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Implications for ASEAN’s Transition to Clean Energy
Commentary: Implications for ASEAN’s Transition to Clean Energy

Commentary: Implications for ASEAN’s Transition to Clean Energy by Wong Hsu-sheng The war in Ukraine and rising cost of inflation have dominated the main news cycles this year, finally taking over from three years of COVID-19 and multiple lockdowns that seemed at some points to have no...

Why Asian nations should pause when America beckons

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times The Biden administration will continue to put forward initiatives, but the targets of its Asian courtship need to consider if these fit their interests and if the proposed deals can be relied on. This Straits Times commentary by Associate Professor...

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is launched — sort of

By Simon Tay For The Washington Examiner Speaking candidly at a recent Washington, D.C., conference, Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, warned the U.S. that for Singapore and the nations of ASEAN, the idea of “ friend shoring ” and explicit bans on Chinese goods and...

Placing Asean on stronger footing in a net-zero future

By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Business Times With the dust settled from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), efforts in 2022 must turn to the hard work of implementing pledges made by countries and corporations at that meeting. In Singapore, an early January...

Riding the megatrends: ASEAN’s leadership opportunities

By Julia Tijaja and Simon Tay For The Jakarta Post  Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is still not fully stabilized, and the coming weeks may prove crucial with Omicron variant increasing uncertainty. Yet ASEAN largely rode out the Delta variant surge in the months...

Grab: a bellwether for Asean’s digital growth?

By Jessica Wa'u and Rohini Nambiar For The Business Times GRAB'S recent US$40 billion initial public offering (IPO) is the culmination of a long and eventful journey riding on Asean's digital growth story. While the public listing of a South-east Asian 'super app' is a marker of...

Is Indonesia backtracking on COP26 pledge?

By Simon Tay, Siti Bazilah and Aaron Choo For The Straits Times  Indonesia was ranked the world's eighth-largest greenhouse gas emitter by the World Resources Institute, in a study before the pandemic. Agriculture, forestry and other land use make up around half of its emissions. So when Indonesia...