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Private Meeting with Ambassador David L. Carden
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ASEAN is working towards the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, with a single market and production base. ASEAN firms stand to benefit from freer access to other ASEAN countries and greater economies of scale. But the development of the AEC is...

Private Meeting with the Center for New American Security
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This informal meeting aims to share Asian views on the US rebalancing to Asia with visitors from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).The Obama administration first announced its renewed policy focus on Asia in 2011, but the region has seen new political and...

The coming culture contest
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Signs are that questions of culture are returning to Singapore, albeit differently. The Government is continuing and growing programmes for the arts, sports and heritage, and each of their intrinsic worth must be recognised. But these are also important components of a larger picture about what...

Japanese companies must adapt to a changed Asia
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Japanese interest in South and Southeast Asia is surging for both economic and political reasons. Yet, while welcome by many in the region, the reasons for this renewed focus must be considered. There are also new factors that the Japanese must look at and adapt...

What makes a S’porean? A debate returns
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Debate has returned, for both the Government and citizens, about what it means to be Singaporean. The issues do not relate only to culture and the arts, but have broader implications for the political and economic paradigms in Singapore as well. What spurs this resurgence of a...

China’s Changing Financial System: Implications for the rest of Asia
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China's economy is shifting, as the Chinese government attempts to bring growth under control and rebalance the country’s markets. This year has already seen further tightening of controls on the real estate sector, as well as government pledges to increase fiscal spending. In this seminar,...

The 4Rs our Singapore Conversation needs
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In the midst of our Singapore Conversation, the debates on the Population White Paper and now the Committee of Supply debates, I would like to raise a few points that I feel have not been sufficiently discussed. This is especially critical at a time when...

Does Sabah merit ASEAN’s attention?
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The ongoing conflict in Sabah at first seemed something of a farce when followers of the Sultan of Sulu landed with claims to the territory. But the situation has quickly developed into tragedy. The death toll has passed 60, with losses on both sides. Kuala Lumpur’s...