The Declaration of the East Asia Summit (EAS) on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations and the Declaration on ASEAN Connectivity were adopted as the outcome documents of the 6th EAS that concluded in Bali, Indonesia on November 19.
The summit was attended by leaders from 10 ASEAN member countries, the Dialogue Partners and the Secretary General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were represented by their respective foreign ministers.
The first declaration contains basic norms and common principles taken from various previous basic documents including the UN Charter, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and other arrangements among EAS participating countries.
It will serve as the guidance of conduct for EAS participating countries towards promoting and maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
The second declaration includes connectivity as one of the key area of cooperation of the EAS besides the existing five priorities, namely finance, energy, education, communicable diseases and disaster management.
This declaration will inter alia support and facilitate the further cooperation between the ASEAN and other EAS participating countries in the Connectivity initiative, and the development of a regional public-private partnership development agenda and will promote greater engagement and cooperation in people-to-people connectivity (PPP).