People taking photos at the Jubilee Bridge overlooking the CBD/Raffles Place financial district on 1 March 2023. (SPH Media)

Singapore’s role as a neutral interpreter of China to the West

Professor Walter Woon says that Singapore’s close relationship with both the West and China gives it a unique advantage as a more neutral interpreter of China for the Western world. The country is also well-placed to help reduce tensions between the US and China.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and the China's President Xi Jinping (left) wave to the media during their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi on 13 December 2023. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

Vietnam’s firm but flexible balancing act between China and US

Evidently caught between the two major powers, Vietnam has shown adept skill at diplomacy in recent years, along with its soft handling of China and the US, allowing Vietnam to benefit from both sides even amid geopolitical conflict. Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong takes us through how Vietnam uses "bamboo diplomacy" to develop and reassure its diplomatic relations.
An electronic board shows Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indices at the Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai, China, 17 March 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Can public opinion boost China’s economy?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks at the outcomes of the Central Economic Work Conference held earlier this week, in particular the call to highlight China’s economic prospects. Amid a still-struggling economy, high-level officials are pulling all the stops to boost the public’s confidence in economic recovery.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at New York State Supreme Court in New York, US, on 7 December 2023. (Yuki Iwamura/Bloomberg)

Trump will be more dangerous than the Taiwan Strait in 2024?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that there is a real possibility of Donald Trump getting elected for a second time as US President. If Trump takes office and the US alliance system loosens, China will gain some diplomatic respite. But having engaged with the Trump administration before, China is unlikely to have high expectations for Trump’s China policy.
Pedestrians crossing a street in Taipei, Taiwan, on 25 July 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan media has freedom of the press but...

Just because Taiwan’s press freedom ranks among the world’s best, it does not mean that there is freedom of speech that allows one to spout whatever one wishes. Nor does it mean that Taiwan’s news would be trustworthy, fair and objective, says former member of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, Tsai Pi-ru. She compares the situations between Taiwan and Singapore and wonders what would be ideal.
The God of Wealth at Waterloo Street in Singapore (left); Taylor Swift at her Eras Tour in California, 7 August 2023. (Screen shot from Washington Post; Michael Tran/AFP)

Why can't God of Wealth and Taylor Swift exist side by side: Reflecting on Washington Post's article on Lianhe Zaobao

A recent piece in the Washington Post claims that Lianhe Zaobao is a pro-China mouthpiece that lacks its own stand. Lianhe Zaobao’s associate editor Peter Ong examines the paper’s editorial considerations and responds to the Post’s comments.
Singapore flags seen adorning the rooftop carpark of People's Park Complex in Chinatown, Singapore, 28 July 2023. (SPH Media)

Singapore ambassador to the US responds to Washington Post: Singapore media will not choose sides

In response to the Washington Post’s recent article that accused Lianhe Zaobao for echoing Beijing’s propaganda, Singapore ambassador to the US Lui Tuck Yew argues that Singapore’s media, along with the country’s foreign policy, will not choose sides between the US and China.
The Washington Post's article. (Screenshot from The Washington Post)

Lianhe Zaobao's response to The Washington Post’s article

On 24 July, The Washington Post published a feature article titled "In Singapore, Loud Echoes of Beijing’s Positions Generate Anxiety", in which some comments were made about Lianhe Zaobao. Here is Lianhe Zaobao's response to the article.
Reporters, journalists and cameramen wait outside the Duomo cathedral in Milan on 14 June 2023 ahead of the state funeral for Italy's former prime minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. (Piero Cruciatti/AFP)

Can we still trust the media amid falling media credibility?

Do people still read, watch and listen to the news today? Second, is the media, especially the traditional media, still credible? Answering these questions will lead us to the answer as to whether it matters if journalists will be replaced with the dawn of generative AI.