Weekly Round-up for Week of 1.17.2020


China’s Xi vows ‘new era’ of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcomeChannel News Asia Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to usher in a “new era” of ties with Myanmar after a red carpet welcome Friday (Jan 17) on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Myanmar fighter jets escorted Xi’s plane as it touched down in Naypyidaw where children presented him with flowers, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency, as he was whisked off to a greeting party.


Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State VisitThe Diplomat The Chinese president arrived Friday in an effort to deepen bilateral ties. China’s President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time.

Beyond the Cliché of ‘Pauk-Phaw’, China and Myanmar Need Each Other The Irrawaddy With President Xi Jinping of China arriving in Myanmar’s capital today, it seems an appropriate time to ask whether the much-used phrase “pauk-phaw”, meaning fraternal, is really an accurate description of the relationship between the two neighbors.

Myanmar Activists Refused Yangon Embassy Protest During Xi Visit The Irrawaddy

Yangon – Amid the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Myanmar, the Yangon authorities have refused to allow a protest at the Chinese Embassy on Saturday. “We were told that the Yangon regional government did not give permission to gather outside the embassy as it might harm bilateral relations,” said Ko Aung Soe, an event organizer.


Philippine residents retrieve animals, belongings amid threat of volcano eruption Channel News Asia Thousands of residents under orders to evacuate from a town near the Philippine volcano Taal were allowed to briefly visit homes on Friday (Jan 17) to rescue their animals and recover some possessions, taking advantage of what appeared to be waning activity. Daniel Reyes, mayor of the Agoncillo town inside the danger zone of the 311m volcano, said he allowed around 3,000 residents to check their properties and retrieve animals, clothes and other possessions.


New China virus’ arrival in Japan raises alarm over screening – Nikkei Asian Review The report Thursday of Japan’s first case of the new coronavirus that emerged in China last month has underscored issues with Tokyo’s defenses against cross-border outbreaks as the region’s busiest travel season of the year begins. A 30-something resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. This was nine days after his return from a visit to Wuhan, the eastern Chinese city where the virus appears to have originated.


Philippines reimposes ban on workers deploying to KuwaitChannel News Asia The Philippines said Friday (Jan 17) it was reimposing a ban on its citizens going to work in Kuwait after a Filipina was allegedly killed by her employer, echoing a 2018 row between the two countries. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the ban as his government accused the emirate of covering up the killing of a maid, one of about 240,000 Filipinos working in the Gulf state.

Indonesian minister says SoftBank offering to invest up to US$40 billion in new capitalChannel News Asia SoftBank has offered to invest up to US$40 billion in the new capital city Indonesia plans to build on Borneo island, a minister said on Friday (Jan 17), though the Japanese tech conglomerate said no figure had been suggested yet. Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced in August plans to move the administrative capital to East Kalimantan province on Borneo, to relieve Jakarta from “a heavy burden” due to overcrowding and pollution.

Prayut quashes call for ‘Chan-o-cha bridge’ to SamuiBangkok Post PM not opposed to building bridge but not keen on the name. The prime minister is not in favour of a government MP’s suggestion that a proposed road link between the southern mainland and Koh Samui be named the Chan-o-cha bridge, according to government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.

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