The East Asia Summit
(EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian
region plus Australia
and United States
, with a stated intention to increase this to 18 countries at the Sixth EAS
in 2011. EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN
leaders’ meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur
on December 14, 2005.
History prior to the first East Asia Summit
The concept of an East Asia Grouping has significant history going back to an idea first promoted in 1991 by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
bin Mohamad for an East Asia Economic Caucus
The final report in 2002 of the East Asian Study Group, established by the ASEAN Plus Three
countries, was based on an EAS involving ASEAN Plus Three, therefore not involving Australia, New Zealand, or India. The EAS as proposed was to be an ASEAN
-led development, with the summit
to be linked to ASEAN summit meetings. However the issue was to which countries beyond those in ASEAN the EAS was to be extended.
The decision to hold the EAS was reached during the 2004 ASEAN Plus Three summit and the initial 16 members determined at the ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting held in Laos
at the end of July 2005.
Credit for advancing the forum during the 2004 ASEAN Plus Three summit has been attributed to Malaysia
Prior to the first meeting there was... Read More