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In the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test, China has stepped up monitoring of radiation levels at its borders with close ally Pyongyang as the test site is situated about 100 km from the Chinese border.
China's environmental watchdog said several radiation monitoring detachments have been dispatched to monitor and evaluate the environment in northeast China following the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
More than 150 radiation monitoring stations across China have been conducting real-time environmental monitoring and the data collected in all provincial capitals will be released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and updated daily, a statement issued by the ministry said.
No artificial radioactive nuclides had been detected till yesterday state run Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying adding that China's environment has not been affected by a DPRK nuclear test conducted on Tuesday.
Monitoring results collected by 25 automatic monitoring stations located in northeast China's border areas showed that radiation has remained at a normal level, according to the statement.
The provinces of Jilin and Liaoning in northeast China share a border with the DPRK.
The monitoring followed reports in the Chinese media highlighting public fears over radiation from North Korea's nuclear test drifting across the border amid an overwhelming public backlash over Pyongyang's move.
The nuclear test by North Korea despite China's advise against it was seen as an attempt by the country's new leader Kim Jong Un to challenge Beijing's role as a referee and peacemaker between Pyongyang and the US, Japan and South Korea.
The Chinese government also has to reassure the public that their country is safe from nuclear contamination, the Beijing News reported.
State-run Xinhua said the North Korea's defiance was deeply rooted in its strong sense of insecurity after years of confrontation with South Korea, Japan and a militarily more superior United States.