• Korea leader presses US to make nuclear pact with North

    Korea leader presses US to make nuclear pact with North

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged Washington and Pyongyang to move forward on an agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula even as a lack of action and critical remarks made by the North have stirred fears that negotiations have reached an impasse. Speaking in Singapore where President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | NY Post | 6:02 AM
  • North Korea may be sitting on a $6 trillion resources stockpile

    North Korea may be sitting on a $6 trillion resources stockpile

    Reсent negotiаtions between North Koreа’s Kim Jong Un аnd US President Donаld Trump hаve provided a glimmer of hope for the hermit kingdom’s eсonomiс outlook. Mаrkets аre now wаtсhing to see whether the North Koreаn leаder follows through with his pledge to denuсleаrise. The next step will be poliсy reforms, whiсh will open North Koreа’s […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Consultants Insider | 6:24 AM
  • The US is trying to nail down terms with Pyongyang, while ‘Koreans aren’t wasting time’

    The US is trying to nail down terms with Pyongyang, while ‘Koreans aren’t wasting time’

    One month since the U.S-North Korea summit, skepticism about Kim Jong Un’s commitment to denuclearisation still hangs over Washington. But in South Korea, the mood is overwhelmingly optimistic as President Moon Jae-in’s government pushes for improved ties with its nuclear-armed neighbour. From sports diplomacy to corporate ventures, Seoul is pulling out all the stops to […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:02 AM
  • Pentagon says China spying on military exercises

    Pentagon says China spying on military exercises

    A Chinese spy ship is currently spying on a major US-led military exercise off the coast of Hawaii, the same exercise it was disinvited from due to US opposition to Beijing’s militarisation of features in the South China Sea. “The US Pacific Fleet has been monitoring a Chinese navy surveillance ship operating in the vicinity […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | CNN | 6:02 AM
  • Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup: reports

    Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup: reports

    Four Japanese companies made foreign trainees in the country to learn professional skills take part in decontamination work after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, local media said Friday. The reports cited a Justice Ministry investigation, but the ministry declined immediate comment. The reports are likely to revive criticism of the foreign trainee programme, which has been […]

    14-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AFP News | 6:02 AM
  • Japan floods: Death toll surpasses 200 amid warnings of more landslides to come

    Washington's Lottery :Japan floods: Death toll surpasses 200 amid warnings of more landslides to come

    The death toll from Japan’s devastating floods has climbed above 200 as experts warned further casualties were still possible. Yoshihide Suga, the government’s chief cabinet secretary, said 204 people were now known to have died with 28 still missing, following the country’s worst weather disaster in 36 years last week. But he added: “People still […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | The Independent | 6:02 AM
  • Boys rescued from Thailand cave are steadily recovering at hospital, officials say

    Boys rescued from Thailand cave are steadily recovering at hospital, officials say

    Twelve boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand earlier this week remain hospitalised, but are in good spirits and steadily improving, officials said Thursday. The boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were described as generally being in good condition Thursday while they recuperate at a […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM
  • Indonesia-Korea Security Ties in Focus With Defense Pact

    Indonesia-Korea Security Ties in Focus With Defense Pact

    A closer look at the significance of a development within the wider bilateral defense relationship. On July 10, Indonesian media outlets reported that the legislature had moved toward approval of a defense cooperation agreement between Indonesia and South Korea. While the development itself has long been in the works, it has nonetheless put the focus […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | The Diplomat | 6:02 AM
  • Duterte starts ‘private’ Malaysia trip

    Duterte starts ‘private’ Malaysia trip

    President Duterte is heading to Malaysia for a two-day private trip to watch the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and to meet with newly-elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that Duterte will be flying to Malaysia today from Davao City to catch the Sunday fight of Pacquiao against Argentine boxer […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | MB | 6:02 AM
  • New tropical threat may create hazards for northern Philippines, Taiwan next week

    New tropical threat may create hazards for northern Philippines, Taiwan next week

    A new tropical threat is brewing in the western Pacific Ocean and can heighten the risk for flooding across the northern Philippines and Taiwan next week. Two storms currently churning over the Philippine Sea are expected to merge and may become the next tropical depression or storm in the western Pacific Ocean in the coming […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Accuweather | 6:02 AM
  • Philippines’ Duterte continues to enjoy high trust, approval rating: poll

    Philippines’ Duterte continues to enjoy high trust, approval rating: poll

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high trust and approval ratings, according to an independent poll released on Friday. A survey by Pulse Asia Inc. conducted from June 15 to 21 showed that 88 percent of the 1,800 people aged 18 and above surveyed nationwide approved of the way Duterte runs the country. It […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Xinhua | 6:02 AM
  • US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China’s ZTE

    US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China’s ZTE

    The US Department of Commerce on Friday lifted a ban on US companies selling goods to ZTE Corp, allowing China’s second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business. The Commerce Department removed the ban shortly after ZTE deposited $400 million in a US bank escrow account as part of a settlement reached last month. The settlement […]

    16-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Society

‘Kong: Skull Island’ director ‘almost killed’ in Vietnam nightclub brawl

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island, has revealed that he was ‘almost killed’ in a violent attack at a nightclub in Vietnam. He suffered sustained contusions, a fractured skull, a cerebral air pocket, and haemorrhaging, spending 10 days in hospital following the attack, and says that he may still face the possibility of […]

Soon-to-Open Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Stirs Sicilian Chef Into Mix

Soon-to-Open Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Stirs Sicilian Chef Into Mix

A 47-year-old Sicilian who has worked in Southeast Asia for 16 years is now the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at the first Hyatt Regency in Bangkok. Frederik Farina assumed both roles last month at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, which is scheduled to open this fall not far from where he started […]

Vietnam’s flood death toll rises to 15, more rains forecast

Vietnam’s flood death toll rises to 15, more rains forecast

The death toll from floods and landslides in Vietnam rose to 15 on Tuesday with authorities warning the toll could go higher with more torrential rains forecast for the worst hit province in the mountainous north. Lai Chau province, 470 kms (290 miles) northwest of Hanoi, has been the worst hit with at least 12 […]

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

Dascoin Blockchain Speed Improved By 100%

Twice As Fast – Among the World&aposs Fastest Blockchains LONDON, July 14, 2018 – (Media OutReach) – DasCoin, the Currency of Trust and the store of value within DasEcosystem, has achieved a remarkable milestone by implementing Graphene technology to provide the DasCoin Blockchain with a 50% blocktime speed reduction. This incredibly fast new speed of […]

Scientists Discover the Tuberal Nucleus’ Role in Controlling Appetite and Body Weight

Major finding on the tuberal nucleus broadens our understanding of the brain&aposs role in regulating metabolism and food intake, and offers a new avenue of research that can help combat obesity SINGAPORE, July 13, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Researchers at A*STAR’s Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) have identified a new region of the mouse brain […]

TEPCO Group, Zenrin and Rakuten examining “drone highways” for drone logistics

Conduct world&aposs first demonstration of drone-based deliveries along power-line routes TOKYO, July 12, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – TEPCO Ventures, Inc., Zenrin Co., Ltd. and Rakuten, Inc. announced today that they have begun examining the utilization of “drone highways,” or the airspace above infrastructure such as power transmission lines, for drone logistics. The three companies […]

Regional

US tightens visas for Burma, Laos

The United States said Tuesday it was tightening the distribution of visas to Myanmar and Laos after both countries refused to accept their citizens deported from the country. Both Southeast Asian countries “have denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. Based on […]

Virus hunters identify two new pathogens in Burma

Researchers have identified two new viruses in bats as part of a project to stop the next big disease outbreak in its tracks. The race is on to identify “disease X”: the unknown pathogen highlighted by the World Health Organization as having the potential to spark a global pandemic. Virus hunters with the US-based Predict […]

US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea

The US top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded his first trip to Vietnam as the top US […]

China

China hits a record trade surplus with the US as tensions mount

China’s trade surplus with the US has surged to a record high, further escalating tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. Higher-than-expected exports drove the surplus while imports, especially of iron ore, were softer China reported a surplus with the US of $29 billion in June, a 17 per cent increase on May’s $24.6 billion […]

US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China’s ZTE

US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China’s ZTE

The US Department of Commerce on Friday lifted a ban on US companies selling goods to ZTE Corp, allowing China’s second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business. The Commerce Department removed the ban shortly after ZTE deposited $400 million in a US bank escrow account as part of a settlement reached last month. The settlement […]

Farmers say China has already started to cancel orders due to Trump tariffs

As trade tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, farmers in Iowa are starting to feel the pain. According to Iowa Agriculture Secretary Michael Naig, China has already canceled orders on products it typically imports from the state. “We are already feeling the brunt of these tariffs in the form of a […]

Malaysia

Commentary: Does the Malaysian public need to know what assets the prime minister holds?

The new Pakatan Harapan government must move towards a rules-based system that returns power to the people to check their leaders, says one observer from C4 Centre. This week, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that all Parliamentarians from the Pakatan Harapan coalition, including himself, would have to declare their assets, in a bid to clean […]

Russians used server in Malaysia to hack into US convention

US indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officers on Friday provided detailed technical evidence to back up allegations of Russian hacking and leaking of information to influence the 2016 US presidential election. By tracing control of email and social media accounts and a tool for remote internet connections, the 29-page indictment document for the first […]

Solar panel project: Najib’s ex-aide remanded for another two days

The remand order against Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s former special officer has been extended for another two days until Sunday. The 44-year-old, who carries the title ‘Datuk’, was detained on Monday to assist in a probe over alleged false claims relating to a solar panel project for schools in Sarawak. The extended remand order was […]

Indonesia

What’s left to resolve in Indonesia’s $3.9 billion mine deal with Freeport?

Freeport-McMoRan Inc agreed on Thursday to sell a majority stake in the world’s second-biggest copper mine to the Indonesian government via a series of complex deals worth $3.85 billion, potentially ending a long-running dispute on mining rights. That agreement, which could still collapse, will have Freeport give up majority control but remain operator of the […]

Indonesia’s Aceh whips gay couple for syariah-banned sex

A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Friday (July 13), despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism. The two men were flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd […]

Indonesia enacts law to boost collaboration with Korea

Indonesia has passed a law supporting its defence industrial engagement with South Korea. Indonesia’s House of Representatives approved the act on defence cooperation between Indonesia and the Republic of Korea on 10 July. The House of Representatives said the legislation would provide a legal footing for industrial and technical collaboration between the two countries as […]

Singapore

It ‘felt like we managed to sell ice to the Eskimos’: Singapore sushi chain Maki-San on venturing to Japan

“It’s something that we can safely predict won’t be a fad,” Alvin Wong, partner of Singaporean DIY sushi chain Maki-San said on Friday (July 13), ahead of the business’ first major step outside Singapore. It’s opening its first outlet overseas in Osaka on Saturday, with plans to expand to Tokyo in 2019. With interest from […]

Malaysian election result puts Singapore’s security at a crossroads

The sweeping political changes in Malaysia following the 14th general election in May 2018 have cast a spotlight on two bilateral projects with Singapore: the Kuala LumpurSingapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) and the Johor BahruSingapore Rapid Transit System (RTS). The new Malaysian government plans to either postpone the HSR or replace it with a cheaper alternative. […]

Moon vows to increase trade with Singapore, Southeast Asia

South Korea’s president has pledged to increase trade with Singapore as part of a strategy to raise its economic influence in the region. President Moon Jae-in says the two countries agreed to “invigorate mutual investment” by significantly increasing the trade volume, which is currently at $20 billion. He says: “We will spare no effort to […]

Thailand

Boys rescued from Thailand cave are steadily recovering at hospital, officials say

Boys rescued from Thailand cave are steadily recovering at hospital, officials say

Twelve boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand earlier this week remain hospitalised, but are in good spirits and steadily improving, officials said Thursday. The boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were described as generally being in good condition Thursday while they recuperate at a […]

Thai ‘Wild Boars’ return to training after teammates’ rescue

At the first training session since their teammates went missing in a Thai cave, the remaining “Wild Boars” said they cannot wait to see their friends back on the pitch. The stunning rescue of 12 boys and their coach earlier this week spurred jubilation in Thailand and made the team famous worldwide. Though the group […]

Water level surged as Thai cave rescue nearly ended in disaster

The water pumps failed, and Commander Chaiyananta Peeranarong heard shouts of alarm as the final stage of an unprecedented operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their coach from a flooded cave almost tipped into disaster. The former Navy SEAL, 60, says he was the last to leave the Tham Luang cave after the 12 […]

Philippines

Saifuddin receives courtesy call from Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Foreign minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today received a courtesy call from the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano. Cayetano is in Malaysia for a four-day working visit beginning Friday. Wisma Putra said this was an inaugural meeting between the two foreign ministers and Cayetano was the second Foreign minister to pay courtesy call […]

Philippines welcomes Sri Lanka’s recognition of war on drugs

Philippines welcomes Sri Lanka’s recognition of war on drugs The Philippines lauded the government of Sri Lanka for its plan to replicate the “success” of the Philippines’ war on drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has recognised Philippines’ successful approach against illegal drugs. “Of course, we are […]

Philippines Economic Development Agency Signs SS&A

The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, the government agency tasked with bolstering innovation and job growth in that Southeast Asian country, has hired lobbying firm Sorini, Samet & Associates to advocate in Washington on behalf of a possible free trade agreement between the US and the Philippines. Philippines The Trump administration for months has […]

Japan

Japan firms used foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup: Reports

Four Japanese companies made foreign trainees in the country to learn professional skills take part in decontamination work after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, local media said Friday (July 13). The reports cited a Justice Ministry investigation, but the ministry declined immediate comment. The reports are likely to revive criticism of the foreign trainee programme, which […]

No. of homeless in Japan hits 15-year-low below 5,000: government

The number of homeless people in Japan hit a 15-year-low below 5,000, the welfare ministry said Friday, attributing the drop to efforts by local governments to help them become independent. As of January, 4,977 people were living in such places as riverbeds or parks across the nation, down 557 from a year earlier and dipping […]

Japan’s industry ministry launches initiative to support AI projects between startups and big firms

The industry ministry has launched an initiative to support joint artificial intelligence projects between startups and large firms. Twenty projects have already been selected for financial assistance of up to JPY 200 million. The ministry hopes that the support will lead to the creation of innovative business models that can be used worldwide. It chose […]

Korea

North Korea may be sitting on a $6 trillion resources stockpile

North Korea may be sitting on a $6 trillion resources stockpile

Reсent negotiаtions between North Koreа’s Kim Jong Un аnd US President Donаld Trump hаve provided a glimmer of hope for the hermit kingdom’s eсonomiс outlook. Mаrkets аre now wаtсhing to see whether the North Koreаn leаder follows through with his pledge to denuсleаrise. The next step will be poliсy reforms, whiсh will open North Koreа’s […]

N Korea could propose military restrictions with US over weekend

North Korea may raise the issue of military training with the United States during talks planned for Sunday, an analyst said Friday, after the US State Department agreed to a fresh round of military-level talks with North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said Thursday the North Korean offer had come “midday” after Pyongyang […]

US, Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains

The United States and South Korea held a ceremony on Friday to return home the remains of two servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Seoul’s Defence Ministry said the remains of an unidentified allied soldier, presumably American, found in South Korea in 2016, will be sent to the United States. Meanwhile, the US military […]

Hong Kong

HK activists mark one year since Liu Xiaobo death

Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan marked one year since the death in custody of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday (July 13), in stark contrast to an enforced silence in mainland China. A vigil was held in Hong Kong near the city government’s offices, while the anniversary was marked with sculptures, statements and performance […]

Another passenger injured by needle on KMB bus in HK

Crime squad officers were called in after a male passenger was injured by a needle on board a KMB double-decker in a busy Hong Kong shopping district on Friday, bringing the number of such reports to more than a dozen in recent weeks. The incident happened on a Route 904 bus at 1.43pm, when it […]

Is The Pearl In ‘Skyscraper’ A Real Building? The HK Tower Is A Sight To Behold

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is looking to continue his stellar year at the box office with Skyscraper, an old school action movie that’s meant to be an homage to classics of the genre like Die Hard and The Towering Inferno. In Skyscraper, Johnson stars as a war veteran and former FBI hostage rescuer who now […]

Taiwan

One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

One year on from his death as a political prisoner, a sculpture dedicated to the late Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was unveiled Friday in Taipei. The commemoration marks the one year anniversary of Liu’s death and has been spearheaded by his former protege, exiled democracy activist and dissident Wu’er Kaixi, with backing from […]

Why Canada shouldn’t tiptoe around China’s stepped-up bullying of Taiwan

David Mulroney was executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei from 1998-2001, and Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009-12. To the extent that Canadians worry about security in East Asia, they look north, to the Korean peninsula, or south, to where China is building a formidable militarised zone on rocks and shoals thousands […]

Robert Kuok-linked groups tie up to target Taiwan’s wind sector

TWO listed groups linked to Malaysia’s richest tycoon Robert Kuok are joining forces to penetrate Taiwan’s budding offshore wind sector. On Thursday, PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) and Kerry TJ Logistics entered into a joint venture (JV) to tap opportunities in Taiwan, the second fastest-growing market for offshore wind in North Asia, just behind China. […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 16 July 2018

* FLC Group (FLC) has announced to buy one million shares ofAMD Mining and Investment Company (AMD) to hold a 0.6% stake in the latter. AMD share price is around VND3,200 each on the HCMC market. * DIC Investment and Trading Company (DIC) has decided to invest VND2 billion in DIC Building Material Production Joint […]

NFSC: credit growth slower than the 1st half of 2017

Thanks to the abundant US dollar (USD) supply, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has purchased a large amount of foreign currency and net injected about 210 trillion dong (VND) from the beginning of the year until now, stated by the National Financial Supervisory Commission (NFSC) in the recent report. This is one of the […]

Lilama to withdraw all capital from Song Vang Hydropower

The Vietnam Construction and Machinery Installation Corp (Lilama) has decided to withdraw all capital from Song Vang Hydropower JSC (SVH). Under the plan, Lilama will withdraw 7.9 million shares by order matching and settlement on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) trading floor. The divestment plan is expected to be conducted in the last six […]