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Commentary: Handling Big Tech in ASEAN
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By Chen Chen Lee and Erin Low For Nikkei Asian Review Headlines about data breaches, anti-competitive practices and fake news have turned public goodwill toward tech companies into suspicion. This applies particularly in Asia. From the spreading of religion-based hate messages in Sri Lanka, and the role...

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Commentary: The Trump-Kim bromance: is the honeymoon over?
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By Nicholas Fang and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Following the blossoming of the historic bromance between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un that took place on the idyllic resort island of Sentosa in Singapore last year, it now appears that the honeymoon period is over, and reality...

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Commentary: EU’s palm oil curb may hurt campaign to save forests
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By Simon Tay and Liyana Othman For The Straits Times As the global community seeks to address environmental and climate change concerns, attention has been increasing about palm oil. In recent months, the European Union passed a directive that disallows commodities like palm oil to be used...

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Commentary: Southeast Asia must guard against digital domination risks
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"As businesses and supply chains transform, it is necessary for ASEAN to prepare for the inevitable digitization of the regional economy." - Chen Chen Lee, SIIA director of policy programmes, Nikkei Asian Review commentary Full article: Southeast Asia must guard against digital domination risks [First published in Nikkei...

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Commentary: Trump is inadvertently uniting Asia
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In this commentary for the Nikkei Asian Review, SIIA chairman Simon Tay said that more countries will move forward together, cooperating on an intra-Asian basis, without the US. Full article: Trump is inadvertently uniting Asia [First published in Nikkei Asian Review on 12 November 2018]...

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Commentary: Asean infrastructure – Keeping it sustainable
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Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi For The Straits Times Five years after the launch of China's Belt and Road Initiative, doubts are rising as to whether the world's most ambitious infrastructure plan is delivering the benefits it promises. From drastically reducing the scale of Myanmar's Kyauk...

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Commentary: Myanmar 2.0 in the making?
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Simon Tay For The Business Times PEOPLE now perceive Myanmar very differently compared to just two years ago. In 2016, there was euphoria after the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept the elections. Myanmar's economic opening, begun under the previous military-backed government, brought...

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Commentary: Inoculating Singapore Against Foreign Influences
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Simon Tay For The Straits Times Controversy about Sino-Singapore relations is resurfacing. Veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan reportedly warned that China “wants you to think in such a way that you will, of your own volition, do what it wants without being told.” China’s Ambassador to Singapore, Hong...

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Commentary: On water issue, Dr M again risks crossing a red line for Singapore
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By Nicholas Fang For TODAY When Malaysia's opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan, won the May 9 general election, many in the country hoped for a government that could stem corruption and move forward with reform. Many Malaysians admired the commitment and extraordinary energy of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and believed...