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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...

Obama Seeks to Reassure Regional Allies Following China Accords
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On the heels of securing new climate, trade and military agreements with China, President Barack Obama looked to reassure America’s wary regional allies of its continued commitment to them. Mr. Obama, who attended a series of meetings Thursday in Myanmar at back-to-back summits with South and...

Haze exhibition and roundtable media coverage
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SIIA's Haze Exhibition- Haze: Know it. Stop it (7 to 9 November 2014) Launched by Senior Minister of state for Health Dr Amy Khor, the three-day exhibition, titled 'Haze: Know it. Stop it', held over the weekend at Vivocity, was part of the SIIA’s efforts to...

Regional summits can still play a role in reducing tensions
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Asia has entered its annual season of political summits and US President Barack Obama will be a key player, first at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and then at the East Asia Summit, hosted by Myanmar. Simply turning up shows that America is making the effort...

SIIA announces launch of haze tracking portal
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has announced the launch of a haze tracking portal. This was revealed at the SIIA's Haze Roundtable on 6 Nov 2014, a dialogue involving academics, private sector representatives, and NGOs from around the region. The portal, which is...

Haze: Know it. Stop it. – An exhibition on transboundary haze
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The SIIA is holding an exhibition on the haze from 7 to 9 November 2014, 10am to 10pm, at VivoCity’s South Avenue (between L1 information counter and Timberland), in partnership with the leading agribusiness firms and environmental NGOs. The event will be launched by Dr...