18th September 2023 – (Tokyo) The Chinese Embassy in Japan released a statement on Monday, addressing media reports that suggested China had refused to participate in the analysis and comparative testing of nuclear-contaminated water discharged from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The embassy clarified that China had not been invited to join the international monitoring mechanism of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In its response, the embassy emphasised China’s stance on the matter, stating that it has consistently stressed the importance of establishing a long-term and effective international monitoring arrangement. China believes that such an arrangement should involve the active participation of neighbouring countries and other stakeholders.
The statement from the embassy sought to dispel any misunderstandings or misinterpretations regarding China’s position. It made it clear that China has not rejected or refused participation in the monitoring mechanism, but rather, it has yet to be invited to take part.
The issue of nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima plant has been a topic of international concern. The Japanese government has been working closely with the IAEA to address the situation and ensure the safe handling and disposal of the contaminated water.
China’s call for a comprehensive and inclusive international monitoring arrangement aligns with its commitment to transparency and cooperation in matters related to nuclear safety. The embassy’s statement emphasised the need for neighbouring countries and relevant stakeholders to be actively involved in the monitoring process to foster trust and ensure the effectiveness of the monitoring efforts.