In a rare moment in light of recent times, Japan, China and South Korea have all set aside their differences to unite in addressing environmental concerns, including the PM2.5 pollutants currently seen in China. The announcement was made in a joint statement released on Tuesday.
The environmental chiefs of the three nations were in Daegu in South Korea for a two-day summit. In spite of Chinese Vice Environmental Protection Minister Li Ganjie’s refusal to talk with Japanese Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, in light of political matters between their nations, Li, Ishihara and South Korean Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu approved the joint communiqué, which outlines their pledge to cooperate with each other on six categories and to promote collaboration from the top-level to the local governments, companies and even researchers.
A main issue highlighted in the statement was cooperation in decreasing air pollution as well as protection of water quality and marine environment, since the three nations are located near bodies of water. With PM2.5 a pressing concern, the three agreed to share best practices in alleviating pollution in their own nations, including exchange of research and studies pertaining to the pollutant. Ishihara said, “We were able to agree on specific cooperation measures against air pollution. Japan is willing to capitalize on its experience and technologies to reduce the pollution in the region.”
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