Evolution of Asia-Pacific Regionalism
However, agreements involving developing and developed countries much more comprehensive.
APTA: A Bridge across Asia
Status: China’s accession in particular makes membership more attractive to countries in the region
Efforts are being taken to expand membership. Mongolia and Pakistan have indicated intention to join, others have expressed interest
Next target: Central Asia
creating a larger market for intra-ASEAN trade through an expanded ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFrA) encompassing the whole of Southeast Asia;
facilitating investment in Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Cambodia;
and more generally facilitating and creating conducive conditions for overall economic co-operation with the Southeast Asian region.
The security factor should be seen as an ambition to create a more stable regional environment for the individual countries to concentrate on development efforts as well as enhancing the possibility of inter-state co- operation by creating better relations between the various countries.
ASEAN in the first place, ie the fact that the ASEAN six had from the outset formulated the goal of 'One Southeast Asia' with all 10 Southeast Asian countries as members of the association. As noted earlier this was a necessary condition for expansion to take place at all.