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03 Apr Philippines: One-up Against China?

The decision of the Philippines to lodge a case on disputed waters in the South China Sea with an international tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has been met with strong criticism from China. The Chinese foreign ministry insisted...

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26 Mar Solving the Haze – Political Will Is Not Enough

The random bush fires that occurred in Singapore this month are a small reminder of the large-scale fires currently raging in Sumatra. Global demand for food drives the expansion of the agro-forestry sectors, including palm oil, timber, coffee, rice and sugar, in Southeast Asia. In particular,...

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20 Mar China’s military spending: an arms race in Asia?

Earlier this month, China unveiled its defence budget for 2014 –US$132 billion, an increase of 12.2 per cent over the year before. The country’s military spending has grown almost every year for the past two decades, but this latest rise comes amid ongoing tensions with...

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20 Mar Jokowi as president? What to watch out for

Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the wildly popular Governor of Jakarta, has been chosen as the presidential candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Jokowi, who has been in his current job for only one year and five months, has the support of 40 per...

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13 Mar MH370: mixed prospects for regional cooperation

More than five days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact with air traffic control, not a single trace of the missing plane has yet been found. The crash site of MH370 cannot even be ascertained, leading experts to describe the whole incident as a...

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06 Mar Crisis in Crimea: setting patterns of behaviour

A meeting in Paris last night (5 March) between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine, which reached its apex when Russia started moving in its troops into Crimea on 1 March. Further...

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28 Feb Cooperation is key to tackling haze issue

SINGAPORE - To solve the haze problem, countries need to cooperate and not blame each other for pollution; they should also view the problem in terms of economic inter-dependence, said legal experts at a conference on transboundary pollution on Thursday. Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman...

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