(Yomiuri: November 20, 2015 – p. 4)
The East Asia Summit (EAS) member countries will likely agree to establish a secretariat at the upcoming meeting on Nov. 22 in Malaysia. Japan has taken the initiative in setting up the secretariat with the aim of accelerating the work of developing regional security rules by enhancing the functions of the EAS with China’s intensified maritime advancement in mind.
The joint statement to be adopted at the EAS will likely include a section on the establishment of the secretariat. The secretariat will be set up in the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian National (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In addition to managing meetings, the secretariat will check whether participating countries abide by agreements and track the progress of their efforts. (Abridged)