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Museum of the Asia Africa Conference

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In 1955 Bandung played host to the first large scale meeting of delegates from 29 mostly newly independent Asian and African nations aimed at opposing colonialism and promoting economic and cultural cooperation—the Museum of the Asia Africa Conference (Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika) tells the story behind it.

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Major discussions at the Bandung Conference centred on cold war politics and the affect of tensions between the United States, China and Soviet powers on less powerful Asian and African states as well as European colonialism and laid the foundations for the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. A ten-point declaration promoting peace and cooperation was adopted unanimously.

Meet the freedom building. Photo taken in or around Museum of the Asia Africa Conference, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Meet the freedom building. Photo: Sally Arnold

To mark the 50th and 60th anniversaries, Asian-African Summits were again staged in 2005 and 2015 in Bandung and Jakarta. Gedung Merdeka (literally “freedom building”) the venue for the conference, has been turned into a small museum dedicated to this ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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