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Countries sign pact to address water issues

By Diao Ying (China Daily)

09:46, March 14, 2012

Chen Lei (center),minister of Water Resources, shakes hands with Han Man-hee (right), deputy minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Aff airs of the Republic of Korea, and Okuda Ken, Japan’s deputy minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism after signing a Memorandum on Tuesday in Marseille, France. (FU JING / CHINA DAILY)

China has established a minister level cooperation mechanism with Japan and the Republic of Korea as the three countries aim to tackle water problems together, officials announced on Tuesday.

The three countries signed the Memorandum of Cooperation on the Mechanism of Ministerial Meeting at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles, France, to deepen the coordination of the three countries in managing water resources and dealing with water disasters.

The mechanism will "unfold a new chapter for the cooperation between the three countries in the water sector", Chen Lei, China's water minister, said at the signing ceremony.

Water related risks, including floods and droughts, have become increasingly prominent and pose common challenges to the Asian-Pacific region, said Chen. China, Japan and the ROK are all situated in Northeast Asia and are separated only by a strip of water. They have long maintained exchanges and cooperation in the water field.

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