Asia News Today | Japanese yen drops to a seven year low

Nearly 9,000 soldiers from the Philippines and US are taking part in the largest-ever joint navy drills as the 2 longtime allies do some high-level sabre-rattling amid recent tensions within the disputed South China Sea. Filipino and American troopers will take part within the 12 day navy exercises across the primary Filipino island of Luzon. Philippine navy chief welcomed troopers from the US and across the area at yesterday’s opening ceremony in Manila saying that the biggest show of Balikatan warfare games reflected the “deepening alliance” between the US and Philippines. The workouts will cowl maritime safety, humanitarian assistance, disaster reduction, amphibious operations and counter-terrorism. Manoeuvres have been focussed on potential conflict in the South China Sea, which China claims nearly in its entirety. Since taking power in 2016, outgoing President Duterte has pivoted to China however has faced pushback from voters who stay cautious of China’s territorial ambitions within the disputed waters.
 
The Japanese yen has dropped to a seven year low because the Bank of Japan pushed again in opposition to the global development for tighter monetary coverage. The move has proved hypothesis that the Japanese central financial institution might intervene and up the native currency for the first time since 1998. The yen dropped more than 2 per cent against the US dollar yesterday with traders anticipating even more drops forward. It has already fallen greater than 7 per cent towards the USD so far this month. Now foreign money analysts in Tokyo say that their clients have been asking if the fast slide in the yen might set off some intervention by the ministry of finance for the primary time since 1998. Such a transfer would mark a shift for the Bank of Japan, which has a long record of only intervening to weaken the yen.
 
Indonesian national energy company PT Pertamina is considering shopping for crude oil from Russia as it looks around the globe for oil for a newly revamped refinery. Speaking at a parliamentary listening to, the company’s CEO says that Pertamina saw “an opportunity to buy from Russia at a good price.”She stated to the listening to that, politically, there was no drawback so lengthy as the corporate we’re dealing with was not sanctioned. She additionally shared that PT Pertamina had also mentioned the fee arrangement, which may go through India. Indonesia holds the G20 presidency this year and says it will stay impartial amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has sparked the largest humanitarian and geopolitical disaster in Europe since World War Two. But the Indonesian government has raised a quantity of considerations concerning the invasion but has stopped short of condemning it.
 
South Koreans are really starting to get into coffee. Such that imports of espresso surged greater than 24 p.c in 2021 to hit a model new all-time excessive. The worth of South Korean espresso imports stood at US$ 916 million last year, up 24 p.c from the yr before. It’s the first time that South Korea’s coffee imports clicked over the 1 trillion-won stage in phrases of the local foreign money. Last year’s consumption of espresso was up nearly 13 occasions compared to 20 years in the past. I’ll drink to that.
 
A member of the Vietnam PMs Vietnam financial advisory group says Vietnam isn’t pushing itself sufficient as a secure vacationer destination regardless of having one of the highest vaccination coverages in the region.He says that Vietnam is “still timid and probably not assured in reopening”.He directed much of his criticism at Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism saying the Ministry must have a clearer, more proactive roadmap that tells the world that Vietnam is a secure vacation spot and in a position to welcome back overseas vacationers.He said…. Vietnam has been far too cautious as it reopens tourism. Incredibly has up to now offered a visa-free policy for residents from just thirteen nations for a most of 15 days.He stated that the Vietnamese authorities ought to grant visa exemption to more nations and extend the keep of vacationers to lure more travellers again to the nation.Citizens from only Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can go to Vietnam for up to 15 days with no visa.The nation additionally has bilateral visa exemption policy for ASEAN co-members, Chile and Kyrgyzstan.
 
Public transportation between Malaysia and Singapore is set to return to near-normal from this Friday when the 2 countries officially open their land borders to all travellers. The Transport Minister famous that it will apply to public buses, express buses, tourist buses, worker buses and taxis. Starting April 1, both international locations will allow all fully vaccinated travellers to cross the land border without having to bear quarantine or present any Covid tests. Just a note to international travellers wanting to cross the Malaysian Singapore border…. You’ll want to guarantee you have the MySejahtera app on your smartphones and that they meet all pre-determined journey conditions. Travellers out of Singapore should also have the Singapore equal. Check the details before you journey within the early days of the border re-opening.
 

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