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COVID-19 Updates

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has been observing the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our analysis covers how the pandemic has impacted ASEAN and Asia from a political and economic standpoint. Here are the links to the articles and infographics, which are also available on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

SCMP: Global Crises and Internal Strife Mean ASEAN Must Shift Focus to Long Term

This article was first published on 2nd August 2023 on SCMP.  

The Business Times: The Dangers of Pandemic Amnesia

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…

The Business Times: Looking Beyond China’s COVID Wall

The new year began with any number of political factors that can impact business. But perhaps the most immediate is China, exiting from its Zero Covid policy. Many had urged this change.

Like its Great Wall, China’s Zero Covid policy attracted attention with its dimensions. Border controls and travel restrictions lasted more than 1000 days — longer than any other major country. Extraordinary lengths were taken to strictly police the policy, closely associated with President Xi Jin Ping personally.

The suddenness and completeness of the decision to end Zero Covid therefore surprised. As the volte face change followed wave of citizen protests, soon after President Xi was installed for a record third term, speculation swirls about its implications on governance.

Webinar – “Can the EU and the UK Lead with Asia?”

Beyond the health impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic has disrupted trade and investment, accelerated the push towards digital transformation, and highlighted the urgent need for climate action. At the same time, the pandemic has also exposed gaps in cross-border cooperation and the limits of global institutions. As we build back from the crisis, how can Western economies work together with Asia to reconnect business linkages, adopt new technologies, and ensure a more sustainable future?

Watch the full webinar and hear from Her Excellency Iwona Piórko, Ambassador of the European Union in Singapore, and Her Excellency Kara Owen, British High Commissioner UK in Singapore, as they share their insights at the SIIA’s Year Opener, “Can the EU and the UK Lead with Asia?” held Thursday, 20 January 2022, 1045am to 1145am (SGT).

Vaccination Rate Across ASEAN

The key to transit from pandemic to endemic is vaccination programmes across the globe. The steady progress of vaccination rollouts brings ASEAN nations closer to reopening their country’s borders and reconnecting with the world. While a full recovery may take longer than expected, it is…

[Premium] Chairman’s Note – 2021: A Perspective on the Pandemic in Vietnam: Da Nang

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Malaysia’s Covid-19 Resurgence

Malaysia has imposed a 2-week nationwide lockdown from 1 June 2021 to contain the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. Only essential businesses are allowed to operate under the lockdown, with schools and shopping malls shuttered. Covid-19 cases are on the rise, with new infections averaging over 6,000…

Emerging stronger: Present and future tense

By Simon Tay and Aaron ChooFor The Straits Times Some may question the need to think about emerging stronger when Singapore is under a heightened regime of measures against the pandemic and many countries across the region are facing the worst circumstances since the first…

CNA Leadership Summit 2021: Green Recovery

Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, spoke at the “CNA Leadership Summit 2021: Green Recovery” on Thursday, 22 April. Sharing his perspectives at the “New Private-Public Collaborations For Sustainable Economic And Environmental Prosperity” panel, he said that Singapore has the tools to combat…