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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...

A personal journey through the haze
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My Son, Luke, was born in 1997. That year, the haze from fires in Indonesia persisted for months. Last year, he turned 17. The haze was still with us and, at one point, the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) spiked at the hazardous level of 401....

Asian bank will not just be China’s domain
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China has launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with the conspicuous absence of the United States and its major allies. With China hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November, this issue is coming to a boil. The US' absence should not surprise. The bank proposal...

Economic Nationalism in China
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How is the business environment in China changing under President Xi Jinping? How should firms handle their operations in China? On Tuesday, 28th October, Mr. Steve Vickers, Chief Executive Officer for Steve Vickers & Associates Ltd shared his thoughts on "Economic Nationalism in China" at...

ISIS’ continued broad appeal worrying for Southeast Asia
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News of ISIS successfully targeting Southeast Asian professionals and women have worrying implications for the region. Earlier this month, Malaysia announced the arrest of 14 individuals suspected of links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a senior assistant director at Malaysia’s...