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 | 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.

As the US and China clash, what can other countries do?
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

To reclaim Philippines from Beijing’s grasp, US must look beyond the South China Sea
13 Dec 2019 - 3:22PM
Trump’s Paris letdown needn’t harm Asia’s climate of cooperation
29 Jun 2017 - 6:47PM
Trump’s missiles hold a message for China and Russia, but can the US stay the distance?
10 Dec 2019 - 11:53PM
On the South China Sea and other contentious issues, Asean must speak with one voice
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
What the US can (and can’t) do to keep Asean united
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Human-trafficking must be a priority for the Asean community, not just to please the US but for the good of its own people
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
How both domestic politics and great power competition will shape Asean’s fortunes in 2016
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
The real value of a Japanese apology
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.

Regional summits can still play a role in reducing tensions
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.

Asean silence over Thai coup reflects regional needs and realities
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.

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

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

Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea 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.

More violence or economic crisis looms in Thailand
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.

How US tapering and politics will shape growing Asia
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.

Memo to Obama: there's still time to recharge US-Asean ties
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Without open dialogue, Asean neutrality risks becoming neutered
18 Jul 2012 - 12:00AM
Anchor of stability
2 May 2012 - 12:00AM
Unity will toughen Asean to withstand Sino-US rivalry
3 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Myanmar moves ahead on liberalising its economy
2 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Asia's path
2 Jan 2012 - 12:00AM
Image update
17 Dec 2011 - 12:00AM
Ruffling feathers
30 Nov 2011 - 12:00AM
All talk, no action
11 Nov 2011 - 12:00AM
Supporting role
20 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Weighing the realities
7 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Be prepared
19 Aug 2011 - 12:00AM
Can Asia keep its lights on without nuclear energy?
26 Jul 2011 - 12:00AM
Calm the waters
15 Jul 2011 - 12:00AM