Trade & Investment

ASEAN Countries Are Increasingly Important Diplomatic, Economic, and Security Partners for the US

The United States signed the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in 2009 and was the first non-ASEAN country to name an ambassador to ASEAN, which it did in 2008. It was also the first to establish a permanent mission to ASEAN, which opened in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2010. Today, the US and ASEAN cooperate on a range of initiatives, including governance and sustainable development, cyber-security, education, English language training, disaster management, human rights, nuclear non-proliferation, and maritime security.

The US and ASEAN are established economic partners. The US-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), signed in 2006, has opened opportunities to further trade and commercial ties. The USSingapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), implemented in 2007, is America’s first FTA in Asia. Four ASEAN countries—Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam—are participants in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations. The US-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) and the ASEAN Connectivity for Trade and Investment (ACTI) initiatives have also strengthened two-way trade and investment.

The United States is active in many ASEAN-led regional institutions including the East Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus). The US has two treaty allies—the Philippines and Thailand—a close strategic partnership with Singapore, and a growing range of security cooperation with other ASEAN countries.

US-ASEAN SECURITY ALLIES AND PARTNERS

UNITED STATES AND
THE PHILIPPINES

Major non-NATO Alliance

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UNITED STATES AND
THAILAND

Major non-NATO Alliance

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UNITED STATES AND
SINGAPORE

Strategic Framework Agreement

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