Future of EAS

According to the chairman statement of the second East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers’ meeting on July 12, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the foreign ministers agreed to continue to make the EAS meetings more conducive, constructive, visionary, and strategic with tangible outcomes. They reiterated that EAS cooperation should be directed to strengthen regional resilience and competitiveness, as well as to cope and address adverse effects from challenges in the global fora, by utilizing the exisiting ASEAN mechanisms. They believe that EAS cooperation and other existing mechanisms in the region, including the ARF and ADMM-Plus, could mutually reinforce one another and positively contribute to the evolving regional architecture.

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