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Debris flies as Philippine Air Force fighter jets bomb suspected locations of Muslim militants in Marawi city, southern Philippines on Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File

Analysis & Opinions - The South China Morning Post

How Political Islam is Gaining Ground in Southeast Asia Despite The Fall of Islamic State

| Feb. 06, 2018

The results of upcoming elections in Malaysia and Indonesiawill provide a scorecard for the inroads made by political Islam in Southeast Asia’s two key Muslim-majority countries. In Malaysia, which will hold a general election this year, the standard-bearer of political Islam is the Parti Islam SeMalaysia. In Indonesia, which will have its presidential election next year, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) represents Islam in the political mainstream. But also powerful is the Front Pembela Islam, a vigilante group which registers its presence mostly through demonstrations and intimidation.

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the "CPC in dialogue with world political parties high-level meeting, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (Fred Dufour/ Pool via AP)

Fred Dufour/ Pool via AP

Analysis & Opinions - The South China Morning Post

If Xi Jinping Wants China to Succeed The U.S. as a World Superpower, He Must Choose Change

| Dec. 26, 2017

The best that can be said about 2017 is that it has survived both US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. What happens next year will depend on the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping. The years from then on are China’s to lose.

U.S. President Donald Trump  and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with first ladies Melania and Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)

Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP

Analysis & Opinions - The South China Morning Post

As the U.S. Recedes and China Leads, Trump’s Asia Trip Sends Out Reassuring Signals

| Nov. 17, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s visit to South KoreaChinaVietnam and the Philippines marks a special moment in a special relationship. The relationship between America and the Indo-Pacific is special because the region is primed for a choice between war and peace.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves goodbye as he enters Air Force One after participating in the East Asia Summit, November 14, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Trump finished a five country trip through Asia visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Analysis & Opinions - South China Morning Post

During His Asia Trip, Can Trump Assuage Doubts About America’s Leading Role in the Region?

| Oct. 29, 2017

Derwin Pereira says the US president should not let the North Korean nuclear stand-off dominate his agenda in Asia, and instead engage leaders on shared strategic concerns, singly and through forums such as Asean and Apec.

A newspaper vendor stands in front of a poster of the late Lee Kuan Yew in the financial district of Singapore on Monday, March 23, 2015. Singaporeans wept and world leaders paid tribute Monday as the Southeast Asian city-state mourned the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The government announced that Lee, 91, "passed away peacefully" several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Analysis & Opinions - The Straits Times

Symbol of the Singapore story

| June 24, 2017

Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was no ordinary Singaporean. His house is no ordinary house. These facts give Singaporeans a stake in its preservation, no matter how the tussle among his children ends.

As a citizen and former journalist who met him several times, the symbolic meaning of the house for me takes precedence over Mr Lee's own will. From a strictly legal perspective, the will says the last word on what should be done to 38, Oxley Road. But from a national perspective, the demolition of the house would represent a blow to a visual artefact that represents the nation's journey from Third World to First.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a cell as she visits the prison of the former East German Ministry for State Security (MfS), known as the Stasi, in Berlin's Hohenschoenhausen district Tuesday May 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The Straits Times

Normal times must end for terror to be fought

| May 25, 2017

"What's needed to get out of terror attacks being normal? First, liberal societies may have to permit illiberal laws that hit suspected terrorists before they strike. Second, terror groups will learn to accept the military superiority of Western states, and their capacity for retaliation."