East Asian Summit

President Letter:

Delegates,

Do you want to become Xi Jinping of China? Do you want to become Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is the current Acting President after the impeachment proposal of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea passed? Or, do you want to become Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines who is controversial for his speeches and his “war on drugs”? Asian countries are often isolated in the United Nations; no matter it is the Security Council or the General Assembly. East Asia Summit is, however, different; it is for, and about East Asian countries as it is a regional leaders’ forum to discuss challenges in the East Asian Region. Here, in East Asia Summit, test your capability of leadership. Become a leader of a country among 18 different countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. Debate how real leaders do, and come prepared with unique perspectives and solutions for current demanding issues, North Korea’s unremitting nuclear tests and provocations, territorial disputes in South China Sea, and Asian Dust problem.

Best,

Mingi Yoon

President of the East Asia Summit

Mingi Yoon

President of the East Asian Summit

Email: mingiyoon17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7846 4402

** Download “EAS – Rules of Procedure”

Topic 1: North Korea’s Unremitting Nuclear Tests and Provocations

Provocations by North Korea took in various forms, from weapons tests and acts of direct violence to threatening force buildups. In fact, North Korea still threatened the United States on January, 2017 that it is ready to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM) “at any time, at any place”. The war between the two Koreas is not over. The Korean War (1950-1953) did not end with a peace treaty but with an armistice instead. Various economic sanctions and international treaties could not stop North Korea’s nuclear tests and provocations. Therefore, South Korea and U.S. recently agreed to install the Terminal Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), anti-missile system as a protection against North Korea’s nuclear weapons. What is the job of the ASEAN member nations and the East Asia Summit for this issue?

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Topic 2: Conflict over South China Sea.

“The South China Sea issue is not just about competing claims; it’s about peace and stability in the region”, said ASEAN Secretary General, Le Luong Minh. It is easy to perceive the issues occurring in the Asian region trivial. However, the territorial disputes over the South China Sea can be expanded to a global issue. As several geological experts assert, South China Sea is one of the most strategic waterways in the world which links Northeast Asia and the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. It has a great strategic importance to world trade, natural resources, freedom of navigation, and regional as well as global peace and security. The clash between nations that impact the prosperity and integrity among the Asian nations has the possibility to eventually lead the issue to a global conflict. Therefore, it is the job of the ASEAN member nations and the East Asia Summit to provide resolutions that will end the disputes between Asian nations and prevent China from gaining excessive authority over the region.

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Topic 3: Asian Dust Regulation in China.

China has been showing vast technological advancements within the past century. However, it has simultaneously showed serious degradation of the environment. Asian Dust is one of the most demanding environmental issues in Asian countries. Asian Dust, also known as yellow dust, is a phenomenon of a yellow fog in the atmosphere for a few days often in late winter and early spring. The storms were once thought to be a natural phenomenon. However, they are now understood to be the result of the rapid overgrazing, deforestation, and desertification in Central Asia, parts of China, and Mongolia. Asian Dust and sandstorms originate from the Takla Makan desert and the Gobi desert, as well as from the Loess Plateau. The dust storms contain ammonium, sulfate, and nitrate ions that originate in Chinese factories, and the annual Asian Dust storms are growing health hazards to many Asian countries.

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