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Can Lima pave the way for a real climate deal in Paris?
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While all signs seem to point in the right direction, the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) negotiations in Lima next month will give us a better indication of whether we can truly expect a global climate agreement in 2015. The Durban...

Belgian DPM urges anti-terror efforts
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Governments can stop their citizens joining extremist groups in the Middle East by identifying what drives them to take up arms for terrorists groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said yesterday. The reasons they leave for...

Economic integration, FTAs crucial for regional growth: Lee Yi Shyan
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Economic integration and free trade between economies remains a critical pillar for the growth of the region, so countries involved in the free trade negotiations should persevere through short-term reforms for the greater good said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi...

Singapore as a City: Public Participation and Resilience
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Do we rely too much on top-down planning for our urban environment? Are we building enough resilience in Singapore to withstand shocks?  As part of our Future 50 series, we held a dialogue on 20 November 2014 about the pressures facing Singapore as a city....

New ZSL toolkit boosts transparency for palm oil
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A new platform launched by wildlife conservation charity ZSL seeks to raise the level of trust and transparency in the sector by assessing palm oil companies on their environmental policies. The global palm oil industry is set for a shake-up with the launch of a ground-breaking...

China’s Asian Bank may herald a new world order
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A commentary by SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted in The Nation: In a commentary published in the Jakarta Post, Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman Simon Tay argued that the AIIB proposal runs against the established regional and global order, in which the Americans dominate...

China’s regional vision gathers momentum
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The key global economies met in Brisbane for the Group of 20, following recent summits for ASEAN, East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. These are not just about politics but growth, trade and investment. In our region, a range of agreements are under negotiation...

The slow struggle to economic integration
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Like post-independence America, ASEAN is a place with border disputes, no common currency, and weaknesses in education, infrastructure and environmental protection. Yet with strong leadership and focus on improvements in the right areas, the bloc has a huge amount of potential to grow in the years...

Economic integration the flying factory
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        Bonnie Glaser of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank in Washington, says China may even be pursuing economic integration to strengthen its leverage. “China’s strategy is to weave together a network of economic interdependence. It is using the centrality of its power...