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The Bowerbird Writes

Move on like the Indonesians

DURING my two-week trip to Indonesia, I observed there was a serious discussion about ekonomi koronavirus (literally coronavirus economy). The debate was on the impact of the outbreak, particularly to Indonesia. Ironically, as of last Thursday, there was no case of the disease among its populace or reports of foreigners contacting the disease.

World

Vietnam turns away two cruise ships over coronavirus fears

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported on Friday.

Philippines

Military backs ending US troop pact

MANILA: The Philippine military stood by the president’s decision to scrap a security agreement with the United States, saying the country could now develop its own defence capabilities and alliances, and would do fine without it.

AseanPlus News

Duterte ends US troop pact

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States (VFA), delivering on threats to downgrade an alliance crucial to US interests.