WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), together with Australia, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America on the occasion of the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic;

NOTING with serious concern the large global displacements of people caused by conflict and crises, including the high numbers of displaced women and children, as well as the tragic loss of life at sea and the abuse and exploitation of people, especially those who are in vulnerable situations, at the hands of people smugglers and perpetrators and accomplices of trafficking in persons;

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