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US backs Japan against China’s Fukushima stance with sushi and sake

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US backs Japan against China’s Fukushima stance with sushi and sake

‘They don’t know what they’re missing,’ says House committee chairman as members dine on Japanese seafood at Washington eventChinese ban over waste water safety concerns ‘built on a foundation of falsehoods’DiplomacyBochen HanandAmber Wangin WashingtonPublished: 2:00pm, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The US House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party opened its latest volley against Beijing in an unusual setting on Monday: a “sushi and sake” night on Capitol Hill, co-hosted by the Japanese embassy in Washington.China was one of several countries to criticise Japan’s decision to start releasing around 30 years’ worth of treated radioactive waste from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean on August 24, and immediately banned all imports of Japanese seafood into the country over safety concerns.

Mike Gallagher, a Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the committee, called Beijing’s actions “nothing more than economic coercion directed at Japan designed to hurt Japan’s economy”.

China’s ban was “built on a foundation of falsehoods” about the safety of Japanese seafood, he said during the event that featured sushi made with fish imported from Japan.

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