Ten years ago, or even five, the ASEAN countries were hardly spoken of collectively. Their individuality was underscored by the memory of the conflicts between several of them since independence, and by the separation that had grown upon them as colonies of distant powers. That the differences between the countries are now so often ignored is a mark of what ASEAN has achieved. Yet their differences still influence what happens within ASEAN and outside it.
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Notes and References
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