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CGA head visits Kinmen to address silt theft by mainland ships

CGA head visits Kinmen to address silt theft by mainland ships

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Coast Guard Administration (CGA) Director- General Wang Chung-yi visited Kinmen on May 7 in a bid to stem silt theft by Mainland Chinese vessels in waters near the Taiwan- controlled island.
Wang inspected several trouble spots including Beiding, Tianpu and Mashan on board a CGA vessel, to gain first-hand information on reportedly frequent incursions by Chinese iron-shelled ships in those areas.
Although no mainland Chinese vessels were observed encroaching into Kinmen's waters or engaged in illegal activities, Wang urged CGA personnel to use all means at their disposal to prevent such activities near Kinmen.
In order to step up the preservation and protection of Kinmen's marine resources, any Chinese citizens caught by the CGA stealing silt in areas under ROC control will be immediately expelled, detained or have their ships and equipment confiscated and face heavy fines, he said.
This year, two Chinese vessels have been charged by the authorities with trespassing and stealing silt in waters off Kinmen, he noted, adding that the CGA would ask the mainland authorities to collaborate in cracking down on such unlawful activities in Kinmen's waters.
(By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 00:42 GMT+08:00