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Commentary: Why Asia should worry as Nov 3 draws nearer
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times In five months, Americans will elect their president. Predictions vary whether incumbent Donald Trump can win a second term. While much of the attention right now is on the Trump administration's responses to the Black Lives Matter protests, the effects...

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Commentary: As the US and China clash, what can other countries do?
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For South China Morning Post The coronavirus pandemic has been global in reach and impact, yet cooperation has been anything but. National governments largely fend for themselves, for better or worse. The absence of global cooperation is, moreover, not a simple...

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Commentary: Outbreak exposes weak social protection for poor
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By Chen Chen Lee For Bangkok Post The global number of Covid-19 cases is now over 1.3 million with no sign of abating. Within Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines lead the region with 209 and 163 deaths respectively. While the number of Covid-19 cases in the...

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Commentary: Risk of cross-infection calls for cooperation
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For China Daily Policies of governments around the world have been changing quickly to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As the epicenter of the outbreak has moved to Europe and the United States, there is a greater need for positive cooperation. Responses...

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Commentary: Learning from past year’s forest fires in South-east Asia
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By Simon Tay, Wu Hui Juan and Aaron Choo For The Straits Times Fires have raged across the world in the past year. The haze from fires in Indonesian provinces affected not only Indonesia but also Malaysia and Singapore. The trans-boundary haze situation was the worst since 2015 and...