The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a group of ten member countries that encourages political, economic, and social cooperation in the region. In 2006 ASEAN tied together 560 million people, about 1.7 million square miles of land, and a total gross domestic product (GDP) of US $1,100 billion. Today the group is considered one of the most successful regional organizations in the world, and it seems to have a brighter future ahead. History of ASEAN Much of Southeast Asia was colonized by Western powers prior to World War II. During the war Japan took control of the region, but was forced out following the war as Southeast Asia countries pushed for independence. Though they were independent, the countries found that stability was hard to come by, and they soon looked to each other for answers. In 1961 the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand came together to form the Association of Southeast Asia (ASA), a precursor to ASEAN. Six years later in 1967 the members of ASA, along with Singapore and Indonesia, created ASEAN, forming a bloc that would push back at the dominating western pressure. Ads Let Perth captivate you www.malaysiaairlines.com Tuck into the finest seafood. Book now from MYR1,203 Book Wulumuqi Hotel, Enjoy Great... Ctrip Travel The Premier Online Travel Site Did Jesus Claim He's God? everystudent.com Was Jesus Just a Moral Leader Or Did He Actually Claim to Be God?
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