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3-on-3 with Wang Yao: Finance key in promoting sustainability in China

Prof. Wang Yao is the Deputy Secretary General of the China Green Finance Committee, China Finance Society. She tells us more about China's financial sector is increasingly moving towards sustainability, in response to the high environmental cost imposed by the country's rapid development. She was...

3-on-3 with Steve Okun: TPP will keep America engaged in Asia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has proven to be a flashpoint in the US Presidential race, with candidates voicing criticism of the trade deal. But in this 3-on-3 interview with SIIA, Steve Okun, Vice Chairman - TPP of Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce...

3-on-3 with Denis Hew: TPP will have an positive impact on Asia

The United States and China both have initiatives to expand their economic reach in Asia - the US-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, and China's One Belt, One Road and AIIB. Dr. Denis Hew, Director of the APEC Policy Support Unit tells us that Asia...

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The ASEAN Community – Towards a More Rules-Based Organisation?
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ASEAN Finance Ministers and central bankers have wrapped up the 20th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Laos. Plans and deadlines to develop ASEAN’s post-2015 financial integration featured prominently on the agenda. As ASEAN takes steps to realise its post-2015 ASEAN Community vision, it is important for...

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ASEAN-Taiwan Relations – What’s Next?
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As Taiwanese citizens head to the polls next year, the newly elected president shoulders the responsibility of setting the tone for the future of cross-strait relations. Even though the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has strong support in the polls, the recent Xi-Ma meeting does suggest...

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The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – The Strategic Importance
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Even though the AEC is just three months away from being launched, there has been scepticism associated with ASEAN leaders’ ability to bring the AEC into fruition.  Despite the benefits that the AEC may bring to ASEAN, domestic challenges still remain. In spite of the...

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Myanmar 2015 elections – what to expect?
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This year’s elections mark a significant milestone in Myanmar’s history.  There is a growing thirst for change in Myanmar, and the party that wins the popular vote will be tasked to set the tone for the future of democracy in the country. The future of...

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President Xi Jinping’s White House Visit: Implications for ASEAN
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On September 25, China’s President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama. It is expected that they may discuss both issues of contention and cooperation in Sino-American relations. While ASEAN may not be mentioned,...

3-on-3 Evan Feigenbaum: US needs a robust Southeast Asian strategy

We spoke with Dr. Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Dr. Feigenbaum gave an evening talk at the SIIA on the subject of "What is the USA's role in Asia's new order?" on 22 July 2015. We asked...