China on Friday (22/9) asked the US to stop “supporting or allowing” the release of nuclear wastewater from the destroyed Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning issued the statement after the US ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, called China’s ban on imports of Japanese marine products “economic coercion.”
China has strongly opposed Japan’s dumping plans and immediately imposed a ban after wastewater releases began last month.
China is the largest destination for Japanese seafood exports, although it is only a small part of the overall trade, and Japanese exporters have been hit hard by the ban.
After the daily briefing, Mao also praised the presence of South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo at the opening ceremony of the Asian games in Hangzhou, a southern Chinese city, when Mao was asked about the possibility of Han meeting with President Xi Jinping on Saturday.
Mao said Han’s presence showed “South Korea’s support for China in hosting the Games, as well as South Korea’s friendly attitude towards China and the importance of relations between the two countries.”
Meanwhile, regarding Han’s travel schedule, Mao said, “both parties communicated” without elaborating further. (uh/ab)