Wednesday, December 8, 2021


Blinken to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week

It was not immediately clear whether Blinken will be visiting other countries in the region.

Russia, Asean hold first naval drills off Indonesian coast

The drills come at a time of growing tensions in the Pacific, particularly around the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety.

Asian markets extend losses but oil bounces after Omicron rout

Equities around the world went into freefall Friday on news of Omicron, which some fear could evade vaccines.

Singapore health minister says return to strict Covid-19 curbs a last resort

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung says the international travel and tourism hub will continue to open 'travel lanes' with more countries for vaccinated visitors.

Philippines accuses Chinese vessels of firing water cannon at its boats

Tensions over the resource-rich seas spiked this year after hundreds of Chinese vessels were detected at Whitsun Reef, which is also in the Spratly archipelago.

Asia tourism reopens with big-spending Chinese stuck at home

China, previously the world's largest outbound tourism market, has yet to relax tight travel restrictions as it sticks to zero tolerance for Covid-19.

Asia suffered hottest year on record in 2020, says UN

In its annual 'State of the Climate in Asia' report, the UN's World Meteorological Organization says every part of the region has been affected.

Anggota tentera laut jelaskan isu kapal selam

Beliau berkata kapal selam adalah bahagian penting persenjataan negara ketika perbahasan berterusan berhubung Aukus.

Indonesia’s new carbon tax signals higher power costs amid calls for clarity

The introduction of the tax is part of an ambitious tax overhaul that includes raising value-added taxes next year and cancelling a planned corporate tax cut.

Indonesia may reopen to tourists from some countries in October, says minister

He says a decision will be made 'cautiously', first considering countries where the Covid-19 situation is less severe.

Warnings as Southeast Asia’s biggest economies ease Covid-19 curbs

After containing the coronavirus better than much of the world last year, Southeast Asia has turned into a global epicentre in recent months with the arrival of the virulent Delta variant.

Asia’s factories hit by pandemic-related supply disruptions

Southeast Asia was hit particularly hard with factory activity shrinking in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia because of virus outbreaks and output suspensions, surveys show.

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