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Customs, police join hands to fight smuggling
(China Daily)
Updated: 2004-04-28 22:13

Customs is to redouble its efforts to fight smuggling in Guangdong waters and stamp it out in the near future.

The determination was demonstrated in a co-operative agreement signed by Guangdong Customs and Guangdong Provincial Public Security and Frontier Defence Bureau in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, Wednesday.

Wang Zhongwen, director of the Anti-Smuggling Department of Guangdong Customs, said joining together with the Guangdong frontier police meant a win-win situation in fighting the smuggling activities in Guangdong waters in the future.

The co-operation agreement was signed by Wang and Yu Yingxue, deputy director of Guangdong Public Security and Frontier Defence Bureau.

According to the agreement, both sides will expand contact and exchanges of information on fighting marine smuggling from now on.

Guangdong Customs and frontier police will also establish a co-operative conference system and both sides will have special liaison officers to strengthen co-operation.

The agreement will raise co-operation between Guangdong Customs and frontier defence police to a new standard, and contribute to ensuring good order and also Guangdong's future economic development, Wang said.

Guangdong Customs has vowed to continue its efforts to increase patrols to fight smuggling in the years ahead.

And more new and advanced equipment, weapons and technologies will be introduced to increase the effectiveness of anti-smuggling efforts, Wang said.

Guangdong, which has the country's longest coastline, has become a major anti-smuggling focus in China, particularly in fighting marine smuggling.

Guangdong Customs has handled 228 marine smuggling cases since September, 2003 when a special campaign to fight marine smuggling was launched.

The cases involved seizures of goods worth more than 15 million yuan (US$1.81 million).

The seizures included industrial oil, edible oil, automobiles and parts, computers, steel, VCDs and CD-ROMS, plastics,wines and cigarettes.

The special campaign, which ended last week, dealt a heavy blow to marine smuggling in the South China region that includes the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have been regarded as "a golden triangle of marine smuggling" in previous years.

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