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US-China: Trade War or Trade Skirmish?
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The US and China are currently engaged in trade negotiations, but can a deal be struck before the first round of tariffs take effect? On 10 May 2018, we held an evening talk with Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam and Senior...

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Setting the Record Straight – Singapore’s Role in the BRI
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A year ago, Singapore’s role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) appeared tenuous at best. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s absence from the May 2017 BRI Summit fuelled speculation that the city-state would be bypassed in China’s grand strategy. However, PM Lee’s visit to China...

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Asia’s Prospects and Challenges in 2018
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What lies ahead for Singapore, ASEAN, and Asia in 2018? The SIIA holds an annual party between the Western New Year and Chinese New Year, examining events over the past few months and looking ahead to the future. This year, we heard from two distinguished...

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ASEAN must develop its own digital strategy for the sake of home-grown firms
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As the ASEAN chair for 2018, one of Singapore’s priorities is promoting the region’s growing digital economy. The figures are promising. South-east Asia’s digital economy holds strong potential, and is expected to exceed US$200 billion by 2025. Digital technologies present ASEAN member states with the...

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Was Trump’s Asia Tour a Success? (Event Highlights)
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US President Donald Trump says last month’s tour of Asia was a success. Was it? We held a talk last evening, on Friday 8 December, with Dr. Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore and Dr. Huang Chin-Hao, Assistant Professor, Head...