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[Flag of ASEAN]
by Steve Stringfellow, 18 July 1997, modified by Ivan Sache, 7 January 2001

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According to Pavillons nationaux et marques distinctives, the flag has proportion 2:3, the diameter of the disc is ca. 1/2th of the flag length, and the blue shade is dark.

Official colour specifications are:
Blue: Pantone 286c - C100/M60/Y0/K5
Red: Pantone 032c - C0/M90/Y90/K0
Yellow: Pantone Process yellow - C0/M0/Y100/K0
Ivan Sache, 7 January 2001

The ASEAN Organization

ASEAN is the Association of South East Asian Nations and was formed on 8 August 1967, with 5 members, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand. Brunei became the 6th in 1984 and Vietnam the 7th member in 1995. On May 31, 1997 at the ASEAN foreign minsters meeting, it was decided to admit Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in a few months' time. To represent the 10 nations, a new flag was unveiled which had in the center a stylized device featuring 10 rice stalks. I haven't seen the flag in color but the background is AFAIK light blue. ASEAN has its seat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The old logo had 6 rice stalks.

Tom Koh, 4 July 1997

A Reuters news report announced that ASEAN will keep the flag with 10 rice stalks despite not taking in Cambodia due to its internal war. ASEAN Secretary-General Ajit Singh stated "It will still be the 10 stalks of paddy, and the reason we have maintained it is because this is the vision of all the ASEAN 10."

The flag is described as "The new flag unveiled late in May comprises a blue background with a centered red circle enclosing 10 yellow stalks of rice paddy. A thin white ring encircles the red ring." Reuters quoted ASEAN's explanation of the symbolism: ``The 10 stalks of paddy represent the dream of ASEAN's founding fathers for an ASEAN comprising all the 10 countries in southeast Asia bound together in friendship and solidarity.''

Jan Oskar Engene, 18 July 1997

Old Logo

[Old Logo of ASEAN] by Tom Koh, 4 July 1997

ASEAN had a flag before the blue-background one adopted in 1997. The background of the old flag is white, the logo is somewhat in brown and yellow
Sammy Kanadi, 18 January 2001

The old logo had a design that represented a bundle of rice stalks, coloured brown, with the word 'asean' at the bottom. These elements were imposed on a yellow base within a blue circle. The logo symbolized the solidarity of ASEAN and its commitment to work together for the aspiration and prosperity of its people. It also portrays ASEAN's adherence to the concept of regional peace and stability within the global context.
by Tom Koh, 4 July 1997

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