Asia Briefs: ESM Goh heads to Boao forum

ESM Goh heads to Boao forum

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong is attending the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) conference in Hainan province today and tomorrow, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr Goh, a member of the BFA board of directors, will attend board meetings and participate in a panel session as well as a joint meeting between Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli and the BFA board. Mr Goh will also have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the annual conference.

Duterte warns of martial law

MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned yesterday that he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of local posts.

He was considering the measures as part of his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, and martial law would solve other security threats, he said.


Terrex case: Charges to be read today

HONG KONG • Shipping company APL and the captain of a container ship that transported Singapore military vehicles into Hong Kong last year, allegedly without a required licence, are expected to be charged today, Xinhua news agency reported.

The violation resulted in the Terrex infantry carriers being held in Hong Kong for more than two months.

Life term for killing Cambodian activist

PHNOM PENH • A Cambodian court yesterday jailed a former soldier for life for killing a strident government critic.

Mr Kem Ley was shot in the head while he was having a morning coffee at a Phnom Penh petrol station in July. Oeuth Ang, who calls himself "Meet to Kill", told the court he had handed the activist US$3,000 (S$4,200) in a property deal that went bad.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe