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  • Foreigners not as wanted as before in Singapore

    SINGAPORE – Record job losses are testing Singapore’s openness to global talent, magnifying local unease with foreign job seekers that was already apparent before Covid-19 drove the wealthy city-state into its deepest-ever recession.   Under pressure to revive the economy and create jobs, policymakers are responding…
  • Palestinians could win big from Arab-Israel pacts

    The Israeli agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain represent a dramatic development, marking a watershed in a decades-long Israeli effort to gain acceptance in the Middle East. All sides emphasized the historic significance by referring to the framework agreement as the “Abraham…
  • Suga’s team looks like old wine in a new bottle

    Japan’s diminutive new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga certainly does not have the build of a sumo wrestler – and probably does not have the mindset of one, either. That’s a shame because the Japanese brand of politics is crying out for some of the core…
  • Donald Trump’s lonely victory in the Middle East

    Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan, an old adage says. An exception is the peace agreement among Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, likely to be followed by several other Arab states. Added to this is Kosovo’s decision to move its…
  • Suga promises continuity when Japan craves change

    In the culmination of a leadership shift that has yielded neither surprise nor drama, ex-Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was signed, stamped and sealed as Japan’s new prime minister after a vote in both houses of the Diet on Wednesday. With Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)…
  • Time ticking down on US nuclear presence in Turkey

    Growing US and NATO dissatisfaction with Turkey and its rising regional expansionism may soon drive the Americans out of the strategic Incirlik Air Base, a move that would have major implications for regional security and alliances. The US currently operates at two important bases in…
  • How Xinjiang is holding back an EU-China deal

    A Beijing-Brussels-Berlin special: that was quite the video summit. From Beijing, we had President Xi Jinping. From Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel. And from Brussels, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The Chinese billed it…
  • ‘Writing is on the wall’ for Saudi-Israel peace

    BEIRUT — When the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday, they will not only be inking normalization accords, they will be setting the stage for…
  • Suga era comes into view in Japan

    In a result that surprised precisely nobody, Yoshihide Suga became the head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday afternoon. Voted in as the new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Suga is now a virtual shoe-in for prime minister. That will be confirmed after…
  • How Suga will and won’t change Japan

    In Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party leadership race, to be decided on September 14, Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga looks almost certain to become the nation’s next prime minister. Suga, 71, is widely viewed as a “poor boy made good” and noted for his fearsome self-discipline, energetic…
  • Australia, China trade war ensures mutual destruction

    PERTH – Treasury Wine Estates, the largest wine company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, said in its recent annual report to shareholders that China’s new anti-dumping measures on Australian wine are a serious concern. “This matters deeply to our business and the industry, both…
  • Suga needs to get radical to save Japan

    TOKYO – When economists and investors wonder what to expect from Japan’s next leader, they’re not thinking of the front runner in the premiership race that will be decided on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Yoshide Suga. They are really thinking of Haruhiko Kuroda. The Bank of…
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