East Asia Minerals Corporation
TSX VENTURE : EAS

East Asia Minerals Corporation

October 18, 2007 14:58 ET

East Asia Minerals Receives Shareholder Approval for Return of Capital

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - East Asia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAS) announces the Company has received shareholder approval for a tax free return of capital to be part of the CAD$1.30 per share cash distribution announced October 10, 2007.

Funds for the cash payment to registered shareholders of East Asia as of the record date of October 19, 2007, are provided by the amalgamation of East Asia and East Asia Minerals Corporation (Ontario), and the resulting proceeds received through the sale of the Ooshiin Govi and other uranium properties to Compagnie Francaise de Mines et Metaux ("CFMM", a subsidiary of Areva NC), for a cash payment of CAD$83 million.

The Company is relying on proposed amendments to Canadian income tax laws to distribute a minimum of 47% of the total cash distribution to shareholders as a tax free return of capital. In addition, the residual per share distribution (CAD$1.30 less the return of capital) will be a taxable dividend and designated as an "eligible dividend" for Canadian tax purposes by the Company. In the event that the proposed amendments to Canadian income tax laws are not enacted, it is expected that 100% of the cash distribution will be designated as an "eligible dividend" for Canadian tax purposes by the Company, as previously disclosed.

T5 statements will be issued to Canadian recipients and NR4 statements to United States recipients indicating the taxable portion of the dividend received for the 2007 tax year. For further information please review the Company's Information Circular posted on SEDAR. Individuals should obtain their own independent tax advice to determine their particular tax implications for this transaction.

About East Asia Minerals Corporation

East Asia Minerals is an Asian-based, Canadian mineral exploration company with uranium, gold and copper assets in Mongolia and Indonesia. The Company owns three uranium properties, Ingiin-Nars, Ulaan Nuur and Enger, and a 75% interest in the Khok Adar copper oxide discovery, in Mongolia. In Indonesia, it has a 70 to 85% interest in five advanced gold and gold-copper projects located in Aceh Province in Sumatra and North Sulawesi. East Asia currently has 48,047,832 shares outstanding. Its shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "EAS".

Forward Looking Statements - This News Release contains forward looking information within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act and the Alberta Securities Act, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with our expectations, metal recoveries, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title matters and surface access, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in production, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of new or updated feasibility studies, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations (including uranium, fuel, steel and construction items), currency fluctuations, failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis and other risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The words anticipate, believe, estimate and expect and similar expressions, as they relate to us or our management, are intended to identify forward looking statements relating to the business and affairs of the Company. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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