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asean-common-voice

20 Sep ASEAN: Toward a common voice

A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten member states join in the establishment of...

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haze-fires

19 Sep Plugging gaps in the law to fight haze

The haze law passed by Singapore last month to punish polluters who cause the haze could have been put to its first test if the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) had stayed above 100 for a few more hours early this week. Many of us in Singapore...

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haze-fires

17 Sep What’s next for Indonesia after ratification?

Will Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze help our fight against the long-standing public health and environmental crisis? The SIIA deputy director Chua Chin Wei tackled the question in this interview with Lianhe Zaobao. Q: What will the next steps be for Indonesia following...

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haze-us-embassy-fires

17 Sep Legal enforcement still crucial after haze pact ratified

SINGAPORE: Legal experts in Singapore say Indonesia's ratification of the haze pact is a step forward for both Indonesia and ASEAN, but it is the implementation on the ground that will determine if the agreement has teeth. Indonesia's Parliament on Tuesday (16 Sep) voted to ratify...

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myanmar-election

12 Sep Myanmar’s cancelled by-elections

The decision to scrap Myanmar’s by-elections at the end of this year came as a surprise to the country’s political parties, who had been gearing up to contest the 35 empty seats in Parliament. However, there is nothing political behind the election commission’s decision to cancel...

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russiapipelinemap

04 Sep Asia a bad backup for Russia’s gas exports

The crisis in Ukraine has raised the possibility of Russia cutting off its natural gas supply to the European Union (EU) to retaliate against Western sanctions. But will Russia really do that at the expense of its gas income?  If it does, will it be...

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spore-haze-offer

01 Sep Indonesia finally ratifies 2002 haze pact

SINGAPORE — Twelve years after signing the regional haze pact, Indonesia’s Parliament gave its unanimous approval yesterday to ratify the pact, offering a glimmer of hope that more would be done to ensure fewer haze episodes for Singapore and other neighbouring countries. In doing so, Indonesia...

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xi-asean

01 Sep Getting too close to China isn’t smart, says Tay

COUNTRIES IN Asean, including Thailand, should not seek to choose between the majors powers or to be neutral, but should be close to both the United States and China, a Singaporean academic said yesterday. "I don't think it's in Thailand's interests to be too close to...

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