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Update: Sun, Nov 18 2018    

Ardern and Lee announce benefits for travellers and business in upgrade of old deal

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong used their bilateral meeting in Singapore to announce the upgrade of the Closer Economic Partnership, one of New Zealand's oldest trade deals which grew into the CPTPP. And Trade Minister David Parker has just announced that Vietnam is the seventh of the 11 CPTPP countries to ratify the trade deal.

Asean Summit: Singapore warns of protectionism's negative impact on world economy

"We are meeting in a critical time. Protectionism and anti-globalization sentiments are on the rise.

PM Lee, President Putin reaffirm long-standing ties between Singapore and Russia

Meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on 14 Nov 2018. SINGAPORE: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday reaffirmed the broad-based and long-standing friendship between the two countries as they mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Canada wants free trade deal with southeast Asian nations, Trudeau says

Canada wants to walk down the path toward a free-trade agreement with a bloc of 10 Asian nations as early as next spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday in his only opportunity to directly address the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Trudeau told a leaders' luncheon that exploratory talks could be wrapped up by the spring with negotiations to begin soon after - timing that would be close to next fall's federal election.

Warnings of a 'Domino Effect' of Protectionism as Asian Leaders Meet

Asian leaders gathered for a summit on Tuesday amid warnings that the post-World War II international order is in jeopardy and trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could trigger a "domino effect" of protectionist measures by other countries. Malaysian Prime Mahathir Mohamad told a business forum ahead of the summit in Singapore that other developed countries would take a cue from the United States and China if their tit-for-tat tariff war were allowed to spiral.

'Mainstreaming' of terrorists by Pakistan a threat, PM tells Us VP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out the "mainstreaming" of figures involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in the recent elections in Pakistan, a clear reference to Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed, during his interaction with US vice-president Mike Pence in Singapore on Wednesday. PM Modi also reminded the US VP that in one way or another all the traces and all the leads in global terror attacks ultimately lead to a "single source and single place of origin", in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

China'... . Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, fifth from left, and ASEAN leaders leave the stage following a brief group photo at the start of the ASEAN Plus China Summit in the ongoing 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits Wednesday, Nov. 14,... .

Core principles of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy...

Core principles of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy align well with Singapore, ASEAN's priorities: PM Lee SINGAPORE: The core principles of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy align well with Singapore and with the priorities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations , Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday . Speaking during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit, Mr Lee said that Singapore appreciates Japan's efforts to articulate its Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy to ASEAN members and its willingness to take in feedback.

PM Modi holds talks with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including cooperation in financial technology and regional economic integration. Modi began his two-day visit to Singapore on Wednesday by addressing the Fintech Festival, the world's largest event on financial technology.

At Pearce Base in Australia, RSAF personnel and their families find a home away from home

Qualified Flying Instructor with the Republic of Singapore Air Force Captain Alvin Leow glanced over at his wife, Mindy Poh, and chuckled. "Initially.

Myanmar's neighbours to call for - accountability' in Rakhine crisis - draft statement

Southeast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar's Rakhine state to be held "fully accountable", according to a statement prepared for a regional summit, reflecting a stronger line being taken within the group. The draft of the chairman's statement, which was reviewed by Reuters but may change before it is delivered by host Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the close of meetings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations , said the situation in Rakhine State was a "matter of concern".

Ready for the chair

Singapore Prime Minister and current Asean chairman Lee Hsien Loong kicked off Asean Summit Week in the Lion City with a keynote address to the Asean Business and Investment Summit on the sidelines of the political gathering. A decade after living through the devastating experience of the 2009 Asean summit, the kingdom will have another chance to regain its regional leadership and reputation.

China calls on ASEAN to work together on trade, South China Sea

SINGAPORE: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called on ASEAN to work together with China on free trade and maintaining peace in the South China Sea. Delivering the 44th Singapore Lecture on Tuesday , he confirmed that leaders are hoping to conclude talks on a 16-country trade pact - known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership - next year.

The Latest: Southeast Asian meet starts with call for unity

ASEAN Leaders pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony for the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Singapore.

'Breathless speculation' about possible appointment in PAP...

Ministers Grace Fu and K Shanmugam, PAP Secretary-General Lee Hsien Loong and minister Chan Chun Sing at the PAP Conference and Awards Ceremony at Singapore Expo on Nov 11, 2018. SINGAPORE: "Breathless speculation" about his future appointment in the People's Action Party's Central Executive Committee may be "off the mark", Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has said, in response to media reports that suggested he would be appointed a PAP assistant secretary-general and deputy prime minister.

SingHealth COI: Internet surfing separation an 'additional...

SingHealth was the target of a major cyber attack where hackers are reported to have stolen the personal particulars of more than a million patients. SINGAPORE: Challenges in providing patient care are among the issues that have arisen because of temporary Internet Surfing Separation enforced across public healthcare clusters following the cyberattack on SingHealth, chief data advisor for the Ministry of Health James Yip told a Committee of Inquiry on Monday .

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Singapore's prime minister made an impassioned plea Monday for open markets and warned "political pressures" were driving countries apart, in a swipe at rising protectionism at the start of a gathering of world leaders. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called for markets across Southeast Asia to be more open Dignitaries including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and US Vice President Mike Pence are attending this week's summit in the city-state against the backdrop of a months-long trade dispute between Beijing and Washington.