Vietnam’s Relation with ASEAN (1967-1995): A Study of Diplomatic Issues Preceding Vietnam’s Entry into ASEAN

Hubungan Vietnam dengan ASEAN (1967-1995): Kajian Terhadap Isu-Isu Diplomatik Sehingga Vietnam Menyertai ASEAN

  • Ahmad Zainuddin Husin Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Keywords: ASEAN, SEATO, Vietnam, ZOPFAN Cold War


inception in 1967 until 1995.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8th August 1967 sponsored initially by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. ASEAN was established during an era of conflict between North Vietnam, assisted by pro-comunist countries and South Vietnam supported by non-communist countries. The conflict affected the relations between North Vietnam and ASEAN. Eventhough ASEAN was a neutral organization but most of its members were anti-communist and the situation affected its relations with North Vietnam. After the unification in 1975, the communist ideologues were in control over Vietnam’s administration. After the war, there was an emergence of new crisis involving Cambodia, Laos and border conflict between Vietnam and China. To resolve the conflicts, initiatives were put forward to the three Indochina countries into ASEAN. The efforts faced many challenges due to differences in ideology. With the end of the ideological conflict brought by the end of the Cold War in 1990, efforts in making Vietnam joining ASEAN were more positive until it joined ASEAN in 1995.


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Husin, A. (2015). Vietnam’s Relation with ASEAN (1967-1995): A Study of Diplomatic Issues Preceding Vietnam’s Entry into ASEAN. EDUCATUM Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1), 52-65. Retrieved from