The defense ministries of China and the United States held their seventh working-level meeting in Beijing on Monday. Both sides reviewed the development of the relationship between their militaries and agreed to maintain dialogue and communication at all military levels and to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in non-traditional security sectors.
The Australian federal government on Monday released the biggest area in more than a decade for offshore petroleum exploration –a total of 29 areas in nine basins in Australian waters covering around 200,000 square kilometers—stretching from the West Coast through the Northern waters to Victoria in the south.
The Korean government will conduct a safety inspection on nuclear power plants in the country amid growing worries about the radiation leaks in Japan. Officials said they may shut down reactors if they fail to meet safety standards. Currently, South Korea’s nuclear power industry presently stands as the world’s fifth-largest and the second largest in Asia. A total of 21 nuclear reactors are currently in operation, providing some 40 percent of the nation’s power supply.
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