What Is ASEAN And Why Is It Important For Southeast Asia?

What Is ASEAN And Why Is It Important For Southeast Asia?




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The Fight To Control The South China Sea
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As tension rise over the South China Sea, the U.S. is taking more interest in ASEAN nations. So which countries are in ASEAN, and why is their alliance so important?

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Obama hosts ASEAN summit, a first in the U.S.

“President Obama on Monday will kick off a two-day summit with 10 Southeast Asian leaders at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, the first-ever such meeting on U.S. soil.”

The Founding of ASEAN

“On 8 August 1967, five leaders – the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – sat down together in the main hall of the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Bangkok, Thailand and signed a document.”

ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

“The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an alliance promoting economic and political cooperation by fostering dialogue among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.”

Forging an ASEAN Identity: The Challenge to Construct a Shared Destiny

“ASEAN has formulated a planned integration among its ten member nations and has challenged its citizens to embrace a regional identity.”

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