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1967 Aug 8
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
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1977 Jun 27
H.E. Lee Kuan Yew, the PM of Singapore, formally opened the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Ministers which was held in Singapore on 27-29 June 1977.
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1977 Aug
Japan’s PM Fukuda visited 5 ASEAN nations and in Manila promised SE Asia that Japan forever renounced aggression against its neighbors. This became known as the Fukuda doctrine.
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1984 Jan 8
Brunei Darussalam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
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1995 Jul 28
Vietnam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN was established in Bangkok in 1967 by the five original member countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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1997 May 31
The 7-member ASEAN alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
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1997 Jul 10
ASEAN foreign ministers voted to suspend Cambodia’s pending membership. The US announced a 3/4 reduction of staff and some aid. More than 50 people were dead after 2 days of fighting.
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1997 Jul 19
In Cambodia Hun Sen rejected a peace plan proposed by the 7-nation ASEAN group.
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1997 Jul 23
The ASEAN trade bloc admitted Laos and Burma but barred Cambodia.
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1998 Dec 15
The 2-day ASEAN summit opened in Hanoi. Cambodia was admitted informally.
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1998 Dec 16
In Hanoi, Vietnam, the ASEAN nations approved the "Hanoi Action Plan," a 34-point declaration that emphasized economic recovery based on free-market policies.
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1999 Apr 30
Cambodia was admitted as the 10th member of the Association of Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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1999 Nov 27
In the Philippines the 10-nation ASEAN summit opened.
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1999 Nov 28
ASEAN leaders in the Philippines agreed to increase cooperation with Japan, China and South Korea in an "East Asia Forum" known as ASEAN+3 and to move toward a common market.
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2000 May 6
The Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI) was set up to help East Asian cash strapped countries defend their currencies in times of trouble. The initiative came in response to the 1997 East Asian financial crises. ASEAN, China, Japan, and South Korea launched the multilateral arrangement of currency swaps (CMI).
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2002 Nov 4
China signed a landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from signing.
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2002 Nov 5
The ASEAN group (Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar) ended a 2-day conference in Cambodia that was also attended by representatives from China, Japan, and India and South Africa.
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2002
China and ASEAN agreed to a China-ASEAN free-trade area to be implemented in stages up to 2015.
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2003 Oct 5
Ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met ahead of a leaders' summit on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, with leaders of China, India, Japan and South Korea joining the bloc to sign trade and security accords.
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2003 Oct 21
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders ended their two-day annual summit in Thailand with a statement seeking to boost trade and intensify the fight on terror.
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2003 Dec 11
ASEAN members met for a 2-day summit in Tokyo. Japan joined the 10 Southeast Asian nations in a pledge to expand trade and join forces on regional security.
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2004 Nov 29
Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and China signed an accord to create the world's biggest free trade area by removing tariffs for their 2 billion people by decade's end.

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2004 Nov 29
The annual ASEAN summit opened in Vientiane, Laos.
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2005 Jul 29
The ASEAN summit concluded in Vientiane, Laos. Australia agreed to sign a non-aggression pact with the group in exchange for an invitation to another summit, where ASEAN hopes to start work on an East Asian free-trade area.
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2005 Dec 3
Malaysia's state media said Southeast Asian lawmakers want Myanmar expelled from the ASEAN regional grouping unless it frees democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners within a year.
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2005 Dec 10
In Malaysia Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, which calls for signatories not to interfere in each other's internal affairs. The treaty was born within the 10-member ASEAN, which made signing the pact a condition for entry into next week's inaugural East Asian summit.
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2007 Jan 12
East Timor and France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries on the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine resort city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with a bloc representing a sixth of the world's people.
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2007 Jan 13
ASEAN leaders meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to regulate migrant workers.
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2007 Jan 14
ASEAN leaders meeting in the Philippines signed an agreement to liberalize the trade in services between China and ASEAN countries.
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2007 Mar 15
The EU said it would put pressure on members of the Southeast Asian regional grouping ASEAN at talks in Germany to urge Myanmar to improve its human rights record.
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2007 Jul 30
In the Philippines southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed to set up a regional human rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled Myanmar. Myanmar agreed not to veto discussion over the human rights commission at a November summit.
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2007 Jul 31
ASEAN Plus Three foreign ministers gathered in Manila on the eve of high-level security talks. ARF, which includes the United States, European Union, India, Pakistan, North and South Korea and other countries, and will also hold talks here on Aug 1-2.
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2007 Aug 1
The ASEAN summit got underway in Manila. Diplomats held dozens of meetings in the Philippine capital, using the annual gathering of nearly 30 nations to confer on everything from the North Korean crisis to the conflict in Darfur.
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2007 Aug 26
In Manila, Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from international markets.
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2007 Nov 20
In Singapore Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) adopted a landmark charter but their vision to create an EU-style bloc faced hurdles because of concerns over Myanmar, whose military rulers have defied international calls to restore democracy.
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2008 Apr 14
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said they had finished signing a deal to tear down trade barriers between the world's second-largest economy and the 10-member bloc.
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2008 Jun 12
ASEAN said Southeast Asian and UN experts will have full access to cyclone-devastated parts of Myanmar, where more than a million people have still not received any foreign help.
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2008 Jul 21
In Singapore the 10 members of ASEAN adopted a common charter that included a list of 15 purposes.
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2008 Jul 24
In Singapore North Korea's reclusive communist regime, long seen as a nuclear threat to the region, signed a nonaggression pact with Southeast Asia, in a largely symbolic move. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) with the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came into force in 1976, requires signatories to renounce the use or threat of force and calls for the peaceful settlement of conflicts.
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2008 Oct 21
Indonesia's parliament ratified the Southeast Asian charter committing ASEAN member nations to promote democracy and human rights, clearing the way for its formal adoption before year's end. Anti-terrorism police seized bomb-making materials and a large cache of weapons and ammunition during a raid on a house in Jakarta. Anti-terrorism squads arrested five suspected Islamic radicals believed to have been plotting to blow up Indonesia's largest fuel depot.
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2008 Dec 15
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations moved to forge an EU-style community, signing a charter that makes the bloc a legal entity for the first time and could pave the way for creating a single market within seven years.
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2009 Feb 28
In Thailand prominent activists from military-ruled Myanmar and Cambodia were barred from a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN), upstaging the opening of the annual summit billed as a historic step toward greater human rights in the region.
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2009 Mar 1
In Thailand Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) vowed to push ahead with ambitious plans to become a European Union-style economic community by 2015 despite roadblocks posed by the global financial crisis and Myanmar's dismal human rights record.
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2009 Jul 20
In Thailand Southeast Asian foreign ministers (ASEAN) endorsed the region's first human rights watchdog, rejecting criticisms that the body would be powerless to tackle rogue members such as Myanmar. 2 assailants on a motorcycle shot and killed a Buddhist man who was traveling on a road in Pattani province.
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2009 Oct 20
An Indian official said 8 South Asian countries have agreed they can't be part of any climate change deal that sets legally binding limits on their emissions.
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2009 Oct 23
In Thailand the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations began inauspiciously when half the bloc's 10 leaders failed to show up at the opening of the 3-day conference due to a tropical storm, domestic politics, a VIP visit and a possible illness. ASEAN nations inaugurated their first regional human rights commission, a watchdog immediately derided as toothless by activists who walked out of a meeting to protest being snubbed by five of the governments involved.
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2009 Nov 15
In Singapore President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia would have a replacement treaty on reducing nuclear arms ready for approval by year's end, an announcement designed as an upbeat ending to a summit with Asia-Pacific leaders. Obama also attended a second summit with leaders of the 10 southeast Asian countries that make up the ASEAN group. Obama then arrived in Shanghai, launching a three-day visit to an important global US partner and his first travels ever in China.
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2010 Jan 1
A free-trade agreement between China and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) came into effect. The 6 richest members scrapped tariffs on 90% of goods. The 4 poorest (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar) will not need to cut tariffs to the same level until 2015.

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2011 Mar 30
Ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region signed a non-binding framework agreement to tackle smuggling networks and humanely process the large numbers of migrants moving through the region.
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2011 May 7
Cambodia accused Thailand of invading its territory on the opening day of a summit of Southeast Asian leaders that was supposed to focus on plans to create a regional economic zone.
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2011 Nov 17
The 3-day East Asia Summit (EAS), bringing together the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners, opened on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. President Barack Obama became the first US leader to attend an East Asia summit. Leaders from 18 nations gathered to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, democratic reforms in military-dominated Myanmar, mitigating natural disasters, currency, trade and other issues.
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2012 Mar
The 10-member ASEAN group plus China, Japan, and South Korea (ASEAN+3) agreed to the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM) to come to each other’s aid in liquidity crisis.
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2012 Apr 4
ASEAN leaders in Cambodia issued a statement showing a veneer of unity and promising to "intensify efforts" toward the full implementation of an agreement, signed 10 years earlier, to "promote peace." The association paralyzed by differences over how to deal with regional superpower China's claims to strategic islands in the South China Sea.
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2012 Apr 4
ASEAN leaders called for Western countries, including the European Union, to immediately lift punitive sanctions imposed on Myanmar now that the once-pariah nation has embraced democratic reforms.
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2012 Jul 13
In Cambodia the 10-member ASEAN group ended its latest meeting for the first time without a communique reflecting a rift between countries loyal to China and those contesting territory with China.
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2012 Nov 17
Cambodia hosted the 10-member ASEAN summit of Southeast Asian countries. Talks for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) were formally launched between the member states at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia. It was scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2017.
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2012 Nov 18
In Cambodia Asean leaders decided to ask China to start formal talks "as soon as possible" on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing an outbreak of violence in disputed South China Sea territories. ASEAN leaders also adopted a human rights declaration despite last-minute calls for a postponement by critics.
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2012 Nov
Talks for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) were formally launched between ten member state at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia. It was scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2017.
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2013 Oct 10
Myanmar took a long-coveted role as chairman of ASEAN, the regional grouping of Southeast Asia.
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2013 Dec 14
Japan and Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) called for freedom of the air and sea, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions.
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