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PacNet #54 – The East Asia Summit: A 30-Point Agenda

On Dec. 14, 2005, representatives from 16 nations will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the inaugural session of the East Asia Summit (EAS). Participants to that first meeting will comprise the 10 ASEAN members, China, Japan, and South Korea, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and India. The inclusion of the two primary engines of economic growth in Asia – China and India – within the EAS immediately raises the profile of the summit. The event promises to be an historic and timely gathering.