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Sustainability is gaining traction as a business move
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By Simon Tay and Wu Hui Juan For The Business Times Singapore is now one of the first countries in Asia to introduce a carbon tax to reduce fossil fuel consumption and to use market pricing to develop a low-carbon economy. The tax, in force from the start...

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The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over?
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By Nicholas Fang and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Following the blossoming of the historic bromance between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un that took place on the idyllic resort island of Sentosa in Singapore last year, it now appears that the honeymoon period is over, and reality...

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Southeast Asia must guard against digital domination risks
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"As businesses and supply chains transform, it is necessary for ASEAN to prepare for the inevitable digitization of the regional economy." - Chen Chen Lee, SIIA director of policy programmes, Nikkei Asian Review commentary Full article: Southeast Asia must guard against digital domination risks [First published in Nikkei...

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Trump is inadvertently uniting Asia
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In this commentary for the Nikkei Asian Review, SIIA chairman Simon Tay said that more countries will move forward together, cooperating on an intra-Asian basis, without the US. Full article: Trump is inadvertently uniting Asia [First published in Nikkei Asian Review on 12 November 2018]...

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Asean infrastructure: Keeping it sustainable
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Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Straits Times Five years after the launch of China's Belt and Road Initiative, doubts are rising as to whether the world's most ambitious infrastructure plan is delivering the benefits it promises. From drastically reducing the scale of Myanmar's Kyauk...

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Myanmar 2.0 in the making?
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Simon Tay For The Business Times PEOPLE now perceive Myanmar very differently compared to just two years ago. In 2016, there was euphoria after the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept the elections. Myanmar's economic opening, begun under the previous military-backed government, brought...

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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...

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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...