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Post-IPOP: How Indonesia can lead in palm oil sustainability
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Palm oil is a vital ingredient for many products and the industry provides a significant source of national revenue and employment for millions of farmers. Indonesia and Malaysia collectively account for 85 to 90 percent of global palm oil production. But palm oil is often associated...

Myanmar: Missteps or new directions?
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When the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its iconic leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, swept to power at the 2015 elections, the international community roared in approval. Now, some 100 days after the NLD took power, many foreign pundits are becoming more critical. There...

Steer Asean-China talks towards quiet diplomacy, flexibility
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A legal judgment to be released on July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration will bring the controversy over competing claims in the South China Sea to a high point. Yet it will not be conclusive since China will not recognise any ruling, and...

Fighting terrorism cannot be the responsibility of the Government alone
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The arrest of eight Bangladeshis in Singapore last month for plotting terror attacks in their home country highlighted gaps in Singapore’s overall strategy for dealing with the rising threat of terrorism in the region. Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that the arrests, the latest in...

In turning to S-E Asia, Taiwan has to keep China in mind
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Taiwan’s new President, Ms Tsai Ing-wen, has her sights set on South-east Asia and plans to woo the region during her term. Announcing her intention to “elevate the scope and diversity of Taiwan’s external economy”, Ms Tsai wants to provide Taiwanese businesses with an investment-destination alternative...

How Indonesia’s neighbours can help it fight the haze
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Indonesia is making every effort to ensure that the terrible fires and haze suffered last year will not recur. This reassurance was given at the recent 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR) by Mr Nazir Foead, who heads the newly created Peatland Restoration...

Singapore’s next version of regionalisation
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March was a month of many milestones. The nation marked the first anniversary of the death of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It has been half a year since the General Election, when voters gave the Government a new and stronger mandate. And...

ASEAN has role to play in global nuclear security environment
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The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) concluded in Washington, DC earlier this month. The summit series was the brainchild of United States President Barack Obama, who first mooted the idea in 2009. Results have been mixed and it is unclear if the nuclear security...