The hazards of a Chinese makeover of Marawi

Ironic. That is how Sultan Abdul Hamidullah Atar described the planned rehabilitation of Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur province on the Philippine island of Mindanao, a year after the Maute Group, also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, launched an attack on the city on May 23.

The five-month battle that followed claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and displaced 360,000 others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'The hazards of a Chinese makeover of Marawi'. Subscribe