ASEAN - the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - was formed in 1967 and comprises 10 Asian countries as an economic trade bloc. It includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Collectively, ASEAN represents a market of some 600 million people, with a combined GDP of about US$1.8 trillion. If it were a country, in economic terms it would be the ninth largest in the world. Effectively a trade bloc situated between China and India, ASEAN is the third Asian dragon in terms of its development as an emerging economy.