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BKHS: Capitalising on the “Connectivity Contest” to Reshape Globalisation
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Globalisation connotes massive flows of people, goods, services and capital, resulting in increased integration and interdependence of economies and societies. This process has created unprecedented economic growth and development. However, the transformation has been uneven. Increased inequality has emerged, while development has often come at...

The Business Times: An SEZ with Johor could be a Game Changer
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When the leaders of Singapore and Malaysia met at end-October, a broad agenda appropriately reflected the breadth of ties. Notwithstanding this, or that it was the first leaders’ retreat held with Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s Prime Minister, there is something that deserves special attention and...

The Straits Times: Biden-Xi Summit – Beyond Hello and a Handshake
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Expectations are rising about a meeting between United States President Joe Biden and China’s leader Xi Jinping in mid-November. “We’re aiming to have a constructive conversation, meeting between the leaders in San Francisco in November,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said recently of the long-awaited talks....

The Business Times: Haze and the Business Heat
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After some years of blue skies, the fires and haze have returned, and these are triggering responses. Malaysia’s Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi blames fires abroad for unhealthy air levels in Kuala Lumpur and other urban centres; Indonesia, however, quickly questions...

The Business Times: If ASEAN Means Business
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THE recent Asean Summit and related meetings in Jakarta generated many headlines about the high politics of the region. A new map in the South China Sea drew considerable concern, as did ongoing violence in Myanmar. Diplomatic gestures were noted, particularly that US President Joe...

The Business Times: Sound and Fury – China and the US Talking
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It is an axiom of our anxious, poly-crisis times that politics now matters more to business than ever. Yet the well-known Shakespearean quote also warns us to be watchful of “sound and fury, signifying nothing”. There continue to be political events that occupy attention and...

The Business Times: The Dangers of Pandemic Amnesia
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The World Health Organization has just declared an end to the COVID-19 emergency after three years and 20 million deaths. Even before this, most countries have eased restrictions and international travel has resumed. The region’s largest economies, China and Japan, changed their cautious COVID-19 policies...