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‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative underway, but experts warn of difficulties ahead

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - China’s “One Belt, One Road” railway link with Asean has started to materialise as  construction in Laos has progressed to more than 10 per cent of the project linking China’s border to Vientiane. 

Communist leader questions Duterte’s mental capability to handle state affairs

 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - National Democratic Front (NDF) chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte is showing symptoms of being “mentally unfit” to handle state affairs including the peace process and suggested if he needs to be replaced.

Brunei works towards achieving ‘Smart Nation

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ ANN) - The Ministry of Communications (MinCom) and stakeholders have collaborated to achieve a ‘Smart Nation’ endowed with educated and highly skilled people, and marked by an improved quality of life and a dynamic and sustainable economy enabled by ICT (information and communications technology) advancements and data-driven service delivery.

Philippines cancels peace talks with communist rebels

 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ ANN Desk) – President Duterte calls halt to negotiations after string of attacks.

Philippine authorities on Wednesday announced the cancellation of peace talks with the communist rebels on the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.

FEATURE: China 'paying closer attention to Asean ties'

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - It sees the grouping as a stabilising force in the region and key to the Belt and Road Initiative, say visiting Chinese scholars. 

China did not accord much importance to ties with South-east Asian countries in the past, but is taking a different view these days, said visiting Chinese scholars.

Brunei Beach Bunch gets international recognition

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ ANN) - Beach Bunch recently made history by becoming the first local organisation to be accepted into the International Life Saving Federation (ILS), the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport events.

Duterte to ask Congress to rush removal of foreign investment limits

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to issue a memorandum circular ordering concerned government agencies and requesting Congress to fast-track removal of foreign investment restrictions that require legislation.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to issue a memorandum circular ordering concerned government agencies and requesting Congress to fast-track removal of foreign investment restrictions that require legislation, the country’s chief economist said Thursday.

Philippine gov’t welcomes US’ $2-M support for war on drugs

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said that he is sure that Duterte will appreciate US President Donald Trump’s commitment to the war against drugs.

Malacañang Palace welcomed the $2 million support of the United States for the drug demand reduction programs in the Philippines.

“President (Donald) Trump announced $2 million to support drug demand reduction programs in the Philippines,” A White House statement released on Wednesday said.

Travel agents in Singapore to get help to thrive in digital age

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Singapore Tourism Board will help agencies identify tech solutions to common issues.

Travel agents in Singapore will receive government funding to speed up their adoption of technology, such as developing mobile apps to give customers a better experience.

Asean needs to 'raise green investment by 400% a year'

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - This is to protect people and economies from environmental shocks, says a study.

The Asean region needs to increase green investment by 400 per cent a year to protect its people and economies from climate change and other environmental shocks, according to new research released yesterday (Nov 15).