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 | 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

21 Mar 2019 - 10:00AM

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

To reclaim Philippines from Beijing’s grasp, US must look beyond the South China Sea
Trump’s Paris letdown needn’t harm Asia’s climate of cooperation
Trump’s missiles hold a message for China and Russia, but can the US stay the distance?
On the South China Sea and other contentious issues, Asean must speak with one voice
What the US can (and can’t) do to keep Asean united
Human-trafficking must be a priority for the Asean community, not just to please the US but for the good of its own people
How both domestic politics and great power competition will shape Asean’s fortunes in 2016
The real value of a Japanese apology
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.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

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.

Regional summits can still play a role in reducing tensions
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.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

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

Asean silence over Thai coup reflects regional needs and realities
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.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

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.

In Asia, politics stands in the way of economic integration
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

South China Sea claimants must steel themselves against a more aggressive China
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea storms
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

More violence or economic crisis looms in Thailand
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.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

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.

How US tapering and politics will shape growing Asia
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

Memo to Obama: there's still time to recharge US-Asean ties
Asean must not be dragged into an anti-China coalition by Japan
China's foreign policy mantra should be 'economy first'
Asean will need help with big to-do list
Japanese companies must adapt to a changed Asia
Asean, China must see co-operation as essential, not optional

Rising tensions in the South China Sea have changed recent Asean-China relations from co-operation to potential conflict. Yet there is now agreement to begin consultations on a code of conduct to manage the issue. Since his appointment, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also visibly upgraded engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

Rising tensions in the South China Sea have changed recent Asean-China relations from co-operation to potential conflict. Yet there is now agreement to begin consultations on a code of conduct to manage the issue. Since his appointment, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also visibly upgraded engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Asean, China must see co-operation as essential, not optional
No one nation, whether America or China, can rule Asia
Heated rhetoric over disputed islands serves Asia poorly
South China Sea issue tests relations between China and Asean
Asia must learn to tango with new trade partners
Legal route to resolve South China Sea dispute a political minefield
Myanmar's time has come to deliver on initial promise
Asian nations should increase dialogue over economic concerns

After the global financial crisis, Asia grew at more than 6 per cent each year, outperforming a troubled world. And not just China, but also India, Asean and others.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

After the global financial crisis, Asia grew at more than 6 per cent each year, outperforming a troubled world. And not just China, but also India, Asean and others.

Asian nations should increase dialogue over economic concerns
A reforming Japan can spur regional integration

Sunday's election in Japan delivered victory for the Liberal Democratic Party coalition and a clear endorsement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paving the way for bold changes.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

Sunday's election in Japan delivered victory for the Liberal Democratic Party coalition and a clear endorsement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paving the way for bold changes.

A reforming Japan can spur regional integration
Progress on South China Sea creates room for Asean to focus on key issues

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations draws both admirers and detractors, and the recent ministerial meeting hosted by Brunei provided ample evidence for each view. While there were signs of positive movement, thorny obstacles lie on the path ahead. This is especially so on the South China Sea disputes discussed at the Asean Regional Forum.

19 Apr 2017 - 6:16AM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations draws both admirers and detractors, and the recent ministerial meeting hosted by Brunei provided ample evidence for each view. While there were signs of positive movement, thorny obstacles lie on the path ahead. This is especially so on the South China Sea disputes discussed at the Asean Regional Forum.

Progress on South China Sea creates room for Asean to focus on key issues