Global Affairs: Europe’s evolving policy towards China

LONDON • China's diplomats have every reason to feel satisfied with Europe's reaction to the current crisis over Hong Kong.True, the European Union described...

Moving cautiously into a new phase

The lifting of the circuit breaker measures tomorrow marks a happy occasion on Singapore's pandemic calendar. But that happiness would be misplaced were people...

China’s digital currency getting more buzz than warranted

Recent news that China's central bank is undertaking trials of its planned digital currency electronic payment system has attracted more attention, particularly in international...

America is a tinderbox

The last 21/2 months in America have felt like the opening montage in a dystopian film about a nation come undone. First the pandemic hit...

East Asia Watch: Xi Jinping has ‘three great mountains’ to conquer

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, grappling with the pandemic these past five months was no easy task. As the contagion's threat abates, the really...

Trump’s moves on China bear watching

The opening line of Rudyard Kipling's poem If speaks of keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on...

Unhappy families in a time of coronavirus

The rhesus macaque is a monkey species native to South and Central America as well as South-east Asia, and it shares approximately 93 per...

Trump and the spectre of a race-based US election

The novelist William Faulkner said: "The past is not dead. It is not even past." The past 72 hours of burning US cities triggered...

Modi’s world: Changing the terms of India’s global engagement

As the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term draws to a close this week, his determination to change the terms of...

Regions prepare to spread wings again

As cases of Covid-19 begin to taper, it is natural that business travellers in the Asia-Pacific will want to fly again. For a region...

Covid-19: What workers should look out for during this period

You may have heard some of the horror stories. Out of the blue, an employee receives an e-mail from her employer, informing her that she...

Tweeter-in-chief Trump hands Facebook and Twitter a gift

If outrage is the business model of social media, then US President Donald Trump has just handed the shareholders of Twitter and Facebook another...

Prepare for an L-shaped recovery

June 1 is just around the corner. The number of community infections per day is down to single digits. The number of new cases in foreign...

The case for libertarian lockdowns

In March, an employee of a Melbourne bank was sacked after the bank concluded he had falsely claimed to be infected with the coronavirus,...

Celebrating in the right spirit

It is reasonable that the National Day Parade (NDP) executive committee is taking on board feedback that people should be able to opt out...

Gradual opening up after circuit breaker is wisest course for Singapore, say experts

Singapore has opted for phasing in the easing of circuit breaker measures over several weeks, perhaps even months, despite the fact that the number...

Hong Kong: Crisis or opportunity?

Every crisis brings its disaster as well as opportunity. If there can be cooperation and compromise, this pandemic is a good time to accept...

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