The wRap Indonesia: Indonesia to join TPP, US warships near China
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From Indonesia vowing to join the trans-Pacific trade deal, to a US warship approaching China's declared territory, here are the top stories to start your day.
1. Indonesia to join TPP
The deal is seen by some as a counterbalance to growing Chinese economic clout in the region. Widodo's endorsement is a political victory for Obama, who is steering the already completed pact through a hostile Republican-controlled Congress and without the full backing of his Democratic party. Widodo cut his trip short to return to Indonesia and address the worsening haze crisis. Read more.
2. US warship sails near China waters
The USS Lassen passed within 12 nautical miles of at least one of the land formations Beijing claims in the disputed Spratly Islands, the official told Agence France-Presse. The move is a significant escalation of the dispute over the strategically vital South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety, even waters close to the coasts of other states. Read more.
3. Equities dip
The upbeat outlook fueled by China's surprise rate cut on Friday gave way to concerns about the world's number 2 economy, with the country's leaders gathering in Beijing to discuss their next 5-Year Plan. However, Shanghai ended on a high, with defense and technology shares rallying on news that a US warship had sailed close to artificial islands Beijing is building in disputed South China waters. Read more.
4. Orangutans in danger
Rescuers at a center for the great apes on Borneo island are considering an unprecedented mass evacuation of the hundreds in their care, and have deployed teams on hazardous missions to search for stricken animals in the wild. At the Nyaru Menteng center in Kalimantan, 16 baby orangutans have been put into isolation, suffering infections from prolonged exposure to the thick, yellow smoke suffocating Indonesia's half of Borneo island. Read more.
5. Processed meats are carcinogens
"In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance," IARC official Kurt Straif said in a statement. Read more. – Rappler.com