Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.
Bhavan Jaipragas
Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.

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Singapore’s PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat and 4G leaders visit China for high-level talks

Prime minister-designate Heng Swee Keat will co-chair the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the highest-level annual forum between Singapore and China.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:17PM

Prime minister-designate Heng Swee Keat will co-chair the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the highest-level annual forum between Singapore and China.

Singapore’s PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat and 4G leaders visit China for high-level talks
India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

13 Oct 2019 - 9:25PM

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal
In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:39PM

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on
Singapore opposition leaders liable for damages in US$24 million civil suit

Judge rules that Pritam Singh breached ‘duties of skill and care’, while Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim breached ‘fiduciary duties’

11 Oct 2019 - 10:39PM

Judge rules that Pritam Singh breached ‘duties of skill and care’, while Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim breached ‘fiduciary duties’

Singapore opposition leaders liable for damages in US$24 million civil suit
Singapore poets have a few choice words as minister Ong Ye Kung criticises Alfian Sa’at

Singapore’s education minister has hit out at playwright Alfian Sa’at by quoting verse he suggests shows disloyalty.

9 Oct 2019 - 12:25PM

Singapore’s education minister has hit out at playwright Alfian Sa’at by quoting verse he suggests shows disloyalty.

Singapore poets have a few choice words as minister Ong Ye Kung criticises Alfian Sa’at
Malaysia’s Mahathir lauds Huawei deal with telecoms giant Maxis as vital collaboration

Beleaguered Chinese tech giant inks agreement with one of Malaysia’s biggest telecoms firms to supply equipment for 5G cellular technology.

4 Oct 2019 - 2:17PM

Beleaguered Chinese tech giant inks agreement with one of Malaysia’s biggest telecoms firms to supply equipment for 5G cellular technology.

Malaysia’s Mahathir lauds Huawei deal with telecoms giant Maxis as vital collaboration
Top Mahathir adviser to recover US$2 billion from Chinese firm over axed pipelines

Daim Zainuddin will lead talks with a Chinese state-owned firm that received large payments from the previous government, despite little evidence of work done to build two gas pipelines.

3 Oct 2019 - 10:28AM

Daim Zainuddin will lead talks with a Chinese state-owned firm that received large payments from the previous government, despite little evidence of work done to build two gas pipelines.

Top Mahathir adviser to recover US$2 billion from Chinese firm over axed pipelines
As Singapore gears up to fight foreign interference, could political critics be caught in the cross hairs?

Law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam has indicated the island nation is ready to combat external influence in its domestic politics, but the proposed legislation is ringing alarm bells for critics of the ruling PAP.

29 Sep 2019 - 12:20PM

Law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam has indicated the island nation is ready to combat external influence in its domestic politics, but the proposed legislation is ringing alarm bells for critics of the ruling PAP.

As Singapore gears up to fight foreign interference, could political critics be caught in the cross hairs?
Top UK lawyer who defeated Boris Johnson’s government advises Singapore PM’s estranged nephew Li Shengwu

Facing contempt charges in the Lion City, the US-based economist has revealed that David Pannick QC is ‘advising’ him in a politically charged case.

26 Sep 2019 - 11:17AM

Facing contempt charges in the Lion City, the US-based economist has revealed that David Pannick QC is ‘advising’ him in a politically charged case.

Top UK lawyer who defeated Boris Johnson’s government advises Singapore PM’s estranged nephew Li Shengwu
The Fed fallacy: why Asia follows US interest rate cut at its own risk

As Asia’s central banks follow the US Fed in slashing lending rates, experts warn that going too far, too soon could leave them dangerously exposed.

23 Sep 2019 - 4:40PM

As Asia’s central banks follow the US Fed in slashing lending rates, experts warn that going too far, too soon could leave them dangerously exposed.

The Fed fallacy: why Asia follows US interest rate cut at its own risk
Mahathir’s son Mukhriz ‘in no rush’ to join Malaysia’s federal government, says work on Kedah state comes first

Kedah’s chief minister has a good chance of rapidly scaling the political ladder due to his pedigree, observers say. But Mukhriz Mahathir says he has ‘tonnes’ left to do in Kedah, one of Malaysia’s poorest regions.

18 Sep 2019 - 4:12PM

Kedah’s chief minister has a good chance of rapidly scaling the political ladder due to his pedigree, observers say. But Mukhriz Mahathir says he has ‘tonnes’ left to do in Kedah, one of Malaysia’s poorest regions.

Mahathir’s son Mukhriz ‘in no rush’ to join Malaysia’s federal government, says work on Kedah state comes first
Battle for spoils of US-China trade war has Malaysia’s Mukhriz Mahathir touting Kedah’s arsenal

Mukhriz Mahathir, the chief minister of Kedah state in Malaysia, says the region is well placed to cash in on the spoils of the trade war as investors eye new markets.

18 Sep 2019 - 10:39AM

Mukhriz Mahathir, the chief minister of Kedah state in Malaysia, says the region is well placed to cash in on the spoils of the trade war as investors eye new markets.

Battle for spoils of US-China trade war has Malaysia’s Mukhriz Mahathir touting Kedah’s arsenal
US Navy’s improved littoral combat warships in Asia to be armed with radar-evading precision missiles

The improved capabilities of littoral combat warships could give the US Navy’s forces in Asia a much-needed boost amid gains made by the Chinese navy, analysts say.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:04PM

The improved capabilities of littoral combat warships could give the US Navy’s forces in Asia a much-needed boost amid gains made by the Chinese navy, analysts say.

US Navy’s improved littoral combat warships in Asia to be armed with radar-evading precision missiles
1MDB scandal: Malaysia’s Najib Razak surfs popularity wave as legal battle enters next phase

The ex-prime minister’s insistence he is a victim of a political conspiracy is resonating with his base, despite the damaging revelations from the first trial over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

28 Aug 2019 - 8:04AM

The ex-prime minister’s insistence he is a victim of a political conspiracy is resonating with his base, despite the damaging revelations from the first trial over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

1MDB scandal: Malaysia’s Najib Razak surfs popularity wave as legal battle enters next phase
Malaysia’s Mahathir toughens stance against controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik

Televangelist Zakir Naik has sparked a furore in recent days with his comments about Malaysia’s Indian and Chinese communities.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:10PM

Televangelist Zakir Naik has sparked a furore in recent days with his comments about Malaysia’s Indian and Chinese communities.

Malaysia’s Mahathir toughens stance against controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik
Chinese missiles likely to cripple Asia-based US forces in event of conflict: report

Report by Australia-based researchers urges US allies to overhaul military investment to prevent American military might being undermined in the region.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:30AM

Report by Australia-based researchers urges US allies to overhaul military investment to prevent American military might being undermined in the region.

Chinese missiles likely to cripple Asia-based US forces in event of conflict: report
Military bases to ballistic missiles, what’s the target of Trump’s Asia strategy?

New US defence secretary Mark Esper has announced plans to deploy missiles and build more US bases in Asia. But he faces an uphill battle convincing countries wary of entering China’s crosshairs.

21 Aug 2019 - 4:55PM

New US defence secretary Mark Esper has announced plans to deploy missiles and build more US bases in Asia. But he faces an uphill battle convincing countries wary of entering China’s crosshairs.

Military bases to ballistic missiles, what’s the target of Trump’s Asia strategy?
Frank Tsao, who went from civil war migrant to towering pioneer of Asian shipping, dies aged 94

Tsao started his business empire in 1949 with a solitary coal-burning ship and built it into a multi-sector industrial conglomerate.

14 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Tsao started his business empire in 1949 with a solitary coal-burning ship and built it into a multi-sector industrial conglomerate.

Frank Tsao, who went from civil war migrant to towering pioneer of Asian shipping, dies aged 94
Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:11AM

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city
India, Thailand and New Zealand have cut interest rates. What does this mean for the Asia-Pacific?

The three countries’ moves are likely to be followed by other regional economies in the short term, experts say, as the lower rates come on the back of weak oil prices and fears over the US-China trade war.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:12PM

The three countries’ moves are likely to be followed by other regional economies in the short term, experts say, as the lower rates come on the back of weak oil prices and fears over the US-China trade war.

India, Thailand and New Zealand have cut interest rates. What does this mean for the Asia-Pacific?
Singapore’s ‘brownface’ saga sparks debate on race as Preetipls rap video condemned

State news agency CNA pulls celebrity Subhas Nair from music documentary over his video taking issue with Chinese portrayal of Indians in ad campaign.

2 Aug 2019 - 5:09PM

State news agency CNA pulls celebrity Subhas Nair from music documentary over his video taking issue with Chinese portrayal of Indians in ad campaign.

Singapore’s ‘brownface’ saga sparks debate on race as Preetipls rap video condemned
‘Offensive’ Singapore rap video by Preetipls attacking Chinese people sparks police probe

The video was made by two rappers of Indian ethnicity in response to an ad on a government initiative that featured an ethnic Chinese actor whose skin had been darkened to portray characters of different races.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:33PM

The video was made by two rappers of Indian ethnicity in response to an ad on a government initiative that featured an ethnic Chinese actor whose skin had been darkened to portray characters of different races.

‘Offensive’ Singapore rap video by Preetipls attacking Chinese people sparks police probe
US naval base rumours in Sri Lanka spark alarm as Washington and Beijing tussle for influence in Indo-Pacific

Talk of a tie-up with Uncle Sam to host a military base is increasingly dragging the Indian Ocean island nation into a great-power struggle.

27 Jul 2019 - 4:13PM

Talk of a tie-up with Uncle Sam to host a military base is increasingly dragging the Indian Ocean island nation into a great-power struggle.

US naval base rumours in Sri Lanka spark alarm as Washington and Beijing tussle for influence in Indo-Pacific
Malaysia banks on Chinese builder to boost business along East Coast Rail Link as project relaunches after wrangling

Beijing-backed firm will help spur development along 640km East Coast Rail Link route following nine months in which project’s future hung in the balance.

25 Jul 2019 - 8:20PM

Beijing-backed firm will help spur development along 640km East Coast Rail Link route following nine months in which project’s future hung in the balance.

Malaysia banks on Chinese builder to boost business along East Coast Rail Link as project relaunches after wrangling
Malaysia’s sex-video scandal pits Anwar against Azmin – but Mahathir is the big winner

Analysts say the prime minister is throwing his weight behind Azmin, while simultaneously be trying to shore up his own party – and his son, Mukhriz, may become a key figure in the tussle over who becomes the country’s next leader.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:20PM

Analysts say the prime minister is throwing his weight behind Azmin, while simultaneously be trying to shore up his own party – and his son, Mukhriz, may become a key figure in the tussle over who becomes the country’s next leader.

Malaysia’s sex-video scandal pits Anwar against Azmin – but Mahathir is the big winner
Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V has divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina, Singapore lawyer confirms

Following Muhammad’s issuance of the triple talaq on June 22, the sharia court in his state of Kelantan issued a divorce certificate on July 1, the lawyer said.

20 Jul 2019 - 8:44PM

Following Muhammad’s issuance of the triple talaq on June 22, the sharia court in his state of Kelantan issued a divorce certificate on July 1, the lawyer said.

Malaysian Sultan Muhammad V has divorced his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina, Singapore lawyer confirms
Malaysia’s Anwar-Azmin rivalry expected to end in ‘uneasy truce’, for now, as PM Mahathir Mohamad enters fray

While the premier’s involvement will bring about a ceasefire between the two PKR leaders, who are both designated to succeed him, analysts say the rivalry will continue to intensify.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:22PM

While the premier’s involvement will bring about a ceasefire between the two PKR leaders, who are both designated to succeed him, analysts say the rivalry will continue to intensify.

Malaysia’s Anwar-Azmin rivalry expected to end in ‘uneasy truce’, for now, as PM Mahathir Mohamad enters fray
1MDB scandal: Malaysia court grants US$11.6 million seizure of fugitive Jho Low’s father’s assets

It’s the first domestic forfeiture of assets linked to the scandal, in which some US$4.5 billion of funds were allegedly plundered from state coffers.

19 Jul 2019 - 2:57PM

It’s the first domestic forfeiture of assets linked to the scandal, in which some US$4.5 billion of funds were allegedly plundered from state coffers.

1MDB scandal: Malaysia court grants US$11.6 million seizure of fugitive Jho Low’s father’s assets
AirAsia owes Malaysian airport operator millions of dollars in unpaid fees, court rules

The low-cost carrier had been locked in a long-running legal dispute over its refusal to raise fees for international passengers departing from its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

19 Jul 2019 - 1:56AM

The low-cost carrier had been locked in a long-running legal dispute over its refusal to raise fees for international passengers departing from its hub in Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia owes Malaysian airport operator millions of dollars in unpaid fees, court rules
Malaysia’s seizure of Chinese pipeline firm’s assets not a slight on Beijing, says finance minister Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng said the seizure of US$240 million from a bank account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering was ‘company specific’ and not conducted against its country of origin.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:29AM

Lim Guan Eng said the seizure of US$240 million from a bank account of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering was ‘company specific’ and not conducted against its country of origin.

Malaysia’s seizure of Chinese pipeline firm’s assets not a slight on Beijing, says finance minister Lim Guan Eng