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22 Aug ASEAN risks becoming overwhelmed by Chinese railway diplomacy

It may not be full speed ahead for the “Chinese high-speed railway diplomacy” aimed at improving China’s links with Southeast Asia. Dubbed as Beijing’s thinly-veiled plans to assert its power and influence over the region, Chinese involvement also promises to help ASEAN achieve its connectivity...

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18 Aug 3-on-3 with Dr. Maung Maung Lay

Myanmar’s military government opened the country’s economy to much fanfare in 2011. But the last frontier market in ASEAN remains one of the most unfriendly to businesses, according to the latest joint study by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Myanmar is ranked...

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15 Aug 3-on-3 with Dr Sarasin Viraphol

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group was the first foreign investor to enter China when Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened the economy in 1979. Its registration number in China is 001. Today, the agribusiness giant employs some 80,000 people for its US$9 billion (S$11 billion)...

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07 Aug Why Asean hasn’t condemned Thailand

The recent military coup in Thailand that ousted the government of Yingluck Shinawatra has attracted international concern and controversy. The US, the European Union and Australia were vocal in their criticism of the situation, called for elections to be held as soon as possible, and...

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02 Aug 7th ASEAN & Asia Forum – In the News

2On 1 August 2014, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs held the seventh installment of our annual ASEAN and Asia Forum(AAF). The conference aims to promote awareness about ASEAN and international affairs, building upon the institute’s connections to both the public and private sector to create...

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01 Aug Power Play: Boom or Bane for ASEAN Businesses?

ASEAN has to tread carefully or risk being the passive subject caught in between major powers MEDIA RELEASE 7th ASEAN and Asia Forum Singapore, 1 August 2014 – ASEAN must remain neutral as it receives unprecedented attention from its biggest neighbours, China and Japan, top officials and business leaders...

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