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Singapore manufacturing, Singapore economy

Commentary: Singapore and the dreaded R word - recession

Bad news is good news for the prepared, says Singapore Business Federation CEO Ho Meng Kit.

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Commentary: Team-building exercises can be a waste of time

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

Hong Kong Protests*

A person holds a placard next to a banner displayed inside a chamber, after protesters broke into t

Commentary: Storming of LegCo building a turning point in Hong Kong politics

What is at stake for some Hong Kongers? Political autonomy, fairness and what it means to be a Hong Konger, says EAI’s ...

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Work Life

An open-plan office.

Commentary: Open-plan offices are not inherently bad – you’re probably just using them wrong

What might the set-up of an ideal workplace environment look like today? Alexander Brem shares findings of his experiment.

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Living Well

Southern Ridges nparks

Commentary: Take your cardio from the shops to the great outdoors

Instead of ensconcing ourselves in air conditioned malls, head out to enjoy nature the next time you have some time to spare, ...

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In Singapore

Love, Bonito’s Funan outlet

Commentary: The future of Singapore e-commerce is in brick and mortar

Love, Bonito’s opening of its biggest physical store yet in Funan may be a sign where online shopping will head to next, says ...

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

Spotlight on Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad (4)

Commentary: Malay political unity in Malaysia is but a myth

What’s behind Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s call for Malay unity and for Members of Parliament from other parties to join ...

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

US China Relations

Vietnamese policemen sit on stools near the hotel where the second US-North Korea summit took place

Commentary: Vietnam emerges a key winner from the US-China trade war

Vietnam’s economy is booming as the country plays off old enemies as new friends in technology and manufacturing, says Michael ...

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FILE PHOTO: A researcher plants a semiconductor on an interface board which is placed under a micro

Global Economy

(ni) Deutsche Bank Office (DO NOT USE)

Commentary: Despite layoffs, Deutsche Bank strategy on track at last

Deutsche Bank's dramatic overhaul, centred on a wholesale withdrawal from the business of trading equities, is a bold move ...

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The Gaia satellite collected the data on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in

Digital World

A lawsuit against Apple by app developers

Commentary: Want smart Asian countries? Get governments to be digital ready first

Smart investments in technology will transform the region’s greatest resource - its people, says Go-Jek founder and Global CEO ...

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

On Tech Titans

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Commentary: Big Tech’s growth spurt may be coming to an end

Apple’s launch of ‘Sign in with Apple’ heralds the start of the end of radical innovation in Silicon Valley, says IMD Business ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment


Commentary: K-pop fans should mourn the loss of good music not artistes

The fall of K-pop mogul Yang Hyun-suk, BIGBANG’s Seungri and more has been hard to stomach, but fans need to keep it together, ...

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A rescue boat is pictured near the shoreline of Laguna de Bay, before Typhoon Mangkhut hits the mai

Southeast Asia

Made-In-Vietnam: The country's first homegrown cars are set to be delivered on June 17

Commentary: Vietnam bets big on a homegrown US$17,000 hatchback

The VinFast Fadil has strong prospects, because of good timing and corporate backing, says NUS Business School’s Professor ...

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

Rising China

Hong Kong protestors in masks and goggles

Commentary: Behind Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests – a looming divide, growing pessimism about the future

The outcry against Hong Kong's extradition bill against a backdrop of waning confidence in city institutions show much work ...

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Trump speaks at a campaign event at Trump Doral go

American Global Leadership

U.S. President Trump meetS with Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau at the White House in Washingt

Commentary: US President in 2020 - why Donald Trump could win again

Mr Trump has refashioned the world, American politics and the Republican party in his image - and he's only halfway done.

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The US economy added a staggering 304,000 jobs last month

Commentary: The US economy is benefiting from a global slump

FILE PHOTO: Brochures are displayed for job seekers at the Construction Careers Now! hiring event i

Commentary: More in the US have given up on finding a job

US President Donald Trump raised levies on $200 billion of Chinese goods -- prompting Beijing to

Commentary: Donald Trump is making America scary again

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

Top Asia Pacific

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet at the Korean Demi

Commentary: Right now, it must feel good to be Kim Jong Un

The North Korean leader has achieved a level of international acceptance his father and grandfather never enjoyed, all without ...

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Supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama gather at city hall a day after after

On Indonesia

Jakarta is notorious for its air pollution and traffic jams

Commentary: Jakarta’s air quality kills its residents – and it’s getting worse

Choked up citizens have had enough and are taking the government to court over Jakarta’s chronic smog, Kate Walton points out.

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Singapore skyline

A 21st-Century Singapore Story

‘Lucky boy’ and ‘men will be men’ are problematic double standards

Commentary: Terms like ‘lucky boy’ and ‘men will be men’ are problematic double standards

Comments on news of a female teacher sexually exploiting her 15-year-old male student reveal disturbing attitudes about gender ...

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In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, a child in a stroller holds a sign as people rally

Married Life

Cooking pot on stove

Commentary: Time to cook is a luxury most families don't have

The idea of slowing down and making time for food sounds ideal, but today's family have a lot on their plate, say social ...

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The Education Debate

teacher in vietnam school, classroom

Commentary: Teachers love their jobs and feel valued but face immense challenges

Teachers passionate about their work derive intrinsic joy from intangible rewards but many new challenges remain on the ...

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An aerial photo shows rowers on Lake Washington near a line of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Boein

Aviation News

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton

Commentary: The big challenge of winning back trust in the Boeing 737 Max

Regulatory approval is just one step in getting the planes back in the sky, says NUS Business School’s Jochen Wirtz.

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