China urges Japan to give swift radiation information

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:21 AM
China urges Japan to give swift radiation information

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government urged Japan on Thursday to give prompt and accurate information on any developments concerning radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami.

"The world is paying a great deal of attention to the nuclear leak in Japan, and Japan is taking emergency measures to deal with it," the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, told a news briefing in response to a question on Japan's nuclear crisis.

"We hope that Japan reports details to the world in a timely and accurate manner."

Japanese military helicopters have dropped tonnes of water on the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in an effort to cool reactors and fuel rods after a failed attempt the previous day because of high radiation levels.

Japanese media have criticized the government's handling of the disaster and operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. for its failure to provide enough information on the incident.

Officials fear that a major breakout of radioactive pollution from the complex could pose a health risk, and China and other nearby countries have stepped up monitoring of radiation levels.

So far, there have been no signs of abnormal radiation levels in China.

On Wednesday, Beijing suspended approvals for proposed nuclear power plants and launched a comprehensive safety check of its own atomic plants operating or being built, in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ken Wills and Sugita Katyal)