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Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis, The Straits Times, SPH Media Trust.

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Synopsis: Every week, get our distinct take on global issues with an Asian perspective, with ST’s correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe.

Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis, The Straits Times, SPH Media Trust.

    Could China, India go to war again?

    Could China, India go to war again?

    Our expert guest on what to expect on the external front from Modi 3.0, India’s challenges, and options.

    Synopsis: Join The Straits Times' senior columnist Ravi Velloor, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent.

    In this episode, Ravi speaks with the eminent foreign policy thinker C Raja Mohan, the noted scholar and close friend of India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

    They discuss Indian foreign policy in the wake of the recent elections that returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power for a third time.

    Mr Modi resumes office at a time of dire border tensions with China, ruffles in what was a swiftly developing relationship with the United States, and a growing compact between India’s traditional security partner Russia and China.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    3:50 A time for fresh choices

    8:30 The Andhra factor in foreign policy

    13:30 Could history repeat on the China border?

    14:25 Soured ties with the West

    17:30 Ties with Russia, now a junior partner of China’s

    19:50 Soft-pedalling Quad

    21:45 Where’s India’s ‘Act East’ policy?

    Read more: https://str.sg/qSNa

    Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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    • 24 min
    Hong Kong's vanity car plates a creative outlet as freedoms narrow

    Hong Kong's vanity car plates a creative outlet as freedoms narrow

    The affordable luxury of personalised car licence plates are proving an enduring and endearing avenue for self-expression in a changing Hong Kong 

    Synopsis: Every first Friday of the month, The Straits Times chats with ST’s correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe, about life as it goes on, amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises. 

    HEY YU, DREAMER, ADD OIL. The messages on Hong Kong's vanity car plates can draw nods of appreciation or chuckles for the city’s motorists. They can tell you a thing or two about their owners' status, sense of humour and beliefs. 

    Since the authorities made these special plates possible 20 years ago, Hong Kong has seen a proliferation of such plates on its roads. And along with it, communities have sprung up online devoted to sightings of this phenomenon. 

    In this episode, ST’s foreign editor Li Xueying chats with Hong Kong correspondent Magdalene Fung on the motivations behind this trend and what it reveals about Hong Kongers' deepest desires and obsessions. 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    0:50 Why vanity plates aren’t just for vanity’s sake alone 

    3:20 What Hong Kong’s vanity plates reveal about the city and its people 

    9:55 How a car with a special plate came to be impounded in Hong Kong on the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen incident 

    12:33 The biggest changes in Hong Kong society in recent years 

    Read Magdalene Fung’s article here: https://str.sg/KKxa

    Produced by: Li Xueying (xueying@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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    • 18 min
    Are young people breaking up with dating apps?

    Are young people breaking up with dating apps?

    Swiping for love used to be the way for millennials to find a connection, but there seems to be growing dating app disillusionment among the young.

    Synopsis: The Straits Times’ Natasha Ann Zachariah explores contemporary societal choices and youth perspectives.

    Bernice Fong, Dhareeni Shanmugam and John Lim are three under-30s who have had different experiences with dating apps over the years.John, who runs a content agency, finds that with everyone having many options, he feels “like a piece of meat” - an experience the 28-year-old finds can be dehumanising. Meanwhile Bernice has sworn off dating apps. The 28-year-old brand and marketing manager felt jaded and tired from swiping through but not quite finding the match she wanted.Dhareeni, a 26-year-old account executive for a public relations agency, shares why she swiped right on her boyfriend, and why she was drawn to his “niche preference” for fish.Host Natasha wants to find out why there’s no love lost between young people and dating apps.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:16 Are younger people ditching dating apps?

    7:52 Making dating intentions clear

    16:20 Getting dating app fatigue

    27:54 Have young adults lost the art of conversation?

    38:38 Is it more difficult for young people to date these days?

    Follow Natasha on her IG account and DM her your thoughts on this topic: https://str.sg/8Wav

    Host: Natasha Zachariah (natashaz@sph.com.sg)

    Edited by producers: Teo Tong Kai, Eden Soh and Zachary Lim

    Executive producers: Ernest Luis and Lynda Hong

    Filmed by: Joel Chng and Marc Justin De Souza, ST Video

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    • 42 min
    Why war 'by design' over Taiwan is unlikely: Bilahari Kausikan

    Why war 'by design' over Taiwan is unlikely: Bilahari Kausikan

    South-east Asian countries appreciate there is no strategic balance in the region without the US, so they will find ways to deal with whoever is in the White House.

    Synopsis: Every fourth Friday of the month, The Straits Times' global contributor Nirmal Ghosh shines a light on Asian perspectives of global and Asian issues with expert guests.

    How South-east Asia - situated at the crossroads of Asia and the Pacific - sees and navigates growing tensions between China and the United States, is little understood outside the region. 

    Views of China in the region are mixed, with recent surveys showing that China is seen as a valuable partner, and yet not trusted. There is an appreciation that dealing with the US - whoever occupies the White House - is critical as Washington is seen as a strategic balancer. 

    Meanwhile, as the US deepens and expands an architecture of alliances across the Asia-Pacific, China has fewer friends and allies and has done little to assuage countries’ concerns over what is, despite Beijing’s professions to the contrary, seen as its hegemonic tendencies. 

    The United States’ support of Israel’s actions in Gaza, has also not gone down well in the region, which is dotted with either Muslim-majority countries, or countries with significant Muslim minorities. 

    In this episode of Asian Insider, Nirmal hosts Bilahari Kausikan, famously forthright former Permanent Secretary and former Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Now the chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, Bilahari lays out the regional perspective, and explains why - despite the real risk of an accident between the US and China over Taiwan - a war by design between the two big powers, is highly unlikely. 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:47 China: Neighbour with great opportunities yet displays hegemonic tendencies

    4:01 Anxieties about Chinese behaviour and the US' balancing acts

    7:05 "War by design between the US and China is highly unlikely": Bilahari Kausikan

    11:27 "The Global South represents a mood rather than any coherent convergence of interests"

    13:43 "To deal with China, you have to deal with the US"

    14:10 Why the US does not bear the burden or pay any price to uphold international order

    Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (nirmal@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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    • 17 min
    Titus Low: From SG's most famous OnlyFans creator to real estate agent?

    Titus Low: From SG's most famous OnlyFans creator to real estate agent?

    Singapore’s most well-known OnlyFans creator Titus Low is slowly moving on from the platform that has brought him fame, money and drama. Lots of it.

    Synopsis: The Straits Times’ Natasha Ann Zachariah explores contemporary societal choices and youth perspectives and digs deeper into issues of the day.

    Sitting down with The Usual Place’s host Natasha Ann Zachariah, Titus opens up about asking to work with his family’s business and pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a real estate agent.

    He shares the lessons learnt and the fallout from baring all online.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    1:10 What is Titus up to these days?9.00 His post-pandemic popularity has dipped, no thanks to today's economic situation14.26 Dealing with mental health issues23.30 Why he has become more cautious about sharing his life online

    Follow Natasha on her IG account and DM her your thoughts on this topic: https://str.sg/8Wav

    Host: Natasha Zachariah (natashaz@sph.com.sg)

    Edited by producers: Eden Soh and Teo Tong Kai

    Executive producers: Ernest Luis and Lynda Hong

    Filmed by: Joel Chng and Marc Justin De Souza, ST Video

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    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

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    • 26 min
    Singapore’s stakes in India’s election: Will polls bring a surprise?

    Singapore’s stakes in India’s election: Will polls bring a surprise?

    Hear from our guest expert on Singapore’s stakes in seeing a stable government rule the world’s fifth biggest economy.

    Synopsis: Join The Straits Times' senior columnist Ravi Velloor, as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent.

    The world’s most populous nation began voting on April 19 in a seven-phase election in which nearly one billion people are eligible to vote, with ballots set to be counted on June 4.

    In this episode, Ravi speaks with the political scientist Associate Professor Iqbal Singh Sevea, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, a think-tank under the National University of Singapore.

    They discuss the ongoing Indian election marked by a dip in voter turnout, the competing narratives, the improving national profile of Mr Rahul Gandhi, chances of a decisive victory for Mr Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

    They also look at the need to heal wounds the election has opened in the national fabric.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    3:10 Continuity vs high unemployment and inflation

    8:09 Singapore’s stakes in the Indian election

    15:01 Why it is not a ‘wave’ election this time

    16:08 A new Rahul Gandhi?

    20:38 Why women voters are key

    24:01 Could polls spring a surprise?

    27:25 Can India heal its wounds after the polls

    Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg) and Fa’izah Sani

    Edited by: Fa’izah Sani

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2 

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn 

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB 

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa 

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