The importance of trust and other lessons from the Sars outbreak

As a new coronavirus spreads within China and to other countries, I'm reminded of my time in Hong Kong during the severe acute respiratory...

Here’s how to build a healthy city

We are genetically programmed for a different world. Genes that were important for our ancestors in a world of scarcity, where they were driven...

How China deals with its food supply has an impact on pandemics

With the world's largest high-speed rail network, a payments system that is largely conducted via phone apps, and half the world's solar-power plants, China...

What is the secret of Singapore’s success?

As this is my first op-ed in the new solar and lunar year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the...

Singapore is a family, year after year

The advent of the Chinese New Year today, like the first day of the new year for the other communities of Singapore, affirms one...

Moral leadership in a fragmenting world

This oration was originally planned to be held in Hong Kong last December in conjunction with an event co-organised by the Academies of Medicine...

Germany can only lose over Huawei decision

BERLIN • For Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel it is probably one of the most difficult decisions to take: whether to let Chinese tech company...

The birth of ‘digital twins’ will transform our world

Science fiction writers have had no end of fun imagining alternative realities and parallel worlds. Today, we are building them in digital form.With the...

Faith can and must win over terror

Having faith groups assess their own crisis readiness, equipping their members with improvised first aid skills, and putting together detailed emergency response plans are...

Class war is not the solution to US’ woes

This is a golden age for "Theyism". This is the belief that there is some malevolent, elite "they" out there and "they" are destroying...

Why Davos draws tycoons and Thunberg

As the gulf between the rich and everyone else continues to grow, at least 119 billionaires are converging on Switzerland this week to join...

Why is Carlos Ghosn afraid of Japan’s criminal justice system?

In the 13 months between the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, the former chief executive of Nissan, and his fleeing Japan amid allegations of improper...

Taiwan’s future – three dangerous trends

Ms Tsai Ing-wen's victory in Taiwan's presidential election earlier this month has been widely welcomed, and one can see why. It reaffirms the Taiwanese...

India must stay on course with Bezos

Much attention has focused on the just-concluded visit to India, the world's only billion-plus market fully open to Western technology firms, by Mr Jeff...

The role of Davos in China’s rise

Beijing's alliance with the World Economic Forum (WEF) started in 1979 with the arrival in Davos, Switzerland, of a small team of free-market economists...

Yellow or blue? In Hong Kong, businesses choose political sides

The tapioca pearls at Mr Fred Liu's bubble teahouse are springy and fresh, just like the fishballs at Ms Elaine Lau's noodle shop. But...

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