Context: 13th East Asia Summit is being held in Singapore.
· India has been participating in the EAS since its very inception in 2005.
About East Asia Summit:
· The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011.
· EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 December 2005.
· EAS is an initiative of ASEAN and is based on the premise of the centrality of ASEAN.
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