• La Thaïlande mise sur le « bac à sable » de Phuket pour faire revenir les touristes
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/10/18/la-thailande-mise-sur-le-bac-a-sable-de-phuket-pour-faire-revenir-les-touris

    La Thaïlande mise sur le « bac à sable » de Phuket pour faire revenir les touristes. Les visiteurs vaccinés contre le Covid-19 doivent rester dans l’île au moins sept jours mais sont libres de leurs activités, une formule que le gouvernement promet encore d’alléger pour la haute saison de l’hiver 2021-2022.

    Cela s’appelle le « Phuket Sandbox », ou « bac à sable » de Phuket : la possibilité pour les personnes vaccinées venant de l’étranger de profiter des plages de la célèbre île, située dans l’ouest du pays, dans la mer d’Andaman, et des restaurants, tout en restant dans un hôtel désigné et payé d’avance, mais sans la quarantaine stricte imposée dans le reste du pays.Lancé le 1er juillet, après plusieurs mois de préparation pour vacciner en priorité la population de l’île, le « Sandbox » a pour l’instant fait ses preuves au niveau sanitaire, au point que le gouvernement thaïlandais a réduit depuis le 1er octobre à sept jours au lieu de quatorze le temps de séjour obligatoire sur Phuket avant de voyager sur le continent. Il a aussi commencé à simplifier les procédures, ouvert l’île aux Thaïlandais du continent vaccinés et à toutes les nationalités d’étrangers.
    Pressé de positionner la Thaïlande pour la haute saison touristique hivernale, le premier ministre thaïlandais, l’ex-général putschiste Prayuth Chan-o-cha, a également proposé une date, le 1er novembre, pour l’ouverture du reste du pays à des vaccinés en provenance de dix pays à faible risque. « Je sais que cette décision comporte un certain risque. Il est presque certain que nous verrons une augmentation temporaire des cas graves lorsque nous assouplirons ces restrictions », a-t-il déclaré, le 11 octobre.L’île de Phuket, un ergot de 543 kilomètres carrés rattaché par un pont à la partie thaïlandaise de la péninsule de Malacca, fait figure d’exception en Thaïlande : 77 % de ses 547 000 habitants ont reçu deux doses, et 44 % trois doses.L’ensemble du pays, lui, n’affiche qu’un taux de 36 % de vaccinés, une contre-performance qui continue de nourrir une vague de critiques contre les choix malheureux du chef du gouvernement de privilégier le vaccin chinois Sinovac, et un seul laboratoire thaïlandais, possédé par le roi, pour la production d’AstraZeneca. A Phuket comme dans le reste du pays, les vaccins utilisés ne sont donc pas des plus performants, même si les autorités sanitaires autorisent désormais des cocktails avec Pfizer, en particulier pour la troisième dose.Pourtant, le variant Delta, qui a fait flamber l’épidémie en Thaïlande à partir d’avril 2021 – le nombre de morts est passé depuis d’une centaine à 18 205 –, semble avoir épargné Phuket : plusieurs clusters apparus, notamment parmi des travailleurs migrants birmans, ont été contenus par des confinements stricts – et le moins de publicité possible. Le chiffre des contaminations avoisine les 160 nouveaux cas par jour dans l’île, dont 154 participants du « Sandbox » depuis le 1er juillet (sur 42 000), contre toujours 10 000 nouveaux cas et 80 décès en moyenne chaque jour pour l’ensemble du pays.
    Concrètement, les participants du « Phuket Sandbox » doivent se faire tester à l’arrivée et attendre dans leur chambre d’hôtel les résultats. Ils doivent également télécharger une application qui les piste, dont le QR code est scanné matin et soir par le personnel de l’hôtel. Si, en cette période de faible affluence et de mousson, les procédures sont très efficaces, tout se complique pour ceux qui sont testés positifs à leur arrivée. Thae, une Thaïlandaise d’une cinquantaine d’années, désignée cas contact quand son mari néerlandais a été testé positif à l’atterrissage, a ainsi été conduite dans un hôtel de quarantaine qui coûte cinq fois plus cher que l’hôtel du « Sandbox ».Après son refus, elle a été placée en quarantaine « étatique », gratuite, mais dans une chambre sans air conditionné, ni linge. Hospitalisé, son mari a ensuite été transféré dans un « hospitel » quand il n’a plus eu de symptômes : « Le problème est que les assurances ne considèrent pas que c’est un hôpital. Si ça se passe mal, le “Sandbox” peut devenir un parcours d’obstacles », souligne le Néerlandais.
    Phuket, c’est certain, tire la langue : 90 % des hôtels sont encore fermés, même si les plus grands d’entre eux sont les premiers à bénéficier du « Sandbox », certes à un tarif bien moindre que ceux pratiqués habituellement.A proximité des plages, des rues entières sont vides – ici un bar aux tables rouillées, là l’immense carcasse rose du « Christin Massage ». De vieux condominiums sans lumière disparaissent sous le lierre. Des chantiers sont à l’arrêt. Des 7-Eleven, les chaînes de supérettes ouvertes 24 heures sur 24, des McDonald’s ou des Starbucks sont cadenassés. Quelques enclaves animées rompent sagement le calme nocturne depuis l’autorisation des ventes d’alcool dans les restaurants le 1er octobre jusqu’à 22 heures, comme « Hugo Hub », un terrain de bord de mer entre deux restaurants à Bang Tao Beach.Un Sud-Africain qui convoyait des yachts à travers le monde, et a rejoint son épouse thaïlandaise à Phuket juste avant la fermeture du pays en mars 2020, y a fait venir des food trucks et un DJ. « On a commencé avec rien, donc on ne prend pas de risques », reconnaît-il. Les villages de l’intérieur et de l’est, qui regroupent la population autochtone, semblent moins affectés par la pandémie, mais la jeunesse s’employait en priorité dans l’industrie du tourisme.Les investisseurs ou les gérants venus du continent ou de l’étranger ont souvent jeté l’éponge, dans l’attente de jours meilleurs. La ruée vers l’or touristique attirait depuis des décennies une multitude de petites gens venus de tout le pays qui vivaient de petits boulots rémunérateurs à la haute saison. Ce prolétariat n’a aujourd’hui pas d’autre recours que la survie, et les distributions de nourriture organisées par des bénévoles. Tous les jours, à Patong, la grande plage de l’ouest de l’île, la petite église protestante des « nouveaux commencements » du pasteur malaisien Aland et de sa femme thaïlandaise Sunee distribue une centaine de repas. Un taxi moto est là pour prendre trois barquettes, il a gagné 1,5 euro aujourd’hui. Ses deux enfants ont perdu leur emploi dans un hôtel et vendent des brochettes de poulet, mais il faut payer les 100 euros du loyer de la pièce où ils vivent tous.
    Phuket avait reçu 9 millions de visiteurs étrangers en 2019. En 2020, la Thaïlande tout entière n’aura accueilli que 6,7 millions de touristes. L’île générait à elle seule 440 milliards de baths (11 milliards d’euros) par an, ce qui permettait, selon l’économiste Chayanon Phucharoen, de la faculté de tourisme de l’université Prince of Songkla, à Phuket, « un effet d’entraînement majeur sur le reste du pays, notamment l’agriculture ».
    Les 42 000 visiteurs venus de l’étranger dans le cadre du « Sandbox » depuis le 1er juillet sont en nombre bien inférieur aux prévisions initiales, qui tablaient sur 100 000 les trois premiers mois. En cause, les retards de vaccination dans les pays sources, les restrictions aux sorties des frontières non essentielles et la réticence des personnes à voyager. L’objectif affiché désormais est d’en accueillir un million d’ici au mois de mars 2022. La pandémie a fait resurgir un vieux serpent de mer : transformer et diversifier l’économie de Phuket pour la rendre moins sensible aux chocs extérieurs.
    L’ouverture progressive de la Thaïlande aux voyageurs fait des émules dans une région, l’Asie du Sud-Est, désormais déterminée à vivre avec le Covid-19 : la Malaisie, qui affiche un taux de vaccination de 65 % pour deux doses, permet depuis le 10 octobre à ses nationaux vaccinés de voyager. L’Indonésie a ouvert Bali le 14 octobre aux touristes vaccinés de 19 pays avec cinq jours de quarantaine, et Singapour accueillera sans quarantaine les vaccinés de huit pays, dont la France, à partir du 19 octobre. « C’est la compétition pour attirer les touristes, si on continue d’imposer une quarantaine, même sept jours, on ne pourra pas se mesurer aux autres pays », a déclaré le 12 octobre ministre du tourisme et des sports thaïlandais, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

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  • Coronavirus: Fiji to reopen for tourism | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3151754/coronavirus-sydney-nears-freedom-day-30-million-fully

    Coronavirus: Fiji to reopen for tourism Fiji will ease Covid-19 restrictions and announce its reopening for international travel after the country hit a vaccination milestone. Changes to the country’s virus restrictions would be announced on Sunday afternoon after 80 per cent of the adult population received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said. Last month officials said once the target was reached, Fiji would reopen travel for “green list” locations, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Singapore and parts of the United States.Visitors must be fully vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19 before departure under the previously announced plan. Once in Fiji, they would stay in designated zones where all contacts, from hospitality staff to tour operators, would be fully vaccinated.

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  • Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3151761/singapore-open-travel-corridors-us-uk-six-other-living-covid

    Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations In major easing of travel restrictions, Singapore will open travel corridors with the US, UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Denmark. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in televised speech predicts current record wave of cases will take up to six months to stabilise Singapore and eight Western nations including the United States and Britain will soon open quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated travellers, authorities said on Saturday, marking the country’s most extensive easing of travel restrictions since borders were shut last March. Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark will also open “vaccinated travel lanes” with the island nation. These lanes will begin operations starting October 19. The new travel corridors were unveiled as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised address that Singapore, a vaccine pacesetter, would press on with its “living with Covid-19” plan even amid a surge that has caused record daily caseloads and a spike in deaths.
    Lee said it would take Singapore “at least three months, and perhaps as long as six months” to get the relatively restriction-free state that much of Europe and the West was currently enjoying.The prime minister underscored that countries that prematurely lifted restrictions had “paid for it dearly, losing many lives along the way”. Still, he said the country could not “stay locked down and closed off indefinitely”, and acknowledged that business disruptions, job losses and the separation of families across borders had caused “psychological and emotional strain and mental fatigue”. Collectively, the 11 countries – among Singapore’s top 20 trading partners – make up about 10 per cent of Changi Airport’s pre-Covid annual passenger arrivals, Transport Minister S. Iswaran said.“While still a far cry from where we were pre-Covid, this is a significant step in the reopening of our borders, and crucial to reclaiming and rebuilding our status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity,” Iswaran added.
    Singapore’s coronavirus cases ‘could reach 10,000 a day’. In a further boost for travellers, countries involved in these corridors will require just two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – one upon arrival and another on departure. Under existing arrangements, vaccinated travel lane users in Singapore have to undergo four tests, including one the third day of their stay and another on the seventh day.
    Singapore-based economist Song Seng Wun told This Week in Asia the expected increase in visitor arrivals via the slew of new vaccinated travel lanes would likely have a material positive impact on the country’s gross domestic product, given its traditional dependence on “external demand for goods and services”.“A busier Changi Airport will mean a busier Merlion too,” the CIMB Private Banking economist said, referring to the iconic tourist attraction at the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay waterfront district.
    Shortly after the announcement, Singapore Airlines said it would begin operating designated flights to 14 cities that would serve travellers using the vaccinated travel lanes. Nuno Guerreiro, the regional director for the South Asia Pacific region for Booking.com, said the new lanes represented “a positive step forward towards the overall revival of travel”.Guerreiro said Booking.com’s own research showed “pent up demand for travel” in the country, with Singaporeans indicating they would not travel until they had been fully vaccinated.Before the pandemic, Singapore residents were among Asia’s most avid travellers, with many of them taking advantage of Changi Airport’s hub status and the burgeoning of budget airline routes to Southeast Asian destinations. The city state since the end of May said it wanted to transition to an endemic Covid – with a relatively low number of daily cases – as its vaccination rate soared.

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  • Singapore’s Chinese embassy urges nationals not to visit as singer JJ Lin distances himself from Fujian Covid-19 outbreak | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3148658/coronavirus-chinese-embassy-urges-nationals-not-travel

    Singapore’s Chinese embassy urges nationals not to visit as singer JJ Lin distances himself from Fujian Covid-19 outbreak The advisory came as Singapore sees a surge in Covid-19 cases, and as Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to meet PM Lee Hsien Loong Singer Lin Jun Jie responded to rumours on Weibo that he may have been responsible for the outbreak in China by geo-tagging himself in Singapore
    The Chinese embassy in Singapore has urged its citizens not to travel to the city state unless necessary amid a sharp rise in Covid-19
    cases there.In a statement on Monday, the embassy noted that Singapore
    had recorded more than 500 daily infections over the last four days, and numbers were expected to reach the thousands.“Dozens” of Chinese nationals in Singapore have caught the virus and sought help, including tourists and short-term visitors who had travelled for work or to visit their families, it said.Currently, mainlanders can enter Singapore without serving quarantine, but they have to take a test on arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result.“Considering the current situation in Singapore, the embassy reiterates that cross-border travel during a pandemic is dangerous,” it said, adding that those intending to visit the city state should “carefully” reconsider their plans. Singapore, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world with 81 per cent of its population fully inoculated, is battling a spike in cases. On Monday alone, there were 597 domestic infections, but the number of hospitalised cases and those in intensive care units remained relatively stable.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#chine#frontiere#circulation#tourisme#sante#vaccination#contamination

  • Coronavirus: Hong Kong pinning border hopes on vaccination, zero local infections, but Guangdong official says reopening unlikely before March | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3148059/coronavirus-hong-kong-pinning-border-hopes

    Coronavirus: Hong Kong pinning border hopes on vaccination, zero local infections, but Guangdong official says reopening unlikely before March

    A higher Covid-19 vaccination rate and a sustained zero-infection streak are among prerequisites for Hong Kong resuming quarantine-free travel with mainland China, according to experts and a pro-Beijing heavyweight, but an official across the border has said the status quo is unlikely to change before March.Local National People’s Congress Standing Committee delegate Tam Yiu-chung said on Wednesday he was optimistic that getting 5 million people vaccinated by the end of the month would be enough to convince the central and Guangdong governments to relax restrictions, even though authorities across the border have not set a concrete inoculation target for Hong Kong. “We have reflected to the mainland authorities that our coronavirus cases are all imported, and we have stringent testing measures, while our vaccination numbers have also picked up. There could be a possibility of resuming cross-border travel,” Tam said.
    Carrie Lam lobbies Beijing for border reopening, seeks medical expert dialogue 8 Sep 2021
    However, a Guangdong government source with knowledge of discussions between Hong Kong and the mainland poured cold water on that assessment, saying he believed that March or April would be a more realistic timeline for an arrangement to be reached, adding that the call was ultimately up to Beijing.“The mainland is just recovering from the previous round of outbreaks,” the source said. “With the politically sensitive October 1 National Day approaching and the Communist Party’s plenum in November, Beijing is hesitant to make the decision now as there is risk.”
    Professor Zhong Nanshan, one of China’s top respiratory disease experts, had said in June that quarantine-free travel could resume as early as July if Hong Kong and its neighbouring province continued to “interact and monitor” the situation.

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  • Coronavirus: Singapore eases curbs for migrant workers in dorms | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3148158/coronavirus-japan-extends-emergency-september-30-singapore

    Coronavirus: Singapore eases curbs for migrant workers in dorms Singapore’s manpower ministry on Thursday said it would begin easing measures for migrant workers living in dormitories, more than a year after imposing harsh movement restrictions that kept the labourers separated from the community.Under a pilot programme that begins on September 13, about 500 vaccinated workers from dormitories with a high inoculation rate and having had no Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks will be permitted to visit pre-identified locations for six hours each week.
    The first area under the scheme is Little India, a neighbourhood popular with Singapore’s Indian community.The workers are required to take an antigen rapid test before and three days after the visit, the ministry added.
    Separately, excursions to local attractions will resume and all other workers will also be allowed to visit recreation centres twice a week, up from once currently.Activists and migrant rights groups have long urged the government to loosen the strict measures imposed on the migrant workers.
    There are 323,000 low-wage workers in the city state who take on jobs shunned by Singaporeans in industries such as construction and estate maintenance. Most of them live in mega-dormitories or quarters at construction sites.After a large Covid-19 outbreak swept through the dormitories last year, the workers had most of their movement curbed. They were subjected to regular testing and ferried from dormitories to workplaces with minimal interaction with the outside world. Meanwhile, Singapore is shifting the focus of its daily reports to hospitalisation to turn attention to its medical capacity alongside plans to manage the virus as endemic, as the city state’s daily count of Covid-19 cases in the local community rose to the highest it’s ever been.At 81 per cent, Singapore has the highest vaccination rate in the world among countries of more than 1 million people. Yet daily cases – the vast majority of which are mild or asymptomatic – are on the rise.
    Migrant workers in Singapore fear job loss after coronavirus quarantine ends There’s signs that Singapore’s mass vaccination is holding down serious cases. While the overall number of daily local cases has doubled in the past week to 347, the number of serious infections requiring supplemental oxygen or intensive care is about the same as last week.
    Singapore is changing the way it reports the Covid-19 situation. The Ministry of Health is now leading its daily report with data on serious cases in a shift that focuses attention on its hospital capacity instead of the rising number of cases.The city state will no longer report the number of linked and unlinked cases “as this is no longer as relevant as before, given our current strategy of living with Covid-19”, the ministry said in a statement accompanying its daily update, which will also be cut to once instead of twice a day from Thursday.“We are now in a very different stage of our battle against Covid-19,” the health ministry said. The revamped reports will “reflect the salient issues” such as whether hospital capacity is getting overwhelmed, it said.While the daily report doesn’t list Singapore’s system-wide capacity, previous statements suggest the city state isn’t anywhere close to its limits. For example, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in July said as many as 1,000 ICU beds could be made available to Covid-19 patients if needed. Just six are in ICU now. At its peak, in April of 2020, there were as many as 32 people in ICU.

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  • Covid case cuts short Singapore ’cruise to nowhere’ - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/covid-case-cuts-short-singapore-cruise-to-nowhere

    Covid case cuts short Singapore ‘cruise to nowhere’
    The ship’s 1,646 passengers and 1,249 crew have been asked to remain in their cabins as the vessel is disinfected. An ocean liner on a “cruise to nowhere” was forced to make an earlier-than-scheduled return to Singapore Wednesday after a coronavirus case was detected on board, authorities said.The Dream Cruises ship’s 1,646 passengers and 1,249 crew members have been asked to remain in their cabins as the vessel is disinfected and contact tracing completed, the Singapore Tourism Board’s director for cruises said. “The passenger was identified as a close contact of a confirmed case on land, and was immediately isolated as part of onboard health protocols,” said Annie Chang.The 40-year-old passenger, who had tested negative before boarding, was taken to hospital for further tests and the health ministry later confirmed the passenger had the virus.
    Chang said that as part of onboard health protocols, the passenger’s three traveling companions were identified and isolated. All have tested negative for the virus.The cruises – starting and ending in Singapore, with no stops – were launched last year as part of the travel industry’s attempt to bounce back from a pandemic-induced crunch.They have proved popular among those seeking an escape from the tiny city-state, which has only had a mild outbreak but largely kept its borders closed.The ship, owned and operated by Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group, left Singapore on Sunday evening for the four-day cruise and returned to port several hours earlier than scheduled.Genting’s Dream Cruises said it canceled a voyage scheduled to depart later Wednesday, and that there had been no virus infections on any of its previous cruises.A Royal Caribbean “cruise to nowhere” was also cut short in December after an elderly man tested positive. However, that case proved to be a false alarm, with subsequent results coming back negative. The cruise industry worldwide is struggling to get back on its feet after voyages were halted at the start of the pandemic and several vessels were hit by outbreaks.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#singapour#croisiere#cascontact#economie#tourisme

  • Bye ‘jinxed’ travel bubble, hello ‘air travel corridor’ as Singapore, Hong Kong well placed to reconsider plan: minister | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3139492/bye-jinxed-travel-bubble-hello-air-travel-corridor

    Bye ‘jinxed’ travel bubble, hello ‘air travel corridor’ as Singapore, Hong Kong well placed to reconsider plan: Health minister Ong Ye Kung says the twice-postponed initiative will now go by a new name, with both economies ‘in a good position’ to look at it again. He adds that vaccinated Singaporeans may be able to undertake quarantine-free leisure travel to Europe and the US by the end of the year
    Vaccinated Singaporeansmay be able to undertake quarantine-free leisure travel to Europe and the United States by the end of the year, according to the island nation’s health minister Ong Ye Kung, who says Hong Kong and Singapore are now “in a good position” to reconsider their twice-postponed travel bubble.In a Thursday interview with The Straits Times, Ong said he shared the aspirations of residents who hoped to go on holiday by year-end to places where the Covid-19 pandemic
    was on a downtrend, though he added a caveat by saying “one thing I learned is that the situation changes every month”.The minister’s remarks follow comments last week from the government’s Covid-19 task force – which Ong co-chairs – that outlined a blueprint for the country to live with the coronavirus becoming endemic.
    Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: early July review set for quarantine-free scheme amid coronavirus pandemic
    11 Jun 2021 Restrictions put in place in May to deal with a surge in cases are currently being scaled back, with the cap on dining in at restaurants expected to be increased from two to five people on July 12. Ong did not specify when the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore would begin, but noted that “both of us are more or less in a good position now and both of us are vaccinating”. “I think this puts us in a good position to relook at some of what we had looked at before,” Ong said. The bubble was initially slated to launch last November before it was postponed due to a spike in cases in Hong Kong.Then, a May 26 start date was indefinitely pushed back when cases surged in Singapore, leading some frustrated citizens to quip that the plan was jinxed.The authorities appear to have taken notice of that sentiment. Ong said in the interview that the arrangement would be called an “‘air travel corridor’ from now as the word ‘bubble’ is a bit of a jinx, I think”.Asked by the bemused interviewer if that would expedite the arrangement’s start date, Ong replied: “We try, whatever works.”
    On countries to which vaccinated residents of Singapore could travel without restrictions, Ong said: “I think once [the] trajectory [of a place] is downwards, vaccinations going up, and you go below, say, [an infection rate of] three per 100,000, we should start looking at those countries seriously.”
    He named “most of” the European Union and the US as among the places that fit this criteria, though he noted that the number of Delta-variant cases in Britain were rising.The minister also touched on a commentary he and two other cabinet ministers – also co-chairs of the government’s Covid-19 task force – penned last week. The officials wrote that the authorities were drawing up a blueprint for Covid-19 becoming endemic in a plan that might include “multi-year” vaccine booster shots such as those given for the flu virus, a shift away from monitoring daily cases, and a return of mass gatherings such as the country’s annual National Day Parade.

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  • Taiwan factory forces migrant workers back into dormitories amid Covid outbreak | Taiwan | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/11/taiwan-factory-migrant-workers-dormitories-covid-outbreak
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    Taiwan factory forces migrant workers back into dormitories amid Covid outbreakManufacturer ASE defends imposing rules that do not apply to the broader community in Taiwan, drawing accusations of discrimination
    A major manufacturer in Taiwan is forcing some migrant workers out of private homes and back into shared accommodation at the height of the island’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the pandemic began, drawing accusations of discrimination and double standards.ASE, a semiconductor manufacturer, told its workers in the Taoyuan district of Chungli, about 50km (30 miles) from capital Taipei, that those who live independently in private rentals, must “move back to their dormitories immediately”, or be given “a major demerit”. Three such demerits are punishable by dismissal, the notice says.It stipulates residents will be banned from leaving the dorms except to go straight to and from work. Those who are late face being locked out and penalised. The workers cannot do their own shopping or have visitors.Such restrictions do not apply to the broader Taiwanese community. The island is currently under a level 3 alert, which allows gatherings and freedom of movement.Taiwan has recorded more than 12,000 local cases and 360 deaths since mid April. Hundreds of cases have been detected at four factories in Miaoli county, mostly among migrant workers and linked to crowded dormitory conditions.
    Central government orders require that the number of people per room in migrant worker accommodation be significantly reduced to cut the threat of infection among residents but offer no further detail, such as a maximum number per room.Footage seen by the Guardian purported to be of one of the ASE workers’ dorm rooms show rows of bunk beds on each side of the narrow room, with sheets hung around the edges to give occupants some privacy. Residents said they share bathroom facilities, sometimes with workers on different shifts or workers from other companies. Many migrant workers opt to live in private homes in which one or two people share a room.When asked about accusations it was discriminating against its migrant workers, she said: “ASE will do our best to follow the regulation. We are working under a lot of pressure and policies which may sound draconian and unfair but we appeal to our colleagues to abide by the regulations until the case numbers have come down. We appeal to their understanding. The rules are tight for a reason.”She said the company was not in breach of any rules, and was pulling people back to dorms “to protect them from further exposure outside, as well as to prevent cross-infections”. She said the company was also arranging other accommodation, including nearby university hostel rooms, aiming to have a maximum of four people per room.Similar restrictions on dorm-living migrant workers have been ordered by the Miaoli county government, prompting the health and welfare minister, Chen Chih-shung, to “remind” local authorities they can only implement measures in line with level 3 restrictions, which permit freedom of movement.
    The Guardian spoke to dozens of workers who fear that speaking out could see them fired or sent home. They stressed they had no issue with the job or the pandemic safety measures on the factory floor but they believed the accommodation order put them all in far greater danger than if they stayed in their own homes and practised social distancing. (...)
    The spokeswoman for ASE said the company had also increased cleaning and disinfection of the dorms, implemented social distancing measures, and was providing in-house counselling for distressed employees and financial incentives to not break rules “as a gesture of support”. Taiwan’s migrant worker population is considered vulnerable and unlikely to speak up against employers, according to rights groups, who also note weak labour laws in Taiwan.The situation is drawing comparisons to Singapore in early 2020, when officials were accused of overlooking migrant dormitories as part of their otherwise lauded pandemic response, leading to massive outbreaks among workers. “We know from Singapore’s situation that migrant workers who are confined to their dorms and not allowed to leave also face psychological adjustment issues, and some of them were known to have taken their lives in Singapore,” said Roy Ngerg, a Taipei-based writer covering human rights and labor issues. He said Taiwan had ample warning of the dangers. Lennon Ying-dah Wong, director of migrant worker policies at Taoyuan labor organisation Serve the People Association, said the decision to send workers back to dorms was “very questionable”. “The Covid-19 virus won’t be controlled merely by locking the migrant workers inside the factory.” Wong said.“It’s totally unfair and unjustifiable to continue this double standard for migrant and Taiwanese workers in the factory.”The ASEspokeswoman said the company was working closely with government to protect all employees “regardless of nationalities”.
    “We have already strengthened precautionary measures to ensure their safety and are following strict directives from the Taiwan health and labor ministry,” she said.“ASE is committed to international standards … that governs employee welfare and safeguards their rights. Our customers conduct audits at our sites on a regular basis, and we have always been transparent with our policies and conduct.”

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#taiwan#singapour#sante#discrimination#vulnerabilite#travailleurmigrant#dortoir#santepublique

  • Swiss Life va payer 77 millions pour régler un litige aux Etats-Unis

    L’assureur-vie Swiss Life a conclu un accord avec les autorités américaines dans le cadre d’une affaire d’aide à l’évasion fiscale et va payer 77,3 millions de dollars au Trésor américain pour clore ce dossier.

    La justice américaine a estimé que plusieurs filiales de Swiss Life s’étaient rendu coupables d’avoir aidé des contribuables outre-Atlantique à dissimuler plus de 1,5 milliard de dollars (1,4 milliard de francs) d’assurances-vie au fisc des Etats-Unis (Internal Revenue Service, IRS), selon un communiqué publié vendredi. Les faits reprochés remontent à la période de 2005 à 2014.

    Quelque 1600 manteaux d’assurance ("wrapper") sont également concernés. Il s’agit de produits d’assurance par lesquels un assureur détient un dépôt auprès d’une banque dans le but de conserver les valeurs mobilières d’un client dans le cadre d’un contrat d’assurance-vie.

    Les entités concernées sont Swiss Life Holding AG, Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG, Swiss Life (Singapore) Pte Ltd et Swiss Life (Luxembourg).

    Une « opportunité »
    « Comme ils l’ont admis, Swiss Life et ses filiales ont cherché et proposé leurs services aux contribuables américains pour les aider à échapper au fisc des Etats-Unis », a précisé Audrey Strauss, procureure du district sud de New York.

    Selon cette dernière, l’assureur a perçu les efforts de lutte contre l’évasion fiscale comme une « opportunité » pour se présenter comme une « alternative aux banques suisses », elles-mêmes dans le collimateur de la justice américaine. Les établissements helvétiques ont payé ces dernières années de lourdes amendes pour solder les dossiers d’aide à l’évasion fiscale.

    Le procureur adjoint Stuart Goldberg a souligné que le groupe zurichois « est tenu pénalement responsable pour avoir créé et vendu des produits d’assurance spécialement destinés aux fraudeurs fiscaux américains cherchant de nouvelles opportunités pour cacher leurs actifs offshore ».

    Swiss Life va coopérer
    Outre l’amende, Swiss Life s’est engagé à coopérer avec les autorités américaines pour identifier les fraudeurs.

    Les juges américains ont néanmoins pris en compte que Swiss Life avait coopéré avec les autorités en fournissant notamment des données de sa clientèle et en menant une « solide enquête interne ».

    Swiss Life a précisé dans un communiqué que l’accord avec le Département de la justice américain (DOJ) prenait la forme d’un « Deferred Prosecution Agreement » (DPA), un accord de poursuites différées, sur trois ans. Dans le cadre d’un tel accord, l’accusé accepte de remplir les conditions exigées par l’accusation. Cette dernière abandonne les poursuites, si l’accusé s’est plié aux demandes au terme de la période donnée. Si par contre l’accusé contrevient aux dispositions, l’accusation relance les poursuites judiciaires.

    Source : https://www.rts.ch/info/economie/12199105-swiss-life-va-payer-77-millions-pour-regler-un-litige-aux-etatsunis.htm

    #optimisation_fiscale #domination_finaciére #Suisse #luxembourg #Liechtenstein #Singapour #usa #paradis_fiscaux #paradis_fiscal #évasion_fiscale #économie #fiscalité #economie #Swiss_Life #assurance_vie #offshore

  • Coronavirus: Singapore’s migrant workers remain segregated, weeks after new cases among them dropped to near zero | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3130225/coronavirus-singapores-migrant-workers-remain-segregated

    Coronavirus: Singapore’s migrant workers remain segregated, weeks after new cases among them dropped to near zero. Most workers remain confined to their dormitories, only able to mix with the wider community on ‘essential errands’ after requesting permission. The government is concerned that, until vaccination is widespread, dormitories remain potential sites for a fresh outbreak

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#sante#travailleurmigrant#segregation#dortoir#vaccination#etranger

  • Experts in Singapore wary of rise in mutant coronavirus strains amid plans to relaunch Hong Kong travel bubble | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3130159/experts-singapore-wary-rise-mutant-coronavirus-strains

    Experts in Singapore wary of rise in mutant coronavirus strains amid plans to relaunch Hong Kong travel bubble. Health care experts say the trend should be closely watched as the island nation continues to open its borders. They also say the detection of two new local infection clusters in the past week is a sign residents should not let their guard down
    Singaporeis facing an uptick in Covid-19 cases amid reports of a rising number of mutant strains circulating overseas, with health care experts saying this trend should be closely watched as the city state seeks to launch a quarantine-free travel bubble with Hong Kong.
    Health authorities on Monday afternoon reported 20 new infections, 19 of which were imported. Of the island nation’s 170 imported cases
    in the past week, 63 came from India, which is battling a deadly new wave of cases stemming from a new and possibly more virulent variant of the disease.While Singapore has largely brought the virus under control, in recent months it has reported between 10 and 40 imported cases a day as foreigners with work passes and student passes return to the country, along with those on dependent passes.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#hongkong#inde#sante#bulledevoyage#variant#circulation#frontiere

  • #Asie
    La base américaine d’Okinawa, épine dans le pied du premier ministre japonais, par Gavan McCormack (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/09/MCCORMACK/53686
    La présence militaire américaine au Japon, par Cécile Marin (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/cartes/japon-presencemilUS


    Fin du pacifisme au Japon, par Katsumata Makoto (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/09/MAKOTO/53687

    Navire chinois aux Diaoyu/Senkaku, discours à la nation en Thaïlande et abaissement de la majorité pénale en Inde - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2015/12/23/navire-chinois-aux-diaoyusenkaku-discours-a-la-nation-en-thailande-et-abai
    #Japon #Relations_Internationales_Asie_Japon #Etats_Unis #Relations_Internationales_Etats_Unis

    La Banque du #Japon adopte des taux négatifs dans l’espoir de revigorer l’économie. Par Vittorio De Filippis - Libération
    http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2016/01/29/la-banque-du-japon-adopte-des-taux-negatifs-dans-l-espoir-de-revigorer-l-
    #BoJ #Japon #Monnaie #Politique_monétaire

    Bientôt des robots au chevet des patients japonais, par Arthur Fouchère (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/08/FOUCHERE/56093
    #Sciences #Santé

    Le gouvernement japonais demande aux universités de ne plus enseigner les sciences humaines | Slate.fr
    http://www.slate.fr/story/106865/japon-sciences-humaines

    "Cette décision correspond au plan de croissance du Premier ministre Shinzo Abe, selon lequel le rôle des universités est de « produire des ressources humaines qui correspondent aux besoins de la société »."

    "Dans un éditorial pour le Japan Times, le président de Shiga University, Takamitsu Sawa, se plaignait qu’un membre du ministère de l’Éducation avait suggéré qu’en dehors de huit universités d’élite, les étudiants devraient apprendre à utiliser des logiciels de comptabilité plutôt que les textes de l’économiste Paul Samuelson, et la traduction anglais-japonais plutôt que Shakespeare."

    –-La #Birmanie en liberté surveillée, par Renaud Egreteau (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/12/EGRETEAU/54358
    Nature et cultures birmanes, par Agnès Stienne (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/cartes/Birmanie-ethnies


    #Asie_Birmanie #Asie_Myanmar #Asie

    Total mis en cause pour le financement de la junte birmane
    https://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/energie-environnement/total-en-birmanie-le-groupe-francais-financerait-la-junte-via-des-comptes-o
    Birmanie : vers des sanctions énergiques contre les généraux ?
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2021/05/03/birmanie-vers-sanctions-energiques-contre-generaux
    #Multinationales #Energies_Tubes

    #Vietnam : la mondialisation contre la géographie - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2015/12/15/vietnam-la-mondialisation-contre-la-geographie

    "Le Vietnam et Singapour sont les seuls pays de l’ASEAN à avoir adhéré au Partenariat transpacifique, le fameux TPP lancé par les Américains, et à avoir signé un traité de libre-échange avec l’Union européenne. La position de Singapour n’étonne pas, celle du Vietnam surprend. Qu’est ce qui la motive ?"❞
    #Asie_Vietnam #Asie_Singapour #ASEAN #TPP #Géographie #Commerce #Traités_commerciaux #Asie #Asie_du_sud_est

    Mer de Chine méridionale. Un drone vietnamien pour surveiller les zones contestées | Courrier international
    http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/mer-de-chine-meridionale-un-drone-vietnamien-pour-surveiller-
    #Hydrocarbures

    Le #Vietnam se rêve en atelier de la planète, par Martine Bulard (Le Monde diplomatique, février 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/02/BULARD/57125

    #TPP #Traités_commerciaux_TPP #Libre_Echange

    "Certes, depuis le lancement de la politique dite « du renouveau » (doi moi), en 1986, des entreprises sont sorties du lot"

    "Pour lui, « l’économie mondiale marche par vagues de délocalisations. Celles-ci sont parties de l’Europe pour aller vers le Japon et la Corée du Sud, puis elles sont passées en Chine. Avec l’augmentation des salaires chinois, elles arrivent désormais au Vietnam, au Bangladesh, en Birmanie. C’est la loi naturelle, l’objectif des entreprises étant de faire du profit. Ce sont des cycles de dix ou quinze ans » — ce qui devrait « nous donner du temps pour qualifier les travailleurs et améliorer les performances », dit-il. On croirait entendre M. Pascal Lamy"

    "Le chef du gouvernement mise aussi sur l’accord signé avec l’Union européenne et ratifié — sans grand débat — par le Parlement français en juin 2016."

    "cette stratégie a un prix : la dépendance"

    "Les autorités vietnamiennes tablent sur le dogme périlleux qui a fait la puissance de Singapour, de Taïwan ou de la Chine : le faible coût de la main-d’œuvre. À une différence près, note M. Erwin Schweisshelm, directeur de la Fondation Friedrich Ebert au Vietnam : « Ces pays ont quand même protégé leurs marchés et imposé des régulations. Aujourd’hui encore, il est impossible de détenir une compagnie chinoise à 100 %, et certains investissements doivent comporter des transferts de technologie. Le Vietnam, lui, est ouvert à tous les vents."

    #Singapour, #Malaisie, #Indonésie : triangle de croissance ou triangle des inégalités ?, par Philippe Revelli (Le Monde diplomatique, juillet 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/07/REVELLI/55958

    L’Indonésie, "pays musulman" ? Par Anda Djoehana Wiradikarta - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2015/06/05/indonesie-un-pays-musulman

    Indonésie 1965, mémoire de l’impunité, par Lena Bjurström (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/12/BJURSTROM/54359

    ÉCONOMIE. L’Indonésie près de la case Bric | Courrier international
    http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/2013/01/03/l-indonesie-pres-de-la-case-bric

    -"l’Indonésie ait été désignée pour présider les négociations dans le cadre du Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

    Ce partenariat comprend les pays membres de l’Asean plus la Chine, le Japon, la Corée du Sud, l’Inde, l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande, d’où son nom d’Asean + 6. Ce groupe est appelé à jouer un rôle très important dans l’économie mondiale puisqu’il représente 28 % du PNB mondial et rassemble la moitié des 6,9 milliards d’habitants de notre planète. Cette mission confiée à l’Indonésie revêt donc une valeur éminemment stratégique.Reste à savoir si les prévisions de McKinsey et de l’OCDE vont se réaliser. On peut tirer des enseignements de ce qui est arrivé au Brésil, à la Russie, à l’Inde et à la Chine, un groupe connu sous le nom de Bric. En 2001, la banque Goldman Sachs, qui a créé cet acronyme, prédisait qu’ils allaient devenir les superpuissances du monde. Or les voilà confrontés aujourd’hui à une inflation très élevée parce qu’ils n’étaient pas préparés à une croissance aussi rapide." ;
    –"Les manifestations ouvrières, de plus en plus massives, devraient également attirer notre attention. Il ne faudrait pas qu’elles dérapent et sapent la confiance des investisseurs." ;
    –" Les incitations fiscales destinées aux industries stratégiques ne touchent en fait qu’une toute petite partie des entreprises, parce qu’elles ne sont accordées qu’à celles dont le chiffre d’affaires dépasse l’équivalent de 80 millions d’euros et qui emploient plus de 500 personnes.

    Une étude de l’OCDE de septembre 2012 montre pourtant que le tissu industriel indonésien est constitué à 99 % de moyennes, petites et microentreprises. Enfin, faute d’infrastructures adéquates, le développement rapide des investissements ne pourra que provoquer une surchauffe, entraînant à son tour une déstabilisation de l’économie. "

    #Indonésie #ASEAN

    #Corée-du-sud

    Virage autoritaire à Séoul, par Sung Ilkwon (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/01/ILKWON/54458

    -"« Comment la présidente peut-elle parler de “réunion violente et illégale” alors qu’autant de monde manifestait pacifiquement ? Comment peut-elle comparer les manifestants portant un masque à des membres de l’organisation terroriste Daech ? »" ;
    –"A entendre le président du Saenuri, M. Kim Moosung, la responsabilité en incomberait… aux syndicats : « Sans la KCTU, le pays serait beaucoup plus riche. Le produit intérieur brut [PIB] par personne dépasserait les 30 000 dollars »" ;
    –"Par ailleurs, le gouvernement veut privatiser certains services hospitaliers, dans l’objectif de les rendre profitables." ;
    –" la décision de Mme Park d’imposer un seul manuel d’histoire, dont le contenu serait déterminé par une commission qu’elle désignerait elle-même. Il s’agit, dit-elle, « de donner une vision correcte de l’histoire et de rectifier les versions déformées et gauchisantes qui essaient de glorifier la Corée du Nord en discréditant les réalisations capitalistes du Sud (3) »."

    #Corée_du_Sud

    « Révolution des bougies » à Séoul, par Sung Il-kwon (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/01/IL_KWON/57002
    #Asie #Asie_Corée_du_Sud #Relations_Internationales #Multinationales #Ploutocratie

    "« Ces chaebol qui se sont montrés impitoyables envers leurs salariés et les petites entreprises, mais généreux à l’égard de Choi Soon-sil et de sa fille, méritent des sanctions. »"

    "Les Sud-Coréens estiment également qu’elle et sa majorité n’ont rien fait contre l’évasion fiscale pratiquée à grande échelle par les dirigeants des chaebol et qu’ils ont fermé les yeux sur leur financement occulte des partis et des journaux."

    #Documentaires
    Un oeil sur la planète - Corée : la puissance cachée - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJwCMLJmh8Y

    #États-Unis / #Corée_du_Nord : Il n’y a pas de solution militaire. PASCAL BONIFACE·LUNDI 4 SEPTEMBRE 2017
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/pascal-boniface/%C3%A9tats-unis-cor%C3%A9e-du-nord-il-ny-a-pas-de-solution-militaire/10155711423904100

    #Chine #Relations_Internationales
    Secrets chinois dévoilés, présidence birmane nommée en mars et meurtre raciste en Inde - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2016/02/04/secrets-chinois-devoiles-presidence-birmane-nommee-en-mars-et-meurtre-raci

    "-Au moment de son arrestation et de sa mise en examen, son petit frère aurait alors fuit aux Etats-Unis avec en sa possession plus de 2 700 documents internes sensibles. Ces documents représenteraient « les informations les plus précieuses jamais obtenues par un transfuge chinois depuis ces trente dernières années »." ;
    –"Corée du Sud : Séoul promet de détruire le missile nord-coréen" ;
    #TPP : "Le Partenariat transpacifique signé à Auckland, la Chine prend acte" ; #Traités_commerciaux
    –"Dans le même temps, Pékin est en train de mettre sur pied sa propre Zone de Libre-Echange de l’Asie-Pacifique (FTAAP). Sans les Américains, bien sûr." ;
    –"#Thaïlande : la junte accentue sa pression sur les médias étrangers"

    L’#Australie séduite par la Chine, par Olivier Zajec (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2015) #Océanie
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/01/ZAJEC/51931

    Le président chinois le plus puissant depuis Mao Zedong, par Emilie Frenkiel (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/10/FRENKIEL/53964

    Ce que cachent les soubresauts financiers de la Chine, par Michel Aglietta (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/10/AGLIETTA/53963

    #Taïwan en quête de souveraineté économique, par Tanguy Lepesant (Le Monde diplomatique, mai 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/05/LEPESANT/55448
    L’#Amérique_centrale lâche Taipei, par Guillaume Beaulande (Le Monde diplomatique, mai 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/05/BEAULANDE/55450
    Taïwan, pièce manquante du « rêve chinois ». par Tanguy Lepesant
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/10/LEPESANT/63636

    #OMC #UE
    Chine : l’épineuse question du statut d’économie de marché. Par Elodie Le Gal - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2016/05/10/chine-l-epineuse-question-du-statut-d-economie-de-marche

    « Nous en parlons peu mais cela pourrait devenir le sujet chaud de la fin de l’année. L’Organisation Mondiale du Commerce (OMC) va devoir traiter la demande de la Chine. Lors de son adhésion à l’OMC en 2001, figurait une clause à l’accord qui précisait que d’ici 2016, le pays pourrait obtenir le statut d’économie de marché. Des réformes du système économique chinois étaient donc attendues. L’heure a sonné, et le pays réclame ce changement. Quels sont les enjeux derrière cette évolution ? »

    « Un refus d’accorder le fameux Graal impliquerait obligatoirement des représailles de la part de l’Empire du Milieu. Celles-ci concerneraient sa participation au plan de financement, mais toucheraient également les exportations vers la Chine et les entreprises européennes installées dans le pays. Certains observateurs parlent même de guerre économique ! Ce qui n’est toutefois pas prêt d’arriver, la Chine étant encore dépendante de la demande extérieure et des investissements étrangers dans certains domaines (luxe, biens de consommations, agroalimentaires, nouvelles technologies…).

    D’un autre côté, une acceptation privilégierait surtout les grands groupes européens qui renforceraient leurs liens commerciaux avec la Chine, dont les débouchés sont incontournables. Les petits industriels seraient les grands perdants, même si le pays a promis de diminuer ses exportations d’acier. »

    « l’Agence Chine Nouvelle insiste sur le fait que l’octroi de ce statut permettrait de renforcer les relations sino-européennes, et que le développement technologique de la Chine ouvrirait de nombreux débouchés aux industries européennes. L’accent est mis sur cette transformation de l’économie, non plus basée sur les exportations mais sur la demande intérieure et les services. L’Europe n’a donc pas à s’inquiéter ! »

    Comment l’État chinois a su exploiter la #Mondialisation, par Philip S. Golub (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2017)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/12/GOLUB/58218

    Chine : l’élite ouïghoure décapitée au Xinjiang Par Sylvie Lasserre-Yousafzai - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2018/10/19/chine-elite-ouighoure-decapitee-xinjiang

    #Relations_Internationales_Asie #Asie_Relations_Internationales :

    Communauté de l’ASEAN : quel modèle d’intégration pour l’Asie du Sud-Est ? Par Alexandre Gandil - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2015/12/24/communaute-de-l-asean-quel-modele-d-integration-pour-l-asie-du-sud-est


    #ASEAN #Asie_du_sud_est

    Perceptions et réalités de l’autoritarisme dans le Sud-Est asiatique, par Éric Frécon (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/10/FRECON/56409
    Sud-Est asiatique : repères (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/10/A/56408

    Crise dans les Paracels, tension entre la junte et les moines en Thaïlande et roupie indienne au plus bas. - Asialyst
    https://asialyst.com/fr/2016/02/17/crise-dans-les-paracels-tension-entre-la-junte-et-les-moines-en-thailande-

    #Documentaires Mer de Chine, la guerre des archipels | ARTE
    http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/054777-000-A/mer-de-chine-la-guerre-des-archipels
    Mer de Chine, la guerre des archipels ARTE - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sGNZDrPMbY

    #Philippines
    Quand Manille manœuvre, par François-Xavier Bonnet (Le Monde diplomatique, mai 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/05/BONNET/57476

  • Covid-19 : l’Australie veut établir une « bulle de voyage » avec Singapour
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/03/14/covid-19-l-australie-veut-etablir-une-bulle-de-voyage-avec-singapour_6073066

    Covid-19 : l’Australie veut établir une « bulle de voyage » avec Singapour
    Le tourisme international, qui représentait 30 milliards d’euros par an pour l’économie australienne, a été réduit à néant par la crise sanitaire.
    L’Australie « travaille avec Singapour » à l’établissement d’une « bulle de voyage » entre les deux pays pour le mois de juillet, afin de relancer le secteur du tourisme, anéanti par l’épidémie de Covid-19. Le vice-premier ministre australien, Michael McCormack, a annoncé ce plan dimanche 14 mars à la télévision publique ABC : « Au fur et à mesure que le vaccin sera déployé, non seulement en Australie mais dans d’autres pays, nous rouvrirons davantage de bulles », a-t-il assuré.L’Australie avait fermé ses frontières dès le début de la pandémie afin d’empêcher toute flambée épidémique sur son territoire. Les personnes ne détenant pas la citoyenneté australienne ne pouvaient entrer dans le pays, sauf exception.
    L’accord devrait permettre aux Australiens et aux Singapouriens qui ont été vaccinés contre le Covid-19 de voyager entre les deux pays sans avoir à observer de quarantaine, selon The Sydney Morning Herald. Canberra espère que des visiteurs de pays tiers, voyageant pour les études ou les affaires, et des citoyens rentrant au pays puissent passer leurs deux semaines de quarantaine à Singapour avant de s’envoler vers l’Australie.
    De son côté, Singapour, qui a déjà ouvert sa frontière à quelques pays qui ont maîtrisé l’épidémie, y compris l’Australie, a confirmé être en « pourparlers avec l’Australie » à ce sujet ; la cité-Etat a tenu à préciser qu’elle n’était « pas en discussion [pour devenir] un centre de quarantaine ou un centre de vaccination ».L’Australie a déjà mis en place une « bulle de voyage » à sens unique avec la Nouvelle-Zélande, permettant aux Néo-Zélandais de se rendre en Australie sans quarantaine, même si ce programme a été suspendu à plusieurs reprises lors des résurgences épidémiques. Avant la pandémie, le tourisme international représentait environ 45 milliards de dollars australiens (30 milliards d’euros) par an pour l’économie australienne.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#australie#nouvellezelande#singapour#bullevoyage#sante#quarantaine#vaccination#tourisme#economie#frontiere#passeportvaccinal

  • Coronavirus: Hongkongers stranded overseas fear travellers from Britain who returned via Dubai and tested positive for Covid-19 could make getting home harder | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3118744/coronavirus-hongkongers-stranded-overseas-fear

    Hundreds of Hongkongers stranded overseas by a ban on travel from Britain fear they may face further difficulties returning home after three of their number, who flew to Hong Kong via Dubai and Singapore, tested positive for Covid-19.Many had already travelled to Dubai weeks ago, after the government said the only way they would be able to return was by spending three weeks in a destination outside Britain.The United Arab Emirates is one of the few places still allowing arrivals from there that also offers transit routes to Hong Kong, and had been considered the best available option, at least before Thursday’s news raised the spectre of further disruptions and uncertainty.One female Hong Kong resident, who flew to Dubai with her family 10 days ago said there was “a high level of anxiety for everyone right now”.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#sante#retour#test#dubai#singapour#grandebretagne#anxiete#peur

  • Migrants in the crossfire of Thai Covid blame game - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2021/01/migrants-in-the-crossfire-of-thai-covid-blame-game

    Market vendors refuse to let them buy food. Some banks won’t allow them to enter their premises. Hotels and guest houses double-check that non-Thai speaking Asians who seek to check-in are not from neighboring Myanmar.It all began on December 17 when a 67-year-old Thai working in a shrimp market in Mahachai in Samut Sakhon province southwest of Bangkok tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.Tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have worked for years in the market and nearby seafood-processing plants, often doing thankless jobs that most Thais are unwilling to do.It’s become clear by now that Covid-19 spread quickly through Mahachai’s cramped and congested living quarters, similar to the ghetto-like dwellings and dormitories where the disease has thrived among migrants in Singapore and Malaysia.
    As such, Myanmar migrants are now being blamed for what is being widely described as Thailand’s second viral wave, which is now creeping across the kingdom after months of reporting no community spread.
    From a stable low of just over 4,000 cases and 60 deaths until mid-December, Thailand had 10,547 cases and 67 deaths as of January 11, according to the Thailand Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, a state body managing the pandemic.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#thailande#singapour#myanmar#malaisie#dortoir#marche#economie#travailleurmigrant

  • Singapore’s police now have access to contact tracing data | MIT Technology Review
    https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/05/1015734/singapore-contact-tracing-police-data-covid/?truid=a497ecb44646822921c70e7e051f7f1a

    Contact tracing apps and systems around the world have faced longstanding questions about privacy and trust.
    by

    Mia Sato archive page

    January 5, 2021
    In Singapore, people standing in a long line, holding smartphones and wearing face masks.
    Singapore Press via AP Images

    The news: Police will be able to access data collected by Singapore’s covid-19 contact tracing system for use in criminal investigations, a senior official said on Monday. The announcement contradicts the privacy policy originally outlined when the government launched its TraceTogether app in March 2020, and is being criticized as a backpedal just after participation in contact tracing was made mandatory.

    Officials said that while policy had stated that data would “only be used solely for the purpose of contact tracing of persons possibly exposed to covid-19”, the legal reality in Singapore is that police can access any data for criminal investigations—and that contact tracing data was no different. Its privacy policy was changed on January 4, 2021 to clarify “how the Criminal Procedure Code applies to all data under Singapore’s jurisdiction.”

    Early mover: TraceTogether is accessed via a smartphone app or a small wearable device, and is used by nearly 80% of Singapore’s 5.7 million residents. It was the first of the major Bluetooth contact tracing apps unveiled in the spring of 2020, and its data is more centralized than the Apple-Google system used in many other places around the world. Singapore ruled out using the Apple-Google system itself because officials there said they wanted more detailed infection information). Participation in contact tracing was once voluntary, but the government rolled that back late last year and there are now mandatory check-ins at most places where people work, shop, and gather.

    The country’s approach to the pandemic has been forceful in many ways, not just when it comes to contact tracing technology. For example, people caught without a mask in public face large fines.
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    Why it matters: Our Covid Tracing Tracker notes the privacy policies for dozens of apps around the world that notify users of potential exposure to covid-19. Although Singapore’s general attitudes about data privacy may not mirror what’s happening elsewhere, contact tracing apps around the world have raised questions of user privacy since the first were launched last year. The news from Singapore hits on activists’ and ethicists’ concerns about data misuse, and groups like Human Rights Watch have outlined how surveillance could further hurt already marginalized communities.

    In a recent essay in the journal Science, bioethicists Alessandro Blasimme and Effy Vayena from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, said that the “piecemeal creation of public trust” was an important missing ingredient if we want more people to use these apps.

    Data is still important: This isn’t the first time the use of contact tracing data has intersected with law enforcement. Last July, German restaurants, bars and patrons raised objections when it was reported that police used information collected in contact tracing efforts to track down witnesses in investigations. And in late December 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that prohibits law enforcement and immigration authorities from accessing contact tracing data. Groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation and New York Immigration Coalition applauded the move.

    #Covid #Data_trackers #Surveillance #Singapour

  • ’Glamping’ at Singapore airport offers in-tents retail therapy | Singapore | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/glamping-at-singapore-airport-offers-in-tents-retail-therapy-covid
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/59bcaa24f35621b1a2a09fffc43e395bf38830a6/0_232_3500_2101/master/3500.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    The travel industry, hit by the pandemic, has searched for new ways to attract customers. Airlines and agents have sold takeaway in-flight meals to would-be travellers, opened flight simulators to the public and run speed dating events.Voyages to nowhere, where flights and cruises start and end in the same place, have also been launched, though with mixed success. Earlier this month once such cruise from Singapore ended abruptly and 1,700 guests had to isolate after a passenger tested positive for Covid-19. The government later said the result had been a false alarm and that three subsequent tests on land had come back negative.
    In September, Singapore Airlines stopped running flights to nowhere after the trips were criticised by environmental groups. Instead it said it would offer people the chance to eat on board a grounded Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.Several other airlines, however, including Taiwan’s EVA Air, have continued to run such sightseeing trips for people who miss the experience of flying. Singapore this week banned travellers from the UK transiting through its airport in response to a new variant of coronavirus which has spread in England.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#taiwan#sante#deplacementaerien#test

  • UK ferry passengers disembark in Calais after France eases travel ban | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/uk-ferry-passengers-disembark-in-calais-after-france-eases-travel-ban
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ce7620e3804b518e0dbca1c0f9bb845b6b358dfe/0_284_4448_2670/master/4448.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    The BBC reported that soldiers had joined NHS Test and Trace staff in Kent to carry out rapid tests on stranded lorry drivers. Only those with a negative test are allowed to travel under the new rules.The resumption of travel services to France came as the key transit country of Singapore barred UK arrivals, including if they were in transit, from Wednesday night, following a similar move by Hong Kong. Singapore’s ministry of health said passengers who had been in the UK in the last 14 days would not be allowed entry from 11.59pm until further notice, a move that will affect travellers using it as a stopping off point on the way to countries such as Australia.
    Returning citizens and permanent residents would need to take a Covid test, it said.With regard to the resumption of UK-French travel, the British Department for Transport said on Tuesday night that rail, air and sea services would resume from Wednesday, with all people required to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours. The UK transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the deal “will see the French border reopen to those travelling for urgent reasons, provided they have a certified negative Covid test”. However, he urged lorry drivers not to head towards Channel ports hoping to be able to board ferries or trains. The French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebarri also confirmed that air travel, ferries and Eurostar trains would “resume service as of tomorrow morning”.
    “French nationals, people living in France and those with a legitimate reason will have to be carrying a negative test,” he said.Thousands of lorries have been stranded in southern England, unable to make the crossing to France. As night fell on Tuesday, drivers of some 800 trucks parked at a nearby disused airport sounded their horns for more than half an hour in protest.
    The measures imposed on hauliers have caused concern over shortages of some fresh food products over a Christmas period already marred by strict coronavirus restrictions.The ban on freight and passengers was imposed by Paris on Sunday evening in an attempt to contain a newly discovered Covid-19 variant thought to have a growth rate up to 70% higher than previous types. France and more than 40 other countries had closed their borders to travellers from the UK since.On Tuesday scientists said thousands of cases of the more infectious variant had been detected across the UK, who said it had clearly spread beyond areas under the most severe tier 4 restrictions.Reports suggested ministers would meet on Wednesday to decide whether more parts of the country would be put under the toughest restrictions amid fears over the spread of a new mutant strain of coronavirus.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#france#angleterre#sante#test#contamination#frontiere#UE#australie#singapour

  • Hong Kong parents who travelled to Britain to see their kids ‘marooned’ by sudden flight ban | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/3115003/hong-kong-parents-who-travelled-britain-see-their-kids-marooned

    For some parents of Hong Kong children studying overseas – most of whom have not seen their kids for months due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions – the festive season seemed like a good opportunity for a family reunion. But for the parents who managed to travel to Britain to make good on that opportunity, the season’s cheer has curdled into worry, as they now find themselves stranded after the government banned all passenger flights from there following the discovery of an especially transmissible strain of coronavirus sweeping London and the country’s southeast.Shirley Wong, a 45-year-old medical professional who works in a private hospital, arrived in Oxford on December 17 to visit her 17-year-old daughter, who studies in a boarding school.She promised her colleagues she would be back by January after completing her quarantine, as the hospital was short on manpower, and she was even prepared to cut short her trip if the pandemic situation worsened.But the sudden flight ban was “completely shocking” to her, leaving her no time for even last-minute preparations. Now stuck in limbo, she said she felt guilty that she cannot return on time.“I’ve told my bosses about the situation, but we are all feeling helpless. As a professional, I feel guilty, and I want to go back to help my patients and colleagues,” she said.
    Wong said she had tried asking many parties for help, including contacting the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to see if charter flights could be arranged for stranded residents who needed to return for work, but nothing could be done.“I don’t mind paying extra for quarantine hotels, or even being isolated for 28 days,” she said. “Please, just allow me to come back.”
    Some parents have also reached out to education consultancies for assistance, according to Samuel Chan Sze-ming, founder of the Hong Kong-based Britannia StudyLink.“These parents are anxious and nervous, but many of them are understanding – they know it is out of our control,” he said.Local district councillor Anthony Sheik Bux, who is stranded in Britain himself, also wanted the government to organise a few flights for desperate residents to come home, and to inform them of the plans in advance.“There needs to be a schedule [from the government], as there are many logistical issues to take care of, including booking for tests and hotels in advance,” Bux said.Some Hongkongers in Britain have reached out to the government about the possibility of organising charter flights home. Photo:
    Bux came to Liverpool in early December to visit his two sons and wife, all of whom are British citizens, after going some 10 months without seeing them.Also surprised by the sudden ban, he said he was taking things in stride and working remotely, and hoped to leave Britain by mid-January.
    Kevin Bowers – a lawyer who has been organising a consortium of companies to help Hongkongers with a new BN(O) visa application process set to launch in January – said he knew of several people who have been “marooned” in Britain as a result of the ban.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#angleterre#singapour#sante#etudiant#quarantaine#test#retour

  • Coronavirus: Singapore tightens travel rules for Hong Kong visitors amid surge in cases | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3113668/coronavirus-singapore-tightens-travel-rules-hong-kong

    Singapore’s border controls for people coming in from Hong Kong will be revised given the “deteriorating” Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese city, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday.Travellers who have been to Hong Kong in the last 14 days and are entering Singapore from next Monday will need to serve a two-week stay-home notice at dedicated facilities.
    From December 19, travellers from Hong Kong planning to enter Singapore must take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure and present a valid negative test.
    The PCR test does not apply to Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced earlier this month that the launch of the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble has been delayed to next year, with the exact start date to be reviewed in late December, given the Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#chine#singapour#sante#test#voyageur#bullevoyage

  • A Singapour, un cas de Covid-19 interrompt une « croisière vers nulle part »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/12/09/a-singapour-une-croisiere-vers-nulle-part-interrompue-apres-un-cas-de-covid-

    Ce type de croisières, au départ et à l’arrivée de la cité-Etat d’Asie du Sud-Est, uniquement réservées aux Singapouriens, ont commencé le mois dernier après des mois d’immobilisation des paquebots. Mais, mercredi matin, Royal Caribbean a fait savoir qu’« un passager du Quantum of the Seas avait été testé positif au coronavirus après vérification de l’équipe médicale ». Le bateau qui transportait la croisière a alors été contraint de retourner à quai, au troisième jour du « voyage » qui en prévoyait quatre, selon le quotidien Strait Times. L’autorité du tourisme singapourienne a précisé que les près de 1 700 passagers à bord sont restés confinés dans leurs cabines pendant plus de quatorze heures et ont subi des tests avant de pouvoir quitter le terminal.
    « Nous avons identifié et isolé tous les passagers et membres d’équipage qui ont été en contact rapproché avec ce passager [testé positif] », âgé de 83 ans, et ils ont tous été testés négatifs, a encore précisé l’opérateur dans un communiqué. Le bateau transportait également 1 148 membres d’équipage.Suivant le retraçage des contacts étroits avec le cas de contamination en question, les passagers seront placés en quarantaine ou sous surveillance sanitaire, a déclaré le ministère de la santé de Singapour dans un avis envoyé aux passagers.« Nous comprenons bien que ce n’est pas ainsi que vous aviez prévu de passer votre croisière et, encore une fois, mesdames et messieurs, j’en suis terriblement désolé », a déclaré le capitaine du Quantum of the Seas, dans un enregistrement entendu par Reuters. Ces croisières avaient rencontré un franc succès auprès des Singapouriens frustrés de ne pas pouvoir voyager à l’étranger après la fermeture de nombreuses frontières en raison de la pandémie de Covid-19. Les croisiéristes avaient prévu des mesures sanitaires très strictes, avec des tests obligatoires avant de laisser les passagers ou les membres d’équipage monter à bord et des désinfections fréquentes pour éviter tout nouveau foyer de propagation du virus.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#tourisme#croisiere#sante#economie#frontiere#mesuresanitaire

  • Hong Kong reveals plans to step up border controls to shield city from Covid-19 rebound, as warning signs of new wave emerge among drivers | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3109334/hong-kong-step-covid-19-border-controls-city-put

    Hong Kong risks a winter surge of Covid-19 if it lets its guard down, Sophia Chan says. New Covid-19 measures:
    •Four regular testing centres to operate long-term, offering free service for those at high risk of infections, and paid screening for those requiring certification to travel, especially for Singapore-Hong Kong bubble
    •A virus notification app will be set up for users to record their travel history and notify them of exposure risks
    •A multi-pronged strategy will be adopted to close border loopholes for people exempted from quarantine, including a mandatory negative test for those from high-risk countries, and point-to-point pickups instead of public transport
    Hong Kong revealed plans to step up border controls against Covid-19 as possible new infections among taxi drivers emerged on Wednesday, sparking concerns that the next wave could be starting.Health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee moved to close quarantine loopholes to prevent another onslaught of cases during the winter flu season, saying the city had to remain vigilant.“If we let down our guard, a fourth wave can start anytime and can become more severe with the flu season in the autumn and winter,” the secretary for food and health said. “Externally [we must] guard our border well, and internally stop the spread.”

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#singapour#sante#mesuresanitaire#frontiere#grippe#bullevoyage#tracking#politiquesante

  • HK-Singapore ’travel bubble’ starts on November 22 - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/11/hk-singapore-travel-bubble-starts-on-november-22

    Hong Kong and Singapore will launch a “travel bubble” on November 22, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered airline and tourism industries.A quota of 200 residents from each city will be able to travel on one daily flight to the other, Hong Kong commerce minister Edward Yau told a press conference.Only those who have been in Hong Kong or Singapore for two weeks and tested negative for the coronavirus will be allowed to board, he added.The corridor offers a glimpse into how places with less severe outbreaks might be able to safely restart some travel.Passengers arriving in Hong Kong will have to test negative again at the airport to avoid quarantine, while those arriving in Singapore will have to download a contact-tracing app.
    Those hoping to get on a plane in Hong Kong will have to stump up about HK$1,500 (US$190) for a test at a government-approved laboratory or hospital.In Singapore, a test will set you back about Sg$200 ($150).

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#hongkong#singapour#sante#bullevoyage#frontiere#test#tracking#tourisme#economie

  • Singapore makes first move in reopening to China - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/singapore-makes-first-move-in-reopening-to-china

    Singapore will become the first regional countries to scrap mandatory quarantine measures for arrivals from China, a daring move coming against the backdrop of resurgent second and third Covid-19 waves and new lockdowns in Europe. Starting from November 6, the Southeast Asian city-state will reopen its border to Chinese visitors and its returning nationals. China still puts all arriving passengers, including Singaporeans, in two-week, confinement-style quarantine. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s administration is taking the initiative amid a steep economic downturn, a sign that his trade-geared nation needs to reintegrate with the regional economy as fast as possible. Singapore’s stock market has shed 25% of its value this year, ranking among the region’s worst performers.
    China’s Embassy in the so-called Lion City commended the one-way travel relaxation as a positive step for resuming bilateral exchanges that have fallen off dramatically since the pandemic started its lethal global spread earlier this year.The move is also an endorsement of China’s perceived ability to stamp out the virus, which is still coursing through many regional countries including Singapore’s neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour#chine#malaisue#indonesie#asie#sante#frontiere#economie#retour#tourisme#etudiant