March 2018
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29 Jun A sunny island set in the Asian hinterland

It is a promising sign when an anniversary is occasion to look keenly forward as well as nostalgically backwards. So it is with Singapore’s golden jubilee celebrations this August. Singapore’s success as a globalised city-state owes itself in no small part to visionary leadership that used...

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26 May Is ASEAN still at the heart of Asia?

The regional architecture in Asia is fast evolving, with China’s new initiatives gaining more traction. As Japan and the USA attempt to balance China’s growing influence by extending their own economic reach in Asia, ASEAN must stay united on all fronts and carefully navigate this...

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22 May The Rohingya Crisis – a catalyst for change in ASEAN

With an estimated 25,000 Rohingya refugees having fled Burma since the beginning of 2015, and as many as 10,000 refugees still stranded in the Andaman Sea, the Rohingya crisis is becoming the largest refugee crisis in Southeast Asia since the exodus of Vietnamese boat people...

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08 May Around the Web: Islands in the South China Sea

China has intensified construction on artificial islands in the South China Sea in recent months. At the end of April, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — which includes the Philippines and Vietnam, rival South China Sea claimants who have clashed with China -...

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29 Apr 3-on-3 with Dino Patti Djalal: Jokowi knows Singapore well

With President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo now at the helm of ASEAN's biggest nation, what does the future hold for Singapore-Indonesia ties, as well as Indonesia's relations with the rest of the region? We spoke to Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, former Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister and...

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23 Apr China’s moves and Asia’s responses

Earlier this month, the leader of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, made an official visit to Beijing. His trip underscores the dilemma facing Southeast Asian nations. Can Asian countries strengthen their ties with China without compromising their own national interests? Both China and Vietnam...

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22 Apr Can ASEAN maintain central role in the region?

At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur starting this Friday, concerns about major regional powers will be high on the agenda. Tensions between China and Japan have been palpable and may again be stoked with the coming 70th anniversary of...

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09 Apr 3-on-3 with Xiao Geng: China’s economy and the region

How will China's economic slowdown affect Singapore and our neighbours in Southeast Asia? We spoke with Dr. Xiao Geng, Vice-President (China) of the Fung Global Institute, about China's economy and other current questions, on the sidelines of our Future50 public lecture on 31 March 2015....

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