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The future of RCEP in the ASEAN-China region
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On 9 April, Singapore became the first country to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). RCEP is the world’s largest trade deal, covering a market of 2.2 billion people and contributing to 30 per cent of the world’s GDP. China Development Institute and KSI Strategic...

Low (Green) risk of severe transboundary haze in 2021
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has released its annual Haze Outlook 2021 Report, providing a risk assessment of the probability of a severe transboundary haze episode affecting Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore this year. An online launch event was held on 24 June 2021...

Financing Southeast Asia’s Green Recovery
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More countries and corporations than ever have pledged to substantially reduce their carbon emissions by 2050, in response to growing demands from citizens and customers. Finance will be key in achieving these targets, and financial institutions worldwide are facing growing shareholder pressure to stop financing...

Biden’s 100 Days in Office: Is America really back?
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The inauguration of US President Joe Biden brought the promise of the return of America to the global stage, a reversal from the Trump administration’s “America-first” policy. Completing his first 100 days in office, did Biden keep to all his electoral promises? To mark Biden’s first...

One Year On: Vaccines, New Variants and Economic Prospects
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It has now been over a year since COVID-19 was first recognised as a global pandemic. While vaccination programmes are now beginning, there has been much debate about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, especially with new variants of the virus emerging, and it is not...

The Year Ahead: Focus Remains on the Pandemic and Economic Recovery
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Even with the turn of a new year, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt acutely across the world. Economic recovery remains a priority for ASEAN member states but depends very much on the effectiveness of each country’s response to the pandemic....

Sabah Election and its Implications on Malaysian Politics
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The political turmoil in Malaysia since the stunning 2018 election results have highlighted the complexities and multi-faceted nature of Malaysian democracy. The state election in Sabah at the end of September 2020 was a manifestation of this turmoil and will continue to have lasting implications...