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27 Aug Understanding the “Digital Silk Road”: Implications for ASEAN

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about more than physical infrastructure. Beyond the fanfare about ports and railways, the BRI has a technological counterpart with far-reaching consequences for Southeast Asia – the “digital silk road”. While traditional infrastructure has been in the spotlight, the digital...

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26 Jul Inoculating Singapore Against Foreign Influences

Simon Tay For The Straits Times Controversy about Sino-Singapore relations is resurfacing. Veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan reportedly warned that China “wants you to think in such a way that you will, of your own volition, do what it wants without being told.” China’s Ambassador to Singapore, Hong...

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11 May US-China: Trade War or Trade Skirmish?

The US and China are currently engaged in trade negotiations, but can a deal be struck before the first round of tariffs take effect? On 10 May 2018, we held an evening talk with Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam and Senior...

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27 Apr Setting the Record Straight – Singapore’s Role in the BRI

A year ago, Singapore’s role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) appeared tenuous at best. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s absence from the May 2017 BRI Summit fuelled speculation that the city-state would be bypassed in China’s grand strategy. However, PM Lee’s visit to China...

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16 Apr Positioning ASEAN for a trade war

By Hank Lim and Shangari Kiruppalini For The Business Times THE tit-for-tat trade spat between the world's two largest economic powerhouses has sent shockwaves through the global economy, roiling financial markets. Staying true to his campaign promise, US President Donald Trump has upped his protectionist rhetoric and...

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02 Feb Asia’s Prospects and Challenges in 2018

What lies ahead for Singapore, ASEAN, and Asia in 2018? The SIIA holds an annual party between the Western New Year and Chinese New Year, examining events over the past few months and looking ahead to the future. This year, we heard from two distinguished...

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01 Feb SIIA’s Year Opener: Asia’s Prospects and Challenges in 2018

Highlights from this event are now available on our website - click here for photos and a text summary. There has been some uncertainty about the future of Asia’s regional order. Observers have raised concerns about how US-China relations will fare under the Trump administration, especially with Beijing...

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