AP PHOTOS: Best of 2018 for Asia

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2018 for Asia
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci)

The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018.

Associated Press photographers across the region captured remarkable images from these stories, as well as others, including the plight of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh and the move by China to abolish presidential term limits that could allow Xi Jinping to rule for life.

The Trump-Kim summit was stunning, coming not long after the two leaders exchanged angry barbs that had the world wondering whether war was on the horizon. The meeting in Singapore ended with a general call by the two sides for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, but without specific details on how that would be accomplished.

The dramatic rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks captivated much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing, to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found by a pair of British divers.

Indonesia suffered a major earthquake that spawned a devastating tsunami, killing more than 2,000 people. The magnitude 7.4 quake and 11-meter (36-foot) -high tsunami waves, which devastated miles of coastline, also left thousands of others unaccounted for.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un walk from their lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un walk from their lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP) (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, cross the military demarcation line to the South side at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, cross the military demarcation line to the South side at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP) (AP)
TV screens show U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, during a news program at Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul, South Korea on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
TV screens show U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, during a news program at Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul, South Korea on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (AP)
A North Korean flag flutters in the wind atop a 160-meter tower in North Korea's village Gijungdong as seen from the Taesungdong freedom village inside the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea, on April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A North Korean flag flutters in the wind atop a 160-meter tower in North Korea's village Gijungdong as seen from the Taesungdong freedom village inside the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea, on April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (AP)
North Korean security personnel run by a car carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returning to the North side for a lunch break after a morning session of the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)
North Korean security personnel run by a car carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returning to the North side for a lunch break after a morning session of the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP) (AP)
Usable items are salvaged from a home destroyed in a powerful earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Usable items are salvaged from a home destroyed in a powerful earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) (AP)
Rescuers and villagers wait for news for their missing loved one's as recovery efforts continue after liquefaction hit the neighborhood of Balaroa in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Rescuers and villagers wait for news for their missing loved one's as recovery efforts continue after liquefaction hit the neighborhood of Balaroa in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (AP)
A man looks at a mosque that was isolated by water after its bridge was destroyed due to a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A man looks at a mosque that was isolated by water after its bridge was destroyed due to a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (AP)
Aminah Gozah grieves after seeing the bodies of two of her three missing sons buried meters deep in the earthquake-damaged Balaroa neighboorhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Aminah Gozah grieves after seeing the bodies of two of her three missing sons buried meters deep in the earthquake-damaged Balaroa neighboorhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (AP)
A resident inspects a mosque damaged by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A resident inspects a mosque damaged by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) (AP)
Rescuers work at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 soccer team members and their coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, on June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Rescuers work at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 soccer team members and their coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, on June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) (AP)
An emergency team carrying one of the rescued boys from a flooded cave heads to a hospital in Chiang Rai in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
An emergency team carrying one of the rescued boys from a flooded cave heads to a hospital in Chiang Rai in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AP)
Members of Wild Boars soccer team pray during a ceremony marking the completion of their serving as novice Buddhist monks, following their dramatic rescue from a cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Members of Wild Boars soccer team pray during a ceremony marking the completion of their serving as novice Buddhist monks, following their dramatic rescue from a cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) (AP)
North Korean men bow at the giant bronze statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il during the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the ceasefire armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War, which the country celebrates as the day of "victory in the fatherland liberation war" at Mansu Hill Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
North Korean men bow at the giant bronze statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il during the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the ceasefire armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War, which the country celebrates as the day of "victory in the fatherland liberation war" at Mansu Hill Grand Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) (AP)
North Korean soldiers march during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
North Korean soldiers march during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (AP)
North Korean youths hold torches during a torch light march at the Kim Il Sung Square in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
North Korean youths hold torches during a torch light march at the Kim Il Sung Square in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, arrives with Premier Li Keqiang, left, for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, arrives with Premier Li Keqiang, left, for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (AP)
A military band conductor leads the band at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A military band conductor leads the band at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (AP)
A Chinese soldier in an usher uniform is silhouetted as he stands guard at an entrance door of the Great Hall of the People during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese soldier in an usher uniform is silhouetted as he stands guard at an entrance door of the Great Hall of the People during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (AP)
A delegate in an ethnic minority costume leaves the Great Hall of the People after attending the closing session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, on March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A delegate in an ethnic minority costume leaves the Great Hall of the People after attending the closing session of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, on March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (AP)
Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad shows his finger marked in ink after voting for the general election in Alor Setar, state capital of Kedah, northern Malaysia, on May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad shows his finger marked in ink after voting for the general election in Alor Setar, state capital of Kedah, northern Malaysia, on May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (AP)
Malaysia's jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia's jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AP)
A Muslim woman uses a smartphone behind a flag of Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition, or Barisan Nasional, on display in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Muslim woman uses a smartphone behind a flag of Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition, or Barisan Nasional, on display in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (AP)
Rescuers retrieve a body at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines on Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Rescuers retrieve a body at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines on Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (AP)
Rescuers work at the scene after a highway overpass collapsed on a sewage canal in Kolkata, India, on Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Rescuers work at the scene after a highway overpass collapsed on a sewage canal in Kolkata, India, on Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (AP)
An image of Liu Xia, wife of the late Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is displayed at a booth to collect signatures from the public in releasing of her at a down town street in Hong Kong on July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
An image of Liu Xia, wife of the late Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is displayed at a booth to collect signatures from the public in releasing of her at a down town street in Hong Kong on July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (AP)
Indian para-military force soldiers push exiled Tibetan activists into a police bus during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy, in New Delhi, India, on March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian para-military force soldiers push exiled Tibetan activists into a police bus during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy, in New Delhi, India, on March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) (AP)
A woman carries wood past as the Mount Agung spews ash and smoke in the background in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A woman carries wood past as the Mount Agung spews ash and smoke in the background in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) (AP)
A boy swims during a flood season in the floating village on the Mekong river bank on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
A boy swims during a flood season in the floating village on the Mekong river bank on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith) (AP)
"S" holds her baby boy as she sits in her shelter in Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh on June 25, 2018. "S," a widow, was so worried about her neighbors discovering her pregnancy that she suffered silently through labor in her shelter, stuffing a scarf in her mouth to swallow her screams. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
"S" holds her baby boy as she sits in her shelter in Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh on June 25, 2018. "S," a widow, was so worried about her neighbors discovering her pregnancy that she suffered silently through labor in her shelter, stuffing a scarf in her mouth to swallow her screams. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (AP)
A newly arrived Rohingya refugee child licks the cheek of her mother Azida Khatoon, 20, as they wait in a food distribution line in the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A newly arrived Rohingya refugee child licks the cheek of her mother Azida Khatoon, 20, as they wait in a food distribution line in the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) (AP)
An Indian policeman fires tear smoke shell on Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, India, on April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
An Indian policeman fires tear smoke shell on Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, India, on April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) (AP)
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prays at the tomb of her late father and Myanmar's independence hero Gen. Aung San during a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of his 1947 assassination, at the Martyrs' Mausoleum on July 19, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prays at the tomb of her late father and Myanmar's independence hero Gen. Aung San during a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of his 1947 assassination, at the Martyrs' Mausoleum on July 19, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw) (AP)
Indian paramilitary soldier patrol during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Indian paramilitary soldier patrol during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) (AP)
Policemen use their shields during clashes with Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, India, on Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Policemen use their shields during clashes with Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, India, on Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) (AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive a "hongi," a traditional Maori welcome, on the lawns of Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive a "hongi," a traditional Maori welcome, on the lawns of Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks at koala during a tour of Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks at koala during a tour of Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), is lit up in Hong Kong on Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a total length of 55 kilometers (34 miles), is lit up in Hong Kong on Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (AP)
A man sleeps on a cart surrounded by smoke from fumigation, being carried out to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Allahabad, India, on Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man sleeps on a cart surrounded by smoke from fumigation, being carried out to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Allahabad, India, on Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) (AP)
Sri Lanka's sergeant at arms Narendra Fernando walks carrying the mace in the well of the house past empty seats of President Maithripala Sirisena and disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the beginning of the parliamentary session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's sergeant at arms Narendra Fernando walks carrying the mace in the well of the house past empty seats of President Maithripala Sirisena and disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the beginning of the parliamentary session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) (AP)
Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Pigeons fly past as Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) (AP)
Malaysian Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (AP)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for photographers prior to their summit meeting in Tokyo on May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for photographers prior to their summit meeting in Tokyo on May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (AP)
From left to right, Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako greet guests during an autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo on Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
From left to right, Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako greet guests during an autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo on Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (AP)
Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shreshta)
Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shreshta) (AP)
Relatives pay last tributes to victims of a bus crash in Hong Kong on Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Relatives pay last tributes to victims of a bus crash in Hong Kong on Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (AP)
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a commissioning ceremony of the country's first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter squadron in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a commissioning ceremony of the country's first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter squadron in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying) (AP)
A microplate containing embryos that have been injected with Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA is seen in a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Oct. 9, 2018. The uproar over the unproven report of gene-edited births in China has researchers elsewhere worried about a backlash. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A microplate containing embryos that have been injected with Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA is seen in a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Oct. 9, 2018. The uproar over the unproven report of gene-edited births in China has researchers elsewhere worried about a backlash. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (AP)

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who had fled from western Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape brutal persecution by Myanmar security forces remained in Bangladeshi refugee camps, as officials continued to assess whether it is safe for them to return home. The military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar is accused of raping, killing and torturing Rohingya and burning their villages.

Xi, already China's most powerful leader in more than a generation, received a vastly expanded mandate as lawmakers abolished presidential term limits that had been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country's constitution. In one swift vote, the rubber-stamp legislature opened up the possibility of Xi being president for life, returning China to the one-man-rule system that prevailed during the era of Mao Zedong and the emperors who preceded him.

The following is a selection of some of the best AP images from the year in Asia.

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