The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are celebrating 40 years of partnership — decades spent working together on the shared goals of peace and prosperity.
ASEAN was created in August 1967 by five countries that wanted to work together to better address challenges in Southeast Asia. The group has grown to 10 countries, and as a bloc, ASEAN is the fourth-largest trading partner for the U.S.
A decade after ASEAN’s formation, in 1977, the U.S. partnered with the organization.
Marking that partnership, Vice President Mike Pence met with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh during a visit to the region in April.
This story was originally published on February 24, 2017.