New Cooperation in East Asia

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Science  08 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5830, pp. 1393
DOI: 10.1126/science.1145929

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Christopher T. Hill

This year marks a new era for shared scientific pursuits among China, Japan, and Korea. The three nations have embarked on a new cooperative venture to support and manage science and technology. Preliminary meetings of agency officials and nongovernmental associations over the past several years culminated in a ministerial meeting earlier this year that resulted in a joint statement.The consensus is an epoch-making event for these countries, given that although each continues to reach out to assume a larger role in world affairs, the three have tended to bump up against one another over such matters as ownership and control of natural resources, immigration, and commerce.