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  • China, Singapore to Hold Second-Ever Naval Exercise

    China, Singapore to Hold Second-Ever Naval Exercise

    thediplomat.com 09 Sep '16, 2pm

    China and Singapore are set to hold their second-ever bilateral military exercise this weekend, the Southeast Asian state’s defense ministry confirmed on September 9. The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast will conduct a bilateral exercise with t...

  • Enough Air Power? Singapore Drops the F-35 Stealth Fighter

    Enough Air Power? Singapore Drops the F-35 Stealth Fighter

    thediplomat.com 09 Aug '16, 3pm

    Singapore is putting on hold plans to procure up to 12 Lockheed-Martin supersonic fifth-generation F-35B stealth multirole fighter jets for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), according to the Pentagon’s F-35 program office, Bloomberg News reports . Singapore’s Permanent Secre...

  • Advancing the US-Singapore Strategic Partnership

    thediplomat.com 29 Jul '16, 3pm

    On August 1-2, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit the United States as the two countries commemorate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Lee’s visit will feature a rare state dinner in his honor hosted by President Barack Obama, making him just the fif...

  • Singapore-Australia Relations: Popularly Ignored But Important

    Singapore-Australia Relations: Popularly Ignored But Important

    thediplomat.com 13 Jun '16, 12am

    I’m late to the story here, but Singapore and Australia signed a large defense deal in May and expanded their free trade agreement, the SAFTA, first signed in 2003, the first for Australia since a 1983 deal with New Zealand. Australia and Singapore have had a generally strong friendsh...

  • Terrorism May Tear Singapore Apart: Prime Minister

    Terrorism May Tear Singapore Apart: Prime Minister

    thediplomat.com 09 Aug '16, 4pm

    Terrorism can tear Singapore’s society apart, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned during his annual independence day address delivered August 8. As I have written previously, officials in Singapore been sounding alarm bells about the rising threat from the Islamic State (ISIS), warn...

  • Did #China firm 'secretly recall' defective #Singapore #MRT trains? My latest for @Diplomat_APAC:

    Did China Firm ‘Secretly Recall’ Defective Singapore Trains? | The

    thediplomat.com 05 Jul '16, 2pm

    Over the past few days, Singapore has been rocked by allegations that a Chinese manufacturer may have “secretly” recalled defective subway trains from the city-state with the complicity of its officials, threatening to fuel popular frustrations about the state of public transportation...

  • Singapore-Kunming Rail Link: A 'Belt and Road' Case Study

    Singapore-Kunming Rail Link: A ‘Belt and Road’ Case Study | The

    thediplomat.com 17 Jun '16, 4pm

    Among the various projects proposed under China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) strategy, the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) seems to be the most promising rail project. Since announced at the fifth summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995, this project ...

  • Singapore, India Hold First Defense Ministers' Dialogue - The Diplomat

    Singapore, India Hold First Defense Ministers’ Dialogue |

    thediplomat.com 04 Jun '16, 3am

    India and Singapore held their first ever defense ministers’ dialogue Friday ahead of Asia’s premier security forum in the city-state. Last November, the two countries had agreed to an annual Singapore-India Defense Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD) as part of a revised Defense Cooperation Ag...

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