Eastern Briefing June 28
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Good Morning Friends,
The media is a funny beast. Universally, respected outlets have poured much into coverage of Donald Trump's presidency. Outrage, shock and think pieces follow his every move. But while the outrage may be real, media organizations must secretly love how much clicks, reads and shares the Trumpster gives them everyday. Something to think about.
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
  U.S. accused of playing politics in annual human trafficking report  
  Rights groups have accused the United States of playing politics in the realse of its annual Trafficking in Persons report which saw both Myanmar and Malaysia elevated from last year's position. Rights groups, including Bangkok based Fortify Rights, say that neither country have done enough to warrant and promotion and that the United States was using the TIP Report to advance its foreign policy agenda.

Other countries, like Thailand who remained in the Tier 2 Watch List of countries, also said the report was biased and failed to take into account the steps taken by the government to combat human trafficking. Human rights have not been an obvious priority to the Trump Administration who have courted both Thailand's military junta and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, both accused by rights groups of widespread human rights violations.
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Duterte's first year a human rights 'calamity' - HRW
Activist group Human Rights Watch has blasted Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's first year in office as a human rights 'calamity.' Duterte has been at the centre of a controversial drug war that his administration claims is necessary to eliminate the growing drug epidemic.

The group noted that since Duterte assumed office on July 1, last year, security forces and “unidentified gunmen” had reportedly killed at least 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers, including the 3,116 killings by police based on government’s data.
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Free trade agenda in Trump-Moon meeting
Newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae in will visit Washington DC in a two day summit with his US counterpart on Thursday and Friday. While the new Korean president has irked the Trump administration by favouring dialogue with the North and putting a halt on a US missile defense system, expect the real substantial talks to centre around free trade.

Trump has accused many of his Asian allies of undermining US workers and companies with unfair trade policies. South Korea may be next to feel his wrath.
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US defends drone sale to India
The United States has defended its decision to sell predator drones to India saying it wont affect the power balance in South Asia
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New policy needed to drive growth in Vietnam
Senior party advisors in Vietnam says new economic policy is needed to continue the country's rapid growth rate.
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