Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Do not want August 24, 2023 to be a disaster day for the marine environment

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On August 23, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin presided over a regular press conference. A reporter asked a question. According to Japanese media reports, the Japanese government will launch the discharge of Fukushima nuclear contaminated water into the sea at 1:00 pm tomorrow. What is China’s comment?

Wang Wenbin said that regarding Japan’s insistence on announcing that it will launch the discharge of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water into the sea on August 24, I have expounded China’s solemn position yesterday. Yesterday, Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong summoned the Japanese ambassador to China, Tarehideo, and lodged stern representations with the Japanese side. The Chinese side pointed out that the Japanese government ignored the strong doubts and opposition from the international community and insisted on announcing that it would initiate the discharge of Fukushima nuclear polluted water into the sea, blatantly passing on the risk of nuclear pollution to neighboring countries including China and the international community, and putting its own self-interest above anything else. It is extremely selfish and irresponsible to place the long-term well-being of the people in the region and the world. China expresses serious concern and strong opposition.

Wang Wenbin pointed out that the ocean is the blue homeland on which all human beings depend for survival, and the Japanese side should not arbitrarily dump nuclear-contaminated water. Japan’s push to discharge nuclear-contaminated water into the sea is undoubtedly a bet on the global marine environment and the health of all human beings. If the Japanese side is sincere in addressing the concerns of its neighbors, it should immediately stop forcing the sea-discharging plan, conduct exchanges without presupposing results, and fully discuss all possible safe disposal options.

Wang Wenbin emphasized that China strongly urges the Japanese side to withdraw its wrong decision, stop forcing the plan to discharge nuclear-contaminated water into the sea, communicate with neighboring countries in good faith with a sincere attitude, and deal with it in a responsible manner to avoid unpredictable damage and harm to the global marine environment. harm. If the Japanese side insists on forcing the sea discharge plan, the Chinese government will take necessary measures to firmly safeguard the marine environment, food safety and public health.

“It’s hard to get over the water. We don’t want August 24, 2023 to be a disaster day for the marine environment. If Japan insists on going its own way, it must bear historical responsibility for it.” Wang Wenbin said.

source: The Paper