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01 Oct Singapore’s balancing act in building defence ties

By Nicholas Fang For TODAY The recent renewal of a defence agreement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States President Donald Trump in New York has a number of ramifications. To be sure, the extension of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use...

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27 Sep The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown

China’s economy is continuing to slow, with growth dropping to 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, the lowest in 27 years. We held a talk on 24 September 2019 with Dr Chen Gang, Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian...

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23 Aug Sino-US tensions – the silver lining for Asean and Singapore

By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For The Straits Times Many anticipate a Sino-American "war" and, while the proximate issues are in trade, there is a broader range of contention on issues relating to technology, unfair competition, democracy and the regional and global order. The effects will...

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17 Jul Openness to geopolitical flux is part of Singapore’s DNA

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Marking the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore is not only about commemorating long-ago colonial history. The occasion is also opportune to reflect on Singapore's shifting geopolitical realities: How it entered and then exited the British Empire into...

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17 Jul [Premium] Country Update: 4 July – 17 July 2019

Indonesia   Jokowi Prepares for New Cabinet (4 – 17 Jul)  Second-term President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” has started reshaping his cabinet lineup behind closed doors. Tempo.co, quoting officials such as Indonesian Employers Association Deputy Shinta Kamdani, suggested that GoJek CEO Nadiem Makarim could be among those considered for...

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14 Jun [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 23 May – 14 June 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Thai Telecom Regulator Neutral in US-China Tech Trade War (4,11 Jun) Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a neutral policy on the country’s 5G development plans, in the hopes of attracting both China’s Huawei and U.S.-based vendors to develop the...

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04 Jun End of centrist democracy and Asia’s unconventional systems

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times As centrist parties falter in Western democracies, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India offer lessons on how political systems can bring stability Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes - in India and across Europe -...

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22 May [Premium] Digital Economy Update: 9 May – 22 May 2019

Tech Business & Policy   Singapore to roll out at least two 5G networks by 2020 (8 May, 13 May) Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) plans to roll out at least two 5G networks in Singapore by 2020, to enable 5G-enabled applications such as driverless cars.  The...

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