The sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Bali in November, marked by the participation of two new members, Russia and the US. The EAS is a pan-Asian dialogue forum on broad strategic, political and economic issues with the aim of promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in East Asia.It strives to strengthen global norms and universal values, with ASEAN as the summit’s driving force, working in tandem with its participants.

The EAS includes 16 leaders, namely all 10 ASEAN members plus China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. Combined, these 16 countries represent almost half of the world’s population, and account for almost 32 per cent of global GDP, according to IMF figures. The meeting was meant to be held annually since the first summit in 2005, but due to various factors it met twice in 2007 and not at all in 2008. But since 2009, the summit has been annual and always held in October.

Russia and the US are both key players in the region’s stability and development

Russia and the US are both key players in the region’s stability and development, so their participation in the EAS will make possible the establishment of a more organised and effective political architecture. With the inclusion of the two countries, the EAS is set to become more important as it deals with economic and non-economic cooperation. In the past, both the EAS and ASEAN+3 (APT, the forum that coordinates cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea) covered the former.

Security issues, including hard security issues, will be dealt with by the EAS, thereby enhancing regional cooperation in East Asia. Although hard security issues had become more urgent, they were previously not included in the agenda of existing regional institutions. Now we can at last connect the dots between existing regional institutions to form the lines that define a hierarchical and logical order.

Author: Jusuf Wanadi, CSIS, Jakarta

Jusuf Wanadi is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta.

This article was originally published in Forbes Indonesia, May 2011

Visit link:
EAS: calling for a new East Asian political architecture

About the author

East Asia Forum provides a platform for the best in East Asian analysis, research and policy comment on the Asia Pacific region and world affairs.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get notified of our weekly selection of news

You May Also Like

Stronger ASEAN–US ties hinge on careful cooperation

The ever-changing US position towards Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War has been the subject of continued debate, especially regarding US consistency and reliability.

Thailand signs MoU with Austria to help build smart cities

The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), the trade group for Austrian tech companies, to ramp up technology exchange and drive smart city development.

The Impact of the RCEP on Singapore 2022 Inbound Investment Flows

The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is a free trade area that includes China, all ten ASEAN nations, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Collectively, this includes 30 percent of the world’s population and 30 percent of its GDP. The agreement came into effect on January 1, this year.