July 31, 2018

Mandela’s legacy lives strong in Asia, but can we say the same for its leaders?

This month’s centenary celebrations in South Africa, marking the birth of Nelson Mandela, sadly remind us of the death of any other public figure whose unquestionable […]
July 31, 2018

Admit it: Trump’s Singapore date with Kim made us all safer

Let’s give credit where it’s due. Last Monday’s sit-down in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un probably nudged the Doomsday Clock just a few […]
July 31, 2018

Sleepless in Singapore: dear Trump, some dos and don’ts for your big date with Kim

Dear President Trump, As you prepare for your historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, you are probably now being bombarded by the voices of talking-head […]
July 31, 2018

Trump-Kim talks: the art of no deal

Is the guy who wrote The Art of the Deal really a choke artist? It’s a fair question after US President Donald Trump appears to have buckled last week on two […]
July 31, 2018

Why would Kim Jong-Un trust Trump now he’s ripped up Iran’s nuclear deal?

An isolated “rogue regime” with a horrendous human rights record destabilises the region, supports terrorism and embarks on a dangerous nuclear programme. The world community bands together […]
July 31, 2018

Donald Trump, the Nobel-worthy peacemaker in Korea? It’s not so far-fetched

One year and four months into his presidency, Donald Trump has been called a lot of things – populist, demagogue, disrupter, authoritarian, narcissistic, corrupt, even unhinged, among the printable […]
July 31, 2018

Does Trump even have an endgame in trade war with China?

Back in 2003, at the start of America’s disastrous invasion of Iraq, then Major General David Petraeus, commanding the US 101st Airborne Division driving toward Baghdad, […]
July 31, 2018

Someone tell Trump the trade war is over. China won

Nine years ago it was car tyres followed by chicken feet. Now it’s washing machines and solar panels followed by sorghum. Aluminium and steel may soon be […]
July 31, 2018

Here’s a lesson from the 1997 stock crash: don’t panic

A financial contagion from Wall Street spreads across the Pacific to hammer Asian markets. Regional stocks plummet from Shanghai to Singapore. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index takes one […]