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Commentaries

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]...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Commentary: Don’t devalue Singapore’s role as Trump-Kim summit host
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by Nicholas Fang As the buzz and excitement surrounding the groundbreaking summit on Sentosa between the leaders of the US and North Korea subsides, it's now left to Singapore and Singaporeans to evaluate the impact of having played host to this high-profile event. Bouquets and brickbats for...

Commentary: Asean’s active role in the greening of growth
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By Simon Tay and Fawziah Selamat For The Business Times SUSTAINABILITY issues are still often seen as long-term concerns, rather than requiring urgent attention, despite the Paris agreement to take action to address climate change. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), there have also been...

Commentary: A Broader Lens on Myanmar’s Problems
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By Simon Tay and Andrea Lee For The Straits Times It seems so long ago that people talked about Myanmar in terms of the triumph of democracy and a “frontier economy” of golden promise. Current headlines about the country instead focus overwhelmingly on a single issue, and...

Commentary: Positioning ASEAN for a trade war
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By Hank Lim and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Business Times THE tit-for-tat trade spat between the world's two largest economic powerhouses has sent shockwaves through the global economy, roiling financial markets. Staying true to his campaign promise, US President Donald Trump has upped his protectionist rhetoric and...

Commentary: Red flags from Facebook data breach for Asean
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By Chen Chen Lee and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Straits Times Facebook Inc has been dominating the headlines recently. And for good reasons. The tech giant is facing intense scrutiny for not putting in place the right mechanisms to fully protect the data of its users. Facebook failed to...