• Kyodo


Talks on Arctic issues between representatives from Japan, South Korea and China are slated for Thursday in Seoul, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

The meeting, to be held at the Foreign Ministry building, will be attended by Kazuko Shiraishi, Japan’s ambassador in charge of Arctic affairs, and her South Korean and Chinese counterparts, Kim Chan-woo and Ma Xinmin, respectively.

At the talks, the three are expected to discuss their country’s policies on Arctic affairs, including scientific research in the region.

All three are observer states to the Arctic Council, having joined the organization in May 2013. The body seeks to address environmental and development issues relating to the region, and counts Canada, the United States, Russia and the Scandinavian countries as its members.

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