East Asia Summit Held

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions.

Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011.

EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 December 2005.

Date Country Host Host leader
1st 14 December 2005  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
2nd 15 January 2007  Philippines Cebu City Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
3rd 21 November 2007  Singapore Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
4th 25 October 2009  Thailand Cha Am & Hua Hin Abhisit Vejjajiva
5th 30 October 2010  Vietnam Hanoi Nguyen Minh Triet
6th 18–19 November 2011  Indonesia Bali Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
7th 19–20 November 2012  Cambodia Phnom Penh Hun Sen
8th 9–10 October 2013  Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan Hassanal Bolkiah
9th 12–13 November 2014  Burma (Myanmar) Naypyidaw Thein Sein
10th 21–22 November 2015  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Najib Razak
11th 6–8 September 2016  Laos Vientiane Thongloun Sisoulith

East Asia Summit 2016:

The East Asia Summit (EAS) adopted their final declaration in its 2016 summit at Laos.

India and other leaders of the 18- member East Asia Summit reaffirmed their support to promote nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation as they underlined the importance of nuclear security to combat nuclear terrorism at national, regional and global levels.

The countries emphasised the importance of advancing nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy as ‘mutually reinforcing pillars’.

Recognising the serious challenges posed by nuclear terrorism, the countries reaffirmed their support to promote nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the importance of nuclear security to combat nuclear terrorism at national, regional and international levels.

They also noted that much of the projected world growth in civil nuclear energy will occur in the Indo-Pacific region.

The EAS urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and uphold its international legal obligations.

The grouping also expressed grave concern over the DPRK’s nuclear testsand ballistic missile launches and called for the full implementation of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the UNSC sanctions regime and the 2005 Joint Statement.

The EAS also called for the continuation of joint efforts to resume meaningful Six Party Talks at an early date to make substantial progress in the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

The members also called for the early commencement of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty in the Conference on Disarmament within the context of an agreed, comprehensive and balanced Programme of Work.