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  • ASEAN in the Spotlight in Philippine Defense Chief's First Singapore Visit

    ASEAN in the Spotlight in Philippine Defense Chief’s First Singapore Visit |

    thediplomat.com 25 Jan '17, 2pm

    From January 23 to 25, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana paid an introductory visit to Singapore. Though his discussions covered a range of topics, ASEAN and regionalism were a focus given his country’s chairmanship of the association this year, which it will then hand ove...

  • Malaysia's New Army Chief Makes First Singapore Visit - The Diplomat

    Malaysia’s New Army Chief Makes First Singapore Visit |

    thediplomat.com 10 Feb '17, 7pm

    Malaysia’s new army chief made his introductory visit to neighboring Singapore this week. The Chief of Army of the Malaysian Armed Forces, General Zulkiple Kassim, was appointed last December in a series of key reshuffles in the country’s armed forces. Malaysia’s former army chief Raj...

  • Singapore-Hosted Military Exercise a Test for ASEAN's Disaster Response - The Diplomat

    Singapore-Hosted Military Exercise a Test for ASEAN’s Disaster Response |

    thediplomat.com 26 Jan '17, 4pm

    This week, representatives from 18 militaries gathered in Singapore for an exercise designed to strengthen cooperation in the area of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). Exercise Coordinated Response (Ex COORES) 2017, which was organized by Singapore, the Philippines, ...

  • Singapore and Cambodia: A Relationship Built on Sand

    Singapore and Cambodia: A Relationship Built on Sand

    thediplomat.com 10 Jan '17, 8pm

    Singapore has been a major backer of Cambodia and its post-war reconstruction. But much of the relationship has been built on sand. The island-state desperately needs clean, salt free sand for its building industry, and Cambodia has no shortage of the stuff. But in its rush to purchas...

  • Why Is China Playing Hardball With Singapore?

    Why Is China Playing Hardball With Singapore?

    thediplomat.com 09 Dec '16, 4pm

    With the Philippines aligning itself more closely toward China and the election of President-elect Trump and the ensuing uncertainty about a continued U.S. “pivot to Asia,” China seems to have started laying out a new approach in dealing with its Asian neighbors. Recently, it has emba...

  • Lee Kuan Yew's Legacy for China-Singapore Relations - The Diplomat

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy for China-Singapore Relations |

    thediplomat.com 05 Dec '16, 3pm

    Though it was the Philippines that initiated an arbitration case against China’s South China Sea claims, the most recent and prominent flare-up of Chinese nationalism case was actually triggered by Singapore. This unusual phenomenon can be explained by the ethnic affinity between Chin...

  • Thailand's New Air Force Chief Visits Singapore - The Diplomat

    Thailand’s New Air Force Chief Visits Singapore |

    thediplomat.com 19 Dec '16, 9pm

    Last week, Thailand’s new air force chief visited Singapore for an introductory visit. Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, was in the city-state for a three-day trip from December 13 to December 15. Rungswang’s appointment was first public...

  • Philippines' Duterte Continues ASEAN Tour with Singapore, Cambodia Visits - The Diplomat

    Philippines’ Duterte Continues ASEAN Tour with Singapore, Cambodia Visits |

    thediplomat.com 09 Dec '16, 4pm

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will continue his regional tour of Southeast Asian states ahead of his country’s ASEAN chairmanship next year with trips to Cambodia and Singapore next week. Since coming to office in June, Duterte has visited six of the nine other ASEAN states – L...

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