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Commentary: COVID-19 could redefine Singapore’s place in the global economy

COVID-19 may bring challenging economic times to Singapore but its more pervasive, lasting effects will accelerate shifts in the economic ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Protecting public health is key in novel coronavirus fight but we must also tackle xenophobia

Careful terminology, community leadership and responsible behaviour online are needed to stem potential anti-PRC sentiments, ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

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Commentary: Macau, China’s other One Country, Two Systems model, seems to be working just fine

The Hong Kong protests have raised questions about the model’s viability but Macau’s success suggests it works well, says the ...

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InTheUnited States

The U.S. Capitol stands as evening falls on the first day of the Trump impeachment trial in Washing

Commentary: Trump’s impeachment will decide who holds real power in government

The trial could see a clash between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the US collide, says Barbara L. McQuade.

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Caring for the Earth

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Commentary: A UN ruling has decided that climate refugees is a thing

A recent ruling by the UN's Human Rights Committee moves the needle in recognising the severity of climate change, says Yvonne Su.

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Global Headwinds

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Commentary: Weaker growth prospects herald bad news for businesses and financial markets

What’s the outlook for the global economy this year? Downside risks and the lack of a cushion throw questions on optimistic ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Not enough time? Transforming work and sleeping better in a digital world

Transforming current work and study habits to allow for more sleep and more efficient time use will result in better cognitive ...

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Commentary: We know more about the novel coronavirus but uncertainty remains about how virus spreads

The viral spread of anxiety and bigotry is as dangerous as the virus itself, says NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s ...

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Passengers board buses past personnel in protective clothing after arriving on an aircraft, charter

Commentary: Lucky to have flown out of Wuhan, but many feel mixture of concern and uncertainty

Having defied logistical obstacles to leave, evacuees now face two weeks in quarantine. But that's one of the few certainties ...

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: Jokowi needs to do better in making economics his priority for Indonesia

About 100 days into his second term and the President still has not delivered growth boosting measures, says Dr Siwage Dharma ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Top Asia Pacific

A poor showing in Delhi's state election this weekend would be another blow to Prime Minister

Commentary: The BJP could upset odds at the Delhi elections

On-going protests against the Modi government’s controversial citizenship legislation could work in its favour, says Sumithra ...

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

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Commentary: Our laptops are facing a slow death

Instead of constantly upgrading your laptop in the face of obsolete systems, consider alternatives, says Paul Levy.

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

Deepika Padukone

Commentary: Why Bollywood is going against the Indian political establishment

Movie stars have often been used to further the Indian government’s agenda but now many have found their own voice, says ...

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Modern Business

China has struggled to steer its giant economy through a slowdown

Commentary: Why reports of China’s economic decline are greatly exaggerated

Its annual growth of 6 per cent over the last decade will double China’s GDP in 12 years, says Stephen Greenville.

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Education

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Commentary: The rise of the digital economy – and how education may be transformed

Young Singaporeans must be taught digital skillsets, but changes will also be needed to the focus of education and the ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: The dreaded task of data entry still exists in an age of AI - but can be less despised

Data-entry is difficult to eliminate as a task, but a single despised task does not always mean an entirely despised job, says ...

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World News

Brexit

Commentary: Out from the ashes of Brexit, the UK emerges into a brave new world

Brexiters claim that the UK will thrive once freed of the “dead hand” of EU regulation – but this is likely a fantasy, says ...

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China's economy expanded at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, fuelling

US China Relations

The Lowy Institute has said in a report that China has overtaken the United States in the number of

Commentary: The US-China tech rivalry is fracturing the world and affecting trade, firms and jobs

This surge in techno-nationalism will result in some form of bifurcation, says Alex Capri.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised the team's mental strength

Sports

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Commentary: Tokyo Olympics are a chance for Japan’s diplomatic reset with North Korea

The games could help Japan mend ties with Pyongyang, the same way the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics did for North and South ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: A manis victory in East Malaysia for a resurgent Barisan Nasional

Instead of the Sabah Temporary Pass, dissatisfaction over developmental matters emerges as the more likely reason that ...

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Southeast Asia

Ruling in case against Myanmar on alleged genocide of Rohingya, at the ICJ in The Hague

Commentary: International law has its limits in protecting the Rohingya in Myanmar

The reach of the International Court of Justice is limited in ameliorating violent conflicts within or between states, says ...

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After failing to board a second flight and fearing they were about to be 'forcibly

In Hong Kong

Performers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a coronavirus as they perform a traditional Chinese

Commentary: Amid gloomy outlook, Hong Kong wrestles with novel coronavirus. But it’s surprisingly resilient

The Hong Kong economy has weathered two recent economic crisis over recent decades. But the novel coronavirus and continuing ...

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Married Life

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Commentary: Parents need not fear getting ready for the first day of school

Perhaps instead of stressing about the first day of school, parents should celebrate it, says Annie Tan.

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