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Understanding Indonesia: ASEAN Overview

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Indonesia.

At A Glance


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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a 10-nation regional organisation made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ASEAN was first established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand when the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand signed the ASEAN Declaration.1 ASEAN subsequently became a 10-member regional organisation when Brunei Darussalam joined on 7 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.


Learn more about why ASEAN holds an important role regionally and beyond when it comes to major political and economic developments within the South East Asia region.

Find out more about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in ASEAN and how it impacts the South East Asia region countries as a whole.

In 2018, Singapore hosted the 33rd ASEAN Summit and other related summits, marking a milestone of Singapore’s chairmanship. Find out more from Channel News Asia live coverage of the event.

From massive cross-border economic zones in Myanmar and Yunnan, to ASEAN industrial parks in Guangxi -- China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has been making its presence felt in Indochina. Let's find out how China's plans to connect its Silk Road to ASEAN.

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