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, Burma, 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 55 per cent of global GDP [IMF purchasing power parity GDP figures2014]; EAS countries received more than 77 per cent of Australia's total exports and two-way trade with EAS countries was worth $460.9 billion in2014-2015. 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 Foreign Minister attended the 5th EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 August. Foreign Ministers discussed regional and global political and security developments, including maritime security in the South China Sea, countering violent extremism, DRPK, the recent Iran nuclear agreement and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. They welcomed efforts to strengthen the EAS during its 10th anniversary year and practical cooperation to address a range of tradition and non-traditional security issues. Foreign Ministers adopted a statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran.
The Minister for Trade and Investment attended the EAS Economic (Trade) Ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur from 23-24 August. It was an opportunity to discuss the declaration of the ASEAN Economic Community and ongoing efforts to address behind the border measures related to non-tariff measures, services integration and reforms of investment policies.
The Prime Minister attended the 9th EAS, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma on 13 November 2014. The Summit provided a valuable opportunity for leaders to engage on key strategy, political, security and economic issues. EAS leaders discussed terrorism and extremism, the Korean Peninsula, maritime security and the management of disputes in the South China Sea, the spread of Ebola, and global economic growth. 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 issued the EAS Statement on Rapid Disaster Response (proposed by Australia and the Philippines), Joint Statement on Regional Responses to the Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EAS Statement on the Rise of Violence and Brutality Committed by Terrorist/Extremist Organisations in Iraq and Syria, and the EAS Declaration on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking. EAS leaders also welcomed a common goal of an ‘Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030’ under the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, co-chaired by Australian Prime Minister Abbott and Vietnamese Prime Minister Dung.
East Asia Summit documents
Previous East Asia Summit documents
- Chairman's Statement of the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 3 November 2014
- Chairman's Statement of the 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 10 August 2014
- Chairman's Statement of the 8th East Asia Summit, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 10 October 2013
- Declaration of the 8th East Asia Summit on Food Security, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 10 October 2013
- 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.