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Japan, China, South Korea to pursue joint Arctic research

Opportunities in shipping, resources discussed at high-level dialogue

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Icebergs off the coast of Greenland.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China, South Korea and Japan agreed in high-level talks here Thursday to work together on scientific research in the Arctic Ocean with an eye toward future shipping routes and resource development.

The East Asian nations seek to avoid falling behind countries bordering the Arctic, including Russia and the U.S. Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing will increase their contributions to international frameworks related to the region, a joint statement issued after the meeting said.

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