2. Main Subject
1) Political and Security Cooperation
2) Economic Cooperation
3) Functional Cooperation
Importance of ASEAN as a newly rising power
ASEAN appears as a political diplomatical and economical Korean important partner from 1990's. First of all, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is keeping a position as important trade partners with the United States, Japan, EU and the Republic of Korea(ROK) in the economic sides. And ASEAN is important as secondary investment target areas in the following the United States in overseas investment sections. And ASEAN came up the first abroad construction acceptance of order regions of Korea.
A lot of nations of the Southeast Asia have already kept familiar relations with Korea in political, economic and cultural parts but it happened relatively recently that ASEAN established Korean official relation as international organizations. because the Republic of Korea became sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN and was upgraded to full dialogue partner of ASEAN from 1991, and is able to have been discussed a mutual cooperation increase direction with ASEAN through annual ASEAN PMC and Korea-ASEAN conversation etc.. and the Republic of Korea has a close connection with ASEAN in security sections as Participation to ARF from 1994.
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