said that the unveiling of the country’s first “comfort women” statue in Tainan a day earlier has nothing to do with the government. A bronze statue symbolising women forced to work in wartime brothels […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:27 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte could resign if Marcos Jr becomes VP: spokesman

    Philippines’ Duterte could resign if Marcos Jr becomes VP: spokesman

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could step down if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeds in overturning his 2016 vice presidential election defeat, Duterte’s spokesman said on Thursday. Duterte’s single term ends in June 2022 and he has spoken often recently about quitting before that. At two separate events on Tuesday he said he […]

    17-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:27 AM

Society

Vietnam sentences activist to 20 years prison amid dissent crackdown

A court in northern Vietnam on Thursday sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison after he was convicted in a one-day trial of attempting to overthrow the state, his lawyer said. The People’s Court in Nghe An province also sentenced Le Dinh Luong, 53, to five years house arrest to be served after his […]

Handy engineering: Vietnam’s ‘Golden Bridge’ has giant support

In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs. “I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” said Vuong Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi. “It’s so unique”. Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam’s […]

Vietnam Floods Kill 3, Threaten to Submerge Parts of Hanoi

Seasonal floods have killed three people and threaten to submerge parts of Vietnam’s capital, officials said Tuesday. Two children and a man drowned Monday in Chuong My district, a suburb of Hanoi, where water has overflowed one bank of the Bui River and engulfed several villages, the officials said. On the other side of the […]

Health

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on […]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection […]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 […]

FinanceAsia

Asian stocks pare losses after US-China trade talk news

Asia stocks closed lower Thursday, joining a global sell-off on concerns over Turkey’s financial crisis, although losses were capped by news that China and the United States would hold trade talks. Equities across the region suffered steep losses at the opening bell, with Tokyo and Shanghai off by more than one percent, dragged down by […]

Paradise Bans Plastic Straws on All Cruising Vessels

Paradise Bans Plastic Straws on All Cruising Vessels

Vietnamese travel company’s eco-friendly initiative aimed at cleaning up ocean Hoping for a sea change in how plastic is used and treated in Vietnam, Halong Bay’s leading cruise provider has launched a program aimed at combating one of the world’s greatest environmental concerns. Earlier this month, Paradise Cruises removed plastic straws from all seven of […]

Swick crosses the 10 million metre mark

Swick crosses the 10 million metre mark

Swick Mining Services (“Swick”) has reached a major milestone by drilling 10 million metres of diamond core, a rare feat for a drilling contractor. The milestone comes after Swick first started drilling diamond core in 2004 with just one mobile underground drill rig at a nickel mine in Kambalda, Western Australia. Since then, the Company […]

Regional

Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

Cambodia’s ruling party won all seats in July vote: election commission

Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 parliamentary seats in a national election in July, electoral authorities said on Wednesday as the opposition called the result illegitimate. Within hours of the National Election Committee (NEC) announcement, the United States said it was expanding visa restrictions on individuals responsible for “anti-democratic” actions in the […]

US to expand visa sanctions on Cambodians in wake of ‘flawed’ election

The US government will expand visa restrictions on some Cambodians seen as anti-democratic actors following the country’s July 29 election which Washington labels deeply flawed and “neither free nor fair.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US government would expand restrictions on granting US visas to certain Cambodians instituted late last year in response […]

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Cambodian leader Hun Sen has swept all seats in parliament after holding an election with no opposition, as the country settles into one-party rule and a government that could face questions of legitimacy on the world stage. The strongman has been in power for 33 years but the vote late last month was widely decried […]

China

China, US to resume trade talks in late August

China will send a senior negotiator to the United States in late August to resume trade talks, its commerce ministry said Thursday, the first public meeting on the dispute in weeks as the trade conflict intensifies. Beijing and Washington have slapped tariffs on tens of billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods since they […]

China Set to ‘Weaponise’ Yuan to Fight Trump’s Trade War: Report

China now appears willing to undertake a major currency devaluation to offset the Trump tariffs on some $250 billion of imports from the country. In the escalating trade war with President Donald Trump, China might be digging in its heels. According to a new report, China now appears willing to undertake a major currency devaluationsimilar […]

China Evergrande invests in project to build world’s fastest supercomputer

Property developer China Evergrande Group on Thursday said it will invest 1.65 billion yuan ($239.53 million) into six high-tech projects by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including one aimed at building the world’s fastest supercomputer. The other projects involve artificial intelligence, surgical robotics, unpiloted aircraft, health engineering and graphene. Together, the six projects have a […]

Malaysia

Malaysia human rights group denounces caning sentence on 2 women for attempting lesbian sex

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has denounced the Terengganu Syariah Court’s decision on August 12 to sentence two women to six strokes of caning each for attempted lesbian relations because such punishment is humiliating and demeaning. “Such punishment is humiliating, demeaning and an attempt to publicly embarrass the women and their families, which […]

China-linked cyberattacks likely as Malaysia reviews projectsSecurity firm

Chinese state-sponsored hackers may be targeting companies and state agencies in Malaysia as it looks to review several major projects linked to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. said on Wednesday. Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who took power after an election win in May, will be in China on […]

Kim Jong-nam murder trial: Will suspects be acquitted?

TWO women, one from Indonesia and another from Vietnam, will know today whether they will walk free or be required to enter their defence over the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin’s decision on Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong will […]

Indonesia

Indonesia c.bank raises key rate 25 basis points to defend rupiah

Indonesia’s central bank on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate for the fourth time since mid-May to defend the rupiah, which has again come under pressure, partly due to Turkey’s financial crisis. Bank Indonesia (BI) raised its 7-day reverse repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 5.50 percent, as expected by 6 of 19 economists […]

Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia

A baby found buried in Jambi led to a six-month sentence for the teen who was raped by her brother Fika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive. According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a razor and then the baby went limp […]

Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities. The Forest Stewardship Council said Thursday that it had halted a process that could have enabled the […]

Singapore

Yahoo Poll: Is Singapore really a less ‘liveable’ place than HK?

What makes a city “liveable”, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)? In its 2018 Global Liveability Survey, cities were ranked based on their stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Taking the top spot was the Austrian capital Vienna, with Melbourne in Australia taking second place. Singapore, which ranked ahead of Hong Kong […]

Singapore banks to face greater pressures: Fitch Solutions

Singapore’s banking sector will face greater headwinds over the coming quarters from the double whammy of the latest property cooling measures and rising trade tensions between the US and China, a research house said yesterday. Turning cautious on the sector’s outlook, Fitch Solutions Macro Research has lowered its 2018 and 2019 loan growth forecasts for […]

Singapore copes with record-high elderly suicide rate

In 2017, Singapore recorded its highest-ever number of suicides among people aged over 60. DW spoke with a suicide prevention specialist about what is causing this alarming trend and how the community is taking action. In 2017, the number of elderly people committing suicide in Singapore reached a record high, with 129 people over 60 […]

Thailand

Burma, Thailand working together in security, economy

Myanmar and Thailand are working together in security, economy and other beneficial issues, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The remarks of the State Counsellor came after the opening speech of the commemoration ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Myanmar and Thailand held in Nay Pyi Taw on […]

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s trash after China banned the entry of […]

Malaysian ‘Iceman’ sentenced to death in Thailand

A Malaysian drug dealer dubbed the “Iceman” was sentenced to death Thursday by a court in Thailand after he was convicted of running a narcotics network that funnelled huge profits into legitimate businesses. Tun Hung Seong was arrested in April last year after a tipoff that he had hired a man to smuggle nearly 300 […]

Philippines

Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government

President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country. Duterte, the chair of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday. “As […]

Philippines’ Duterte Won’t Stop Talking About Quitting

By Clarissa Batino and Andreo Calonzo Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte keeps saying that he’s tired and ready to quit. What’s holding him back? He’s not satisfied with his successor. “Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired,” Duterte told a group of executives and politicians at the […]

Davao tops cities with most number of rape cases in Q2

Crime rate in the Philippines may have gone down by 20 percent in two years that President Rodrigo Duterte has been in office, but his hometown Davao City recorded the highest number of rape cases in the second quarter of 2018. Based on the records of PNP directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Davao […]

Japan

Japan’s defense industry continues to grow. But is it in for rough seas?

Japan’s homegrown defense industry continues to secure significant amounts of contracts from the US government, but concerns linger over the high level of spending on big-ticket items acquired via the US Foreign Military Sales programme, and the outlook for Japan’s push into the global arms market remains cloudy. Figures released by the Japanese Ministry of […]

Tropical Storm Leepi to persist over Japan, Korea into Wednesday night

The tropics remain full of life in the West Pacific as Tropical Storm Leepi takes aim at southern Japan and South Korea into Wednesday night. Once a Severe Tropical Storm, Leepi has weakened to a weak tropical storm as of midday Wednesday. The small size of Leepi limited the radius of its impacts as the […]

China marks 73rd anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender

A peace assembly was held Wednesday in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender in World War II. Representatives from countries such as China, Japan, the United States, and Thailand attended the event held in the Nanjing Massacre Victim’s Memorial Hall, mourning the 300,000 people who […]

Korea

Korea Budgets a Trillion Won for Blockchain Tech in 2019

South Korea’s government has earmarked a 5 trillion won ($4.4 billion) budget toward its ‘Growth through Innovation’ investment programme in eight critical sectors with a particular focus on blockchain and AI. In a meeting in Seoul on Monday, South Korea’s finance minister Kim Dong-yeon confirmed plans of a 5 trillion won investment toward its innovation […]

Top S. Korea Buddhist in corruption, fatherhood allegations

Top S. Korea Buddhist in corruption, fatherhood allegations

South Korea’s biggest Buddhist denomination ordered its executive head to step down Thursday amid mounting allegations he forged his academic credentials, accumulated vast wealth, and broke his vows of celibacy. The 56-14 vote of no confidence in Seoljeong, president of the Jogye Order, by its central committee is the first in a history that dates […]

Malaysia court rules N. Korea assassination trial can proceed

The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea’s leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled Thursday, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit. After hearing the prosecution case, the judge said there was sufficient evidence to support a […]

Hong Kong

HK Food Expo worth wait for retiree as she bags HK$7,000 of abalone in HK$1 game

For two nights, retiree May Chan slept outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai to make sure she could be among the first to enter the annual Food Expo on Thursday morning. The 75-year-old was amply rewarded. She took part in a game similar to curling where players slide stones across […]

HK spends $2bn to defend currency peg

Hong Kong’s de facto central bank said Thursday it had bought up more than $2 billion worth of local currency to maintain a long-held peg to the US dollar. The interventionwhich began Wednesday and was the latest in a series of moves to support the currency this yearcomes as the US dollar rockets on the […]

HK businessperson who raped daughter, 18, and ‘treated her as sex toy’ jailed for more than 14 years

A Hong Kong businessperson who raped his underage daughter, treating her “as a sex toy” by molesting her repeatedly, was jailed for 141/2 years on Thursday. Sentencing the man known to the court as HJD, High Court judge Justice Albert Wong Sung-hau said the “shameless” father, 59, had not only failed his paternal duty, but […]

Taiwan

Taiwan cafe chain that irked Beijing vanishes from food platforms

A Taiwan coffee chain that faces pressure in China after serving the island’s president has disappeared from Chinese meal-ordering platforms, as Beijing warned it would oppose any businesses that support Taiwanese independence. 85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs of China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan following a visit to one of its stores in […]

Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

Taiwan still pushing Japan on ‘comfort women’ issue: MOFA

Taiwan is still pushing Japan to face the “comfort women” issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday, although it said that the unveiling of the country’s first “comfort women” statue in Tainan a day earlier has nothing to do with the government. A bronze statue symbolising women forced to work in wartime brothels […]

Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming row

The owner of a Starwood-branded hotel in Taiwan said Thursday it will terminate its contract with Marriott International, in protest over the US group caving in to Beijing pressure to list the island as part of China. Marriott was strongly criticised by Chinese authorities in January for listing Taiwanalong with Tibet and Hong Kongas separate […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 17 Aug 2018

* Dong Phu Rubber Company (DPR) made a gross profit ofVND205.6 billion in the Ianuary-Iuly period of this year, up 22% year-on-year and beating the full-year target by 8%. The firm’s revenue grew 10% to VND441.2 billion between January and July, meeting 60% of its entire year’s plan. Of the amount, the firm’s income from […]

Moody’s upgrades ratings of 14 Vietnamese banks

Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday upgraded the ratings of 14 Vietnamese banks, driven by its upgrade of Vietnam’s sovereign rating to Ba3 from B1 late last week. Under the latest rating actions on Vietnam’s banking industry, Moody’s upgraded the long-term local and foreign-currency deposit and issuer ratings of Vietcombank, BIDV and VietinBank. Moody’s also upgraded […]

Relevant user experiences key to digital marketing

As internet users can access a vast pool of information online, one of the challenges facing digital marketing companies is how to create relevant advertising that targets the right customers, experts said at a Vietnam Online Marketing Forum held in HCM City on Wednesday. Nguyen Phuong Thao, senior manager of Nielsen Vietnam, said that greater […]