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South China Sea: A Quiet diplomacy needed to calm choppy waters
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The much awaited ruling for the South China Sea territorial disputes was announced on Tuesday, July 12. After months of deliberation, the international tribunal in The Hague ruled overwhelmingly in favour of Philippines in the case brought to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), challenging...

Greener Sectors, Greener ASEAN
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Traditionally, agriculture has been one of the key drivers of economic growth within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Some sources note that nearly 25 percent of total land area in ASEAN, ASEAN 6 and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) is currently dedicated to agriculture and this...

Green Consumerism: Making every dollar count for the Environment
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From the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to the recent UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the subject of consuming and producing sustainably continues to draw considerable interest. In particular, Sustainable Development Goal 12 seeks to encourage companies to adopt and publicly...

Steer Asean-China talks towards quiet diplomacy, flexibility
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A legal judgment to be released on July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration will bring the controversy over competing claims in the South China Sea to a high point. Yet it will not be conclusive since China will not recognise any ruling, and...

3-on-3 with Wang Yao: Finance key in promoting sustainability in China

Prof. Wang Yao is the Deputy Secretary General of the China Green Finance Committee, China Finance Society. She tells us more about China's financial sector is increasingly moving towards sustainability, in response to the high environmental cost imposed by the country's rapid development. She was...

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
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“Where does the word connectography come from? It is the intersection of connectivity and geography,” said Dr. Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, explaining the title of his latest book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. Dr. Khanna spoke at the...