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东盟50年

新加坡—我们生活在一个麻烦的时代,在大部分地球最繁荣的地区,照样萦绕着悲观情绪。许多人认定国际秩序正在分崩离析。有人担心文明的交锋近在眼前,甚至已经开始了。

但是,在一片黯淡中间,东南亚为人们提供了一丝希望的曙光。该地区近几十年来进步巨大,实现了此前无法想象的和平与繁荣。而这一成功很大程度上要归因于东盟。本月,东盟将迎来成立50周年。

东南亚是全世界最多元化的地区之一。其6.4亿人口中包括2.4亿穆斯林、1.2亿基督徒、1.5亿佛教徒,还有数以百万计的印度教徒、道教徒、儒家和共产主义者。域内人口最多的国家印度尼西亚有2.61亿人,而文莱只有45万人。新加坡人均收入高达每年52,960美元,是老挝(2,353美元)的22.5倍。

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