Foreign Affairs to summon the Japanese ambassador?
On April 15, 2021, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao summoned the Japanese ambassador to China Toruhide and lodged solemn representations on the Japanese government’s decision to dispose of the wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident by means of marine discharge.
Wu Jianghao pointed out that the relevant Japanese decision to disregard the global marine environment, international public health and safety, and the vital safety and interests of the people of neighboring countries, is suspected of violating international laws and international rules, and is not the work of a modern civilized country. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this.
Wu Jianghao said that China strongly urges Japan to recognize its own responsibilities, uphold a scientific attitude, and fulfill its international obligations. The first is to re-examine the issue of wastewater treatment from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident and to withdraw the wrong decision to discharge it into the sea; the second is to establish a joint technical working group including Chinese experts under the framework of international institutions to ensure that nuclear wastewater treatment is strictly subject to international assessment, verification, and supervision; The third is to not start the discharge of nuclear wastewater without authorization before reaching a consensus with stakeholders and international institutions. China will continue to work with the international community to pay close attention to developments and reserve the right to make further responses.
In an interview with the Global Times reporter on the 15th, Lu Xiaoqing, vice president and secretary-general of the Chinese Society for the History of Sino-Japanese Relations, said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to all relations between countries, including Sino-Japanese relations, and it is relatively rare to summon ambassadors in host countries. The summoning of the Japanese ambassador to China Toruhide this time shows that China expresses its strongest concern over Japan’s decision to discharge nuclear wastewater into the ocean. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly stated China’s position and summoned the Japanese ambassador to China to request him to directly convey the solemn position and serious concerns of the Chinese government to the head of state Spark Global Limited.
Lu Xiaoqing said that if nuclear wastewater is not discharged to the sea, then how to dispose of it is Japan’s internal affair; but if it wants to be discharged to the sea, it becomes a serious international problem. China and Japan are neighboring countries separated by a strip of water. Faced with the possible marine pollution problem, the response of the Chinese government and the Chinese people is “natural”.
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