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China Coast Guard launches regular patrols in Xiamen-Kinmen waters


 , Updated 14:55, 18-Feb-2024

The China Coast Guard (CCG) has launched regular law enforcement patrols in the waters of Xiamen-Kinmen area as part of efforts to protect fishermen's lives and property, spokesperson Gan Yu said on Sunday.

The CCG in southeastern China's Fujian Province will strengthen maritime law enforcement in the waters to help maintain the order of maritime operations, said Gan in a statement.

The move comes following a Wednesday incident in which a fishing boat from Fujian Province was expelled by Taiwan in the waters of Kinmen area, which led to all four fishermen aboard falling into the sea, two of whom died.

In a separate statement released on Sunday, Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, expressed support for the CCG operation.

The disregarding of human lives and "bad attitude" by the Taiwan side concerning the incident has sparked widespread outrage on the mainland, severely hurting the feelings of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and gravely damaging cross-Straits relations, said Zhu.

The regular law enforcement patrols by the CCG will be conducive to maintaining order in the relevant waters and ensuring the safety of lives and property of mainland fishermen, she said.

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