The organization was founded back in 1967 to improve cooperation across the region. in which both the United States and China are competing for influence.
ASEAN members are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam; their leaders meet for summits twice a year. This is a collection of DW's latest content related to the ASEAN.
President Obama has called for a "peaceful resolution" to maritime disputes at the ASEAN summit. His statement comes as the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said Beijing deployed surface-to-air missiles in the South China Sea.
The US has stepped up pressure on China as it cosies up to its neighbours. President Obama has invited ASEAN leaders to the US to deepen economic cooperation and security ties. But the region is diverse, as are the challenges involved in trading with it.