Vietnam 

US-China trade war a boon for VN – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Việt Nam is at the top of the list of markets that could benefit from trade diversion coming from US-China trade tensions, building on its increasing competitiveness in manufacturing, according to Phạm Hồng Hải, CEO of HSBC Việt Nam.  According to HSBC Global Research for the first quarter of the year, if an Asian economy captured 1 per cent of Chinese exports to US or 1 per cent of FDI into China, its GDP would increase significantly. Việt Nam is on…

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Singapore 

RTS Link project ‘not progressing well’, opening likely to be delayed beyond 2024: Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The planned Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Johor Baru and Singapore is “behind schedule and not progressing well”, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. This means that the start of cross-border MRT services – which were intended to ease congestion at land checkpoints – will likely be delayed beyond the original target date of Dec 31, 2024. He was responding in a written parliamentary reply to Mr Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC), who had asked for a progress update on the RTS. Mr Khaw, who is also…

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Singapore 

Blade-wielding man arrested after stand-off with police in Boon Lay, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A 52-year-old man carrying a bladed weapon was arrested in Boon Lay Drive on Tuesday (Jan 1) after a stand-off with the police. The police said they responded to a call for assistance at Block 191 Boon Lay Drive at 5.18pm. The man was arrested over possession of an offensive weapon and suspected drug-related offences. A video of the incident circulating on social media shows the man facing off with at least three police officers. One of the officers is wielding a riot shield, while two are wearing…

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Singapore 

4 teens arrested after midnight brawl at Boon Lay involving over 20, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The police arrested four youths after a brawl which happened around midnight at 221A Boon Lay Place on Friday (Dec 21). Authorities were alerted to the fight, classified as a case of rioting, at 12.17am. A 21-year-old man was taken conscious to the National University Hospital. The four arrested were all males, aged between 15 and 18. The police also said that they expect to make more arrests. According to Chinese paper Shin Min Daily, more than 20 people were involved in the fight, which lasted around 10…

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China 

China to roll back extra tariff on US car imports for three months, in likely boon to Tesla

China will roll back an extra tariff it slapped on US car imports for three months, the State Council, the government cabinet, announced Friday, in a likely boon to US electric car maker Tesla. The tariff will be rolled back to 15 per cent – the tariff now applied to all foreign car imports – from the 40 per cent rate China imposed in July in retaliation for the first round of US tariffs on Chinese imports imposed that month. The reprieve will commence at the start of the new…

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Singapore 

2 Malaysian ships leave Singapore waters as Khaw Boon Wan urges complete withdrawal, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Malaysia has taken steps to de-escalate tensions arising from its ongoing maritime dispute with Singapore, and has withdrawn a couple of its vessels from the Republic’s territorial waters. But one ship still remains in Singapore’s waters as of Wednesday (Dec 12), and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said he strongly urged Malaysia to withdraw completely, adding that the vessel’s presence creates “unnecessary risks” and could lead to “accidental escalation on the ground”. This risk is also “not conducive to the upcoming bilateral discussions that we are going to…

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Singapore 

Off-service SBS Transit double-decker bus hits pedestrian in Boon Lay, killing her, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The nearest pedestrian crossing was located about 300m away, but a woman decided not to use it to cross the three-lane Jalan Boon Lay – with fatal consequences. An off-service double decker SBS Transit bus ploughed into Ms Tan Meow Hian, 46, at around 6.30am on Nov 8 last year, killing her. The driver, Kwa Ah Bah, had failed to keep a proper lookout. Deputy Public Prosecutor Senthilkumaran Sabapathy told the court that the Malaysian woman was not jaywalking. He also said there was no pedestrian crossing or…

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Singapore 

Singapore expanding port limits after Malaysia suddenly laid claim to our waters: Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s expanded port limits cover more or less the same area that Malaysia suddenly laid claim to on Oct 25. The message is clear: “Back off” because these waters belong to Singapore, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Thursday (Dec 6). In contrast, through a series of charts, he showed that for years – since 1979 – Malaysia had claimed certain waters as its own and acknowledged that Singapore’s waters lay beyond that. But on Oct 25, in expanding the Johor port limits, Malaysia extended its claims to…

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Singapore 

Boon Lay killing: Possessive man gets 13 years’ jail for stabbing former air stewardess, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – An over-possessive man who could not accept that his girlfriend was seeing other men – despite their agreement to have an open relationship – was sentenced to 13 years’ jail on Monday (Nov 12) for killing her during a quarrel. Neo Chun Zheng, 29, who stabbed Ms Soh Yuan Lin, 23, once in the neck with a folding knife outside his Boon Lay flat on Nov 26, 2015, told the High Court that words could not express his “eternal regret” for what he had done. “I have completely failed…

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Vietnam 

Green lifestyles: a boon for wood companies – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Experts say that wooden manufacturers should make more environmentally friendly products to fit consumer demand for green lifestyles. — VNA/VNS Photo Việt Dũng Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Firms in the wood industry enjoy a great advantage with the rising preference of green lifestyles, experts said at a seminar on environmentally friendly lifestyles and wooden products in HCM City on November 12. According to a study from Neilson Việt Nam, four out of five surveyed Vietnamese are concerned with the long-term damages of artificial materials and are…

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