Tokyo, Seoul back on the right track

A moment of hope is lighting up the otherwise depressing world trade scenario. Japan and South Korea appear interested in stepping away from the...

The high price of multitasking

Not only do smartphones provide unprecedented access to information, they provide unprecedented opportunities to multitask. Any activity can be accompanied by music, selfies or...

New regional pact a nod to open trade

The dawn of a new trade pact in the world's most dynamic region reflects the triumph of leadership over drift, and is something to...

Confessions of a conflicted car owner

I got my driving licence 12 years ago this week.This was after almost a year of lessons and what seemed like endless hours of...

Tea and wine, and the twain shall meet

During one of his visits to Europe, China's President Xi Jinping referred to tea and wine as beverages symbolising the differences and compatibilities between...

The Trump doctrine: American unexceptionalism

According to US President Donald Trump, Turkey's invasion of northern Syria "has nothing to do with us". America's long-time adversaries in the region -...

Shallow cynicism of ‘Everything is rigged’

United States President Donald Trump wants his supporters to know that he is still draining the swamp over which he has presided for nearly...

Indranee says meritocracy not to be blamed for inequality and social mobility; online users...

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah said that the issues of inequality and social mobility in Singapore is not attributed to meritocracy...

Eco nightmare of today’s throwaway fashion

The Japanese company that owns Uniqlo and other clothing brands gave a media preview last month of a new technology to reduce the amount...

Global Affairs: The rise of politically motivated sanctions

LONDON • China's recent decision to impose sanctions against two United States defence manufacturers selling weapons and other military equipment to Taiwan is largely...

Global Affairs: What post-Trump foreign and trade policies look like

LONDON • Visiting Washington during the height of the North American summer is always an unusual experience.The weather is unbearably hot and clammy. But...

Is China heading for crisis?

In 2001, American lawyer Gordon Chang, who had spent many years in Hong Kong and Shanghai, published a book forebodingly titled The Coming Collapse...

How Abe can make his latest election win count

With his party's election win last Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is comfortably on course to become Japan's longest-serving leader. Come November, he will...

Focus on education and training to plug skills gap

Singapore is one of the forerunners among Asean member states in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, alongside countries such as Indonesia and Thailand.To drive the...

Distinguishing fact from fiction

Singapore's free trade agreements (FTAs) have come under the spotlight, particularly online, because of accusations that one such agreement, with India, has given Indian...

All abuzz about keeping children safe in public places

Look up from the mobile screen, so that you can look after your kids yourself.This was what some readers on Facebook wrote in response...

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