There is a lot of hype about ASEAN creating a single market and production base with a free flow of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and capital flows (otherwise known as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2025 vision). Implementing the ambitious AEC initiative is seen as beneficial for the region, as it could boost economic growth, competitiveness, global engagement and intra-regional trade and investments. But in order for the AEC to become a reality, ASEAN needs to overcome global threats including protectionism and anti-globalisation sentiments, as well as regional challenges of political and economic differences to be united as a bloc. What steps will ASEAN policy makers take to navigate priorities and overcome roadblocks to make AEC a reality? As a bloc the AEC is meant to provide benefits among member countries but are there benefits to Chinese business and investors? How is the AEC faring since its launch?