East Asia Summit (EAS)

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is the region's premier forum for strategic dialogue. It is the only leader-led forum at which all key partners meet to discuss the full range of political, security and economic challenges facing the Indo-Pacific, 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, the United States and Russia. This represents 54 per cent of the world's population and accounts for around 58 per cent of global GDP worth an estimated USD46.4 trillion. In 2017, Australia's two-way trade with EAS countries was worth around AUD540 billion.

The centrepiece of the EAS calendar is an annual leaders' Summit, usually held alongside annual ASEAN leaders' meetings. EAS Ministers and Senior Officials also meet throughout the year to take forward leaders' initiatives.

The 12th EAS was held on 14 November 2018 in Manila, Philippines. EAS leaders discussed regional issues of common interest and concern including terrorism and violent extremism, the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, the situation in Rakhine state, cyber security, women's economic empowerment, and regional economic integration.   

EAS leaders adopted an EAS Leaders' Declaration on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (proposed by Australia and co-sponsored by Indonesia and Myanmar); an EAS Leaders' Statement on Cooperation in Poverty Alleviation (proposed by China); an EAS Leaders' Statement on Chemical Weapons (proposed by the US); an EAS Leaders' Statement on Countering Ideological Challenges of Terrorism and Terrorist Narratives and Propaganda (proposed by Russia); and the Manila Plan of Action to Implement the Phnom Penh Declaration on the EAS Development Initiative of EAS areas of Cooperation (agreed ad referendum by EAS Foreign Ministers). Leaders also welcomed the implementation and the progress of the measures agreed in the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration.

The 8th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.  Foreign Ministers discussed strategic challenges facing the region, including the South China Sea; countering violent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism; the Korean Peninsula and Rakhine State. They also discussed cyber security and maritime cooperation.

The 6th EAS Economic Ministers' Meeting was held on 1 September 2018 in Singapore. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the global economic outlook and the regional economic integration agenda. Ministers exchanged views on areas of interest including the digital economy and global value chains. 

EAS Ambassadors are based in Jakarta and meet regularly to discuss emerging issues, prepare for EAS senior officials', ministers' and leaders' meetings, and take forward decisions by EAS leaders.

East Asia Summit documents 2018

East Asia Summit documents 2017

East Asia Summit documents 2016

East Asia Summit documents 2015

East Asia Summit documents 2014

Last Updated: 24 October 2018