One of the key drivers of this buzz is the much-anticipated launch of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year more on that below. The 10 Southeast Asian countries grouped under the ASEAN banner Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam account for over million people, upwards of 50 minority languages per country with many more in Indonesia and the Philippines , and remarkable religio-cultural diversity symbolized by an estimated million Muslims, million Buddhists, million Christians, 7 million Hindus, and 50 million followers of other belief systems. The region also encompasses a wide variety of political systems from democracies, to one-party states, to monarchies. In addition to the above, a significant amount of diversity and dynamism is found within the economies of the region. This being said, one common thread in ASEAN is that poverty levels across the region have dropped notably. He noted that just as the Balkans were understood as the space between German-dominated central Europe and the Russian-dominated lands to the east, so does Southeast Asia occupy the domain between Indian-influenced southern Asia and Chinese-dominated eastern Asia.
China invests in south-east Asia for trade, food, energy and resources
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Read More. Take it all in by boat, or delve in with a community homestay on one of thousands of islands formed by the mighty river. Experience old Asia and new Asia jostling for space. In the cities, the pace of life runs at a dizzying speed, matched only by the endless rush of motorbikes and call of commerce.
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Regional highlights of the Near East sub-region are treated in a separate section - see page The Asia-Pacific region encompasses only about one-quarter of the world's land area, but is home to more than one-half of the world's population. Some of the world's richest, and many of its poorest, countries an located in the region. Some countries have almost no forests, while others have more than two-thirds of their land covered by forest vegetation.
To these ends the Center facilitates faculty and graduate research, assists students with fellowships and awards, supports the teaching of four Southeast Asian languages, presents public lectures and cultural programs, conducts outreach and teacher-training programs in the wider community, organizes conferences, and hosts visiting scholars from around the world. The Center also works closely with UCLA's Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Southeast Asian Studies, supports new faculty positions and expanded course offerings, and contributes to the development of library holdings and services. Yet, it contains elements which explain why the traditional remains contemporary and popular. Spanish documents of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries point to static political organization in the Philippines that predated the Spanish presence there.