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Around the Web: Islands in the South China Sea
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China has intensified construction on artificial islands in the South China Sea in recent months. At the end of April, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — which includes the Philippines and Vietnam, rival South China Sea claimants who have clashed with China -...

3-on-3 with Dino Patti Djalal: Jokowi knows Singapore well

With President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo now at the helm of ASEAN's biggest nation, what does the future hold for Singapore-Indonesia ties, as well as Indonesia's relations with the rest of the region? We spoke to Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, former Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister and...

F50 – Connecting Singapore and Our Neighbours: Media Coverage
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How has Singapore fared in managing its relations with its closest neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia? What lies ahead for these key relationships, both at the bilateral level, and at the multilateral level as part of ASEAN? We organised a public lecture on "Connecting Singapore and...

China’s moves and Asia’s responses
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Earlier this month, the leader of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, made an official visit to Beijing. His trip underscores the dilemma facing Southeast Asian nations. Can Asian countries strengthen their ties with China without compromising their own national interests? Both China and Vietnam...

Can ASEAN maintain central role in the region?
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At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur starting this Friday, concerns about major regional powers will be high on the agenda. Tensions between China and Japan have been palpable and may again be stoked with the coming 70th anniversary of...

3-on-3 with Xiao Geng: China’s economy and the region

How will China's economic slowdown affect Singapore and our neighbours in Southeast Asia? We spoke with Dr. Xiao Geng, Vice-President (China) of the Fung Global Institute, about China's economy and other current questions, on the sidelines of our Future50 public lecture on 31 March 2015....

Simon Tay appointed independent director of LGT Bank (Singapore)
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By Cai Haoxiang Singapore lawyer and former Nominated Member of Parliament Simon Tay has been appointed an independent director to the board of LGT Bank (Singapore). The company is the Singapore subsidiary of LGT Group, a private bank in Liechtenstein wholly owned by Liechtenstein's royal family. Mr Tay...

3-on-3 with Kanti Bajpai: China is on Modi’s mind

The SIIA spoke to Dr. Kanti Bajpai, Vice Dean (Research) and Wilmar Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. He shares his views on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Act East policy, the implications for relations between India and China, and...

AIIB can help Singapore cast wider net in sharing development expertise: Experts
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SINGAPORE: Experts have said the Republic's decision to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) can help Singapore cast a wider net in sharing its development expertise. This also means greater opportunities for local firms to participate in infrastructure projects in developing countries. Dr Xiao...

Prof. Simon Tay shares his view of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on Channel NewsAsia
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Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute Of International Affairs Chairman and a former NMP, speaks to Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, 25 March, about the important principles established by Mr Lee that worked for the Singapore economy and how politics have changed since...