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What is ASEAN?

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What is ASEAN?

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ASEAN is at the center of a dynamic Asia Pacific region.

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was founded in 1967 “to strengthen further the existing bonds of regional solidarity and cooperation.” The ten member states of ASEAN span more than 1.7 million square miles—over half the size of the continental United States—and include a population of over 626 million people with an economy valued at about US $2.4 trillion in 2012.  For more economic and demographic data on the US-ASEAN relationship, please see the data pages.

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The 10 members of ASEAN.

 

Why is ASEAN important?

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Geostrategic importance of ASEAN.

ASEAN’s geostrategic importance stems from many factors, including the strategic location of member countries, the large shares of global trade that pass through regional waters, and the alliances and partnerships which the United States shares with ASEAN member countries. Recognizing its geostrategic importance, the US cooperates with ASEAN and its member states on a multitude of intitatives ensuring security and stability in the region.