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China Says U.S. Complaints About Its Recycling Ban Are ‘Unjustifiable, Illegitimate’

Posted April 01, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Cody Boteler – Waste Dive)

Following criticism from the United States and other stakeholders, the Chinese government said that those complaints and concerns are “unjustifiable, illegitimate and have no legal basis.”

Speaking at a regularly scheduled press conference, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was taking steps to stop the flow of solid waste imports and reforming its own solid waste management system to follow through on a “new concept of development, improve the ecological and environmental quality and safeguard national ecological security and the health of people.”

Hua added that China was acting under the Basel Convention, which regulates the flow of hazardous waste between countries.

“We hope that the U.S. side could focus on reducing, disposing and treating the hazardous wastes and other wastes it generated in accordance in the spirit of the Basel Convention and fulfill its due responsibilities and obligations for the world,” Hua said. The United States has signed, but not ratified, the Basel Convention. Click here to read more.