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Singapore Art Week 2021: 5 Digital Highlights

Hashirin Nurin Hashimi, Tatler Singapore – 22 January 2021 The pandemic has caused industries to adapt to an unprecedented environment, with home-working, digitalisation and new technologies becoming the norm of day-to-day life. This is no different for the arts industry, with Singapore Art Week 2021 adopting this new means of reality to present this year’s…

Facebook’s push into Asia-Pacific runs into political hurdles

Hannah Murphy and John Reed, Financial Times – 6 January 2021 Mark Zuckerberg managed to conquer the west in building his Facebook empire, however now that the growth in usage of the social media platform in this region has flattened out, he has set his sights on the APAC region. Penetrating this market has not…

China to seize economic crown from US years early on COVID success

Iori Kawate, Nikkei Asia – 19 January 2021 China surpassing the U.S. as the world’s largest economy has, in the past decade, been considered as a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, however the disastrous economic effects of Covid-19 have accelerated this milestone further. Whilst other countries struggle on with the bleak outlook after Covid-19,…

The Korean Wave: From PSY to BTS -The Impact of K-Pop on the South Korean Economy

Paulina Sajnach, University of Stirling – 22/01/2021 South Korean pop music, commonly referred to as ‘K-Pop’, has become a worldwide phenomenon which has boosted the South Korean economy immensely. The live stage performances, music videos and the music itself is crafted with meticulous care and detail.  Over the years, numerous South Korean musicians have gained…

The UK’s Trade Deal with Vietnam Builds on Hanoi’s Accord with the EU

Bob Savic, Vietnam Briefing – 12 January 2021 The free trade agreement between the UK and Vietnam (UKVFTA) in the wake of Brexit is similar to that of the one between the EU and Vietnam (EVFTA). This article examines in depth several new provisions that have been introduced into the UKVFTA and their relevance to…

The UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Salient Features

Ayman Falak Medina, ASEAN Briefing – 8 January 2021 The UK’s first free trade agreement (FTA) with an ASEAN member, the UK-Singapore FTA signed in December 2020 is a significant milestone for post-Brexit Britain. The UKSFTA is similar to the Singapore’s FTA with the EU in that it provides preferential tariffs and reduces non-tariff barriers…

UK, South Korea deepen defence ties

Jon Grevatt, Janes – 7 January 2021 The Ministry of National Defense in Seoul have announced their intentions to deepen defence ties with the UK. Amid a heightened security environment along the Korean Peninsula and a new, post-Brexit world for the UK, expanding defence cooperation between South Korea and the UK is a welcome effort…