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US, Chinese defense chiefs meet in Singapore
by Martin Abbugao - May 31, 2024 - 2:43pm
The US and Chinese defense chiefs held rare direct talks in Singapore on Friday, offering hopes for more military dialogue that could help prevent disputes over Taiwan and other flashpoint issues from spinning out...
US, China defense chiefs to hold rare talks in Singapore
by Martin Abbugao - May 29, 2024 - 5:33pm
The US and Chinese defense chiefs are set to hold rare direct talks in Singapore this weekend, offering hopes of further military dialogue aimed at preventing flashpoint disputes from spinning out of contr...
Singapore Airlines tightens seatbelt policy after deadly turbulence
by Martin Abbugao - May 24, 2024 - 6:26pm
Singapore Airlines said Friday it has tightened seatbelt rules on its flights after one passenger died and more than 100 were injured when one of its planes hit severe turbulence.
Leaders and blue bloods descend on Brunei for royal wedding climax
by Martin Abbugao - January 14, 2024 - 2:21pm
Lavish celebrations for the wedding of Brunei's Prince Abdul Mateen and his wife reached a climax Sunday with a glittering ceremony attended by government leaders and blue-blooded guests from Asia and the Middle...
US, Chinese and Russian officials gather at Southeast Asia summit
by Martin Abbugao - September 7, 2023 - 12:59pm
US Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese premier Li Qiang and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will attend an East Asia summit in Indonesia on Thursday, offering an opportunity for direct, high-level diplomacy...
China warns against 'new Cold War' as big powers meet in Southeast Asia
by Martin Abbugao - September 7, 2023 - 8:45am
China's premier said on Wednesday major powers must keep their differences under control and avoid "a new Cold War", in a thinly veiled reference to Washington, as top Asian and US officials gathered for talks in...
Big power disputes cast shadow on Southeast Asia summits
by Martin Abbugao - September 7, 2023 - 12:00am
Southeast Asian leaders were holding meetings with top US, Chinese and Japanese officials in Indonesia on Wednesday, where big power rivalries and regional issues from the South China Sea to North Korean missiles...
Big power disputes cast shadow on Southeast Asia summits
by Martin Abbugao - September 6, 2023 - 11:41am
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) will hold separate summits with China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Canada, providing an arena for big powers to lobby the bloc.
ASEAN leaders meet at summit dominated by Myanmar crisis
by Martin Abbugao - September 5, 2023 - 6:56pm
Southeast Asian leaders met in Indonesia on Tuesday to seek a united voice on the years-long Myanmar crisis as the Philippines said it was ready to replace the country's junta rulers as chair of the bloc in 202...
Indonesia's Widodo says limited progress on Myanmar peace plan
by Martin Abbugao - May 11, 2023 - 11:08am
Southeast Asian nations have made "no significant progress" on implementing a peace plan aimed at ending bloodshed in Myanmar, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday, on the final day of a summit.
Myanmar to dominate ASEAN summit as violence escalates
by Martin Abbugao - May 9, 2023 - 10:43am
Junta-ruled Myanmar is set to dominate a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Indonesia starting Tuesday, after an airstrike on a village last month reportedly killed at least 170 people.
US blasts China's 'destabilizing' military activity near Taiwan
by Martin Abbugao - June 11, 2022 - 2:50pm
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday blasted China's "provocative, destabilizing" military activity near Taiwan, as well as Beijing's growing aggression across the wider Asia-Pacific region.
Harris accuses China of 'intimidation' in disputed seas
by Martin Abbugao - August 24, 2021 - 12:44pm
"Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea," US Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday.
US says China's sea claims have 'no basis' in international law
by Martin Abbugao - July 27, 2021 - 7:50pm
Speaking in Singapore, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said the US "will not flinch when our interests are threatened, yet we do not seek confrontation" with China.
Face masks, health checks and long check-ins: the future of flying
by Martin Abbugao - June 11, 2020 - 11:08am
Cabin crew in protective suits, health certifications for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times.
Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push
by Martin Abbugao - October 23, 2019 - 10:44am
Prices for a trip in the aircraft have not yet been determined but its developer is aiming for just above the fare of a taxi ride.
What lies beneath: Singapore plans a subterranean future
by Martin Abbugao - September 8, 2019 - 10:51am
Urban planners in space-starved Singapore are now looking underground as they seek new areas for growth.
Performance anxiety: Singapore schoolkids struggle with stress
by Martin Abbugao - July 3, 2019 - 3:38pm
Schoolchildren are paying a heavy price for Singapore's success in global education rankings, with rising numbers seeking psychiatric help as they struggle to cope with the relentless pressure for academic exce...
Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism
by Martin Abbugao - May 9, 2019 - 5:01pm
Singapore's parliament Wednesday passed laws to combat "fake news" that will allow authorities to order the removal of online content despite fierce criticism from tech giants and rights groups.
Skills shortages, labor curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing
by Martin Abbugao - May 5, 2019 - 6:15pm
Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce but growing demands for highly skilled labour and government moves to curb numbers of foreign workers may mean a tougher...
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