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Commentaries

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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...

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Commentary: Containing the economic fallout of Covid-19
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For The Business Times After many headlines of panic, the response to the Covid-19 outbreak is entering a new phase. One clear marker of this was the special Asean-China foreign ministers meeting convened in haste in Laos to boost cooperation. A second sign...

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Commentary: 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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Commentary: 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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Commentary: 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...