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07 Nov A personal journey through the haze

My Son, Luke, was born in 1997. That year, the haze from fires in Indonesia persisted for months. Last year, he turned 17. The haze was still with us and, at one point, the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) spiked at the hazardous level of 401....

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31 Oct Asian bank will not just be China’s domain

China has launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with the conspicuous absence of the United States and its major allies. With China hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November, this issue is coming to a boil. The US' absence should not surprise. The bank proposal...

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28 Oct Economic Nationalism in China

How is the business environment in China changing under President Xi Jinping? How should firms handle their operations in China? On Tuesday, 28th October, Mr. Steve Vickers, Chief Executive Officer for Steve Vickers & Associates Ltd shared his thoughts on "Economic Nationalism in China" at...

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24 Oct ISIS’ continued broad appeal worrying for Southeast Asia

News of ISIS successfully targeting Southeast Asian professionals and women have worrying implications for the region. Earlier this month, Malaysia announced the arrest of 14 individuals suspected of links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a senior assistant director at Malaysia’s...

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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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