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Commentary: Full of effusive support for trade and globalisation but will China’s actions match up?

Starting at APEC, China must match its pro-trade rhetoric with actions, says Tom McGregor.

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Trump, who early in his tenure had described Chinese President Xi Jinping as a friend, was generally

Commentary: The cooperative rivalry of US-China relations

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In Singapore

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Commentary: A wake-up call, when a disadvantaged child gets 8 out of 100 for an exam

Uplifting disadvantaged children requires us to create ecosystems of support and actively facilitate their access to this ...

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A 21st-Century Singapore Story

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Commentary: With more ultra long-haul flights, will globe-trotting travellers bypass Changi Airport?

Amid a global spending spree on long-haul flights and airport upgrading, will Singapore see a dip in arrivals? One aviation ...

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Dealing with Disruption

Bukit Panjang NTUC hawker

Commentary: Can the real social enterprise hawker centre please stand up?

Social enterprise hawker centres must not forget that hawkers are their key beneficiaries, says Jonathan Chang.

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Work Life

Japan office workers

Commentary: Toxic workplaces are feeding the imposter phenomenon

Highly competitive workplace can make us feel inadequate and create mental exhaustion, two observers point out.

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

The retail sector, which China is counting on to propel it to consumption-fuelled development, was

Commentary: The vast global impact of an inevitable Chinese recession

Some estimates suggest the pain of an economic slowdown in China will be confined. This is wishful thinking, says Kenneth Rogoff.

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Commentary: Malaysia government's budget, crunch time for economic reforms?

The Malaysian government budget projects a deficit of 3.7 per cent of GDP and contracting public investment - plans that ...

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Southeast Asia

There are fears a trade war could hammer the global economy

Commentary: As summits approach, winds of trade war hit region

Leaders gathering for the upcoming ASEAN and APEC summits should lead the movement back to a new and more stable trade ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Elsewhere in Asia

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index has had a rollercoaster ride since hitting its peak in 2007, before

Commentary: Getting ahead of the next Asian financial crisis requires stronger institutions

Keeping financial risks in check and strengthen relationships to mitigate the next Asian financial crisis, says one observer.

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American Global Leadership

Democratic Leader Pelosi remarks on Midterm Election results

Commentary: Why the Democrats didn’t do better in the midterms

The blue wave that the Democrats were hoping for never came. Instead the midterm result was a "blue splash" and an ordinary ...

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President Trump participates in signing of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement in New York

Commentary: America’s self-defeating China policy

Supporters cheer behind him as Trump holds a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio

Commentary: Remember, Americans like divided government

US President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on non-proliferation

Commentary: Donald Trump, a truly historic president

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World News

A sign is pictured on an electric car charging station at the United Nations in Geneva

Commentary: New electric vehicle highway in Australia warmly welcomed

Highways with electric vehicle fast-charging stations built closer to each other would ease "range anxiety", says one observer.

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Digital World

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Commentary: As digital threats multiply, will cyber insurance take off?

Smart home technologies may be vulnerable to hackers, yet many don’t have insurance to protect themselves against this rising ...

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People using their smartphones waiting for the train.

Commentary: Save me, I'm a screen zombie

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Commentary: Pokemon Go is still alive and changing lives

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Commentary: Beware the culture warriors of social media

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The Education Debate

Crest Secondary School

Commentary: What an effective parent-teacher meeting looks like

Trepidation, anxiety, and perhaps, frustration can be common emotions displayed at parent-teacher meetings. National Institute ...

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On Parenting

Mother feeding her baby at home

Commentary: Can young working parents survive without a maid?

Having a helper around helped us to ride out a rough season when we had many young children. Letting her go will not be easy, ...

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The first batch of flats in Tengah will be launched from in November in the plantation district.

Housing Singapore

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Commentary: The Lease Buyback scheme can give singles more housing options

The Lease Buyback scheme will likely see more signing up as Singapore ages over the next decade and the headache might be ...

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Tackling inequality in Singapore

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Commentary: The trouble with helping disadvantaged kids is you don’t know where to start

With the odds stacked up against kids from low-income families, figuring out where to intervene can be tricky, says June Yong.

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Mental Well-being

Smartphone addiction

Commentary: We have been phone snubbing people around us

Boredom isn't the main reason why people 'phone snub' each other,, says one observer.

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Employment Challenges

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Commentary: Expats, foreign talent and immigration make Singapore economically better off

Singapore would be wise to remain open to foreign talent and immigration, says a welfare economics professor.

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The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

On Gender Equality

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Commentary: Why an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth plague some women

While anxiety and worry around birth is normal and expected, some women can experience severe and overwhelming fear, say three ...

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Saving Planet Earth

FILE PHOTO: Opening session of the COP 23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn

Commentary: School textbooks need to highlight the seriousness of climate change

Some textbooks used in American schools curricula still suggest that global warming and climate change are myths, say three ...

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Living Well

Sick with  the flu? You should have gotten a vaccination.

Commentary: Flu vaccine not effective? Think again

Common misperceptions about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is one reason holding us back from getting vaccinated, says ...

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