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Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

Mindanao siege a wake-up call for ASEAN's fight against extremism

TOMOMI KIKUCHI, Nikkei staff writer | China

SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahead.

The fight against extremist groups, many with connections to Islamic State which is at war in the Middle East, was one of the main topics discussed by defense ministers attending the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this weekend -- the 16th Asia Security Summit organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a London-based think tank.

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