Xi’s green push fuels China’s opposition to Fukushima water release

  • China is one of the loudest critics of Japan’s decision to release radioactive water from the crippled plant, which is expected as soon as Thursday. While Beijing is always eager to pressure Japan for its tight policy alliance with the U.S., a shifting dynamic in the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership has also played a role.
  • Xi has consistently stressed the importance of environmental issues since taking power – a stark contrast to his predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, who prioritized economic growth above all else.
  • Xi’s approach has largely been welcomed by the Chinese public. He also emphasized the need for environmental protections during a trip to Shaanxi province ahead of the Beidaihe meeting, a secretive Communist Party conclave where current and retired party leaders discuss on policy

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