ASEAN enhances its central role in Southeast Asia


By Jong Hyon Chol
Member of Korea-Asia Association

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is increasingly enhancing its role as a central entity in the region.

Southeast Asian region has been historically subject to the continued invasion and threats by outside forces, as it is located in a geopolitically important place connecting the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.

By establishing an association of nations – ASEAN – in 1967, Southeast Asian countries could have a central entity which would guide common development and prosperity of the region and achieved sustainable development with political security, economy and socio-culture as its three pillars.

Even in the face of global health crisis, ASEAN has achieved successes in the political and economic areas.

ASEAN successfully held two ASEAN Summits and other related meetings as well as the 15th East Asia Summit scheduled for this year, and these meetings served as occasions for accession by Cuba and other countries to the "Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia" and for increased number of development partners, thus further expanding its external relations.

Also confronting the global economic stagnation, ASEAN took measures to minimize damages and recover the regional economy by increasing anti-epidemic collaboration and efforts for economic revival among its member states as well as developing cooperation and exchange with its partners.

The greatest success achieved by ASEAN this year in economic field is the signing of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

The ASEAN’s leadership displayed in having signed the biggest trade agreement in the world is an apparent manifestation of its central role in regional economic cooperation.

ASEAN is also enhancing its central role in the relevant matters for ensuring peace and security of the region.

In the video speech at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly in September this year, the President of Indonesia appealed for a firm grip on the principle of central role by ASEAN in ensuring regional peace and security. And in the opening statement at the 37th ASEAN Summit held in Vietnam in November, the Prime Minister of the Government of Vietnam also emphasized that ASEAN is displaying its central role by collective and balanced measures.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which takes independence, peace and friendship as its foreign policy idea, attaches great importance to the long-standing and traditional relations of friendship and cooperation with the ASEAN member states and makes active efforts to strengthen the collaboration with ASEAN.

With its long-standing history and tradition of having developed the relations with the ASEAN member states, the DPRK is steadily expanding and developing the relationship with ASEAN, as is required and desired by the developing era.

The DPRK joined the ASEAN Regional Forum in July 2000 and acceded to the "Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia" in July 2008, and has accredited its Ambassador to ASEAN since July 2011.

The continuous improvement of relations between the DPRK and ASEAN will also act as a positive contribution to increasing the latter’s central position and role.

(DPRK MFA - December 21, 2020)

Korea-Asia Association (KAA)

As one of the civil organizations sponsored by the DPRK MFA, the primary mission of KAA is for promoting political, economic and cultural cooperation and interchange with the peoples of Asian countries, thus contributing to safeguarding peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the Asia as a whole.

The Association involves about 30 officials, including former and sitting diplomats, personnel from policy study institutes and other experts concerned.

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