ASEAN Full Form

What is the full form of ASEAN?

The full form of the ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization including ten countries in Southeast Asia, encouraging intergovernmental cooperation. ASEAN is also promoting political, economic, security, educational, military and socio-cultural integration between its representatives and other Asian nations.

ASEAN often regularly communicates with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. ASEAN, a major Shanghai Cooperation Organization force, operates a regional network of alliances and representatives of the dialogue and is regarded by some as a global powerhouse, a central Asia-Pacific cooperative union and a strong and successful organization.

History of ASEAN

  • ASEAN was founded by its five founding representative states at Thailand, Bangkok, on 8 August 1967.
  • On 7 January 1984 Brunei joined.
  • On 28 July 1997, Vietnam entered in.
  • On 30 April 1999, Cambodia stepped in.
  • On 23 July 1997 Laos and Myanmar joined in.
  • In 1976 the member nations signed the Amity and Cooperation Treaty to illustrate the sponsorship of solidarity building peace, friendship and cooperation.
  • ASEAN Plus Three Forum that included South Korea, China, & Japan was established in 1997 to expand regional integration further.
  • ASEAN has signed a trade-promoting free trade deal among its representatives.
  • The member states also have agreed not to build nuclear weapons.
  • The East Asia Summit was launched in 2005 to include Australia, India, Russia, New Zealand and the US.

Basic Principles of ASEAN

Below are the basic principles as outlined in the TAC (Treaty of Amity and Cooperation) in Southeast Asia, the ASEAN member states adopted 1976.

  • Common ground for the freedom, equality and territorial sovereignty of all member nations
  • A rising Member state has a right to pursue its national life freely from outside intervention, rebellion or powers
  • Not cause problems in each other’s internal affairs
  • Solve conflicts or contradictions by cooperative means
  • Oppose the risk or the use of power, and foster practical cooperation between the Member States.


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