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PacNet #84 – Pacify tensions before they boil over

The trial of Separiano, the young Indonesian man who was caught attempting to blow up the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, has raised questions about the future of Muslim-Buddhist relations in Indonesia and across the wider ASEAN region. Coming so close to the formation of the ASEAN Community in 2015, incidents such as these put a damper on the spirits of those who had hoped that greater and closer ASEAN integration would also lead to better understanding, cooperation, and friendship between the various ethnic and religious communities in the region.