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China Coast Guard sets up hotline

The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and China coast guard vessel 2102 steam alongside each other during the transfer of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan in the North Pacific Ocean June 3, 2014. The Morgenthau crew was patrolling in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, the Coast Guard's component of a multi-lateral fisheries law enforcement operation designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau)

China Coast Guard launched its first public hotline on Wednesday with the 24 hour service accessible by dialing 95110. It is expected to strengthen the country’s maritime law enforcement capabilities a better guarantee safety on the water.

The hotline is designed to handle seven issues in particular including reports of smuggling, illegal exploitation of resources or unauthorized utilization of uninhabited islands as well as provide enhanced monitoring and protection of coastal regions.

Reports of submarine cables or pipelines being operated without permission and activities that might endanger existing pipelines can also be addressed via the hotline.

People can also call to report unauthorized projects, construction and waste disposal that pose risks to the marine ecological environment.

Apart from criminal and public security cases, the hotline also covers illegal fishing, fishing disputes and other issues to help support the general work of the coast guard.

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The hotline can be directly called by fixed-line phones and mobile phones. When on the open sea or from other countries, the service can accessed by calling 010-6899-5110.

In July last year, China Coast Guard was transferred from civilian control under the State Council and the State Oceanic Administration to the People’s Armed Police Force under the command of the Central Military Commission.

China Coast Guard serves as a coordinating agency for maritime search and rescue and law enforcement in the territorial waters of China.

It is tasked with the patrol of territorial waters and disputed territories, anti-smuggling, anti-piracy, maritime policing and ship inspections, harbor and coastal security, research and surveys, search and rescue and fisheries protection.

Last year, China Coast Guard seized 4.95 tons of illegal drugs and uncovered more than 1,100 smuggling cases involving cigarettes, liquors, foodstuffs and endangered species and other goods worth a total of 4.3 billion yuan ($625 million).

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