Author: Joseph Alika

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The mysterious outbreak of mycoplasma pneumonia in children in China has prompted concerns, as the influenza-like illness has also spiked in other countries. On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed that six cases had been found in Jakarta. According to Healthline, the infection is caused by a bacterium called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, rather than a virus like the one behind the flu, SARS, or COVID-19. The bacterium can linger in the nose or throat without making the person sick and can develop pneumonia if it spreads to the lungs, damaging the lining of the throat, lungs, or trachea. The bacterium can spread…

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Indonesia as an archipelagic country has cultural diversity. However, in the era of globalization, love and pride in one’s own culture is decreasing due to the influence of foreign culture. Nevertheless, Indonesian culture has received international recognition since batik was recognized as a cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2009. BINUS UNIVERSITY as a world-class Indonesian higher education institution, always strives to continue to innovate in order to develop and empower the community. Realizing the importance of introducing Indonesian culture, BINUS UNIVERSITY through BeeLintang was present to appear at the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts event which was attended by 11…

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Geopolitics is a concept that links geography to contemporary politics. Even though it focuses on geography and appears objective, its use is actually strongly influenced by social perspectives. This article uses qualitative methods to show that the “Indo-Pacific” concept that is currently being discussed is actually the result of geopolitical views made by certain countries that have interests in the region. Competition for control of this region occurs between several countries such as the United States, China, India, Australia and Japan. Indonesia, as a strategic part of the Indo-Pacific region, is trying to create a geopolitical concept that encourages cooperation…

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Delegates from ASEAN member countries and China pointed to the challenges that high-tech and transnational crimes pose to each country and region. HÀ NỘI — To effectively combat crimes, there is no other way than to strengthen cooperation, information sharing and unified actions among judicial and law enforcement agencies of countries in the region and around the world, stated Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng at the 13th ASEAN-China Prosecutors-General Conference in Hà Nội on Wednesday. Along with the benefits that science and technology bring, new kinds of crimes have emerged, including cyber scams and attacks on computer networks of governments and businesses,…

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The Philippines is the odd one out in Asean in its total, welcoming embrace of the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy, while other member states have viewed Washington with caution and concern, according to speakers at a conference in Manila on South China Sea maritime security. “The Indo-Pacific concept [by the US] is a trigger for South China Sea tensions,” Dr Supartono, director of Hang Tuah University in Surabaya, Indonesia, told the Maritime Security Conference in Metro Manila, held on November 22 by Singapore’s Asia Collective and the Manila-based International Development and Security Cooperation founded by security analyst Chester Cabalza. The retired rear admiral of…

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TOKYO (Reuters) -Deputies of the ASEAN+3 group of nations agreed on Thursday to set up a new regional lending facility to respond to emergencies in the region amid rising uncertainty over a global economic slowdown and elevated U.S. interest rates. The ASEAN+3 grouping tags on Japan, China and South Korea to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The establishment of the new scheme, dubbed the Rapid Financing Facility, and its specific content will be formally confirmed at their ministerial gatherings scheduled next spring and summer, Japanese top financial diplomat Masato Kanda said after the group’s two-day meeting in the city…

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Malaysia is not tilting towards China but geographically, the country is closer, a reliable friend and ally, said Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. The United States, Anwar said, is equally important and a traditional ally, as well as a major investor that has helped propel Malaysia’s economy. “Cumulatively, the United States stands as number one in terms of our total investments, but increasingly, China has become one of the major investors, they may invest in Malaysia,” he said during a question and answer session at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday. China is our neighbour, an important country and has matured in terms of its economic…

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WESTCHESTER, ILL. — Ingredion is expanding its PureCircle stevia production facility in Malaysia. The expansion enables Ingredion to grow its PureCircle’s bioconversion technology capacity, the company said. Ingredion introduced PureCircle Clean Taste Solutions earlier this year. PureCircle is a zero-calorie sweetening solution formulated from the stevia plant, which may provide a clean taste solution, according to the company. With the expansion, Ingredion will increase the amount of finished stevia ingredients, the company said. “Food and beverage brands are prioritizing the removal of sugar and artificial sweeteners in product reformulation,” said Nate Yates, global platform lead for sugar reduction at Ingredion. “Historically, brands have…

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Frankfurt (3/12 – 12) The relatively rapid cohesion of disparate nations, historically competitive or even at war with one another, into the European Union came about in part because of the ongoing threat from the Soviet Union. The specter of a tank invasion from Warsaw Pact nations, today forgotten, was such a reality that the German government kept a major portion of its gold bullion across the Atlantic. The USSR, an ally in World War II after being double-crossed by Hitler – remember the “Non-Aggression Pact signed in Moscow by von Ribbentrop and Molotov – was soon appraised as a…

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JAKARTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Indonesia will exclude coal-fired power plants operated by industrial estates from its investment plan for a G7-led funding programme to decarbonise its power sector, sources drafting the document told Reuters. The decision means Jakarta will not lay out a path to shut the so-called captive coal power plants in its comprehensive investment and policy plan (CIPP) that it needs to secure $20 billion in funding pledged under the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). The plan is due to be published on Wednesday for public feedback. JETP, a financing scheme made up of equity investments, grants…

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