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20 May Inaugural Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

World’s largest companies gather at inaugural Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources to pledge commitment to end haze by committing to sustainability Sustainability is a shared responsibility, and businesses, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should do their part to do the right thing. This was among...

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16 May Myanmar debuts as ASEAN Chairman

Last weekend, Myanmar finally made its debut as ASEAN Chairman, hosting the 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw. In the lead-up to the Summit, the escalation of the tension in the South China Sea put a challenge to Myanmar’s Chairmanship and ASEAN unity. Testing ASEAN Unity under...

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15 May Thailand: The Rocky Road Ahead

Last week, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine cabinet ministers were removed from office by the National Constitutional Court. The third dismissal in less than a decade has further deepened the country's protracted political quagmire. The Pheu Thai Party maintains limited political power through Ms....

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14 May ASEAN must learn from the Fukushima disaster

On the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the tragic events of March 11, 2011, continue to cast a shadow over Japan’s environment and politics. Despite efforts by the authorities in the past few years, reports of contamination from the crippled plant continue to...

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13 May Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea storms

When leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered this week in Myanmar, the weather forecast was for high temperatures combined with a chance of storms. The political atmosphere proved similar, with lightning-rod issues converging on the regional group's first summit of the year. South...

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09 May Abe’s European tour: a success

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s week-long tour of Europe was a sales pitch for Japan, intended to boost his country’s economy and strengthen its security ties. The Japan-EU FTA and Implications for the TPP Last year, Japan and the European Union began talks on a Japan-EU free...

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08 May Improving China’s image in Africa

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Africa aims to reinforce his country's economic ties with the continent - but also to boost China’s image in the region and on the global stage. China is currently Africa's largest trade partner, but Chinese involvement in Africa has...

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05 May What ASEAN can learn from Fukushima

Three years after 11 March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster continues to affect both the environment and Japan’s politics. In February, a new radioactive water leak was spotted at the site, just the latest report of contamination from the crippled plant. Last month, Tokyo also...

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02 May Obama’s tricky choices in Asia

As US President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia wound down on Tuesday (29 April), China’s state-run newspaper China Daily ran an editorial that said it was becoming "increasingly obvious that Washington is taking Beijing as an opponent". Commitment to allies  Indeed Mr Obama’s visit was focused on...

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27 Apr Crusade to save Yangon’s heritage

As Myanmar sprints to catch up with its more developed South-east Asian neighbours, one man is in a different kind of race: to safeguard hundreds of precious colonial buildings in Yangon from the wrecking ball. Historian and author Thant Myint-U, 48, is up against the tide...

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