China concerned over Japan discharging radioactive water

China expressed concern over Japan`s move to discharge radioactive water from the ruptured Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean and said it is closely watching the situation.

Beijing: China on Friday expressed concern over
Japan`s move to discharge radioactive water from the ruptured
Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean and said it is
closely watching the situation.

The plant`s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)
released 11,500 tonnes of low radioactive water into the sea
earlier this week, after which Chinese officials believe that
a number of Chinese cities started feeling the spread of
radiation.

The Japanese side has informed China about the event
and China "is naturally concerned" as a close neighbour,
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Hong urged Japan to act in line with relative
international laws and take substantial measures to protect
the ocean environment, Xinhua reported.

China is closely watching the situation, conducting
monitoring and keeping in contact with the Japanese side, Hong
said.

He urged Japan to provide timely, comprehensive and
accurate information to China.

PTI