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Getting Back in Business: China’s Recovery from COVID-19
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Months after the COVID-19 outbreak started, hope has begun to emerge from China. The speed and scale of China’s efforts to address the pandemic and its economic effects have been breath-taking, and its recovery is being keenly observed. However, concerns remain. The slow pace of...

Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions
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Hopes were high for Indonesian President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” as he entered his second term in 2019. Jokowi aimed to make Indonesia more attractive to foreign investors through a series of “omnibus” bills, In addition, infrastructure drive and anti-corruption efforts from his first term were...

The Saga Continues: Recent Developments in Malaysian Politics
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After two months of relative quiet, the Malaysian political scene heated up again in the lead-up to the first parliament sitting under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government on 18 May. For Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, there are questions of external opposition led by his former...

Cold War: US-China Tensions and the Fallout of COVID-19
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Beyond public health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had wide-ranging political impacts for US-China relations. Despite hope for global cooperation amid a global pandemic and economic crisis, antagonism between the world’s two largest powers is on the rise. We held an online seminar on 6...

Risks and Reward: The Outlook for ASEAN in 2020
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ASEAN has a lot to look forward to in 2020, but there are also numerous risks. Even as trade volumes pick up, issues such as the US-China confrontation, a potential China slowdown and erratic US policies could jeopardise the region’s prospects. These topics and more came...

Leveraging the Financial Sector to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
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Sustainable finance and environmental-social-governance (ESG) standards are starting to gain traction in Singapore. In 2015, the Association of Banks in Singapore released its Guidelines on Responsible Financing, requiring banks to incorporate ESG criteria in lending and risks assessments. In 2017, the ESG Integration Results of...

Hong Kong’s Protests: Economic Damage and Long-Term Implications
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On 3 October, we held a talk with Ms. Li Xueying, Enterprise Editor, The Straits Times and Dr. Steven Cochrane, Chief APAC Economist, Moody's Analytics, examining the implications of the protests in Hong Kong. The session was moderated by SIIA Chairman Simon Tay. In 2014, the...

ASEAN’s Infrastructure Gap: An Opportunity for Sustainable Finance
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ASEAN faces a long-standing challenge with the lack of good quality, adequate infrastructure. Governments need to meet the demand for infrastructure brought about by population growth and urbanisation, yet the rate of public sector financing for infrastructure development is unsustainable. Government financing accounts for 90...

The Implications of China’s Economic Slowdown
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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...