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Future50: Singapore and the ASEAN Economic Community
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At the end of 2015, the ten ASEAN countries will establish the ASEAN Economic Community. But what will be the impact of establishing a single market in ASEAN, especially on Singapore’s economy? To find out what business leaders and professionals in Singapore think about this...

MH17 and Ukraine: Keeping two tragedies separate
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Two weeks after the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, international experts and observers still do not have full access to the crash site to conduct a proper investigation. This is partly due to the intensifying fighting between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russia rebels...

Latin America – China and Japan’s new battleground?
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Just two days after Chinese President Xi Jinping finished his nine-day tour of Latin America, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Mexico last week to begin his nine-day visit to the region. The timing seems to suggest that the two Asian powers are vying for...

Is Southeast Asia softening?
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It appears that Southeast Asia might face slower days ahead. The region’s predicted growth rate has been reduced to 4.7 per cent, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The revised forecast attributes the downgrade to political and economic road bumps in...

UNEA: The more the merrier?
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The inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the new governing council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), saw representatives from all 193 UN member states gather together late last month for the first time. The adoption of the UNEA by the UN General Assembly last year,...

China removes oil rig, so what’s next?
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China has towed away its oil rig from disputed waters in the South China Sea ahead of schedule, insisting the rig simply completed work earlier than expected. Chinese officials claim an incoming typhoon prompted the departure, while Vietnam has moved its coast guard and patrol...

Stumbling to map a path through the haze
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It was probably wrong to expect too much too fast when Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) environment ministers met to discuss the haze, caused by fires in Indonesia. Never mind that Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which hosted the meeting, have suffered record-high and hazardous levels...

Japan’s Military Comeback
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Japan has increased defence spending for the first time in 11 years, relaxed decades-old, self-imposed arms export bans, and passed a constitutional reinterpretation, which would allow the Japanese military to aid allies overseas under the banner of “collective self-defence”. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is evidently...