• HK’s first ‘patriots-only’ election kicks off

    HK’s first ‘patriots-only’ election kicks off

    Fewer than 5,000 Hong Kong people from mostly pro-establishment circles began voting on Sunday for candidates to an election committee, vetted as loyal to Beijing, who will pick the city’s next China-backed leader and some of its legislature. Pro-democracy candidates are nearly absent from Hong Kong’s first election since Beijing overhauled the city’s electoral system […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • HK elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?

    HK elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?

    In the final instalment of our three-part series on the Election Committee polls this Sunday, the Post explores Beijing’s rare move to order Hong Kong tycoons and loyalists onto the streets to meet the people, with insiders noting it was equal parts experiment and monitoring exercise. Read parts one and two. The message was a […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • HK protests: activist Figo Chan, already jailed over role in 3 unauthorised assemblies, will plead guilty to a fourth

    HK protests: activist Figo Chan, already jailed over role in 3 unauthorised assemblies, will plead guilty to a fourth

    The former leader of an umbrella group behind many of Hong Kong’s biggest protests of 2019, already serving jail time for his role in three unauthorised assemblies, will plead guilty to charges related to a fourth, his lawyer has said. Figo Chan Ho-wun, former convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, was charged in Eastern […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • South China Sea Nuclear Escalation Could Follow US-Australia Submarine Deal: Malaysia

    South China Sea Nuclear Escalation Could Follow US-Australia Submarine Deal: Malaysia

    Malaysia’s prime minister criticised and raised concerns over Australia’s new deal with the United States to attain nuclear-powered submarines. Prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned that the deal between the US and Australia could lead to a nuclear arms race in the region, Malaysia’s Daily Express newspaper first reported. The Malaysian leader raised his concerns […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Newsweek | 5:02 AM
  • Burma Junta To Put Aung San Suu Kyi On Trial For Corruption

    Burma Junta To Put Aung San Suu Kyi On Trial For Corruption

    Myanmar’s junta will put ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption, her lawyer said Friday, adding to a raft of ongoing cases that could see her jailed for decades. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since she and her elected government were deposed by the military in a February coup that […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | News18 | 5:02 AM
  • Taiwan, wanting to join Pacific trade pact, questions China’s ‘sudden’ application

    Taiwan, wanting to join Pacific trade pact, questions China’s ‘sudden’ application

    Taiwan’s economy minister expressed concern on Friday about China’s “sudden” decision to apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and said it hoped it did not affect the island’s application. China filed to join the free trade agreement in a letter to New Zealand’s trade minister, Damien O’Connor. Taiwan Economy […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 5:02 AM
  • China conducts naval, air forces excersize as US warship sails through Taiwan Strait

    China conducts naval, air forces excersize as US warship sails through Taiwan Strait

    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Saturday said it has dispatched naval and air forces to conduct joint patrols and combat exercises in the waters and airspace southwest of Taiwan. This comes after a US warship transited the Taiwan Straits. On Friday, the US 7th fleet released a statement saying a US […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | ANI | 5:02 AM
  • China, pandemic, energy top Japan’s leadership race debate

    China, pandemic, energy top Japan’s leadership race debate

    Four candidates vying to lead Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party and replacing outgoing prime minister Yoshihide Suga held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy and climate change and energy. The vote will be held on September 29. The contenders include […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | AP | 5:02 AM
  • Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship

    Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship

    Beijing said other countries’ patrols in the South China Sea were “provoking incidents” and “creating contradictions” as it rejected a German warship’s port call request. In response to the German foreign ministry’s announcement that the frigate Bayern had been refused permission to visit Shanghai, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday that “countries […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM
  • Australia may reject China’s Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal

    Australia may reject China’s Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal

    Canberra on Friday gave hints that it will not accept the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) proposal from China unless Beijing removes ‘additional’ tariffs imposed on imports from Australia. The hints came from Australian minister for trade and investment Dan Tehan after he said that they want to be confident that China has a “track record of […]

    20-Sep-2021 Intellasia | ANI | 5:02 AM
  • Former women’s empowerment minister to run for Japan PM

    Former women’s empowerment minister to run for Japan PM

    Japan’s former women’s empowerment minister Seiko Noda announced her last-minute run for leadership of the ruling party on Thursday, the day before campaigning begins. The winner of the September 29 vote will become prime minister days later and lead the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) into a general election by late November. Noda, 61, has served […]

    18-Sep-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 5:02 AM
  • Four contenders vie for Japan leadership

    Four contenders vie for Japan leadership

    Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Friday (September 17) opened the race for its leadership, which is likely to culminate in the winner being anointed as the country’s new prime minister. The incumbent, Suga Yoshihide, announced he would not seek re-election on September 29 after serving just one year. Four serving or former cabinet […]

    18-Sep-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM

Society

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

Ebola, which could reappear years later in survivors according to a study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, has killed more than 15,000 people since 1976. Here is a factfile on the widely feared disease: Origins Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever that was first identified in central Africa in 1976. The disease was […]

Ebola virus in survivors can trigger outbreaks years after infection

Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research. Scientists already knew Ebola could lie dormant in survivors, who test negative because the virus is in tissue rather than circulating in the blood. But analysis […]

Israel booster jabs cutting severe Covid even as cases surge: experts

Israel’s programme of booster jabs has proved effective in reducing severe cases of Covid even as new infections hover near record highs, experts said, citing recent data. Since taking office in June, prime minister Naftali Bennett has insisted he will aim to avoid any new lockdown, a pledge his government has kept even as the […]

Health

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

Ebola, which could reappear years later in survivors according to a study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, has killed more than 15,000 people since 1976. Here is a factfile on the widely feared disease: Origins Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever that was first identified in central Africa in 1976. The disease was […]

Ebola virus in survivors can trigger outbreaks years after infection

Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research. Scientists already knew Ebola could lie dormant in survivors, who test negative because the virus is in tissue rather than circulating in the blood. But analysis […]

Israel booster jabs cutting severe Covid even as cases surge: experts

Israel’s programme of booster jabs has proved effective in reducing severe cases of Covid even as new infections hover near record highs, experts said, citing recent data. Since taking office in June, prime minister Naftali Bennett has insisted he will aim to avoid any new lockdown, a pledge his government has kept even as the […]

FinanceAsia

SMEStreet Global Women Leadership Awards and International Forum for Economic Empowerment Through Women Entrepreneurship to be Organized

NEW DELHI, Sept 20, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – SMEStreet Foundation in association with WASME (World Association of SMEs) is all set to conduct Digital Forum For ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP- a Webinar with globally acclaimed women leaders. This global webinar on the topic of “Shaping up Entrepreneurship through Empowered Women and Women Workforce” […]

Dates Announced for ASEAN Ceramics as Messe Munchen & Asian Exhibition Services Collaborate to Stage the Shows from 2022

BANGKOK, Sept 20, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Messe Munchen, through their Southeast Asian regional operation MMI Asia Pte Ltd (MMI), have joined forces with Asian Exhibition Services (AES) to take ASEAN Ceramics to a new international level of excellence in the two key markets for the region, Thailand, and Vietnam from 2022. The ceramic […]

Resiliency and optimism shine through in Vietnam across the video industry

HANOI, Vietnam, Sept 20, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The Asia Video Industry Association hosted its country-focused virtual conference, Vietnam in View, on 8 September, to over 320 international and local speakers and delegates, sharing great optimism in a country that has arguably proven itself as one of the more resilient economies in Southeast Asia. […]

Regional

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago. Two samples from horseshoe bats were collected in 2010 in Stung Treng province near Laos and kept in freezers at the […]

Hanoi to ease Covid restrictions this week

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is going to ease Covid restrictions currently in place as new cases decrease and most of the adult population is at least partially vaccinated, says the government of Vietnam. The restrictions will ease this week and the majority of construction projects will be able to start up again by Wednesday. […]

Laos locks down capital as Covid cases hit record high

Reclusive Laos has locked down its capital Vientiane and barred travel between Covid-hit provinces, as cases soared to a record high. The communist country appeared to have escaped the brunt of the pandemic in 2020, and by March this year had reported fewer than 60 cases though the low number was due in part to […]

China

Living with Alzheimer’s: China’s health time bomb

The first time Chen Shaohua went missing and was picked up by police, the 68-year-old’s family put it down to confusion. When he disappeared a second time, they realised he was deeply unwell but it was already too late. “We missed the early signs,” daughter Chen Yuanyuan explained, adding: “For several years our mother complained […]

Xi’s celebrity crackdown no match for Universal Studios in China

As President Xi Jinping’s government looks to tame China’s celebrities, the popularity of a new Universal Studios theme park in Beijing shows Hollywood’s enduring soft power among the nation’s 1.4 billion people. Tickets for the grand opening on Monday, priced at 638 yuan (US$99), sold out within 30 minutes of going online last week as […]

Saudi retains top spot in oil supplies to China with volumes up 53pct y/y

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, kept its ranking as China’s top crude supplier for a ninth straight month in August as major producers relaxed production cuts. Saudi oil arrivals surged 53 percent from a year earlier to 8.06 million tonnes, or 1.96 million barrels per day (bpd), data from the general Administration of […]

Malaysia

Malaysia COVID deaths spike with sixth-most in week; world down 5pct

Malaysia has become a coronavirus hotspot with the sixth-most deaths among nations last week despite overall being only 31st as the world’s fatalities declined 5 percent and cases 9%. The Asian nation of 32.9 million people recorded 2,648 deaths in the past week, which is a 4 percent increase for a total of 23,067 and […]

Khairy: Covid-19 vaccine supply sufficient for booster dose, adolescent immunisation programme

The supply of Covid-19 vaccine for the booster dose and National COVID-19 Adolescent Immunisation Programme (PICK) is adequate, said Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin. “In terms of supply, God willing, we have enough,” he told a press conference in conjunction with the kick-off of the adolescent immunisation programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Putrajaya Precinct 8, […]

Intel Malaysia allocated additional RM2 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts

Intel Malaysia, has committed an additional RM2 Million to assist in the battle against COVID-19 in the country. This is in addition to RM3.2 Million already contributed since the onset of the pandemic last year, making the total contribution over RM5 Million so far. Intel’s latest donation will target three main areas: Medical equipment and […]

Indonesia

Minister condemns armed group’s attack on Kiwirok’s healthcare workers

Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection minister Bintang Puspayoga condemned the attack by the armed criminal group on health workers and teachers in the Bintang Mountains District, Papua. The minister deemed it necessary for the state to be present and use the needed force to eliminate all potential threats to people in Papua in order to […]

Indonesia reports 2,234 new COVID-19 cases, 145 more deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,234 within one day to 4,190,763, with the death toll adding by 145 to 140,468, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday. According to the ministry, 6,186 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from COVID-19 to 3,989,326. To date, […]

Jokowi asks furniture businesses to ensure sustainability of forests

President Joko Widodo has asked furniture businesses to improve the quality of their products for the global market, maintain the sustainability of forests as the source of raw material supply, and carry out low-carbon production activities. “The provision of raw materials must maintain forest sustainability, the production process must be low-carbon, the economic benefits must […]

Singapore

Singapore education centre apologises to parents, calls off ‘roadshows’ amid probe into clowns approaching children at primary schools

Education centre Speech Academy Asia has apologised to parents and called off what it described as “roadshows”, shortly after the police said today that they were probing incidents where persons dressed as clowns allegedly approached children at primary schools. Referring to news of a promoter dressed as a clown outside various primary schools, Speech Academy […]

Delays in furniture deliveries from Johor to Singapore as COVID-19 curbs jam production lines

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Johor-based company Mi Kuang furniture would make around five delivery trips to Singapore every week. There would be a long list of orders from customers and furniture partner companies in Singapore, recalled firm manager Philip Fong. “We had a stable number of requests for interior design and carpentry work, in particular […]

Fewer taxi fare evasion cases amid declining ridership

Taxi fare evasion cases have dropped in recent years, in tandem with a decline in ridership amid the emergence of private-hire car services. Figures provided by the Public Transport Council (PTC) showed there were 104 cases of taxi fare evasion last year down about 57 per cent from 2015, when there were 240 such cases. […]

Thailand

Protesters call to ‘kick out’ Thai PM on coup anniversary

Hundreds of protesters drove through Bangkok’s streets on Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of a military coup that ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The billionaire ex-premier now living in self-exile has remained a prominent figure in the country’s politics since the military deposed his government on September 19, 2006. Unloading a massive cardboard model […]

Alcohol, cigar duty cuts dangled to lure foreigners

The Customs Department is preparing to lower duty on the import of alcoholic beverages and cigars by 50 percent for five years in line with the government’s economic stimulus and investment promotion package. Patchara Anuntasilpa, director-general of the department, said the cuts are in accordance with the September 14 cabinet resolution involving plans to revive […]

DDC closes in on new dose target

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is aiming to complete its inoculation target of giving the first Covid-19 vaccine shot to at least 50 percent of the population by the end of next month. It also hopes to provide 1 million doses in just one day later this month. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the DDC, […]

Philippines

DOF joins business groups in pushing economic bills

To prompt the labour sector’s recovery from the pandemic, the Department of Finance (DOF) has urged lawmakers to approve the proposed changes in the ownership regime to pull foreign investors into the Philippines. Finance Undersecretary and chief economist Gil Beltran said the Senate should pass amendments to the Foreign Investments Act (FIA) of 1991, the […]

Philippines to launch pilot plan to resume face-to-face learning

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the resumption of face-to-face classes in areas deemed low risk for COVID-19, with up to 120 schools to join a two-month pilot reopening run, his education minister said on Monday. The Philippines is among 17 countries globally where schools have been closed for the entirety of the pandemic, according […]

Philippines gets 3 million more Sinovac, 2 million Pfiser doses

The Philippines on Sunday night received more than five million COVID-19 vaccine doses, a combination of procured Sinovac and donated Pfiser jabs from the COVAX Facility. A Philippine Airlines plane delivered the three million Sinovac doses sometime at 6 p.m. while an Emirates plane carrying the 2,020,590 Pfiser doses arrived late-evening of September 19. Vaccine […]

Japan

Home COVID-19 care surged as Japan’s hospitals filled up, but treatment options were limited

In the dim light of a small Tokyo apartment, Ryoichi Ichihashi kneels in blue protective gear to prepare a blood test for a bedridden mother infected with COVID-19. Above the doctor, a plastic bag containing nourishing fluid dangles from a clothing hanger hooked to a curtain. Through an open doorway to the kitchen, the patient’s […]

Faction politics take back seat in LDP leadership race as general election looms

The outcome of Japan’s ruling party leadership race, which will choose the successor to prime minister Yoshihide Suga, has become more difficult to anticipate now four senior lawmakers have entered the race, raising the possibility of a runoff. But one thing is certain: Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers are under greater pressure to heed public opinion […]

US opens probe into 30 million vehicles over Takata air bag inflators

US auto safety investigators have opened a new probe into 30 million vehicles built by nearly two dozen automakers with potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, a government document seen by Reuters on Sunday showed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday opened an engineering analysis into an estimated 30 million US vehicles […]

Korea

Korea to establish national digital library on health and genome data by 2028

National Project of Bio Big Data in Korea has selected US-based Illumina technology for the second pilot project in their effort to work towards establishing a national digital library on health and genome data by 2028. The multi-ministerial project is overseen by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of […]

N Korea says US-Australia submarine deal ‘extremely undesirable’

North Korea has criticised the US decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, describing the deal as “extremely undesirable and dangerous” and warning of unspecified countermeasures if it undermines the North’s security. Official media on Monday published comments attributed to an unidentified senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called the agreement between the United […]

Moon to meet Pfiser CEO in New York

President Moon Jae-in will hold a meeting with Pfiser CEO Albert Bourlar in New York on Tuesday, during his five-day trip to the US for the UN general Assembly, Cheong Wa Dae said. During the meeting, the president is expected to express his gratitude toward the US vaccine maker’s COVID-19 vaccine supply and ask support […]

Hong Kong

HK’s national security legislation ‘mild compared to the West’, says new head of city’s Law Society, as he reiterates confidence in legal system

The new head of Hong Kong’s Law Society has described the national security law Beijing imposed on the city as “mild when compared to Western countries”, and said his confidence in the rule of law and independent judiciary remained intact. At an informal gathering with media on Monday, Chan Chak-ming said the city’s lawyers had […]

HK set to raise quarantine times for Cathay Pacific crew, others a month after changes to ‘high-risk’ country list

Cathay Pacific aircrew will soon be spending longer in quarantine after returning to Hong Kong from countries deemed at high risk of Covid-19 under rules set to be tightened by health officials, the Post has learned. The updated regulations intended to reduce the risk of infections entering the community could come into effect as soon […]

New HK electors decided with only 1 opposition member

Results for the vote for members of Hong Kong s Election Committee were finalised Monday after hours of delays, with just one opposition-leaning candidate elected to the 1,500-strong committee. On Sunday, select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city’s leader in the first polls following reforms meant […]

Taiwan

Taipei representative office in India holds Mid-Autumn party for expats

Taiwanese expats, executives, and families joined Taipei Economic and Cultural centre staff in India to socialise and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sunday (September 19). Representative Ko Pao-Hsuan hosted the party at his residence in the afternoon, during which he served mooncakes, Taiwanese steamed sticky rice, turnip cake, and Indian dishes, CNA reported. Though the […]

4 Chinese military planes intrude into Taiwan’s ADIZ

Four Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday (September 19), marking the 17th intrusion this month. Two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ on Sunday morning, according to the Ministry of […]

Mainland Affairs Council blasts China’s ban on Taiwan wax, sugar apples

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Sunday (September 19) expressed strong dissatisfaction with China’s decision to stop importing Taiwanese sugar and wax apples. The Animal and Plant Quarantine Department of China’s customs authority said in a statement Sunday that in order to prevent the risk of plant epidemics and in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, […]

Vietnam

Vietnam-Cuba trade has ample room for growth

Vietnam and Cuba see ample room for trade growth as two-way trade is valued at just about 200 million USD annually. Although bilateral trade saw a downward trend in the recent two years, Cuba remains among 10 countries with the highest trade turnover with Vietnam in America. Of note, to support Vietnam in the fight […]

American investor earns VND1,000 billion from Vietnam’s hot stock

The largest private equity fund management company in the US has just sold Vinhomes shares and made a profit of more than VND1,000 billion (nearly $ 43.5 million) after a year. According to HCM City Stock Exchange (HOSE), Viking Asia Holdings II PTE. LTD an organisation related to the largest private equity fund management company […]

Wind power developers sprint as deadline nears

Investors have been working frantically to get their projects finished on time, but even if they can put plants into operation before October 31, they will still face other problems. According to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), as of early August, 106 wind power plants with total capacity of 5,655MW had registered to connect to […]