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Commentaries

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...

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...

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...

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...

Commentary: Singapore’s balancing act in building defence ties
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By Nicholas Fang For TODAY The recent renewal of a defence agreement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States President Donald Trump in New York has a number of ramifications. To be sure, the extension of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use...

Commentary: Transforming climate risks into opportunities
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By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Business Times The recent Singapore National Day Rally (NDR) will be remembered for its sobering call to act on climate change - a "life and death" matter according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This means that beyond...

Commentary: Openness to geopolitical flux is part of Singapore’s DNA
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Marking the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore is not only about commemorating long-ago colonial history. The occasion is also opportune to reflect on Singapore's shifting geopolitical realities: How it entered and then exited the British Empire into...