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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...

3-on-3 with Steve Okun: TPP will keep America engaged in Asia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has proven to be a flashpoint in the US Presidential race, with candidates voicing criticism of the trade deal. But in this 3-on-3 interview with SIIA, Steve Okun, Vice Chairman - TPP of Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce...

3-on-3 with Denis Hew: TPP will have an positive impact on Asia

The United States and China both have initiatives to expand their economic reach in Asia - the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, and China's One Belt, One Road and AIIB. Dr. Denis Hew, Director of the APEC Policy Support Unit tells us that Asia...

Fighting terrorism cannot be the responsibility of the Government alone
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The arrest of eight Bangladeshis in Singapore last month for plotting terror attacks in their home country highlighted gaps in Singapore’s overall strategy for dealing with the rising threat of terrorism in the region. Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that the arrests, the latest in...

In turning to S-E Asia, Taiwan has to keep China in mind
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Taiwan’s new President, Ms Tsai Ing-wen, has her sights set on South-east Asia and plans to woo the region during her term. Announcing her intention to “elevate the scope and diversity of Taiwan’s external economy”, Ms Tsai wants to provide Taiwanese businesses with an investment-destination alternative...