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The EU and ASEAN in Uncertain Times: Farewell to Multilateralism?
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Farewell to Multilateralism? Building a Strong Europe for a Strong World Order By Mr. Andreas Michaelis, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany For SIIA Seminar - "The EU and ASEAN in Uncertain Times: Integration, Tensions, and Trade" Anrede, I am grateful to the Singapore Institute of International Affairs...

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Inoculating Singapore Against Foreign Influences
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Simon Tay For The Straits Times Controversy about Sino-Singapore relations is resurfacing. Veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan reportedly warned that China “wants you to think in such a way that you will, of your own volition, do what it wants without being told.” China’s Ambassador to Singapore, Hong...

Photo credit: “Singapore Marina Bay Dusk” by Benh Lieu Song is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
On water issue, Dr M again risks crossing a red line for Singapore
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By Nicholas Fang For TODAY When Malaysia's opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan, won the May 9 general election, many in the country hoped for a government that could stem corruption and move forward with reform. Many Malaysians admired the commitment and extraordinary energy of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and believed...

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Don’t devalue Singapore’s role as Trump-Kim summit host
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by Nicholas Fang As the buzz and excitement surrounding the groundbreaking summit on Sentosa between the leaders of the US and North Korea subsides, it's now left to Singapore and Singaporeans to evaluate the impact of having played host to this high-profile event. Bouquets and brickbats for...

Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR
Asean’s active role in the greening of growth
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By Simon Tay and Fawziah Selamat For The Business Times SUSTAINABILITY issues are still often seen as long-term concerns, rather than requiring urgent attention, despite the Paris agreement to take action to address climate change. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), there have also been...

A Broader Lens on Myanmar’s Problems
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By Simon Tay and Andrea Lee For The Straits Times It seems so long ago that people talked about Myanmar in terms of the triumph of democracy and a “frontier economy” of golden promise. Current headlines about the country instead focus overwhelmingly on a single issue, and...

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Positioning ASEAN for a trade war
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By Hank Lim and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Business Times THE tit-for-tat trade spat between the world's two largest economic powerhouses has sent shockwaves through the global economy, roiling financial markets. Staying true to his campaign promise, US President Donald Trump has upped his protectionist rhetoric and...

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Red flags from Facebook data breach for Asean
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By Chen Chen Lee and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Straits Times Facebook Inc has been dominating the headlines recently. And for good reasons. The tech giant is facing intense scrutiny for not putting in place the right mechanisms to fully protect the data of its users. Facebook failed to...

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Green bonds and other ideas for sustainability in the Budget
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by Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi Some credit the recent Singapore Budget as being responsible and responsive. Many ministries face spending cuts, while infrastructure spending will increase to position Singapore for "vibrant and innovative" economic growth. Other comments focus on the goods and services tax, which...

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Trump’s presidency and Asia’s climate battle
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By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xinyi The fight against climate change has notably taken a hit during US President Donald Trump's first year in office. Besides rolling back domestic policies and regulations from the era of his predecessor Barack Obama, Mr Trump also announced plans to withdraw...