Singapore. According to
Countryaah.com, 18-year-old blogger Amos Yee was granted
political asylum in the United States in March when he was
persecuted in Singapore for his political views, according
to a US judge. Amos Yee has been in prison in Singapore
twice for four and six weeks respectively in 2015 and 2016.
According to the Interior Ministry, he was sentenced because
of his comments against Muslims and Christians. His case
sparked debate during the trials as to where the boundary of
censorship and freedom of speech goes.
In July, the Department of Defense announced that
Singapore would provide the Philippines with military
support in the fight against terrorism, after a militant
group with links to the terrorist group IS in May entered
the city of Marawi in the Philippines. The invasion worried
governments in the region who stated that IS is trying to
establish a base in southeast Asia.
In September, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited
China's counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing. The meeting
discussed, among other things, the South China Sea, as China
was worried that their actions in the region will be
confronted next year when Singapore takes over the
chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN), according to sources at the Reuters news agency.
The issue of Taiwan's sensitive China was further raised.
Tensions between China and Singapore increased in November
last year when China seized nine Singaporean military
vehicles that were about to be shipped back from a training
ground in Taiwan.