Defence officials from 27 countries are attending the ASEAN Regional Forum's Security Policy Conference (ASPC) to discuss the ASEAN Regional Forum's (ARF) role in dealing with non-traditional security threats.

There are 10 other countries in particular that hold the key to America's central role in all of Asia. Engaging with them is a must for US prosperity and national security.

"We believe that a more connected region will enhance regional integration. Connectivity covers not only physical linkages but also financial and socio-cultural ties, including tourism, cultural exchanges and movement of people. This calls for a convergence of ideas," he said.

It has been a year since the ASEAN-Korea Center opened its doors to the general public. In that year the center has rolled out everything from cultural events to trade exhibitions, with the goal of promoting ASEAN countries in Korea.