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17 Jul Openness to geopolitical flux is part of Singapore’s DNA

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Marking the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore is not only about commemorating long-ago colonial history. The occasion is also opportune to reflect on Singapore's shifting geopolitical realities: How it entered and then exited the British Empire into...

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17 Jul [Premium] Country Update: 4 July – 17 July 2019

Indonesia   Jokowi Prepares for New Cabinet (4 – 17 Jul)  Second-term President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” has started reshaping his cabinet lineup behind closed doors. Tempo.co, quoting officials such as Indonesian Employers Association Deputy Shinta Kamdani, suggested that GoJek CEO Nadiem Makarim could be among those considered for...

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03 Jul [Premium] Country Update: 20 June – 3 July 2019

Indonesia   Tax Cuts and other Measures Mooted to Spur Investment and Unicorns (19, 26 Jun)  Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced on Wednesday, 19 June that the Indonesian government is aiming to cut the corporate tax rate from 25% to 20% to spur investment. Indonesia, which has...

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27 Jun SIIA-Clingendael Dialogue: Enhancing EU-Singapore Connectivity

Building on the success of the first EU-Singapore think tank dialogue in January 2019 on security cooperation, the second in a series of four high-level think tank dialogues will focus on identifying concrete actions to deepen EU-Singapore cooperation in the realm of connectivity – specifically...

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20 Jun [Premium] Country Update: 8 June – 19 June 2019

Indonesia   Jokowi Meets Business Leaders to Discuss Leveraging the Trade War (12 June) President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” met with industry leaders to ask for policy suggestions on how to help Indonesia benefit the most from the trade war. Indonesia has already begun to feel the effects of...

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14 Jun [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 23 May – 14 June 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Thai Telecom Regulator Neutral in US-China Tech Trade War (4,11 Jun) Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a neutral policy on the country’s 5G development plans, in the hopes of attracting both China’s Huawei and U.S.-based vendors to develop the...

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10 Jun [Premium] Country Update: 25 May – 7 June 2019

Indonesia Prabowo Ally Kivlan Zen to Be Questioned for Treason, Role in Assassination Plot (28 May) Kivlan Zen, a retired Army general and ardent supporter of Prabowo Subianto, has been in police custody since 29 May for treason allegations and his alleged role in an assassination plot...

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04 Jun End of centrist democracy and Asia’s unconventional systems

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times As centrist parties falter in Western democracies, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India offer lessons on how political systems can bring stability Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes - in India and across Europe -...

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