The sixth ASEAN summit were held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 15-16 December 1998. The theme of the meeting is to strengthen regional economic and financial cooperation, overcome economical crisis and renew growth. Leaders of ten member countries addressed at the meeting. Two important documents: Hanoi Declaration and Hanoi Plan of Action were signed. Main contents of the documents are how to strengthen unity and cooperation between members, enhance economic integration, strengthen regional peace and security, promote sustainable development and enhance ASEAN's role in international community. After the summit, leaders of ASEAN countries had meetings with China Vice president Hu Jintao, Japan Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and South Korea President Kim Dae-Jung.
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) were established in 1967. The founding members were Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia were admitted later. The summit, being the meeting of the Heads of Government of the member countries, is the highest authority of ASEAN.
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