Indian Mission to ASEAN
Brief Note on East Asia Summit
1. ASEAN Members States see the network of ASEAN-led frameworks (EAS, ARF, ADMM+, EAMF) as potentially providing the building blocks of an emerging ASEAN centred regional security architecture. Amongst these various frameworks the leaders-led EAS format is considered to be the most important.
2. The EAS platform (East Asia Summit) for leaders, first established in 2005 comprises of 18 countries (ASEAN + Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, RoK, and the US) is important because it is able to convene the leaders of all major powers active in this region for an annual “dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia”.
3. On the occasion of 10th anniversary of EAS, Kuala Lumpur declaration was adopted, which outlines the efforts to strengthen the EAS.
4. India started to participate at the EAS since 2005.