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  • 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-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...

  • 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...

  • Islamophobia could destroy #Singapore: Minister:

    Islamophobia Could Destroy Singapore: Minister

    thediplomat.com 30 Mar '16, 1pm

    Islamophobia could be destructive to Singapore’s social fabric if terror attacks fracture the trust among local communities, the city-state’s home affairs minister warned Wednesday. Speaking after a closed-door dialogue with students at an Islamic school, Singapore’s home affairs and ...

  • A Japan-Singapore-India Maritime Partnership

    thediplomat.com 12 Feb '16, 1pm

    The Indo-Pacific region has been fraught with maritime issues, including an array of non-traditional security threats, notably seaborne piracy and terrorism – two salient challenges highlighted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he addressed the valedictory function of India’...

  • Is Singapore Headed For a Recession?

    Is Singapore Headed For a Recession?

    thediplomat.com 28 Feb '16, 9pm

    There is uncertainty over whether Singapore’s economy is headed for a recession, and the online debate certainly reflects that. Overall, there seems to be a general consensus that growth prospects in 2016 will be challenging. As the island-state’s largest export destination, China’s s...

  • Singapore’s Impressive Food Security

    Singapore’s Impressive Food Security |

    thediplomat.com 06 Sep '15, 7am

    In many parts of the world, food security is emerging as a serious threat. Increasing population, land and water constraints, changes in dietary habits with increasing affluence, the impact on global food production of floods and droughts in major food producing areas, falling food ex...