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Belgian DPM urges anti-terror efforts
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Governments can stop their citizens joining extremist groups in the Middle East by identifying what drives them to take up arms for terrorists groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said yesterday. The reasons they leave for...

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Economic integration, FTAs crucial for regional growth: Lee Yi Shyan
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Economic integration and free trade between economies remains a critical pillar for the growth of the region, so countries involved in the free trade negotiations should persevere through short-term reforms for the greater good said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi...

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New ZSL toolkit boosts transparency for palm oil
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A new platform launched by wildlife conservation charity ZSL seeks to raise the level of trust and transparency in the sector by assessing palm oil companies on their environmental policies. The global palm oil industry is set for a shake-up with the launch of a ground-breaking...

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China’s Asian Bank may herald a new world order
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A commentary by SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted in The Nation: In a commentary published in the Jakarta Post, Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman Simon Tay argued that the AIIB proposal runs against the established regional and global order, in which the Americans dominate...

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The slow struggle to economic integration
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Like post-independence America, ASEAN is a place with border disputes, no common currency, and weaknesses in education, infrastructure and environmental protection. Yet with strong leadership and focus on improvements in the right areas, the bloc has a huge amount of potential to grow in the years...

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Economic integration the flying factory
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        Bonnie Glaser of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank in Washington, says China may even be pursuing economic integration to strengthen its leverage. “China’s strategy is to weave together a network of economic interdependence. It is using the centrality of its power...

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Obama Seeks to Reassure Regional Allies Following China Accords
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On the heels of securing new climate, trade and military agreements with China, President Barack Obama looked to reassure America’s wary regional allies of its continued commitment to them. Mr. Obama, who attended a series of meetings Thursday in Myanmar at back-to-back summits with South and...

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Haze exhibition and roundtable media coverage
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SIIA's Haze Exhibition- Haze: Know it. Stop it (7 to 9 November 2014) Launched by Senior Minister of state for Health Dr Amy Khor, the three-day exhibition, titled 'Haze: Know it. Stop it', held over the weekend at Vivocity, was part of the SIIA’s efforts to...

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SIIA announces launch of haze tracking portal
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The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has announced the launch of a haze tracking portal. This was revealed at the SIIA's Haze Roundtable on 6 Nov 2014, a dialogue involving academics, private sector representatives, and NGOs from around the region. The portal, which is...