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US raps China over ‘destabilising’ acts
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United States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday sharply criticised China for "destabilising, unilateral actions" in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea and warned that Washington would not look the other way when fundamental principles of international order are being challenged. In an hour-long...

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Crusade to save Yangon’s heritage
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As Myanmar sprints to catch up with its more developed South-east Asian neighbours, one man is in a different kind of race: to safeguard hundreds of precious colonial buildings in Yangon from the wrecking ball. Historian and author Thant Myint-U, 48, is up against the tide...

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$63m programme to boost Singapore’s nuclear expertise
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SINGAPORE is building up its expertise in nuclear safety, science and engineering, with a $63 million, five-year research and education programme. The move, say experts, will help the nation keep on top of developments in the field, and what to do if a disaster should strike. The...

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Muted hopes for Obama’s Asia visit
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FOR all the buzz about United States President Barack Obama's visit to Asia this week, the tour will likely be greeted in the region with muted expectations over what he can accomplish. While there is much symbolic value in the tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia...

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Cooperation is key to tackling haze issue
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SINGAPORE - To solve the haze problem, countries need to cooperate and not blame each other for pollution; they should also view the problem in terms of economic inter-dependence, said legal experts at a conference on transboundary pollution on Thursday. Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman...

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Government proposes law to allow action against firms causing haze
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SINGAPORE — In a move aimed at sending “a strong signal of deterrence” to errant companies, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources plans to introduce a law that will allow legal action to be taken against companies, both local and foreign, that cause transboundary...

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Soothing tensions over China’s ADIZ
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Tensions have flared up again between the US and China over the latter’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. These tensions could dampen US Secretary of State John Kerry’s upcoming talks with China over the air defence zone during his five-day...

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Singapore Institute of International Affairs #1 in Asia and the Pacific
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Singapore, 24 January 2014 – SINGAPORE’S oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), has topped a list of think tanks in Asia and the Pacific in a global survey. The SIIA improved on its second place ranking in 2012, leapfrogging Australia’s Lowy Institute...