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ASEAN was preceded by an organisation formed in 1961 called the Association of Southeast Asia (ASA), a group consisting of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand.
ASEAN itself was created on 8 August 1967, when the foreign ministers of five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, signed the ASEAN Declaration, more commonly known as the Bangkok Declaration.
The creation of ASEAN was motivated by a common fear of communism, ASEAN achieved greater cohesion in the mid-1970s following the changed balance of power in Southeast Asia after the end of the Vietnam War.
Its principal aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, and sociocultural evolution among its members, alongside the protection of regional stability and the provision of a mechanism for member countries to resolve differences peacefully.
ASEAN covers a land area of 4.4 million square kilometres, 3% of the total land area of Earth.
ASEAN territorial waters cover an area about three times larger than its land counterpart.Member countries have a combined population of approximately 625 million people, 8.8% of the world's population.In 2015, the organisation's combined nominal GDP had grown to more than US.8 trillion.If ASEAN were a single entity, it would rank as the seventh largest economy in the world, behind the USA, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France.ASEAN shares land borders with India, China, Bangladesh, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea, and maritime borders with India, China, and Australia.Both East Timor and Papua New Guinea are backed by certain ASEAN members for their membership in the organization.