WASHINGTON (Dec. 30, 2015) — The White House Office of the Press Secretary on Wednesday announced that the U.S.-ASEAN Summit will take place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on Feb. 15-16, 2016.
President Barack Obama announced the intention to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit while in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November. This unprecedented gathering – the first hosted by the United States with the ASEAN leaders — builds on the deeper partnership that the United States has forged with ASEAN since 2009.
The event is designed to further advance the Administration’s rebalance to Asia and the Pacific. For nearly 40 years, the United States and ASEAN have worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia. This summit will provide leaders a forum to strengthen cooperation under the new U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership, launched in November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, on political, security, and economic issues.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on Aug. 8 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand The founding nations, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, signed the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration).
Brunei Darussalam joined in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.
President Obama in 2015 became the first U.S. President to meet with the leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries. He is also the first U.S. President to attend the East Asia Summit, and has so far attended six ASEAN meetings.