Simon Tay

Simon Tay

Simon Tay is a public intellectual as well as an adviser to major corporations and policymakers. He is chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, an independent and globally ranked think tank. He also teaches international law at the National University of Singapore.

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Opinion | Covid-19: ready or not, Asean nations must reopen, reconnect and reform

With governments’ finances stretched, there is an increasing recognition that the region can no longer afford economy-crippling restrictions and must return to trajectories that stimulate growth. While the region’s pre-pandemic potential remains, reforms are needed to boost efforts to move up the value chain.

With governments’ finances stretched, there is an increasing recognition that the region can no longer afford economy-crippling restrictions and must return to trajectories that stimulate growth. While the region’s pre-pandemic potential remains, reforms are needed to boost efforts to move up the value chain.

23 Nov 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | As the US and China clash, what can other countries do?

Neighbours and partners must work to rebuild cross-border trade and boost supply chains as a leadership gap widens during the coronavirus pandemic.

Neighbours and partners must work to rebuild cross-border trade and boost supply chains as a leadership gap widens during the coronavirus pandemic.

22 May 2020 - 9:07AM
Opinion | To reclaim Philippines from Beijing’s grasp, US must look beyond the South China Sea

The Trump administration talks up an old defence treaty and invites Duterte to visit. Meanwhile, Manila is awash with Chinese cash

The Trump administration talks up an old defence treaty and invites Duterte to visit. Meanwhile, Manila is awash with Chinese cash

13 Dec 2019 - 3:22PM
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19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM
Regional summits can still play a role in reducing tensions

Asia has entered its annual season of political summits and US President Barack Obama will be a key player, first at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and then at the East Asia Summit, hosted by Myanmar.

Asia has entered its annual season of political summits and US President Barack Obama will be a key player, first at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and then at the East Asia Summit, hosted by Myanmar.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM
Asean silence over Thai coup reflects regional needs and realities

The recent military coup in Thailand that ousted the government of Yingluck Shinawatra has attracted concern and controversy.

The recent military coup in Thailand that ousted the government of Yingluck Shinawatra has attracted concern and controversy.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM
In Asia, politics stands in the way of economic integration

Asians are now awake to the fear of armed conflict. A recent survey of 11 Asian countries by the Pew Research Centre found that more than half of those polled expressed concerns that tensions over rocks and islets claimed by China could spill over.

Asians are now awake to the fear of armed conflict. A recent survey of 11 Asian countries by the Pew Research Centre found that more than half of those polled expressed concerns that tensions over rocks and islets claimed by China could spill over.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM
South China Sea claimants must steel themselves against a more aggressive China

We now know Vietnam's immediate reaction to China's steps to begin drilling for oil in an area of the South China Sea that both sides claim. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers ran amok at two Singapore-run industrial parks, attacking factories that they believed to be Chinese-owned.

We now know Vietnam's immediate reaction to China's steps to begin drilling for oil in an area of the South China Sea that both sides claim. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers ran amok at two Singapore-run industrial parks, attacking factories that they believed to be Chinese-owned.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea storms

When leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered this week in Myanmar, the weather forecast was for high temperatures combined with a chance of storms.

When leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered this week in Myanmar, the weather forecast was for high temperatures combined with a chance of storms.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
More violence or economic crisis looms in Thailand

Anti-government protests in Bangkok have lasted more than three months, and yet they continue to confuse people. Much of the international media assert the sanctity of the vote above all else. Most rely on the distinction that the "red shirts" represent the poor, and the "yellow shirts" are the elite - as if simple colour-coding could explain complexities.

Anti-government protests in Bangkok have lasted more than three months, and yet they continue to confuse people. Much of the international media assert the sanctity of the vote above all else. Most rely on the distinction that the "red shirts" represent the poor, and the "yellow shirts" are the elite - as if simple colour-coding could explain complexities.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
How US tapering and politics will shape growing Asia

In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, two key phrases that conveyed the essence of the recovery strategy were "unconventional monetary policy" and "the new normal". The developed world would pump up credit and lower interest rates to try to resuscitate failing companies and their economies. These measures would ease off once things stabilised, but there would be no return to prior years of heady growth.

In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, two key phrases that conveyed the essence of the recovery strategy were "unconventional monetary policy" and "the new normal". The developed world would pump up credit and lower interest rates to try to resuscitate failing companies and their economies. These measures would ease off once things stabilised, but there would be no return to prior years of heady growth.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM
Memo to Obama: there's still time to recharge US-Asean ties

Mr President, congratulations on handling the domestic crisis of the US government shutdown and debt ceiling. The problem will recur but most see you as a winner for holding your ground. Now, about that cancelled trip to Asia.

Mr President, congratulations on handling the domestic crisis of the US government shutdown and debt ceiling. The problem will recur but most see you as a winner for holding your ground. Now, about that cancelled trip to Asia.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
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