Dr Oh Ei Sun, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Dr Oh Ei Sun, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Dr. Oh Ei Sun

2 April 2024
China Perspective: Why Taiwan's ex-president wants to promote peace in China
Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is visiting China to help build social and cultural links on a trip that might include a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping despite heightened tensions.
What will Ma achieve during his visit to China? Is this a chance to 'promote peace' as tensions fester between Beijing and Taiwan?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs weighs in.

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26 March 2024
China Perspective: US, UK accuse China of cyber attacks on politicians and companies
From the US and UK imposing sanctions on China after various cyberattacks to the International Monetary Fund urging Beijing to embark on pro-market reforms.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headline and more.

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19 March 2024
China Perspective: Chinese in Singapore urged to ‘stay away’ from gambling, where is this warning coming from?
From the Chinese embassy urging its citizens in Singapore to ‘stay away’ from gambling to the US House of Representatives approving a bill that could force the app’s Chinese owner ByteDance to divest from the company.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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12 March 2024
China Perspective: Highlights from the recently concluded 'Two Sessions'
And it's all about China’s recently concluded ‘Two Sessions’ in this edition of China Perspective.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us his analysis of this year’s conference.

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5 March 2024
China Perspective: China scraps Premier's annual news conference in surprising move
From China's annual political conclave kicking off in Beijing to Chinese developer Country Garden facing liquidation petition.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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27 February 2024
China Perspective: The secret world of China’s hackers for hire
From the US imposing sanctions on Chinese enterprises for Russia-related reasons to China’s enormous cyber leak.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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20 February 2024
China Perspective: Can China’s homegrown airliner compete with Airbus and Boeing?
China’s challenger to Airbus and Boeing’s passenger jets, the narrow-body C919 manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), has made its first trip outside Chinese territory, staging a fly-by at the Singapore Airshow on Feb 18.
With its C919 aircraft, Beijing wants to challenge the decades-long dominance of Western plane-makers in the global passenger market while reducing its reliance on foreign technology.
Can China’s homegrown airliner compete with Airbus and Boeing? How will Comac position itself as a viable alternative?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs explains.

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13 February 2024
China Perspective: Can Singapore attract more Chinese tourists with the new visa exemption deal?
Singapore and China have agreed to a 30-day mutual visa-free entry for their citizens, close to two months after the proposal was first announced. The arrangement formally enters into force on Friday (Feb 9), the eve of Chinese New Year.
Could a new visa exemption arrangement renew Singapore’s appeal to Chinese tourists? And with Thailand also introducing its own visa exemption for Chinese travelers, is that bad news for Singapore?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs weighs in.

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6 February 2024
China Perspective: Trouble brewing for China as Trump potentially makes a comeback
From Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying he would impose tariffs on China again if he is elected in November to Australian writer Yang Hengjun sentenced to death on China spy charges.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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30 January 2024
China Perspective: Evergrande's liquidation, what comes next?
From Evergrande being ordered to liquidate by a Hong Kong court to China tightening its financial industry rules.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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23 January 2024
China Perspective: Will a 'rational' approach in 2024 work for China?
From the possibilities of China taking a 'rational' approach in 2024 with regards to their relationship to the US to their continued peace making efforts, are there any positive outcomes?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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16 January 2024
China Perspective: China reacts to Taiwan election results
In this edition of China Perspective, we focus on China's reactions relating to Taiwan election results.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares his views.

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9 January 2024
China Perspective: Is China on the brink of triggering a new trade war?
From President Xi Jinping’s latest solution to boost China’s economy to the possibility of a big shift in China’s policy with regards to Taiwan depending on whoever wins.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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12 December 2023
China Perspective: President Xi visits Vietnam, an emphasise that they have not lost to the US?
From Chinese and Philippine vessels colliding on contested waters to the agenda behind Chinese President Xi Jinping's two day visit to Vietnam starting today.
We have on the line Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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5 December 2023
China Perspective: Is China's third plenum in 'uncharted territory'?
From China’s Communist Party signaling further delay to third plenum to China Evergrande Group granted an adjournment of a court hearing into a liquidation petition to January 29.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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28 November 2023
China Perspective: What's behind the respiratory illnesses surging in some parts of China
A surge of respiratory illnesses related to flu, respiratory syncytial virus and other infections has been sweeping across some parts of China and mainly infecting children, as the country experiences its first full winter since easing COVID-19 restrictions.
What do we know so far about the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China? And how will China respond to the outbreak?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs explains.

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21 November 2023
China Perspective: Xi meets Biden, nothing accomplished?
From what China has gained from its President Xi Jinping meeting up with his US counterpart Joe Biden last week in San Francisco to China set to mimic Singapore housing model.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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14 November 2023
China Perspective: Is it time for China and US to put their differences aside and focus on economy?
In this edition of China Perspective, we focus on the highly anticipated meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinpung and his US counterpart Joe Biden.
Could they get some sort of clarity in their increasingly difficult relationship? Is it time to put their differences aside and focus on other things domestically like China and its economic slowdown?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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7 November 2023
China Perspective: China and Australia, frenemies who need each other?
From China’s President Xi Jinping meeting Australian PM Anthony Albanese in Beijing to Mr Xi holding talks over video with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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31 October 2023
China Perspective: Remembering the late Li Keqiang, a 'frustrated reformer' in China?
From highlights from the Beijing Xiangshan Forum to us remembering former Chinese premier Li Keqiang who died from a heart attack at 68 years old.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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24 October 2023
China Perspective: China rattles foreign firms again with Foxconn probe
From Manila claiming that Chinese vessels had "intentionally hit" Philippine boats over the weekend to Chinese state media reporting that the country has launched an investigation into Taiwan-based iPhone-maker Foxconn.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more,

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10 October 2023
China Perspective: The end of China's Golden Week holiday, did a consumption boom happen?
From China calling for a ceasefire after Hamas' attack on Israel to the end of China's Golden Week.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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3 October 2023
China Perspective: Will Xi Jinping attend the APAC summit?
From the huge question of Chinese President Xi Jinping's attendance at the upcoming APEC summit to the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) marking its 10th anniversary.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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26 September 2023
China Perspective: Beijing attempts to strengthen ties with South Korea, Syria
From Beijing's attempts to strengthen ties with other countries like South Korea and Syria to senior Nomura official Charles Wang Zhonghe barred from leaving mainland China.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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20 September 2023
Regional Roundup: Malaysia and China strengthen ties, will dynamics in the region change?
From Malaysia and China strengthening ties with three memorandum of understanding (MOUs) to the huge possibility of Paetongtarn Shinawatra to be Pheu Thai's new leader.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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19 September 2023
China Perspective: What to make of China's mysteriously missing ministers
And then there were two, it has been reported China’s Defence Minister Li Shangfu has not been seen in public for more than three weeks, where could he be? Plus US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan quietly holding “candid” talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the weekend in Malta.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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12 September 2023
China Perspective: China's presence at G20 Summit
It is all about China's presence or lack of presence at the recently concluded G20 Summit.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis on those headlines.

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23 August 2023
Regional Roundup: Thailand welcomes new PM after political roller coaster
From Pheu Thai Party's Srettha Thavisin being elected as Thailand's new prime minister to the possibility of Malaysia suing Goldman Sachs over the 1MDB scandal.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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22 August 2023
China Perspective: China sends 'serious warning' to Taiwan with military drills
From China launching military drills around Taiwan over the weekend to the country’s authorities publicly accusing a government worker of spying for the CIA.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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15 August 2023
China Perspective: Is the new US-China tech ban not only about technology?
From China's possible retaliation after the White House's ban on US investment in Chinese tech sectors to Beijing condemning the US for receiving Taiwanese ‘troublemaker’ Vice President William Lai.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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8 August 2023
China Perspective: What China stands to gain from Ukraine peace talks
High-level Ukraine peace talks hosted by Saudi Arabia wrapped up over the weekend. Did the summit yield any progress in ending the war? Perhaps not, but they did focus attention on one global power broker: China. What can we make of China’s attendance, and its evolving position in the ongoing conflict?
We speak with Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs to discuss the key headlines out of China.

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1 August 2023
China Perspective: Why China ousted top generals from its nuclear Rocket Force
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday installed a new commander and a deputy to the People’s Liberation Army’s elite Rocket Force unit, after weeks of speculation that its top leaders were in trouble. What does the sweeping shake-up mean for the People’s Liberation Army? Will there be a wholesale change in the unit’s upper echelons?
We speak with Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs to find out.

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27 July 2023
China Perspective: How successful were climate talks during US presidential climate envoy John Kerry's visit to Beijing?
From US presidential climate envoy John Kerry's visit to Beijing to China resuming its 15-day visa-free entry for Singaporeans after more than 3 years.
We discuss the top headlines out of China with Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

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11 July 2023
China Perspective: China's influence in the Russia-Ukraine War
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has concluded her four day visit in China on Sunday. However, press releases do not indicate any substantive outcomes from this visit with both sides refusing to waver from their terms.
China looks to take on the role of mediator in the Russia-Ukraine War to cement its role on the international stage.
Finally, China and the Solomon Islands have announced a comprehensive strategic partnership. What implications could this have?
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about these headlines.

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7 July 2023
Weekly Wrap Up: Malaysia to hold state elections, what is at stake for PM Anwar
Malaysia will be holding its elections in six states on August 12. The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) have decided not to contest the upcoming polls. Lastly, how will the outcome of the election affect the Malaysian public's view of PM Anwar?
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about this.

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4 July 2023
China Perspective: China on a natural gas shopping spree
US treasury secretary Janet Gellen Is set to visit Beijing. What can we expect? Could china reciprocate by sending their own officials?
China's new law on foreign relations puts in place measures to counter foreign encroachment .They are also buying large amounts of natural gas to curb an energy shortage.
Lastly, US trade and Treasury official Brad Setser claims that China has $3 trillion of ‘hidden’ currency reserves. Should we be worried about China's lack of transparency?We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about this.

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27 June 2023
China Perspective: China supporting Russia's hard stance against Wagner mutiny
From US President Joe Biden calling Chinese President Xi Jinping a dictator at a fundraising event in California to South Korean airlines temporarily suspending some flights to China.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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20 June 2023
China Perspective: Takeaways from US-China talks & Alibaba names new chairman, CEO in surprise shake-up
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s landmark trip to China concluded on Monday with both sides vowing to steady ties to ward off conflict. What will this mean for the future of US-China relations?
Next up, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hosts Premier Li Qiang for talks today in Berlin. How will Germany find the middle ground between maintaining their economic ties with China, and complying with their G7 pledge to de-risk from Beijing?
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about these headlines.

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13 June 2023
China Perspective: 'China has been operating military and spy facilities in Cuba for years'
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be in Beijing for talks on June 18 and US' latest claims of the existence of Chinese spy facilities in Cuba could have an impact on the tone of the visit. Amongst tense relations, China has ordered the last Indian journalist in the country to leave. Lastly, China's economic recovery seems to be slowing down recently.
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about this.

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6 June 2023
China Perspective: Why won't China and the US just talk?
In this edition of China Perspective, we focus on headlines China has made at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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30 May 2023
China Perspective: China’s first domestically made passenger jet flew its maiden commercial flight
China is getting increasingly more confident in their place on the world stage. It is competing with US in space and its first domestically made passenger jet could be a significant competitor to industry giants like Boeing and Airbus. Moreover, how will tesla fair if they were to break into the Chinese market?
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about this.

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23 May 2023
China Perspective: US President Joe Biden expected to meet with President Xi Jinping in the near future
Members of the G7 summit must handle the threats that China poses with caution, as China still remains a significant trade partner to them. The US and Chinese presidents are expected to meet up soon but the time and location are yet to be determined. China will also have to react to protest in Japan over “hype around China-related issues”.
We speak to Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs more about these issues.

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16 May 2023
China Perspective: Li Hui tours Europe, what to expect
China’s special representative for Eurasian affairs Li Hui is taking a tour of Europe, talks are held this week between China’s foreign policy chief Wang Yi and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and Chinese and Vietnamese vessels are involved in a confrontation in the South China sea.
We go deeper into these headlines on today's China Perspective with Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

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9 May 2023
China Perspective: Xi to host first China-Central Asia summit
From Chinese President Xi Jinping to host a two-day summit with the leaders of five Central Asian nations from May 18 to May 19 and China announcing its first known ChatGPT arrested over alleged fake train crash news.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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3 May 2023
Regional Roundup: Anwar unconcerned with alleged plots to topple government
From Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim acknowledging that there are parties plotting to topple his administration and the EU and US warning Malaysia of security risk in Huawei's bid for 5G role.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines.

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2 May 2023
China Perspective: China revises conscription law, what does this mean?
From China revising their conscription law to the country increasingly barring people from leaving, including foreign executives.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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25 April 2023
China Perspective: Guatemalan president reinforces diplomatic ties with Taiwan amid China's opposition
In focus this Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei's visit to Taiwan, to reinforce relations with the island to China’s Vice-Foreign Minister lodging solemn representations with the South Korean Ambassador.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairsdiscusses on these headlines and more.

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18 April 2023
China Perspective: Taiwan bolsters missile arsenal amid heightened China threat
Taiwan will be buying as many as 400 US land-launched Harpoon missiles in the face of rising threat from China, how will China retaliate?
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrapping up her three-day visit to China over the weekend, will Germany support China’s reunification cause?
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an overview of the latest news and more.

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11 April 2023
China Perspective: Macron gets rock star welcome in China
From China simulating hitting 'key targets' on Taiwan to highlights from French President Emmanuel Macron's official visit to the country.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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4 April 2023
China Perspective: China, SG upgrade bilateral relationship
From an upgrade in bilateral relationship between China and Singapore and highlights from the Boao Forum.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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28 March 2023
China Perspective: Jack Ma back in the picture, a sign China of political easing on Alibaba?
Roundup of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia, to missing Alibaba founder Jack Ma resurfacing.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares his analysis of those headlines and more.

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21 March 2023
China Perspective: What to expect from China-Russia talks
In focus this week, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visits Moscow, on a three day state visit plus Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou expected to visit China this month.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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7 March 2023
China Perspective: Latest from China's 'two sessions'
And it's all about China’s ‘two sessions’ 2023.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of the sessions and more.

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28 February 2023
China Perspective: 'China will need to be ‘more honest’ about Covid origins'
From US Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns calling for China to be more honest about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky planning to meet China's leader Xi Jinping.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares an analysis of those headlines and more.

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21 February 2023
China Perspective: China star banker Bao Fan reportedly missing
From the outcome of China and the US meeting in Germany last weekend to one of China's most high-profile billionaire bankers, Bao Fan reportedly missing.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more

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7 February 2023
China Perspective: Where China and US relations stand after balloon spat
From China’s reaction to the US shooting down a Chinese balloon that has supposedly veered off course to China’s growing mutual political trust with Russia.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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10 January 2023
China Perspective: China bids goodbye to its zero-Covid policy
From China's final farewell to its zero-Covid policy to the appointment of its new Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares his analysis of those headlines and more.

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23 December 2022
China Perspective: China to reopen borders
From Hong Kong to reopen its borders with mainland China by mid-January to China expressing anger at a new US defense authorisation law that boosts military assistance for Taiwan.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International shares more.

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13 December 2022
China Perspective: Insights into China's easing of Covid-19 curbs
From China finally giving its residents a breather with the loosening of Covifd-19 curbs to highlights of Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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6 December 2022
China Perspective: China loosens Covid-19 curbs, what's next?
From China loosening its Covid-19 curbs to the country’s reaction to British lawmakers' Taiwan visit.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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29 November 2022
China Perspective: The future of Taiwan-China relations following President Tsai resignation
From the protests erupting across the country over the weekend to the future of China-Taiwan relations after the opposition party there won big at the midterm elections.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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23 November 2022
Regional Roundup: Malaysia King has yet to decide the next Prime Minister
There has been no decision made by the king of Malaysia on who would be the next prime minister, after the ruler met the leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) yesterday.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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22 November 2022
China Perspective: China reports more Covid-19 deaths
From China announcing its first new death from Covid-19 in six months. President Xi Jinping heading home after attending a few events, his first trip outside of China since Covid-19 hit.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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16 November 2022
Regional Roundup: Has Jokowi been the chief dealmaker he has hoped to be at the G20 summit?

To the latest update on the much anticipated Malaysian general election, to the G20 summit are the spotlight on headlines coming out from the region
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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8 November 2022
China Perspective: Is it possible to have China fully reopen its border?
From angry netizens sending China’s censors into overdrive erasing an outpouring of criticism to a British minister expected to visit Taiwan this week for trade talks and meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the latest high-level engagement between a Western government and the island which China claims as its own territory.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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1 November 2022
China Perspective: China plans to improve gender equality by updating its women’s law
From China's update its decades-old women’s law to improve gender equality to Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, on an official visit to China till Wednesday will be discussed.Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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25 October 2022
China Perspective: Chinese President Xi Jinping unveils his new era
From Chinese President Xi Jinping assuming a rare third term to him revealing a new leadership team stacked with all this loyalist. Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis on those headlines and more.

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18 October 2022
China Perspective: Taiwan President believes war between Taiwan and China should not be an option.
From key highlights of the Communist Party Congress (CPC) so far and what to expect from CPC this week. Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares his analysis.

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11 October 2022
China Perspective: Elon Musk suggested a solution to lift China-Taiwan’s tensions
Elon Musk proposed a solution for the tensions between China and Taiwan. Top officials are reshuffling anticipated congress meeting. Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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5 October 2022
Regional Roundup: What to expect from Malaysia’s expansionary budget and Indonesia’s stadium stampede disaster?
Malaysia’s expansionary budget and Indonesia’s stadium stampede disaster will be updated. Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more

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4 October 2022
China Perspective: Should China and US reopen dialogue over Taiwan but discreetly?
From what to expect from the upcoming Communist Party of China (CPC) congress to analysts suggesting China and US reopening dialogue over the Taiwan issue, but such a conversation should take place discreetly. Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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27 September 2022
China Perspective: 'US bill on Taiwan 'threatens foundation' of China ties'
From Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s address at the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations to a Chinese laboratory being placed under investigation on suspicion of concealing positive Covid-19 test results and cross-border freight train operations between North Korea and China resuming. Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us an analysis of those headlines and more.

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20 September 2022
China Perspective: Chengdu exits lockdown
From Chengdu exiting its lockdown to China’s central bank stepping up on cash injections to counteract on higher demand towards the quarter-end and to the US, through its President Joe Biden, poking the dragon (China) once again. Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs shares more.

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14 September 2022
Regional Roundup: Indonesia considers buying Russian oil
From former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s health issues, Indonesia looking at buying oil from Russia to Myanmar junta chief meeting up with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. We analyse these headlines and more with Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

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6 September 2022
China Perspective: China's No. 3 to visit Russia
From China’s official Li Zhanshu's upcoming visit to Russia, Shenzhen adopting a tiered antivirus restriction measures and the implications of the US restricting exporting of certain US-origin AI chips to the country. We analyse these headlines and more with Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

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30 August 2022
China Perspective: US and China sign historic agreement on audit firm supervision
Beijing finally signs an agreement with the US audit regulator to let them inspect and investigate registered accounting firms in China. Senator Marsha Blackburn arrived in Taiwan's capital Taipei on board a US military aircraft, the third visit by a US dignitary this month. We analyse these headlines and more with Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

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23 August 2022
China Perspective: China trimming key lending rates again
From China cutting once again its interest rates, worsening Covid-19 situation to Taiwan's bold move in welcoming foreign delegations despite Chinese pressure. We analyse these headlines and more with Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs. 

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2 August 2022
Breakfast Brief: Trump buries ex-wife at his golf course
In today's Breakfast Brief, we discuss if Donald Trump is actually a tax genius with his unusual move to bury his ex-wife Ivana's body at his golf course to qualify as a cemetery, as well as more signs of a slowdown with US manufacturing expanding at its slowest pace in two years.

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26 July 2022
China Perspective: Evergrande Appoints New CEO, Will Things Change Up for The Troubled Company?
Synopsis: The Straits Times analyses the latest developments in China in this weekly podcast.

Dr Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at Singapore Institute of International Affairs, stands in for The Straits Times' China bureau chief Tan Dawn Wei who is on leave, and he chats with Money FM 89.3's Elliott Danker.

In this week's China Perspective the team discusses China's reaction to Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan to a new CEO for China Evergrande Group and the expectant change in dynamics within the company. Plus China fining ride-hailing giant Didi 8.026 billion yuan, is the tech crackdown in the country not over just yet?


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20 April 2022
Asian Insider: Regional Roundup (20 APR)
In this week's episode, we discuss the latest news of troubled Sri Lanka making a request to IMF for Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) support to mitigate supply chain issues. Taiwan records a spike in Covid-19 cases recently and the Indonesian government's latest survey reveals that almost all Indonesians have developed antibodies against Covid-19.
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives us his analysis of those headlines.

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2 March 2022
Asian Insider: Regional Roundup
In this week's Regional Roundup, Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs joins us to discuss how the Russian oil tanker hit by US sanctions heading to Malaysia is putting the country in a bind, the Myanmar Junta's violation of an international law, Philippines' shift to ‘new normal’ after 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions, and more.

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11 January 2022
Asian Insider: China Perspective (11 Jan)
In this week's China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's first community spread of the omicron variant ahead of the Winter Olympics, progress of the Chinese own messenger RNA (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccine, Sri Lanka President's request for China to help restructure its debt repayment, and more.

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8 December 2021
Asian Insider: Regional Roundup (08 DEC)
From a record number of candidates contesting 82 seats in the Sarawak state legislative election, to Indonesia’s cancellation of its year-end planned restrictions, Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of it all.

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02 November 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA (02 NOV)
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of the effects of China's latest step to combat an energy crunch that’s threatening economic growth, China's pledge for climate change that led to Biden's current sentiments, Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for equal treatment and mutual recognition of China's Covid-19 vaccines, and more.

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12 October 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of President Xi's next step to ensure that reunification will happen between China and Taiwan, likelihood of the US cancelling the tariffs that were put in place by former US President Donald Trump's administration, China's plan to weaken private capital's influence over a wide range of media activities, and more.

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5 October 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's efforts to limit the fallout of China Evergrande Group, the next potential chancellor to continue the legacy of Angela Merkel for China-Germany relations, China's former justice minister, Fu Zhenghua's involvement in Beijing's sweeping drive against corruption, and more.

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28 September 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's ban on all cryptocurrency-related transactions, the significance of Huawei Technologies’ executive Meng Wanzhou's release on Huawei's future, the implications of a shortage of coal supplies in China, and more.

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21 September 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA 
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of the potential impact of China Evergrande on the wider economy, China’s top regulators defending their market-roiling crackdown on various industries in a meeting with Wall Street executives, the curb of carbon emissions in China, and more.

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14 September 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA 
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's possible agenda during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's two day working visit to Singapore, China's ambitions to dive into Afghanistan after pledging 200 million yuan worth of aid including food supplies and Covid-19 vaccines to them, maritime tensions between Japan and China, and more.

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7 September 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective, Dr Oh Ei Sun, SIIA
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of Xi Jinping's mission to narrow China’s yawning wealth gap and the public support he needs for continued rule, China's plans to set up a third stock exchange to serve small and medium-sized businesses, newly-developed Covid-19 vaccine from Sinopharm, and more.

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31 August 2021
Asian Insider: China Perspective (31 August 2021)
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China’s stance on Afghanistan, their strategy to form an alliance with the Taliban, the objectives of China's panda diplomacy, and more.

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24 August 2021
China Perspective: Chasing Common Prosperity
According to a Bloomberg report, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s use of the term “common prosperity” surged this year – a further indication of the Communist Party of China's commitment to closing the country’s yawning wealth gap. Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, shares more about the term’s origin and how it would be used to reform the Chinese economy.

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17 August 2021
China Perspective: Influence of Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan on China
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, shares how the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan would post new risks and opportunities for China, along with how the new wave of coronavirus cases is hampering on the country's consumer growth.

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16 August 2021
What's next for Malaysia as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigns?
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet admitted they had lost the parliamentary majority and tendered their resignation. Now the question is; what's next for the country and who will be the next Prime Minister? Prime Time's Timothy Go speaks to Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs who gives his analysis.

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22 June 2021
China Perspective: Has Tesla found itself a rival in China's carmarker Nio?
In this week's China Perspective, Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs sits in for Tan Dawn Wei, China Bureau Chief, The Straits Times, giving his analysis on China's reaction from the US FCC to advance a plan to ban approvals for equipment in US telecommunications networks, possible talks between the US and China, and Tesla's potential rival, China's carmarker Nio.

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1 June 2021
China Updates: 01 June 2021
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, gives an analysis on Beijing's new three child policy to solve their aging population, China providing the first three-dose vaccine to its citizens, and the meeting between the Chinese State Councilor and several European ministers.

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11 May 2021
China Updates: 11 May 2021
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of a leaked Chinese document, revealing a sinister plan to ‘unleash’ coronaviruses, China’s push to cut carbon emissions, NASA's criticism against China's biggest rocket which landed in the Indian Ocean, and more.

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4 May 2021
China Updates: 04 May 2021
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of a sign of new hope for US-China relations, Tesla's latest saga with the Chinese Authorities, the possibility of a second wave in China after millions of travelers criss-crossed China during the Labour Day holiday, and more.

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23 March 2021
China Updates: 23 March 2021
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of the recent talks between the US and China in Alaska, Elon Musk's strong denial of his cars spying on China, China's step up on imports of high-quality foreign goods and services as the economy makes a steady recovery, and more.

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23 February 2021
China Update: 23 February 2021
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of a possible recovery in the relationship between the US and China, China's pressure on its regions to boost grain yields and step up support for its domestic seed industry, the tightening of rules governing how online lending platforms fund their loans by China’s banking regulator, and more.

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9 February 2021
China Update: 09 February 2021
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of leaked documents published by Nepali media revealing that China made Nepal accept their Sinovac vaccine, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation's new anti-monopoly guidelines, reduced reliance on China as a production base, and more.

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5 January 2021
China Updates: 05 January 2021
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's telco companies getting delisted on the NYSE, China's trade pact with 14 other Asian nations, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s disappearance, and more.

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29 December 2020
China Updates: 29 December 2020
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs breaks down the latest of Ant Group Co.'s lending, insurance, and wealth management services, China's reaffirmation of the defensive nature of its national defense policy, and more.

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22 December 2020
China Update: 22 December 2020
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of the possibility of a historic investment deal between China and its European Union's counterparts, international worries on China's Covid-19 vaccine, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma's efforts to mend his relationship with Beijing and more.

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24 November 2020
China Perspective: 24 November 2020
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's target on Australia's exports, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposal to use a global QR code system to enable cross-border movement of people amid the Covid-19 pandemic during the virtual G20 summit, and more.

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29 September 2020
China Updates: 29 September 2020
Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs breaks down the latest with regards to the US Commerce Department's ordering of companies to seek permission before selling equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), the halting of China's Evergrande bonds last Friday after plunging following reports that it warned officials it faces a potential debt default that could roil the nation's financial system if it does not get approval for a stock exchange listing, and more.

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15 September 2020
China Updates: 15 September 2020
Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs gives an analysis of China's move to ramp up its domestic semiconductor industry as the US increases pressure on the country’s technology giants, the possibility of China losing its relationship with the EU, and more.

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25 February 2020
Malaysia’s PM Mahathir Mohamad quits, what’s next for Malaysia?
Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made the rather shocking decision to quit as the country's PM. Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs talks about Dr Mahathir's move to quit and how Malaysian stock market is doing after the announcement.

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1 October 2019
Atmosphere on the ground at the PRC 70th Anniversary Celebrations
The Breakfast Huddle speaks to Dr Oh Ei Sun, Senior fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs who is in Beijing for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the People's Republic of China. He shares more on what is expected in the military parade and President Xi Jinping's speech.

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