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Rule of law is key to resolving competing claims in South China Sea
June 7, 2016 1:00 am

Rule of law is key to resolving competing claims in South China Sea

During our lifetimes Southeast Asia has seen astonishing growth and development. Skyscrapers and deepening Asean collaboration are now the defining images of a region once beset by conflict. While much of the world struggles economically, Southeast...

Why we need the OSCE Asian partnership
June 4, 2016 1:00 am

Why we need the OSCE Asian partnership

On Monday and Tuesday, Thailand will be hosting the 2016 Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Asian Conference on Strengthening Comprehensive Security. Since its establishment in 2000, the annual OSCE Asian Conference has been...

China, Asean should join hands for peace and stability of South China...
May 28, 2016 1:00 am

China, Asean should join hands for peace and stability of South China...

The South China Sea issue has been ramped up recently. Some countries have been singling out China and making this issue even more complicated by distorting facts and misleading public opinion. Here, I would like to set the record straight and state...

China can’t peg its policies to the stock market index
January 12, 2016 1:00 am

China can’t peg its policies to the stock market index

The new year started not with a bang but a whimper. IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s prognosis at year-end was that global growth in 2016 would be “disappointing and patchy”, blaming rising US interest rates, the economic slowdown in China,...

Paris: An attack on one, an attack on all?
November 28, 2015 1:00 am

Paris: An attack on one, an attack on all?

In the Russian airliner, Paris, and Mali hotel attacks, 375 civilians were killed in the space of three weeks. These deaths were ordered by a rogue state - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a self-styled caliphate. ISIL has one purpose: to...

Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to progress at Paris climate...
November 27, 2015 1:00 am

Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to progress at Paris climate...

In the early 1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public.

What I expect from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris
November 25, 2015 1:00 am

What I expect from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response.

Is there a best form of government?
October 17, 2015 1:00 am

Is there a best form of government?

One of the commonly-held beliefs state that one should avoid the topics of religion or politics where it could create conflicts within a group setting. Because of the potentially polarizing nature of these two highly-charged topics, it's wise...

Turning grey into gold: Asia-Pacific's alchemy challenge
October 2, 2015 1:00 am

Turning grey into gold: Asia-Pacific's alchemy challenge

Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, amid dropping birth rates and improving life expectancies, the population is ageing.

Why has society become so polarised?
June 6, 2015 1:00 am

Why has society become so polarised?

Polarisation is the deep divisions within society. We see this in every opinion poll where the majority of the population is almost equally divided between those who agree to stay with the status quo and those who want to change it. In between are...