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US extended economic sanctions – a blessing in disguise for Myanmar
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While the extension of the United States’ economic sanctions has brought some level of uncertainty to foreign investors, it has also given Myanmar another year to clean up and polish their act. In a letter to Congress explaining his decision to extend sanctions against Myanmar, US...

In The Eye of the Coup
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The recent coup d’état by General Prayuth Chai-Ocha following the imposition of martial law has largely been condemned and criticised by foreign powers. The United States, for one, has suspended military aid as a result, while international media outlets have accused the military of threatening...

Hong Kong: 17 years after handover
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Organisers of a massive rally in Hong Kong’s financial district have said that more than half a million people had turned up on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule on 1 July, demanding that Beijing grants them the right to choose their...

US raps China over ‘destabilising’ acts
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United States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday sharply criticised China for "destabilising, unilateral actions" in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea and warned that Washington would not look the other way when fundamental principles of international order are being challenged. In an hour-long...

Modinomics & Looking East
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With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide victory in the recent Indian elections, all eyes are now on the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and how his government will handle India’s struggling economy. Modi, a nationalist hardliner with a strong focus on spurring India’s economic growth,...

Political storm over South China Sea makes landfall
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The political storm over China’s deployment of an oil rig in the contested waters of the South China Sea made landfall last week. Violent anti-China protests erupted in industrial areas in southern Vietnam, disrupting businesses, damaging property and even drawing blood. Vietnam’s Nationalistic Response to China’s...

Reacting to China – and its grand plan
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We now know the reactions in Vietnam to China’s move to begin drilling for oil in the South China Sea that both sides claim. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers spilled out of control, attacking factories thought to be Chinese-owned, including those at two Singapore-run industrial...

Inaugural Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources
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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...

Myanmar debuts as ASEAN Chairman
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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...