ASEAN-plus-three to meet on South China Sea, economic ties

Southeast Asian foreign ministers will meet with their Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean counterparts for ASEAN-plus-three talks. The discussions will focus on economic cooperation and the South China Sea dispute, where China’s territorial claims intersect with those of ASEAN members.

The ongoing crisis in Myanmar and ways to address it will also be on the agenda. Additionally, topics such as health cooperation and economic recovery post-pandemic will be discussed. The meetings aim to strengthen regional ties and promote collaboration in various areas among the participating nations.

Japan sea sludge tells story of human impact on Earth

The sediment in Japan’s Beppu Bay is being considered as a “golden spike” location for the Anthropocene epoch, capturing human-induced changes such as nuclear bomb testing, ecosystem shifts, and industrialization.

The bay’s unique characteristics allow for the preservation of diverse anthropogenic markers, offering a precise record of the past century. Its signatures from nuclear tests make it a compelling site. The designation of the Anthropocene serves as a warning for humanity to address the rapid deterioration of the environment.

China bans some Japanese food imports over Fukushima water release

China’s customs authority has announced a ban on food imports from 10 Japanese prefectures due to concerns over Japan’s plan to release treated nuclear wastewater into the ocean. China argues that Japan has unresolved issues regarding the legitimacy of ocean dumping and the reliability of purification equipment.

The plan, approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency, has faced opposition from regional neighbors and fishing communities in Fukushima.