Daily briefing: Shipping rates may rise further: analyst; 4 global firms to set up shop in 'smart business district'

And US wants “stable” relations with China: US Defence Secretary.


Shipping rates have increased, but not to their highest, an analyst said as the industry is not yet headed to a “supercycle.”

Shipping rates increased this year as the economies across the globe started to recover from the crisis, but some have raised that the industry is not yet headed towards a sustained period of growth.

“Is it a supercycle? Well, I would say not yet, but it has the potential to become one,” Mark Williams, managing director of Shipping Strategy, said.

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From CNA

Four global companies will be setting up their regional headquarters in Punggol, which is seen s the upcoming “smart business district.”

These include Boston Dynamics, Delata Electronics International (Singapore), Group-IB and Wanxiang.

The companies altogether are expected to generate over 2,000 technology jobs, according to JTC.

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US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US is committed to building a constructive relationship with China.

Austin said in his speech in Singapore that whilst the US will stand against threats of China, it is not after the confrontation.

I am committed to pursuing a constructive, stable relationship with China, including stronger crisis communications with the People’s Liberation Army,” he said.

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