13 Nov 2019

14th East Asia Summit and 16th ASEAN India summit

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Source: The Economic Times & ASEAN website

The 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 November 2019. The Meeting was chaired by Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. 

The agenda for this edition of the summit was to review the future direction of East Asia Summit co-operation and exchange views on regional and international issues. 

About East Asia Summit

  • The East Asia Summit is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region to deal with issues relating to security and defence. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.
  • Apart from the 10 ASEAN member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russia.

Important Outcomes of the East Asia Summit

  • During the summit, the members vowed to scale up efforts to deal with terrorism, radicalization and transnational crimes including by ramping up coordination with anti-terror watchdog FATF and relevant UN agencies.
  • The powerful bloc also came out with a declaration listing measures to be taken by member countries to deal with various security challenges facing the region as well as on ways to counter-narratives of the terror groups.
  • The EAS declaration called for effective measures to counter terrorism including by containing terror financing in the region, seen as an affirmation of India’s call for a concerted approach to deal with terror groups.
  • The declaration said the EAS will deepen cooperation with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the FATF-style regional bodies.
  • The EAS also resolved to ensure effective implementation of FATF standards to deal with terror financing
  • The bloc also recognized the importance of preventing criminal misuse of information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as the internet for terrorism or to incite terrorist acts while resolving to intensify cooperation to combat and prevent transnational crimes.
  • The EAS also asked member countries to enhance collaboration in containing transnational crime consistent with domestic laws and regulations within and between member countries.

16th ASEAN India summit

The Prime Minister of Thailand chaired the 16th ASEAN-India Summit, during the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

Outcomes of the summit

  • The meeting discussed the promotion of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and means to increase maritime cooperation, trade and investment, connectivity, as well as cooperation in science, technology, and innovation. 
  • On the socio-cultural front, the meeting explored further cooperation on people-to-people connectivity, cultural exchanges, and tourism.
  • On economic cooperation, the Leaders aimed to increase trade value between India and ASEAN to 200 billion USD by 2022, and to open greater market access among each other under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 
  • The Meeting supported increased networking among the private sector of both sides, capacity building for MSMEs and startups, as well as cooperation on tourism and blue economy