Methods of operation
Decision-making methods: consulation and concensus. All ASEAN issues need to be consulted among all ASEAN Member countries and decisions are only adopted when all countries agreed or do not object.
Progressive and comfortable with all sides: regional cooperation needs to be done by steps, in lines of interests, and capabilities of all countires and all can participate, without leaving any members behind;
In relations with partners, member state will coordinate and endeavour to develop common positions and pursue joint actions in conformity with the principles under the ASEAN Charter (Article 41).