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14 Jul Why Asian nations should pause when America beckons

By Simon Tay For The Straits Times The Biden administration will continue to put forward initiatives, but the targets of its Asian courtship need to consider if these fit their interests and if the proposed deals can be relied on. This Straits Times commentary by Associate Professor...

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01 Jul The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is launched — sort of

By Simon Tay For The Washington Examiner Speaking candidly at a recent Washington, D.C., conference, Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, warned the U.S. that for Singapore and the nations of ASEAN, the idea of “ friend shoring ” and explicit bans on Chinese goods and...

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25 Jan Placing Asean on stronger footing in a net-zero future

By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Business Times With the dust settled from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), efforts in 2022 must turn to the hard work of implementing pledges made by countries and corporations at that meeting. In Singapore, an early January...

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21 Jan Riding the megatrends: ASEAN’s leadership opportunities

By Julia Tijaja and Simon Tay For The Jakarta Post  Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is still not fully stabilized, and the coming weeks may prove crucial with Omicron variant increasing uncertainty. Yet ASEAN largely rode out the Delta variant surge in the months...

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14 Dec Grab: a bellwether for Asean’s digital growth?

By Jessica Wa'u and Rohini Nambiar For The Business Times GRAB'S recent US$40 billion initial public offering (IPO) is the culmination of a long and eventful journey riding on Asean's digital growth story. While the public listing of a South-east Asian 'super app' is a marker of...

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10 Dec Is Indonesia backtracking on COP26 pledge?

By Simon Tay, Siti Bazilah and Aaron Choo For The Straits Times  Indonesia was ranked the world's eighth-largest greenhouse gas emitter by the World Resources Institute, in a study before the pandemic. Agriculture, forestry and other land use make up around half of its emissions. So when Indonesia...

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17 Nov Indonesia, ASEAN should move ahead in tandem

By Simon Tay and Sarah Loh For Jakarta Post At the Group of 20 Summit, Indonesia as the next chairperson announced “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as the theme for 2022. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stressed that fair and equitable vaccine distribution and stronger health systems are crucial...

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06 Oct ASEAN– more than just a market

By Simon Tay and Satya Ramamurthy For The Straits Times Calls to re-emphasise the importance of Asean have been made as Singapore looks to reopen its economy progressively and re-establish itself as a key regional hub. This would seem timely given positive sentiments about Singapore’s recovery – the 2021...

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10 Aug ASEAN’s big test as it marks another anniversary

By Simon Tay and Jessica Wa'u For The Straits Times Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis...

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