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.
The U.S., Russia and European nations plan to conduct a major Arctic survey in summer 2020. China, South Korea and Japan will furnish research vessels and icebreaker ships, looking to have businesses from the three countries get involved in the future.
The three Asian countries held their second high-level dialogue on Arctic development under a framework they established after a November 2015 summit. China will host the next meeting in 2018.