Tag: UNITED STATES

First COVID-19 experimental vaccine trial underway in the US

On Monday (Mar 16), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States announced that the first novel coronavirus vaccine trial in the United States officially gave its first dose to a participant in the study. With the world in the...

Chinese health officials say Covid-19 vaccine may be ready next month for emergency use

The vaccines in development for the novel coronavirus are on track and could be ready for emergency and clinical research as early as next month, according to Chinese health officials. The director of the National Health Commission’s Science and Technology Development Centre in Beijing,...

US govt approves possible sale of 12 F-35B stealth fighters to Singapore

WASHINGTON – The United States government has approved the possible sale of 12 F-35B stealth fighters to Singapore at an estimated cost of US$2.75 billion (S$3.7 billion). Singapore's current fleet of F-16s have been in service since 1998 and will become obsolete after 2030. A statement...

US intelligence assessments contradict Trump on North Korea, ISIS, and Iran

Washington - US senior intelligence officials contradict President Trump’s assertions on North Korea, ISIS, and Iran. President Donald Trump has previously declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, touted the defeat of ISIS, doubted the effects of climate change and railed against...

Arrest of Huawei’s CFO made tech companies like Apple and Intel less valuable

Meng Wanzhou, Chief Finance Officer of smartphone maker Huawei and daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada on Saturday and is facing extradition to the United States. News of the arrest was made public on Wednesday, December 5. Meng has allegedly been...

PM Lee: ASEAN may have to choose sides in US-China standoff

As this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit came to an end on Thursday, November 15, Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore said that there may come a time when the ASEAN may have to choose between the United States...

The US hopes Russia will continue “permissive” stance on Israel’s bombing of Iranian targets in Syria

In a telephone conference call with reporters on Wednesday, November 7, U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement, James Jeffrey, said that Washington hopes that Russia will still allow Israel to continue to attack Iranian targets in Syria. Ambassador Jeffrey said, “Russia has been permissive in...

US introduces BUILD Act, which provides for development finance in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond

In a press briefing with representatives from media from the Asia Pacific region, David Bohigian, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the US’ development finance institution, spoke about the regional impact of new US legislation called BUILD Act. BUILD Act, which...

Trump escalates trade war, slapping China with with tariffs on S$275 billion in goods

In a move that has escalated the trade war and is almost certain to cause China to retaliate, United States President Donald Trump announced that even more tariffs will be imposed on US$200 billion (S$275 billion) worth of goods from China starting next week. Furthermore,...

Singapore regrets cancellation of US – North Korea summit, netizens not so much

Last night, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a statement expressing Singapore’s regret after United States President Donald Trump called off the planned Jun 12 summit between his country and North Korea. In response to media queries, the MFA spokesperson’s statement...