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Next steps to finance a green economy
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By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Business Times Opportunities to grow the financial sector as well as to respond to climate concerns are being boosted. Recent announcements made by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) at the Singapore FinTech Festival can help create green...

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ASEAN in the US-China contest
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For the East Asia Forum Quarterly Rising US–China tensions go beyond trade issues and involve a broad range of issues, including strategy, security and values. It’s pertinent to also look at the technology choices that ASEAN and others are facing in...

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In the Driver’s Seat – Vietnam’s priorities as ASEAN Chair 2020
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By Chen Chen Lee For Asialink Thailand’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year has been largely marked by its domestic politics. The country held its first general elections since a military coup in 2014, and held its first coronation in seven decades for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The significance of...

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A climate for change
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By Simon Tay Despite sceptics – most notably US President Donald Trump – people today are increasingly concerned about climate change and calling for action. Governments are responding, with some 60 world leaders gathered for the climate summit last month (Sept). Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

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Singapore’s balancing act in building defence ties
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By Nicholas Fang For TODAY The recent renewal of a defence agreement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States President Donald Trump in New York has a number of ramifications. To be sure, the extension of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use...

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Transforming climate risks into opportunities
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By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Business Times The recent Singapore National Day Rally (NDR) will be remembered for its sobering call to act on climate change - a "life and death" matter according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This means that beyond...

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Sino-US tensions – the silver lining for Asean and Singapore
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For The Straits Times Many anticipate a Sino-American "war" and, while the proximate issues are in trade, there is a broader range of contention on issues relating to technology, unfair competition, democracy and the regional and global order. The effects will...

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China’s naval expansionism is natural path for emerging global power
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By Nicholas Fang & Aaron Choo For Nikkei Asian Review China's potential military expansion through bases in Southeast Asia has made headlines in recent weeks. A media report that Beijing might be leasing part of Cambodia's well-situated Ream naval base prompted Prime Minister Hun Sen to denounce...

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Openness to geopolitical flux is part of Singapore’s DNA
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Marking the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore is not only about commemorating long-ago colonial history. The occasion is also opportune to reflect on Singapore's shifting geopolitical realities: How it entered and then exited the British Empire into...

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End of centrist democracy and Asia’s unconventional systems
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times As centrist parties falter in Western democracies, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India offer lessons on how political systems can bring stability Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes - in India and across Europe -...