• ASEAN stands for Association of South East Asian Nations
  • It is a political and economic organisation of 10 SE Asian nations
  • Formed in 1967
  • Founding members were Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand i.e. all 10 current members were not founding members
  • Current members are:
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
    • Brunei
    • Cambodia
    • Laos
    • Myanmar (Burma)
    • Vietnam
  • Aims:
    • Accelerating economic growth, social progress, and sociocultural evolution among its members,
    • Protection of regional stability
    • Providing a mechanism for member countries to resolve differences peacefully
  • ‘The ASEAN Way’: Doctrine that the member countries will largely mind their own business when it comes to internal matters of member countries
  • ASEAN Plus Three: Was created to improve existing ties with the China, Japan and South Korea.
  • If the ASEAN nations were a single country, their combined economy would rank the 7th largest in the world
  • HQ : Jakarta, Indonesia
  • India
    • Has and FTA with ASEAN (operational since 2010)
    • Shares border both land/marine
    • Large number of Indian origin people living in these countries

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