A hollow response to the Marawi siege could invite a new terrorist wave across Southeast Asia.
Geopolitical tensions, foreign fighters and sectarian tensions will fuel further conflict.
Xi is hastening military reforms by ousting officers who may oppose his joint force vision.
Invoking the contentious security pact could create more problems than it solves.
A proposed joint local force will fail to curb terrorism in northern Africa despite EU support.
The ongoing siege in the Philippines highlights the region’s deeper counterterrorism problems.