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East Asia Summit (EAS)

East Asia Summit (EAS)

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is the Indo-Pacific's premier forum for strategic dialogue. It is the only leader-led forum at which all key Indo-Pacific partners meet to discuss political, security and economic challenges facing the region, and has an important role to play in advancing closer regional cooperation. Australia participated, as a founding member, in the inaugural EAS held in Kuala Lumpur on 14 December 2005.

The EAS has 18 members - the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) along with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States. ASEAN leads the forum, and the chair position rotates between ASEAN Member States annually.

In 2022, EAS members represented approximately 53 per cent of the world's population and accounted for approximately 60 per cent of global GDP. The EAS includes eight of Australia's top ten trading partners. In 2022, Australia's two-way trade with EAS countries was worth $874 billion, 72.8 per cent of total two-way trade.

EAS Meetings and Processes

The EAS calendar culminates in the annual Leaders' Summit, which is usually held alongside ASEAN Leaders' meetings. In addition to their discussions, leaders issue joint statements on topical issues, to signal political will for framing policy responses and to provide a basis for cooperation.

In addition to the Leaders' Summit, meetings of EAS Foreign Ministers and Economic Ministers are held annually. These also serve as platforms for frank discussion of political, regional security, and economic issues and prepare for the Leaders' Summit, including by developing statements for leaders' consideration of new areas of cooperation and mutual understanding. Meetings of the EAS Environment, Energy, and Education Ministers are also held regularly.

Additional support for the EAS is provided through EAS Senior Officials' Meetings (SOM) and EAS Ambassadors' Meetings in Jakarta (EAMJ). EAS Senior Officials and EAS Ambassadors in Jakarta meet regularly to discuss emerging issues, to prepare for EAS meetings, and to take forward decisions by EAS leaders.

A dedicated EAS Unit within the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta also supports the monitoring and implementation of decisions by EAS leaders.

Recent activities in the EAS

East Asia Summit 2023

The 18th EAS was held on 7 September 2023 in Jakarta, chaired by Indonesia. EAS leaders reinforced their support for ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and discussed strategic issues including climate action, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the situation in Myanmar, destabilising activities in the South China Sea, and the Korean Peninsula. EAS Leaders agreed to a joint Statement on 'Maintaining and Promoting the Region as an Epicentrum of Growth'. The 19th EAS will take place in late 2024 in Lao PDR ‒ the 2024 ASEAN and EAS Chair.

EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting 2023

The 13th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held on 14 August 2023 in Jakarta. Foreign Ministers discussed strategic challenges facing the region, including economic growth and stability, the Taiwan Strait, the situation in Myanmar, maritime security and the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and action on climate change. EAS Foreign Ministers adopted the EAS Plan of Action (2024-2028).

EAS Economic Ministers' Meeting 2023

The 11th EAS Economic Ministers' Meeting was held in Semarang, Indonesia on 21 August 2023, chaired by Indonesia. Economic Ministers reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN centrality in building greater regional economic resilience and in addressing food and energy insecurity. Ministers reiterated their commitment to supporting the multilateral rules-based trading system, with World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its centre. The Meeting expressed support for working toward necessary reform of the WTO to improve all its functions. Australia and a number of other countries also registered concerns on Russia's invasion of Ukraine and strongly condemned the actions of the Myanmar miliary regime.

East Asia Summit documents 2023

East Asia Summit documents 2022

East Asia Summit documents 2021

East Asia Summit documents 2020

East Asia Summit documents 2019

East Asia Summit documents 2018

East Asia Summit documents 2017

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