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China says concerned by Japan nuclear discharge in sea

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry saidon Friday it was concerned by Japanese moves to dischargecontaminated water into the sea from a quake-crippled nuclearplant and urged its neighbor to protect the marine environment.

"As Japan's neighbor, we naturally express our concernabout this. We hope that Japan will act in accordance withinternational law and adopt effective measures to protect themarine environment," ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in astatement.

"China is closely following developments, and at the sametime carrying our specialized assessment, and will continuemaintaining close contact with Japan. We ask that Japan reportsthe relevant information to the Chinese side in a swift,comprehensive and accurate way."
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