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Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan cast as contrasting figures in dramatic events unfolding in Hong Kong

Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan cast as contrasting figures in dramatic events unfolding in Hong Kong

By Ivan Lim Former AJA Presient Singapore: Two iconic Hongkong martial artistes, the late Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan have been cast as contrasting faces of the civil disobedience movement that is roiling Hong Kong in the past four months. Organisers of the anti-government movement have attributed their flash-mob street demonstrations, that quite often caught […]

Singapore responds to Hong Kong

Singapore responds to Hong Kong

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: In 2016, a Singaporean civic activist Jolovan Wham was found guilty of organising an illegal public assembly without a police permit. The theme of the indoor conference was Civil Disobedience and Social Movements. There was a Hong Kong connection: Joshua Wong was a pro-democracy student leader who […]

Singapore affirms pragmatic stand as it navigates U.S.-China-rivalry

Singapore affirms pragmatic stand as it navigates U.S.-China-rivalry

    By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN  Singapore: As the Sino-American rivalry intensifies, especially over the South China Sea, Singaporeans are increasingly concerned about being drawn unwittingly into the big-power test of strength. First, there is the pull of ethnicity, as the city-state has a predominantly Chinese population whose forebears had migrated from China. […]

Singapore election fever

Singapore election fever

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: Election fever is in the air in Singapore. The worsening economy – GDP growth forecast down to 0.1 to .1 percent from 2 to.2.5 percent arising from global slowdown — has spurred talk of a snap election. Pundits say the government may capitalise on the ensuing crisis […]

South China Sea Code of Conduct

South China Sea Code of Conduct

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: The long-awaited South China Sea Code of Conduct for peaceful resolution of disputes will be ready in three years, China and Asean have agreed. This was the key outcome of the Asean Foreign Ministers meeting with their Chinese counterpart.at their annual gathering in the Thai capital, Bangkok […]

Celebratory Singapore remains confident as world faces “very different future”

Celebratory Singapore remains confident as world faces “very different future”

  By Ivan Lim AsiaN Contributor Singapore: Singapore marks its 54th annual birthday bash today (August 9) with a marchpast of contingents and musical performances at the historical Padang square. The National Day Parade that coincides with the Republic’s Bicentennial (founding by British adventurer Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819) will be highlighted by a musical […]

Being politically correct on festival greetings

Being politically correct on festival greetings

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: In an Age of Innocence, people all over the world send out greetings to one another during religious and cultural festivals. They spread the message of friendship, goodwill and well wishing. to families and friends without fear of being called out for political and or cultural / […]

UN convention to enforce mediation settlements across borders named after Singapore

UN convention to enforce mediation settlements across borders named after Singapore

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: An international rules-based mechanism for resolving commercial disputes between countries has been named after Singapore in recognition of the key role the republic played in drafting and winning consensus for the treaty. The convention will be signed in the city-state on August 7 at a ceremony which […]

New party for Singapore tsunami?

New party for Singapore tsunami?

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: In 2018, the political sphere in Singapore was abuzz with talk of the opposition replicating the “Malaysia tsunami” effect to sweep the entrenched ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) from power in the next general election before 2021. This referred to the feat of the Pakatan Harapan (PH […]

Determined to thwart risk of becoming “Sinkapore”, Singapore prepares for perfect storm peril

Determined to thwart risk of becoming “Sinkapore”, Singapore prepares for perfect storm peril

Singapore: Climate Change has conjured up apocalyptic images of low-lying island states, going under in a matter of decades.  With unabated greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, triggering melting ice sheets, the rising sea-levels could soar dramatically by 1 meter by 2100, according to climate scientists. The dream city-state of Singapore with a population of 5.86 million […]

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