Viet Nam became the seventh member of ASEAN in July 1995. Vietnam has been an active participant in all ASEAN activities. Viet Nam first hosted the 6th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in 1998 in the midst of the Asian financial crisis. The Summit produced the Hanoi Plan of Action, which provides guidance towards the realization of ASEAN Vision 2020. Viet Nam also chaired the ASEAN Standing Committee (ASC) from July 2000-2001. During this period, ASEAN approved the Second Protocol to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) and adopted the Rules of Procedures of the TAC High Council. After fifteen years membership in ASEAN, Viet Nam assumed the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2010.
Mr. Surin Pitsuwan of Thailand ended his assignment as ASEAN Secretary General in 2013. Mr. Le Luong Minh of Viet Nam assumed the position of ASEAN Secretary-General for a five-year tenure until 31 December 2017.
Viet Nam is a member of various ASEAN and other regional frameworks including the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), and Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).