17 Mar '11, 11am

China urges Japan's openness amid panic buying of salt

China urges Japan's openness amid panic buying of salt

BEIJING - China urged Japan on Thursday to release "timely and precise" information on its unfolding nuclear crisis as uncertainty over the situation fuelled panic buying of salt by Chinese fearing radiation. "We hope the Japanese side will release information, as well as its evaluation and prediction of the situation, to the public in a timely and precise manner," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters. Jiang had been asked for comment on the deepening peril in Japan, where last Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami have left a nuclear power plant on its east coast leaking radiation and in danger of meltdown. Jiang did not specifically criticise Japan's level of openness. But China, the United States and France have taken steps to remove their citizens from Japan -- despite Tokyo's assurances that the situation did not pose a major health thr...

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