The view from Asia

The battle for Southeast Asian supremacy

December 18, 2012
By John Duerden
The mayor of the French city of Reims described Asia's first ever appearance at the World Cup as giants against dwarves. Indonesia, then known as Dutch East Indies, lost 6-0 to Hungary at the 1938 finals and were eliminated. There is no such feeling of inequality these days as teams from the east take on the world's best but South East Asia still has not returned to the global stage to make its mark.

The region of 600 million-plus people is unlikely to do so in the near ...

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