ASEAN

Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Created in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, by 2021 ASEAN had grown to include Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, representing nearly 700 million people.  Extended groups have been used for economic development discussions –  ‘ASEAN plus 3’ adds China, Japan, South Korea;  ‘ASEAN plus 6’ further adds India, Australia and New Zealand.