Bus passengers cross the Russian-Chinese border in Primorye for the first time since 2020. Photo/sputnik
BEIJING – Chinese citizens began importing salt from Russia’s Primorsky region through the Pogranichny border crossing point after the release of radioactive water from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant (NPP) in Japan.
The press service of Ussuri Customs explained this to Sputnik.
“We noted Chinese nationals last week had such a commodity (salt) in their baggage… We noted that previously there was no such item,” the agency said.
Although other checkpoints “haven’t seen any improvement yet”, on the day Japan began draining nuclear wastewater from Fukushima, Chinese online retailers reported they were running out of salt.
Japan began disposing of treated water previously used to cool the damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on August 24, 2023.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the start of the release and said experts were on site to ensure the procedure met safety standards.
The action was carried out despite many voices of protest from citizens of Japan and neighboring countries.
As a result, China imposed a ban on imports of Japanese marine products on Thursday and announced tougher customs controls for other types of Japanese products.
Chinese newspapers confirmed the country is experiencing a spike in demand for salt amid the release of radioactive water, and the country’s authorities are asking its citizens to refrain from mass purchases.