Hazardous Smog Blankets Singapore

By Kyunghee Park and Jasmine Ng - 2013-06-21T10:15:32Z

Photograph by Joseph Nair/AP Photo

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While diplomatic ties wobble at times over haze and other issues, Indonesia and Singapore have strong economic links. Singapore’s total trade with Indonesia was S$79.4 billion ($62.3 billion) in 2012, according to government trade promotion agency IE Singapore. Indonesia is Singapore’s fourth-largest trading partner.

Singapore’s prime minister said the fires were caused by errant companies and were not likely to just be smallholders slashing and burning. He said it was not fruitful to respond to Indonesian minister Laksono’s comments.