The original purpose of the group was to calm tensions between its members and to contain the spread of communism in the region, but ASEAN's priorities shifted, and in the s it incorporated the communist states of Vietnam and Laos , as well as the quasi-communist Cambodia Brunei joined in and Myanmar in A agreement created a nuclear-free zone in Southeast Asia. Since , the bloc has been cutting tariffs in an effort to create an ASEAN Free Trade Area, which the group's website describes as "virtually established. Failed attempts to sort out these claims have undermined the group's influence, as has the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP , a free trade pact that would have linked the U.
Association of South East Asia
Association of Southeast Asian Nations | Land Portal
Eddie Reinhardt April 24, As often the case for international students here at Suffolk University, it is important to find a niche community within the larger melting pot that is our school. Through cultural clubs and organizations, students can find a piece of home within each other. Joseph Effendy has become an integral part of several of these organizations in just his two years here at Suffolk. Effendy himself came to study at Suffolk from Singapore where he grew up, but he was born in Indonesia and his grandparents are from China. With the idea of educating his peers as well as bringing them together he set out to create a club that could specifically cater to these goals. With a set goal in mind, the next step was finding a platform in which they could be accomplished.
Southeast Asian Press Alliance
Muslims can be found in all mainland countries, but the most significant populations are in southern Thailand and western Burma Arakan. The Cham people of central Vietnam and Cambodia are also Muslim. Islam is the state religion in Malaysia and Brunei. Muslims are a minority in Singapore and the southern Philippines. Virtually all of Southeast Asia lies between the tropics, and so there are similarities in climate as well as plant and animal life throughout the region.
A major partner of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation , ASEAN maintains a global network of alliances and dialogue partners and is considered by many as a global powerhouse,   the central union for cooperation in Asia-Pacific , and a prominent and influential organization. It is involved in numerous international affairs, and hosts diplomatic missions throughout the world. As set out in the Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are to accelerate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region, to promote regional peace, collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest, to provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities, to collaborate for better utilisation of agriculture and industry to raise the living standards of the people, to promote Southeast Asian studies and to maintain close, beneficial co-operation with existing international organisations with similar aims and purposes.