John Geddie

Singapore to buy a few F-35 jets, eyes fleet replacement

19 Jan 2019

SINGAPORE Singapore's defence minister said on Friday that Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jets were the most suitable replacement for the country's F-16 fleet, and it planned to initially buy a few for evaluation.

Asian business confidence wallows near three-year low on trade worries: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

19 Dec 2018

SINGAPORE A very cautious optimism remains among Asian companies in the fourth quarter as they wait to see whether there will be any breakthrough in a trade dispute between the United States and China, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed.

The politics of a plot to kill Sri Lanka's president

14 Dec 2018

COLOMBO A plot to kill the president, links to foreign intelligence, a rogue police officer and a missing sniper: the snippets of news emerging from Sri Lanka in recent weeks seem plucked from the pages of paperback fiction.

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 program: Pence

16 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

UPDATE 3-Pence issues sharp rebuke to Myanmar's Suu Kyi over "persecution" of Rohingya

14 Nov 2018

* Pence presses Suu Kyi to release jailed Reuters journalists

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.

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