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John Geddie

As Singapore enters twilight of Lee era, ruling party prepares for change

27 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE Modern city-state Singapore is a predictable place: it's hot and humid every day, unabashedly pro-business, immaculately clean -no chewing gum anywhere - and the government is usually run by a Lee.

New posts in Singapore ruling party seen as strong hint on next PM

22 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE Singapore's ruling party is set to unveil new posts within its top decision-making body on Friday in what could give a strong hint about who will become only its fourth prime minister, with domestic media saying the finance minister is the frontrunner.

Trump to meet North Korea's Kim in 2019, wants plan to end arms programme - Pence

15 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2019 and will push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programs.

Pence says "empire and aggression" have no place in Indo-Pacific

15 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of Southeast Asian nations on Thursday that there was no place for "empire and aggression" in the Indo-Pacific region, a comment that could be interpreted as a reference to China's rise. | Video

Pence issues sharp rebuke to Myanmar's Suu Kyi over 'persecution' of Rohingya

14 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE U.S. Vice President Mike Pence voiced the Trump administration's strongest condemnation yet of Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims on Wednesday, telling leader Aung San Suu Kyi that "persecution" by her country's army was "without excuse". | Video

China calls for open world economy but work remains on landmark trade pact

12 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE/MANILA China will further open its economy in the face of rising protectionism, Premier Li Keqiang said as he arrived in Singapore on Monday for meetings with Asia-Pacific leaders that will focus on speeding up work on a major new trade pact.

Rohingya crisis, Suu Kyi under the microscope at Southeast Asia summit

08 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE/YANGON The customary cordiality of Southeast Asian summits may be missing when the region's leaders meet next week due to sharp differences over Myanmar, whose military has been accused of genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

Goldman Sachs CEO: I feel horrible ex-bankers broke law in 1MDB case

07 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon said on Wednesday he felt "horrible" that two former employees "blatantly broke the law" in their dealings with Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Frost thaws in U.S.-China ties ahead of G20 meeting

06 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE The United States and China will hold a delayed top-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as China's vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute.

China says ready for U.S. talks, sees no winners in trade war

06 Nov 2018

SINGAPORE China is ready to hold discussions and work with the United States to resolve trade disputes because the world's two largest economies stand to lose from confrontation, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Tuesday.

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