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.
Affirming the strength of that partnership, Vice President Pence met with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, on April 20. Pence announced that President Trump will attend the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines this November.
A version of this story was published on February 24, 2017.