Aseans can learn from Mid-East woes, says Chan Chun Sing; Rules are key, like at school: Ong Ye Kung

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, were among the speakers at NUS’ Middle East Institute annual conference on 11 February 2019. Mr Chan said that Singapore and Asean can draw a lesson from the unstable situation in the Middle East – that a region needs to have cohesion if it does not want to be a platform for proxy contests by major powers. Mr Ong shared that small states can thrive best in an orderly environment with clear rules and also highlighted how technology has fundamentally changed politics around the world.