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16 Oct A new bank for Asia, not China

China will be able to ease fears that it is buying political influence with its proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), if it can have the multilateral bank headquartered in an ASEAN financial capital and not a Chinese city, says SIIA Chairman Simon Tay. China’s initiative for...

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09 Oct The Abu Sayyaf group – ISIS terrorists or bandits?

At the end of September, the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines announced they were holding a German man and woman hostage. The group also threatened to kill one of their captives by October 17 unless their demands were met - including Germany’s withdrawal from...

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01 Oct Trans-Pacific Trade in A Troubled World

When Japanese and American trade negotiators met in Washington DC last week, their bilateral discussions mattered to many other countries. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has grown to include twelve countries that represent some 40 per cent of global GDP and about one-third of all...

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29 Sep Strategies for a resilient Singapore

As Singapore gears up for its 50th anniversary of independence next year, the country and its people are looking with anticipation to its leaders for the key directions and focus that will shape its future in the next five decades and beyond. Indeed, much global attention...

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26 Sep Dialogue on media freedom, OB markers

MEDIA freedom and out-of-bound markers were issues raised last night at a dialogue on Singapore's future as the country turns 50 next year. The dialogue, organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and attended by about 20 of its members, was on the sort...

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25 Sep Limitations on China’s grand economic plans

Chinese President Xi Jinping just concluded his rounds in South Asia, with recent visits to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to build on bilateral ties as well as to deepen economic cooperation. Back home, China also unveiled its economic plans for Asia through forums like...

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25 Sep Where the impact of the Scottish referendum lies

After Scottish voters delivered a relatively clear decision in the referendum on independence for Scotland, the bargaining for further powers to be devolved to the Scottish government has already begun. This was promised by the leaders of the three main Westminster parties in the lead...

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23 Sep Climate Summit 2014: What to Expect

Q: Let's start talking about how likely it is that any kind of global consensus on climate change can actually be reached at this time?  Wilson: Hi, good morning. Yes, thank you for the question. I think what is important to take note is that at...

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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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