Long used to treating Asean as coterminous with South-east Asia - a conflation that the regional specialist Malcolm Cook recently described as "intellectually distorting" - we tend to forget that physically, too, the region is more than the Association of South-east Asian Nations.
A significant unfinished business in integration is Timor Leste which, in 2002, shook off a quarter century of Indonesian occupation after centuries of Portuguese colonial rule and thus emerged as the first new nation of the 21st century.
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