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East Asia
Rivals Cooperate for a Change

Japan, China, and South Korea took a break from bickering about disputed territory to agree to exchange information on nuclear disasters. The WSJ has the story:

Under the agreement, each country’s regulators must quickly provide information of nuclear accident to its counterparts in the other two countries by both email and phone. All accidents deemed at or above Level 2 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale as well as Level 1 accidents of an interest to the public are subject to such notification, the agreement said.

The three countries will immediately set up special email accounts for the information exchange, and may add video-conference capabilities in the future, the agreement said.

In addition to sharing accident information, the three countries will exchange regular information, such as on safety plans.

This is good news. Accidents like the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 can affect each of these countries. (South Korea, for example, forbids fish imports from prefectures surrounding the crippled plant.) The agreement shows that East Asia’s rivals can cooperate when they want to. Perhaps now they can find a way to dial down tension over disputed territory.

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  • gabrielsyme

    This strikes me as precisely the kind of international agreement one can expect China to ignore whenever it becomes awkward.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is cover for the Chinese territorial grab in the east China sea, it means the Chinese aggression will continue.

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