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ASEAN, China and Japan agree to pitch in to reduce plastic waste

Summit highlights environmental threat of marine debris to region's economies

Plastic waste litters a beach in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa Province.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN will work together to address the issue of plastic waste in the ocean, which is affecting fishery, tourism and possibly people's health.

Leaders from the three countries and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations discussed the launch of the ASEAN+3 Marine Plastics Debris Cooperative Action Initiative on Thursday during the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Singapore.

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