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Commentary: ASEAN’s potential contributions to climate action
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By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries would be at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this month. Governments had pledged to negotiate rules for a global carbon market and improve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs)...

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Commentary: RCEP trade deal an important step forward for the region
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times  It is too early to expect the incoming Biden administration to seriously relook American policies in Asia. Domestic concerns will be paramount – the pandemic and economic recovery. Yet, with less than full attention on developments in Asia, there is...

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Commentary: Changing climate risk to opportunity
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By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Straits Times The world last year suffered many outsized fires, which are recurring this year in the Amazon and parts of the United States. This year, South-east Asia has largely been spared the fires and haze that often trouble...

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Commentary: ASEAN needs to act on Mekong River
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By Chen Chen Lee For Bangkok Post  Two events happened last month that went largely unnoticed by most of the mainstream media in Southeast Asia. One was the third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting between China and the five Mekong members of Asean -- Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,...

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Commentary: How ASEAN can best address the impacts of COVID-19
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COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented costs for ASEAN and the world in terms of human lives and economic growth. In this article for the Journal of Greater Mekong Studies, Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, and Sarah Loh, Policy Research Analyst (ASEAN), discussed...

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Commentary: Singapore & COVID-19
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By Simon Tay and Sarah Loh For the Asia Media Centre The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives and livelihoods across the world, but there has been little global leadership. Each country has responded in its own way and primarily with its own resources, and with varying outcomes. As...

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Commentary: Singapore as a hub – Renewing Asean’s relevance
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For the Straits Times  The region is entering a difficult period with pandemic numbers climbing and closed borders hitting business, trade and tourism. Economies are slowing or even contracting. Some voices in neighbouring countries are turning towards nationalism and protectionism - becoming...