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US, China vie for influence in the Pacific

The sprawling region of remote island nations is seen to have strategic value, not to mention maritime assets.

Indonesian companies step up climate change targets, tap into green businesses

Socially conscious investors have encouraged Indonesian firms to adhere to environmental standards.

China's rural villages get help to pull themselves out of poverty

Efforts include building roads, promoting rural tourism and seed technology to improve yields.

Poverty and despair in Afghanistan after one year of Taliban rule

Asian Insider looks at life there and the policies of US and India on the geostrategically important country.

Podcasts

Why outdoor adventure education in Singapore matters

Every second and fourth Friday of the month, The Straits Times' opinion editor Grace Ho takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with her expert guests.

Analysing the pursuit of happiness in Singapore

The Straits Times' opinion editor Grace Ho takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with her expert guests. 

Why stable housing matters, especially for single parents

The Straits Times' opinion editor Grace Ho takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with her expert guests.