Author: Mat Jebat

Former Russian Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova, who officially was dismissed mid-June, fled to France ‘with hundreds of millions of dollars saved in cryptocurrency.’. Tsargrad and other Telegram channels report this with reference to several sources, although confirmation or refutation of this data has not yet been received. If she fled to France, it must be a deal with the French security service, as she is sanctioned in Europe. There is a version that Shevtsova allegedly cooperated with the investigation against the detained generals, trying to avoid her own charges. According to another version, the generals, to reduce their sentences,…

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Europe’s new “Iron Lady”, Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, is one of the strongest voices for an uncompromising stand against belligerent Russia. Brussels (30 June – 28). Having grown up under the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Kaja Kallas was urging EU leaders to take the Russian threat seriously long before the invasion of Ukraine On Saturday, the Reform Party chose climate minister Kristen Michal to replace outgoing Kaja Kallas, who is the EU’s new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The unanimous decision to nominate Michal was made following a closed-door meeting by the party’s governing board only two days after…

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN on Friday strongly condemned what it called a “heinous terrorist attack” in the southern Philippines at the weekend in which four people were killed in a bombing at a Catholic Mass. The bomb went off on Sunday during a service at a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city left in ruins in 2017 by a five-month military campaign to end an occupation by Islamic State loyalists that triggered alarm in Asia about the group’s influence. “We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said in…

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Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Industry Ministry’s Center for Standardization and Services of the Handicraft and Batik Industry (BBSPJIKB) stated that the jewelry industry is one of the superior sectors in Indonesia and other countries in ASEAN. Acting Head of BBSPJIKB Hagung Eko Pawowo noted here on Monday that the total weight of jewelry demand in 2022 in ASEAN countries had reached 77.8 tons. “This amount is three times greater than the demand for jewelry in Hong Kong that reached 22.4 tons,” Pawowo remarked at the Jewelry Design and Marketing Training for ASEAN-Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The event…

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KUCHING (Dec 7): Sarawak’s pursuit for a sustainable solution to its escalating traffic challenges has taken a promising turn with the advent of the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system. This was voiced out by the local community leaders interviewed by The Borneo Post after a special ride on the ART smart tram along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway today. Sarawak Premier’s political secretary Kho Teck Wan said the ART system has the potential as a beacon of hope in alleviating traffic congestion. “In the long run, this would perhaps replace some vehicles and reduce traffic congestion,” she said after her third ride on the…

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There’s an obvious reason CoC talks haven’t progressed: China isn’t interested.  Last month at the conclusion of talks with senior Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officials in Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson optimistically announced that the parties had agreed to “accelerate negotiations so as to strive to reach at an early date an effective and substantive” Code of Conduct (CoC) to govern their activities in the South China Sea. This statement came eight months after a similar proclamation at the start of 2023, and served to bookend yet another year of the diplomatic kabuki theater that surrounds these perpetual deliberations. Just one year…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — The delay in the construction of several health clinics in Sarawak is due to a shortage of building materials, especially cement, Deputy Health Minister Lukanisman Awang Sauni said. He said it was found that projects severely affected by the lack of these supplies were the type-three health clinics and hospital in Lawas, as well as some health clinics in Serian, Tabuan, and Semop. “There were also delays of materials for industrial building system reaching Sarawak as they are imported and need to go through ports in the peninsula first,” he said during the special chamber…

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GUANGXI —  Top Chinese electric vehicle (EV) firms are looking to enter the ASEAN market, including the Philippines, to speed up the region’s transition toward cleaner energy. The Asian superpower has established the China-ASEAN Electric Vehicle Production Base in its southern city of Guigang in Guangxi region, as it is looking to find solutions with Southeast Asian countries to expand cooperation and provide more EV solutions to their local markets. “Our industrial park was built with an aim to serve the ASEAN countries as Guangxi is a permanent area for the ASEAN expo,” Lin Shaohua, deputy director of the Gangbei…

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MIRI, Oct 30 — The recently approved RM11.3 billion investment in the manufacturing sector is testament to Sarawak’s attractiveness as one of Malaysia’s leading investment destination, says Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. The Sarawak government, he said, has adopted the business-friendly policy and is supportive of both foreign and domestic investments. “We welcome investments and collaborations, particularly in six priority sectors promoted under the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, namely manufacturing, commercial agriculture, tourism, forestry, mining, and services that can create mutual benefits for all. “The state is now focusing on developing and promoting low carbon…

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Today, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), with the support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Governments of UK and the Republic of Korea through the Regional Project “Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: Preventing Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion in ASEAN” implemented by UN Women kicked off the first Plan of Action workshop to promote women’s participation in politics to strengthen women’s resilience and leadership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states. The workshop brings together 29 parliamentarians and…

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