East Asia Minerals Corporation
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East Asia Minerals Corporation

December 14, 2009 08:34 ET

East Asia Minerals Drills 1.95 g/t Gold Over 58 Metres Within 101 Metres Grading 1.38 g/t Gold in Significant Step Out at Miwah

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) reports that diamond drilling has encountered gold mineralization adjacent to the previously outlined Main Miwah Gold Zone in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, opening the potential to expand the zone considerably. Hole EMD014, drilled north of the mineralized strike tested by East Asia to date, encountered 1.38 g/t gold over 101 metres, including 1.95 g/t gold over 58 metres. To date East Asia has drilled more than 900 metres strike length along the shallow, laterally extensive 1.2 kilometre long Main Miwah Gold Zone, and has encountered wide intercepts of gold mineralization in all holes drilled. The Main Miwah Gold Zone is open in all directions.

EMD014 was drilled with a 120 degree azimuth and 65 degree dip, and was shut down at 200 metres downhole depth due to drill rig limitations. It is a large step-out to the north of the mineralized strike drilled to date, being located 220 metres in distance west-northwest of EMD008/011, and 290 metres in distance northeast of EMD001/003. Surface channel sampling in the target area gave 2.08g/t gold over 40 metres. Gold grading 1.38 g/t was encountered from 76 to 177 metres downhole depth, including 1.95 g/t gold from 80 to 138 metres. The mineralization in EMD014 is open in all directions and at depth, and is interpreted to be contiguous to the south-southeast towards EMD009, to the southwest to EMD003, and to surface.

The Company sees the results from EMD014 to be particularly encouraging, as it indicates that Miwah might extend further northwards than previously thought.

For EMD015, the drill rig has been relocated to the east end of the Main Miwah Gold Zone to test south of EMD012A/013 where 1.28 g/t gold over 183.5 metres, including 2.11 g/t gold over 77.7 metres; and 1.00 g/t gold over 153.7 metres, including 1.41 g/t gold over 91.5 metres was encountered. EMD015 replaces the previous planned step-out to the east of EMD012A/013, which was postponed due to difficulties in constructing the required drill pad. The hole is being drilled with a 150 degree azimuth and 65 degree dip. Surface channel sampling in the target area gave 3.62 g/t gold over 28 metres.

After EMD015, when the previously planned drill pad is expected to be completed, the drill rig will return to the eastern margin of the Main Miwah Gold Zone to continue testing for strike extension (Refer to map on Company's website at www.EAminerals.com).

Miwah Background
The Miwah Gold Prospect was partially defined by approximately 3,100 metres of drilling in twelve holes by a previous explorer in 1997. All holes drilled during this program intersected significant alteration and mineralization with intercepts including 71 metres of 1.4 g/t gold and 58 metres of 1.1 g/t gold. The previous explorer suggested potential for 100 Mt at 1.1 to 1.2 g/t gold, however a review of the historical data indicates that early drilling was parallel to higher grade (greater than 5 g/t gold) structures at surface. Hence, in addition to greater mineralized tonnage, significantly higher overall grades are anticipated from better geological understanding, results of the Company's detailed sampling, and properly oriented drill holes.

Based on the Company's work Miwah is resolving into two components; a large 1,200 metre long, at least 300 to 400 metre wide, approximately 200 metre thick tabular zone; and vertical diatreme breccia feeder zones that are beneath and cut through this. At Miwah Gold Zones, East Asia has almost 2,500 metres of rock sawn channel samples which average 2.35 g/t gold. Grade expectations in Main Miwah Gold Zone exceed 1.5 g/t gold. Ongoing sampling verified the Company's confidence that higher overall gold grades can be achieved due to the presence of multiple high grade rock sawn channel samples throughout the strike, including 4.11 g/t gold over 200 metres at the eastern part of the Main Miwah Gold Zone, and 4.35 g/t gold over 27 metres at the western part. Recent drilling has supported this. In addition to the tabular zone the Company has begun to characterize some of the diatreme breccia feeder zones, with rock sawn channel samples including 83.59 g/t gold over 24 metres and 20.14 g/t gold over 12 metres. Recent drilling has supported this. These feeder zones have great potential to develop into substantial tonnages of higher grade gold mineralization in an area adjacent to the Main Miwah Gold Zone.

The Miwah Property is in a very similar volcanic setting to the Martabe gold-silver deposit, also located in North Sumatra (Purnama and Baskara resources: 127.8 million tonnes at 1.4 g/t gold (5.5 million ounces gold) and 15 g/t silver (60 million ounces silver), and the alteration system is of a comparable size. Miwah also exhibits a likeness to the size, style and geometry of the alteration system developed at the Pierina gold deposit in Peru (67.7 Mt grading 2.98 g/t gold and 22 g/t silver, giving a total 6.49 million ounces gold and 47.9 million ounces silver).

Samples reported were assayed at Intertek assay laboratories in Jakarta. Lionel Martin, P.Geo., the designated QP within the meaning of NI 43-101, has reviewed and approves the content of this release. East Asia has not verified the classification of the resource references and is not treating them as NI 43-101 defined resources verified by a QP. Although the references of resources are relevant to recognizing the potential of the Miwah project, they should not be relied upon.

About East Asia Minerals Corporation
East Asia Minerals (TSX VENTURE:EAS) is an Asian-based, Canadian mineral exploration company with gold and copper exploration properties in Indonesia, and uranium exploration properties in Mongolia. In Indonesia the Company has a 70 to 85% interest in six advanced gold and gold-copper properties located in Aceh Province, Sumatra, and Sangihe Island, North Sulawesi. Two of these, the Sangihe (Binebase-Bawone) and Barisan 1 (Abong) gold projects, are being advanced to define NI43-101 compliant resources. The Company owns eight uranium properties, including the advanced Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger uranium projects, and two phosphate properties in Mongolia. East Asia currently has 67,176,622 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

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