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16 Nov The slow struggle to economic integration

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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14 Nov Economic integration the flying factory

        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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31 Oct Asian bank will not just be China’s domain

China has launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with the conspicuous absence of the United States and its major allies. With China hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November, this issue is coming to a boil. The US' absence should not surprise. The bank proposal...

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24 Oct ISIS’ continued broad appeal worrying for Southeast Asia

News of ISIS successfully targeting Southeast Asian professionals and women have worrying implications for the region. Earlier this month, Malaysia announced the arrest of 14 individuals suspected of links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a senior assistant director at Malaysia’s...

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01 Oct Trans-Pacific Trade in A Troubled World

When Japanese and American trade negotiators met in Washington DC last week, their bilateral discussions mattered to many other countries. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has grown to include twelve countries that represent some 40 per cent of global GDP and about one-third of all...

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25 Sep Limitations on China’s grand economic plans

Chinese President Xi Jinping just concluded his rounds in South Asia, with recent visits to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to build on bilateral ties as well as to deepen economic cooperation. Back home, China also unveiled its economic plans for Asia through forums like...

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20 Sep ASEAN: Toward a common voice

A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten member states join in the establishment of...

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01 Sep Indonesia finally ratifies 2002 haze pact

SINGAPORE — Twelve years after signing the regional haze pact, Indonesia’s Parliament gave its unanimous approval yesterday to ratify the pact, offering a glimmer of hope that more would be done to ensure fewer haze episodes for Singapore and other neighbouring countries. In doing so, Indonesia...

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