• US identifies N Korea test site it says Kim committed to destroy

    US identifies N Korea test site it says Kim committed to destroy

    The missile engine test site that President Donald Trump said North Korean er Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy is a major facility in the western part of the country that has been used for testing engines for long-range missiles, according to a US official. Trump told reporters after their June 12 summit that […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Trump salute to N. Korean general sparks controversy

    Trump salute to N. Korean general sparks controversy

    US President Donald Trump drew criticism Thursday after footage emerged of him saluting a North Korean general while the totalitarian communist nation’s er Kim Jong Un looked on. The odd moment was captured during Trump’s visit to Singapore for a summit with Kim this week, with North Korean state television broadcasting the footage Thursday. In […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:02 AM
  • N Korean side of DMZ sounds quieter now, even peaceful

    N Korean side of DMZ sounds quieter now, even peaceful

    Lt. Col. Hwang Myong Jin has been a guide on the northern side of the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two Koreas for five years. He says it’s gotten quieter here since the summits between North Korean er Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States, in perhaps the last […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • N Korea, China ers agree to boost ‘strategic, tactical’ cooperation  KCNA

    N Korea, China ers agree to boost ‘strategic, tactical’ cooperation KCNA

    North Korean er Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed measures to bolster “strategic and tactical” cooperation between the two countries in a second meeting on Wednesday, the North’s state media said on Thursday. The meeting between Kim and Xi came on the North Korean er’s second and last day of his latest […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | VNS | 6:02 AM
  • Trump says N Korea has returned remains of 200 US war dead

    Trump says N Korea has returned remains of 200 US war dead

    President Donald Trump said North Korea had returned on Wednesday the remains of 200 US troops missing from the Korean War, although there was no official confirmation of the move from military authorities. “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” Trump told a crowd of […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte approves $5.6 billion military upgrade

    Philippines’ Duterte approves $5.6 billion military upgrade

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos (GBP 4.3 billion) to modernise the outdated military, defence officials said on Wednesday. A previous 15-year upgrade plan failed to take off in the mid-1990s, leaving the Philippines with outdated hardware, including warships from World War Two and helicopters used by […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | VNS | 6:02 AM
  • US defence chief Jim Mattis to head to China amid Taiwan, South China Sea turmoil

    US defence chief Jim Mattis to head to China amid Taiwan, South China Sea turmoil

    US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will visit China next week as tensions rise between the two countries over Taiwan and the South China Sea. Mattis said on Wednesday that he would visit Beijing and then Seoul next week, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan confirmed that Mattis […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • N. Korea hails ‘unbreakable’ ties with China in Beijing meetings, while Kim Jong Un again calls for ‘step-by-step’ denuclearisation

    N. Korea hails ‘unbreakable’ ties with China in Beijing meetings, while Kim Jong Un again calls for ‘step-by-step’ denuclearisation

    In their third meeting in less than three months, North Korean er Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly hailed their close and growing ties, while Xi urged the United States and North Korea to build on the momentum from their Singapore summit. “No matter how the international and regional situations change,” Xi […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | ABC News | 6:02 AM
  • ‘Hate narratives’ from abroad drive Burma communities apart, Suu Kyi says

    ‘Hate narratives’ from abroad drive Burma communities apart, Suu Kyi says

    “Hate narratives” from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation’s er, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday. Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities, Suu Kyi told Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations special envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday, according […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit: reports

    Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit: reports

    Japan has halted evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack in the wake of historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang, local media reported Thursday. Government officials did not immediately confirm the reports, but authorities in one town told AFP they were suspending a drill planned for next week on orders from Tokyo. The decision […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:02 AM
  • China to allow N Korea airline to fly between Xi’an and Pyongyang  media

    China to allow N Korea airline to fly between Xi’an and Pyongyang media

    China will allow North Korea’s Air Koryo to offer flights between Xi’an and Pyongyang from July, the state-run Xi’an Evening News reported on Thursday, citing the central Chinese city’s tourism authority. This would make Xi’an the fifth Chinese city with an air link to the North Korean capital after Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai and Chengdu, the […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • Taiwan passes controversial bill cutting veterans’ pensions

    Taiwan passes controversial bill cutting veterans’ pensions

    Taiwan’s military veterans will see their pensions cut as soon as next month after parliament passed a controversial bill that had sparked violent demonstrations. Wednesday’s vote marks a victory for President Tsai Ing-wen, whose attempts to make sweeping pension cutbacks since she came to power two years ago have faced intense opposition. Senior veterans will […]

    22-Jun-2018 Intellasia | VNS | 6:02 AM

Society

Thousands hold peaceful protests in Vietnam against foreign investment plans

Thousands of people in central Vietnam demonstrated peacefully on Sunday against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign investors, witnesses told Reuters, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed with police. Protesters fear the leases may be snapped up by investors from powerful neighbour China, with which Vietnam has a […]

American Will Nguyen held in Vietnam after protests

An American is being held for “disrupting public order” in Vietnam after joining recent economic protests. Will Nguyen, 32, was detained on Sunday in HCM City during demonstrations against new economic zones in the country. Protesters believe the law is a means to grant Chinese companies lengthy leases on Vietnamese land. Foreign ministry spokesperson Le […]

Anti-China protests in Vietnam set to aggravate tensions with Beijing

Around 100 arrested during demonstrations over draft law for special economic zones that workers fear will be dominated by Chinese interests Vietnam’s worst flare-up of anti-Chinese sentiment in years could strain already troubled relations with the country’s powerful neighbour, as the government tries to keep a lid on nationwide protests. About 100 people have been […]

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

NEC Establishes NEC Laboratories India

- Developing &quotsolutions for society&quot for provision throughout the world – TOKYO, June 21, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced the establishment of NEC Laboratories India (NLI), a solutions and technology research and development site in Mumbai, India, aiming for the global expansion of its solutions for society business. The […]

Integrating MathWorks MATLAB and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Using Hitachi’s Lumada IoT Platform

Simplifying business Kaizen based on advanced OT data analytics using Node-RED TOKYO, June 21, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced the development of technology enabling MATLAB and Simulink(1) a tool provided by The MathWorks, Inc. and widely used for modeling and simulation in industrial settings, and Microsoft Dynamics 365(2) a […]

Fujitsu Completes Post-K Supercomputer CPU Prototype, Begins Functionality Trials

An update on the development status of post-K TOKYO, June 21, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Limited and RIKEN today announced that the joint development of post-K, a supercomputer that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has set forth as a successor to the K computer, is moving forward, with […]

Regional

‘Hate narratives’ from abroad drive Burma communities apart, Suu Kyi says

‘Hate narratives’ from abroad drive Burma communities apart, Suu Kyi says

“Hate narratives” from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation’s er, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday. Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities, Suu Kyi told Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations special envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday, according […]

CorrectedIn Vietnam, distrust of government’s China policy fuels protests

Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilise dissent when an issue has one key ingredient: China. The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for […]

Washington's Lottery Cambodian opposition figure faces royal insult charge

Cambodia’s former opposition leader faces royal insult charges punishable by a jail term, according to a court summons, the first prominent figure to be accused under the new law. The adoption of the law in February triggered alarm from rights groups who warned it would become another tool for prime minister Hun Sen to stifle […]

China

Chinese zoo suspends keeper over ‘mistreatment’ of giant panda

A zoo in central China has publicly apologised and suspended one of its keepers after footage and a photo were posted online of “mistreatment” of a giant panda. Wuhan Zoo in Hubei province also said the panda Weiwei, which had been at the zoo since its home at the Wolong National Nature Reserve was destroyed […]

Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

North Korean er Kim Jong Un ended a celebratory visit to China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday with tea, praise, handshakesand a message for the US. Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang’s willingness to denuclearise and an escalating trade war between the US and China, Kim’s trip reinforced the idea that Beijing remains a key playera […]

China to allow N Korea airline to fly between Xi’an and Pyongyang  media

China to allow N Korea airline to fly between Xi’an and Pyongyang media

China will allow North Korea’s Air Koryo to offer flights between Xi’an and Pyongyang from July, the state-run Xi’an Evening News reported on Thursday, citing the central Chinese city’s tourism authority. This would make Xi’an the fifth Chinese city with an air link to the North Korean capital after Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai and Chengdu, the […]

Malaysia

Malaysia to study Singaporean foreign labour policies’ mechanisms

Human Resources minister M. Kulasegaran today said that the government will meet with its Singaporean counterparts to see if certain mechanisms of their foreign labour management policies can be implemented here. He said this was necessary since Malaysia is currently facing problems in handling foreign workers. “Some foreign workers who come here tend to run […]

Najib returns to KL aboard Malaysia Airlines plane

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is back in the national capital after a four-day holiday in the Kedah resort island of Langkawi. The Pekan MP under a corruption investigation over his brainchild 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fuelled speculation of abscondment last week when pictures of him, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and […]

Broadband prices in Malaysia to drop by 25pct end of the year, says Gobind

Broadband prices in Malaysia could be reduced by up to 25 per cent by the end of the year, Communications and Multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo announced today. This was following the ministry’s implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) revision starting on June 8. The MSAP revision affects wholesale broadband prices, and […]

Indonesia

Police detain captain in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

The captain of an overloaded Indonesian ferry that sank into the depths of Sumatra’s Lake Toba has been detained by police for questioning over the deadly disaster, authorities said Thursday. He was among just 18 people rescued after the vessel capsized and sank Monday afternoon at the picturesque volcanic lake, a popular tourist destination. Three […]

Distraught relatives slam Indonesia’s government over ferry safety measures as 190 presumed drowned

Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and ped Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week. The wooden vessel, overcrowded with passengers as well as dozens of motorbikes, didn’t have […]

Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights

Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (“CT Law”) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and other officials.After suicide bombings by attackers aligned […]

Singapore

Two more JJ Lin shows added in Singapore after tickets sell out within minutes

UPDATE 6:20pm 18 June 2018: Ticketing details added in the third paragraph. Two new shows have been added to Mandopop singer JJ Lin’s tour schedule in Singapore after tickets were sold out within an hour of sales beginning on Saturday (16 June). The additional concerts for the Singaporean star’s Sanctuary World tour will be on […]

New Zealand: We don’t want foreign buyers except Singaporeans?

New Zealand: We don’t want foreign buyers except Singaporeans? The New Zealand government has announced that Singapore will be a “carve-out” nation, granting citizens… Singapore nationals to be exempted from controversial law banning home sales to foreigners. The New Zealand government has announced that Singapore will be a “carve-out” nation, granting citizens in the Southeast […]

Australian telecoms firm MNF to acquire Singapore’s SuperInternet Group

AUSTRALIAN telecommunications firm MNF Group has agreed to acquire Singapore-based SuperInternet Group for some S$2 million, it announced on Thursday. The ASX-listed MNF Group expects the deal for the niche facilities based operator to be finalised once all customary regulatory approvals are received, which is expected before July 31, 2018. MNF said SuperInternet’s acquisition consists […]

Thailand

Thailand: Resuming Death Penalty a Major Setback

The Thai government should halt further executions and publicly resume its de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities executed a 26-year-old man by lethal injection on June 18, 2018, the country’s first execution since August 2009. “Thailand’s resumed use of the death penalty marks a […]

UK PM calls for ‘free elections’ in Thailand

British prime minister Theresa May called for “free and open elections” in Thailand as she met with the country’s er Prayut Chan-O-Cha in London on Wednesday. Prayut, a former army chief who seized power from Thailand’s civilian government in a 2014 coup, will next meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday as part of a […]

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February. The junta seized power from an elected government in May 2014 and has repeatedly pushed back promised dates for holding new […]

Philippines

Military rescues 2 ASG kidnap victims in Sulu

Authorities rescued a mother and daughter from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu Wednesday afternoon, June 20. Addang Tulawie and her daughter Edelyn were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits at around 2:00 p.m. on the same day. It was identified that the abductors were members of an ASG sub unit […]

Manila’s tinderbox slums an endless battle for Philippine firefighters

One scorching afternoon this month, inhabitants of a slum in the Philippine capital frantically hurled buckets of water to try to save their homes from a raging fire. Six hours later, their efforts proved to no avail. There have been over 2,200 fires in Manila this year and the majority of these have occurred in […]

Japan, Philippines agree sanctions on N Korea should remain in place

The foreign ministers of Japan and the Philippines on Wednesday agreed that UN sanctions against North Korea need to be strictly implemented for it to take meaningful action toward denuclearisation. During a meeting here with Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano, Japanese Foreign minister Taro Kono stressed the need for North Korea to take “concrete” steps […]

Japan

Japan, US to make condolence payment to family of slain Okinawa woman: sources

The governments of Japan and the United States are preparing to make a condolence payment to the bereaved family of a 20-year-old woman who was raped and murdered in the Okinawa Prefecture city of Uruma in April 2016, to match the amount of damages that a former US Marine was ordered to pay over the […]

Japan’s School Uniform Shift Will Help LGBT Students

Some Japanese schools are introducing uniforms designed less around traditional gender stereotypes and more with respecting gender expression by allowing students to choose their attire a major benefit for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth whose identities and expressions sometimes resist those social norms. In 2015 and 2016, Human Rights Watch interviewed LGBT youth […]

Japan firms slow to get compliant with new EU data privacy rules: Reuters poll

Around a quarter of Japanese businesses have made progress on meeting some of the easier requirements under Europe’s new data privacy regulations while about another 20 percent plan to do so, a Reuters poll found. But the number of companies who say they are currently equipped to deal with more onerous rules, such as those […]

Korea

Tackling N Korea’s chronically poor sewage ‘not rocket science’: UN

North Korea has a problem with human waste which is threatening the health of its children, according to a rare survey of family life in the reclusive country by a UN agency that also praised Pyongyang’s “improved openness” with data. The data, published on Wednesday by the UN children’s agency Unicef, was collected by Pyongyang’s […]

Trump says N Korea has returned remains of 200 US war dead

Trump says N Korea has returned remains of 200 US war dead

President Donald Trump said North Korea had returned on Wednesday the remains of 200 US troops missing from the Korean War, although there was no official confirmation of the move from military authorities. “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” Trump told a crowd of […]

US identifies N Korea test site it says Kim committed to destroy

US identifies N Korea test site it says Kim committed to destroy

The missile engine test site that President Donald Trump said North Korean er Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy is a major facility in the western part of the country that has been used for testing engines for long-range missiles, according to a US official. Trump told reporters after their June 12 summit that […]

Hong Kong

Baby girl dies after fall at flat on HK public housing estate

A nine-month-old girl died on Wednesday night after falling off a bed and apparently suffocating at a public housing estate in northern Hong Kong. The girl’s father, 31, called emergency services to his flat on Leung King Estate, Tuen Mun, at about 9.20pm. “He called police saying his daughter accidentally fell from a bed,” a […]

ZTE’s HK shares rise after clarification of US bill impact

Shares of China’s ZTE Corp rose as much as 18 percent in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the impact of a US Senate bill that threatens to restore penalties on the company became clearer. In clarification announcements during the noon trading break, ZTE said a National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) passed by the US Senate […]

Detained former HK minister Patrick Ho lodges appeal with US court after being denied bail three times

A former Hong Kong minister currently detained in the US has made yet another attempt to be released from custody by asking the US Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s decision to deny him bail. Patrick Ho Chi-ping’s application came after he was thrice denied bail by the District Court for the Southern […]

Taiwan

Taiwan News: Military Pension Bill Passes, Earthquake Rocks Taichung

Lawmakers have passed a third reading of the government’s pension reform bill for retired military officers and non-commissioned officers after a final vote on the controversial bill at 11:30 p.m. last night. Under the bill, the focus of passionate protest during earlier readings, the base rate for military pensions will be set at NT$38,990 (US$1,292) […]

Taiwan passes controversial bill cutting veterans’ pensions

Taiwan passes controversial bill cutting veterans’ pensions

Taiwan’s military veterans will see their pensions cut as soon as next month after parliament passed a controversial bill that had sparked violent demonstrations. Wednesday’s vote marks a victory for President Tsai Ing-wen, whose attempts to make sweeping pension cutbacks since she came to power two years ago have faced intense opposition. Senior veterans will […]

Taiwan’s new envoy to Philippines hoping for closer exchanges

Taiwan’s new top envoy to the Philippines pledged Thursday to continue to promote closer bilateral exchanges on all fronts with the neighbouring country once he officially assumes the post later this month. Currently head of the foreign ministry’s Department of International Organisations, Michael Hsu, who was appointed as Taipei’s representative to Manila earlier this month, […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 22 Jun 2018

* QUOC Cuong Gia Lai Company (QCG) plans to issue 27.5 million bonus shares at a ratio of 10% to hike its registered capital to VND3 trillion from the current VND2.75 trillion in the third quarter of this year. Besides this, the firm will pay a dividend ofVND640 per share for 2017 on the record […]

Vietnam listed among RoK’s top five importers

The Institute for International Trade under the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) listed Vietnam as one of the top five importers of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in 2017 in its report released on June 20. The others include China, the US, Hong Kong (China), and Japan. The five importers accounted for 56.5 percent of […]

Seminar updates Fair Finance Asia programme

Oxfam in Vietnam, a non-governmental organisation, hosted a seminar in Hanoi on June 20 to update the Fair Finance Asia programme. Speaking at the event, Oxfam’s Senior Programme Coordinator on Governance Nguyen Thu Huong said the event was designed to help social organisations gain an insight into issues regarding water and energy governance, mining and […]