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11 May US-China: Trade War or Trade Skirmish?

The US and China are currently engaged in trade negotiations, but can a deal be struck before the first round of tariffs take effect? On 10 May 2018, we held an evening talk with Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam and Senior...

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11 May Challenging transition ahead for Malaysia

By Simon Tay For The Business Times A BLACK SWAN has landed in Malaysia. The newly-minted Pakatan Harapan (PH or Alliance of Hope) has won a majority in the elections and, led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad - the long time and iconic former PM - expects to...

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Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR

11 May Asean’s active role in the greening of growth

By Simon Tay and Fawziah Selamat For The Business Times SUSTAINABILITY issues are still often seen as long-term concerns, rather than requiring urgent attention, despite the Paris agreement to take action to address climate change. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), there have also been...

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10 May Trade Wars versus Trade Deals

A summary of this event is now available on our website. Original Event Synopsis: In March, the Trump administration sparked fears of a trade war by imposing tariffs, first against steel and aluminium, and later specifically Chinese goods. China has already retaliated with its own tariffs on...

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Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR

09 May SIIA Deputy Director Fawziah Selamat comments on palm oil certification

Ms. Fawziah Selamat, Deputy Director (Sustainability), Singapore Institute of International Affairs was quoted in an article by Eco-Business on the value of certification schemes in the agroforestry sector. Certification—a cost without a reward? “There is still a large disconnect between calls for palm oil supplies to be...

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08 May A Broader Lens on Myanmar’s Problems

By Simon Tay and Andrea Lee For The Straits Times It seems so long ago that people talked about Myanmar in terms of the triumph of democracy and a “frontier economy” of golden promise. Current headlines about the country instead focus overwhelmingly on a single issue, and...

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