CHINA

CHINA LOCAL GOVTS 'SEEK 1.5 TRLN YUAN OF INVESTMENT'

Seven Chinese regional governments are seeking at least 1.5 trillion yuan ($241.7 billion) worth of state and private investment to bolster growth in the world's second-largest economy, local media said on Monday. Full story here.

 

CHINA TO OPEN UP CUSTOMS NATIONWIDE FOR SHANGHAI FTZ FIRMS

China will relax customs regulations for companies registered in its Shanghai pilot Free-Trade Zone (FTZ), allowing a firm to declare goods at customs anywhere in China for the first time, state media quoted a Shanghai official as saying on Monday. Full story here.


HONG KONG

GOV'T RESPECTS RIGHT OF EXPRESSION

The Government has asserted that it respects residents' freedom and right of expression and has always encouraged the public to express their views through legal channels and in a peaceful manner. Full story here.


INDONESIA

MOST ELECTION VIOLATIONS DURING COUNTING, CONSTITUTIONAL COURT SAYS

The Constitutional Court has informed that most election violations were committed during the vote counting process based on recent legislative election cases they handled. Full story here.

 

HOUSE CONSIDERING PROHIBITING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

The House of Representatives (House) has officially initiated a Draft Bill on Alcoholic Beverage Prohibition (Draft Bill), which currently is undergoing a second phase discussion. Full story here.


KOREA

LAWMAKERS SUBMIT NINETEEN BILLS ON JUNE 30, 2014

The National Assembly Secretariat has announced that nineteen bills were submitted on June 30, 2014, including amendment bills to the Restriction of Special Taxation Act and the Public Official Election Act. Full story here.

 

CHINESE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO SOUTH KOREA CAUSED DISMAY

Chinese President Xi Jinping's has decided to visit South Korea before North Korea, which apparently caused disdain to North Korea. Full story here.

 

HON HAI BUYS STAKE IN SK C&C, SHARES HIT MULTIYEAR HIGHS

Hon Hai Precision has announced on June 30, 2014 that it had bought a 4.9 per cent stake in South Korean IT services firm SK C&C for 381 billion won (USD 376.59 million). Full story here.


MALAYSIA

THREE NEW RURAL TRANSFORMATION CENTRES FOR SABAH AND SARAWAK

The Rural and Regional Development Ministry has announced plans to set up two rural transformation centres (RTC) in Sabah and one in Sarawak. The RTCs would provide various facilities including a National Registration Department, Social Welfare Department counters, a dental clinic and business lots for local traders. Full story here.


MYANMAR

RACE TO CHANGE MYANMAR CONSTITUTION

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has increased efforts to change the constitution that inhibits her from running for president. She is being supported by a parliamentary committee that is dominated by the Union Solidarity and Development Party that examines constitutional amendments. Full story here.


PHILIPPINES

DOLE AND PEZA TO ASSESS ECONOMIC ZONES ON VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE WITH LABOR STANDARDS

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has said on July 1, 2014 that the DOLE and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) are working together to evaluate compliance of zone locators with labor standards, and to incentivize them with a seal of compliance. Full story here.

 

PALACE RENEWS SUPPORT FOR REINTERPRETATION OF JAPAN'S CONSTITUTION

The Malacañang has claimed its renewed support for Japan's reinterpretation of its Constitution to make it more suitable to the country's current global security situations. Full story here.


SINGAPORE

DISADVANTAGES OF CROSS-BORDER ADOPTIONS

The Singapore government has banned British citizens residing in Singapore from adopting children from June 2014 onwards because Britain has stopped automatically recognising adoptions made in Singapore as the Republic is not party to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Full story here.

 

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS 2014

The Minister for Communications and Information has published the Regulations of Personal Data Protection, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 65 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012. Full story here.


TAIWAN

HSU CHUN-YAT TIPPED AS MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO AND PCC MINISTER

Executive Yuan Spokesperson Sun Li-chyun has announced on July 1, 2014 that Hsu Chun-yat (Jack Hsu) was tipped for the post of Minister of the Public Construction Commission and will concurrently serve as the Executive Yuan's minister without portfolio in charge of public construction affairs. Full story here.


THAILAND

NCPO KEEPS SPECIAL POWERS OVER GOVT

The National Council for Peace and Order (NPCO) has chosen to retain certain special powers over the interim government to deal with security issues under the provisional constitution which will be unveiled. Full story here.

 

REGIME KICKS OFF SECOND MAJOR PURGE

The National Council for Peace and Order transferred 18 top state officials to inactive posts. Full story here.


VIETNAM

NEW POLICIES TAKE EFFECT IN JULY

Several new policies are set to take effect in July 2014, including a revised Land Law, Bidding Law, and Law on Thrift Practice and Anti-wastefulness, as well as regulations on supervising and inspecting state-owned enterprises. Full story here.