ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh is the sole Vietnamese representative finding a place in the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine's list of the 500 most powerful people in the world.
The list is dominated by the US as 141 Americans, including President Barack Obama and software mogul Bill Gates, are named. Meanwhile, China has more than 30 people included in the list, according to Tuoitrenews.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Indian leader Manmohan Singh are among the most noticeable Asian names on the list.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s leader Kim Jong-Un is also listed.
Minh, 61, officially took leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on January 9, 2013, making him the first Vietnamese to head the grouping.
He used to be head of Vietnam’s permanent delegation at the United Nations and Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.