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Southeast Asia: Subregion of Asia
Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is the southeastern region of Asia, consisting of the regions that are geographically south of China, east of the Indian subcontinent and north-west of Australia. Southeast Asia is bordered to the north by East Asia, to the west by South Asia and the Bay of Bengal, to the east by Oceania and the Pacific Ocean, and to the south by Australia and the Indian Ocean. The region is the only part of Asia that lies partly within the Southern Hemisphere, although the majority of it is in the Northern Hemisphere. In contemporary definition, Southeast Asia consists of two geographic regions:
  1. Mainland Southeast Asia, also known historically as Indochina, comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  2. Maritime Southeast Asia, also known historically as Nusantara, the East Indies, or the Malay Archipelago, comprising the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India), Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Australia), Brunei, Christmas Island (Australia), the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), East Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.


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Indonesia workers protest against 'exploitative' new law [Video]

Indonesia workers protest against 'exploitative' new law

Government leaders say the legislation is needed to create jobs and stimulate Southeast Asia’s largest economy crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published
Why Singapore's COVID death rate is world's lowest [Video]

Why Singapore's COVID death rate is world's lowest

Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian island. So why is..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:09Published
Indonesian students trade trash to study online [Video]

Indonesian students trade trash to study online

When the coronavirus pandemic forced Indonesian schools to shut, it exposed how millions of households in the Southeast Asian country still had no access to the internet or even a device like a mobile..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:54Published
ASEAN summit: South China Sea, coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow [Video]

ASEAN summit: South China Sea, coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow

Southeast Asia's top diplomats to discuss coronavirus pandemic and rising tensions in South China Sea in online summit.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:59Published
‘Covid-19 vaccines will be available to all countries on equitable basis’: WHO Chief [Video]

‘Covid-19 vaccines will be available to all countries on equitable basis’: WHO Chief

Health Ministers from member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region participated in a session to discuss measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. The 73rd Regional..

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 02:32Published
Singapore's concert for the dead goes online [Video]

Singapore's concert for the dead goes online

The studio lights dim, the band begins to strum, and it's showtime for a Singapore getai concert - a popular form of entertainment in southeast Asia that features songs, skits and over-the-top costumes..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

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