The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a regional leaders' forum for strategic dialogue and cooperation on key challenges facing the East Asian region. The EAS is a significant regional grouping with an important role to play in advancing closer regional integration and cooperation at a time of particular dynamism in East Asia. Australia participated, as a founding member, in the inaugural EAS held in Kuala Lumpur on 14 December 2005.
Membership of the EAS comprises the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United States and Russia. The 18 EAS member countries represent collectively 55 per cent of the world’s population and account for around 56 per cent of global GDP [IMF purchasing power parity GDP figures 2012]; EAS countries received more than 75 per cent of Australia's total exports and two-way trade with EAS countries was worth $416 billion in 2012-13. The centrepiece of the EAS year is an annual leaders' Summit, usually held back-to-back with annual ASEAN leaders' meetings. In addition, ministerial and senior officials' meetings are held during the year to take forward leaders' initiatives.
The Prime Minister attended the 8th EAS, held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 10 October 2013. The Summit provided a valuable opportunity for leaders to engage on key strategic, political, security and economic issues. EAS leaders discussed nuclear non-proliferation, the Korean Peninsula, developments in Syria and Iran, maritime security and management of disputes in the South China Sea. They also reviewed progress in priority areas of functional cooperation such as regional economic and financial integration, education, regional disaster response, energy and environment, health and connectivity.
EAS leaders also welcomed the launch of the Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) by Australian Prime Minister Abbott and Vietnamese Prime Minister Dung. The Asian Development Bank is hosting the APLMA Secretariat and has established two taskforces on Access to Quality Medicines and Other Technologies and Regional Financing. Australia is working with regional partners and the World Health Organization to tackle drug resistant malaria in the Asia-Pacific. EAS leaders also welcomed Australia’s New Colombo Plan and adopted a Declaration on Food Security.
East Asia Summit documents
Previous East Asia Summit documents
- Chairman's Statement of the 7th East Asia Summit, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 18 November 2012
- Declaration of the East Asia Summit Development Initiative, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20 November 2012
- Declaration of the East Asia Summit on Regional Responses to Malaria Control and Addressing Resistance to Antimalarial Medicines, Phnom Penh, 20 November 2012
- Chairman's Statement of the 2nd East Asia Summit Foreign Minister's Meeting, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 12 July 2012
- Joint Media Statement, East Asia Summit Economic Ministers' Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 30 August 2012
- Joint Media Statement: Informal consultations of the economic ministers of the EAS Participating Countries. 13 August 2011, Manado, Indonesia
- Chairman's Statement of the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' consultation [PDF, external site], 22 July 2011, Bali, Indonesia
- Ha Noi Declaration on the commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of the East Asia Summit, 30 October 2010, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
- Chairman's Statement of the East Asia Summit, 30 October 2010, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
- Joint Media Release of AEM+6 Economic Ministers Working Lunch 2009 [PDF] , 15 August 2009, Bangkok, Thailand
- Chairman's Statement, The East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Informal Consultations [PDF], 22 July 2009, Phuket, Thailand
- Joint Press Statement of the East Asia Summit on the Global Economic and Financial Crisis [PDF] issued on 3 June 2009
- Chairman's Statement of the 4th East Asia Summit [PDF], Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand, 25 October 2009
- Cha-am Hua Hin Statement on EAS Disaster Management [PDF], Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand, 25 October 2009
- Joint Press Statement of the 4th East Asia Summit on the Revival of Nalanda University [PDF], Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand, 25 October 2009
- Joint Media Statement for the AEM+6 Working Lunch Singapore, 28 August 2008
- Joint Media Statement for the AEM+6 Working Lunch Singapore [PDF], 28 August 2008
- Phase II Report of the Track Two Study Group on Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA) [PDF, 2.6 MB]
- Chairman's Statement of the EAS Foreign Ministers' Informal Consultations, issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, HE Mr George Yeo, on 22 July 2008 in Singapore
- Chairman's Statement of the Third EAS, issued by the Prime Minister of Singapore, HE Mr Lee Hsien Loong on 21 November 2007 in Singapore.
- Singapore EAS Leaders' Declaration on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment, issued on 21 November 2007 in Singapore.
- Statement on the ROK Hostages in Afghanistan, issued by EAS Foreign Ministers on 31 July 2007 in Manila, the Philippines.
- Joint Ministerial Statement: The First EAS Energy Ministers' Meeting, issued by EAS Energy Ministers on 23 August 2007 in Singapore.
- Chairman's Statement of the Second East Asia Summit, issued by the Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on 15 January 2007 in Cebu, the Philippines.
- Cebu EAS Leaders' Declaration on East Asian Energy Security, issued on 15 January 2007 in Cebu, the Philippines.
- Chairman's Statement of the First East Asia Summit, issued by the Malaysian Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, on 14 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the EAS, issued by EAS Leaders on 14 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia.
- EAS Leaders' Declaration on Avian Influenza Prevention, Control and Response, issued on 14 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.