Sino-US tensions - the silver lining for Asean and Singapore

Singapore can do more with its regional connections as interest in South-east Asian economies grows

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

Many anticipate a Sino-American "war" and, while the proximate issues are in trade, there is a broader range of contention on issues relating to technology, unfair competition, democracy and the regional and global order. The effects will be felt not only by the two great powers, but also all across the world. Singapore is already feeling the negative impact.

As an open economy that thrives on free trade, Singapore is hit earlier and harder than others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2019, with the headline 'Sino-US tensions - the silver lining for Asean and Singapore'. Subscribe