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Covid-19 policies key to China's economy

The economic data from China for the month of April tells a grim story. But with Shanghai's lockdown set to ease in June and a possible shift to a more balanced policy between controlling the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and supporting the economy, there are glimmers of hope that the worst may be over.

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Preacher denied entry into S'pore: It is country's right to apply immigration rules, says Indonesia

Singapore refused entry to Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara and six others on May 16.

Malaysia's finance minister eyes next lap of marathon

Tengku Zafrul Aziz, who went from the staid world of banking to running the country’s treasury at the most turbulent of times, looks to new political challenges as the pandemic threat ebbs.

Fatigue sets in as China's zero-Covid policy grinds on

Perhaps more damaging for the government than the fatigue and dissatisfaction is the erosion of trust.

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Why Shanghai residents are sceptical of lifting of Covid restrictions

The Straits Times analyses the latest developments in China in this weekly podcast.

Revisiting a ghost ship mystery in Malacca Strait

Synopsis: In this special series, The Straits Times dives into some of the greatest unsolved mysteries in South-east Asia, and examines the underlying issues that they exposed.

Does a family of 4 in S'pore need $6,426 a month for basic living standard?

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