WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America, gathered in Manila on 13 November 2017 on the occasion of the 5th ASEAN-U.S. Summit to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations. Since the engagement between ASEAN and the United States was first made in September 1977, our cooperation has rapidly grown and expanded to cover a wide range of areas, including political and security, economic and trade, social and cultural, and development, with the two sides becoming enhanced partners in 2005 and strategic partners in 2015.
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