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Vietnam marks 20 years in ASEAN

Released at: 10:53, 27/07/2015

Vietnam marks 20 years in ASEAN

Country became ASEAN's seventh member on July 29, 1995.

by Quoc Tran

Vietnam will celebrate 20 years of ASEAN membership on July 29.

Joining ASEAN was a major landmark in the country’s regional integration process as well as in the region’s road to cooperation and linkage. It's membership on July 29, 1995, is considered a significant decision not only for the country itself but also for the region. 

Ever since its joining in the ASEAN, Vietnam has always proved itself as an active and responsible member which made positive contributions to promoting regional linkage, maintaining peace and stability in the region and strengthening connectivity within ASEAN towards the establishment of an ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. 

For Vietnam, the decision helped establish linkages between the country and the region, allowing it to join hands with the region to build an environment of peace, stability and cooperation that are favourable for Vietnam’s national construction and defence. The membership of ASEAN also facilitated Vietnam’s endeavours to integrate into the region and the world, helping it expand cooperation with not only countries in the region but also power countries and others in the international community. 

ON the regional scale, Vietnam’s accession to the ASEAN in 1995 contributed to easing the suspicious and tense environment, bringing regional countries closer towards a grouping of 10 South East Asian nations. Vietnam’s membership created more favourable conditions for the ASEAN to strengthen its organisation and central role in promoting peace, stability and cooperation in the region. 

It can be said that Vietnam’s membership of the ASEAN has provided the country with a peaceful and stable environment to overcome war aftermaths and carry out its Doi Moi (renewal) policy. It also helped the country win assistance and investment from regional partners and expand bilateral and multilateral relations with other ASEAN members as well as partner countries of ASEAN. 

Upholding the spirit of active and responsible participation in ASEAN throughout the past two decades, Vietnam will continue to give high priority and strong commitment to the realization of the ASEAN Community. 

Vietnam has actively joined the process of building the ASEAN Community Vision beyond 2015 and blueprints for realising the vision on all three pillars: Political-Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community. 

The country will continue to work for enhanced solidarity and unity in ASEAN and the bloc’s central role in maintaining peace, stability, security and cooperation in the region. 

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